Love-In-A-Mist

One of the demurest annual garden flowering plant. Its name ‘Love-In-A-Mist’ does poetic justice to its beauty. Known by many names; the most common ones are Nigella Damascena and Devil-In-The-Bush. It is native to Europe and Northern Africa and its seeds are widely used as a spice. The seeds are believed to cure headaches, indigestion,…

Calendulas: The Shades of Sunset

Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold is possibly native to the Mediterranean region of Europe though its exact origin is unknown. Known for its brilliant floral shape, colour and scent; it is also famous for its culinary and medicinal uses. I like to call it the healing plant for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties….

Himalayan Honeysuckle Aka Leycesteria Formosa

The first time I noticed a butterfly in my garden this Spring was when I saw the first sign of tiny white flowers on this stunning multi-stemmed bush. Native to Asia, it is found in woodlands here is Ireland. I’m lucky to have one in my backyard and don’t find it invasive at all. It…

Stir Fried Bitter Gourd: Healthy & Delicious

RecipeIngredients:250 gms bitter gourd; washed, chopped and rubbed with some salt and vinegar. Keep in the sun for an hour. Wash after that and keep in a sieve.1 large onion; chopped finely2 jalapenos; chopped roughly3-4 spring onions; chopped roughly (the white and about 2 inches of the thick green)1-2 green chilies crushed with a tsp…

Earthing: The umbilical chord that connects you to the universe

Earthing or grounding is the most therapeutic way of connecting to mother Earth. Have you ever walked barefoot in the grass or on sand or simply on any surface of the earth? I walk barefoot in my lawn every morning without looking at the watch. It’s those few moments when time ceases to exist. Now…

Potatoes in a light tomato gravy

Recipe:Boil 4 potatoes. De-skin when they cool down. Roughly mash them such that they break into small lumps and not a complete mash. Keep aside. Char-grill 4 tomatoes, remove skin and cut into pieces. Heat some mustard oil in a kadhai. Temper with 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida. Add the tomatoes,…

Double Play® Big Bang – Spirea: A kaleidoscope of joy

I am a huge fan of Japanese Spireas and this one is no exception. The foliage is as stunning as the gentle pink blooms. It flowers from spring through summer. Deadhead the spent blooms and you’ll have a second and a third splash of pink blooms. I had been admiring these for years and finally…

Express Cooking: Easy Kadhai Paneer

Recipe:Take 3 ripe tomatoes, 2 large red onions, 12 garlic cloves. Boil or pressure cook till mushy. Puree in a food processor. Keep aside.Heat 1 tbsp oil. Add a quarter tsp of cumin with a generous amount of kasuri methi. Now pour the puree. Add 1 tsp red chillie powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and…

Irish Heather: The Pink & Purple Mountain Carpet

It was magical to walk through the deer paths with heather growing all around. Some experiences are so precious and distinct that they stay with you for a lifetime. A trek through the boggy mountains in Wicklow amidst these stunning blooms will be etched in my memory forever. The heather plant is a native of…