Lemon cauliflower rice and chicken curry

The best part of making cauliflower rice vs “real” rice is that you can’t mess this up! It’s fast and simple and tastes great in any recipe. I made these with chicken curry and raita.

Lemon cauliflower rice




  • 1 whole Cauliflower
  • 1 Lemon
  • Curry leaves
  • Dry Red chilies
  • Mustard
  • Urad dal
  • Channa dal
  • Turmeric powder
  • Gingelly oil

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Celebrating our 3rd in a 3 star

My hubby surprised me on our 3-year wedding anniversary by planning a dinner at Manresa. This was our first full-course tasting with wine pairing in a Michelin 3-star restaurant**.  A normal chef’s tasting menu (~15 courses) was for $275/person with a beverage pairing for $220/person. This place is tucked inside Village Lane in Los Gatos, but not too hard to find.

They had the tastiest amuse bouche, and mind-blowing beverage pairings. Since I am slightly allergic to white wines I chose a red wine pairing while my hubby went with the sommelier’s recommended pairing. The tasting menu at Manresa features an explosion of flavors while their wine list, distinctive and individual wines from the great classic regions. Our menu was the “Winter Garden”.  We spent close of 4 hours in the restaurant (7pm – 11 pm).

** Michelin stars are a rating system used by the red Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality.  According to Jean-Luc Naret, the Director of the “Guide Michelin” 

  • One Star: With one star, you’ve one of the best restaurants in your category. A very good restaurant in its category
  • Two Stars:  Two stars mean this restaurant is worth traveling for.  A nationwide clientele. Excellent cooking, worth a detour 
  • Three Stars: Three stars makes your restaurant truly exceptional. Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

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Pineapple upside down suᴉɟɟnɯ..

Made these for a late night dessert today.



1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large egg whites
1⁄2 cup pineapple juice
1⁄2 cup milk

Upside down part:

4 tablespoons butter
6 tsp brown sugar
1 cup fresh pineapple pieces

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Chocolate chip muffins

Tried making some chocolate chip cookies with a twist. Unlike the traditional chocolate chip cookies, I added milk and dark chocolate (1/4th the desired quantity), and topped of the muffin with caramel and fruits.


  • 2 1/2 cups APF
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk and dark chocolate chips

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