Cibreo Vivaio, or Florentine musings

Fabio Picchi of Cibreo fame, has realized yet another dream ~ a small organic supermarcato + vivaio (nursery) on the terrazza next to mercato di Sant’Ambrogio. Love at first sight to see an unbelievable variety of fruits all named and spread artfully on the table. I wanted to pull up a chaise and lounge, paint or just study. Plants and seeds are available.

Recipes: Chutneys ~ Coconut and Coriander

coconut chutney

When in New Delhi, India for our Culinary Adventure in Rajasthan, we visit the home of our friends Shoba and Mohan for a family style meal where coconut and coriander chutneys are always favorites. We learn from Shoba some of the dishes that she prepares for her family and she shares some of her favorite recipes with us. While Shoba cooks vegetarian meals, these two delicious chutneys she taught us made with fresh coconut and coriander (cilantro) are simple to prepare and will elevate any meal, vegetarian or not.

One man’s temple is another man’s palace

India - Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures

Devi Garh, our Palace fortress up above the village waits with a silver thali on a low marble table that looks over the valley, beds with white linens and a view. The food is very similar, just presented differently, yet we are not cut off from one another. We are close and smile and, able to share a kind word.

One man’s temple is another man’s palace. Namaste.

Views from Devigarh

India - Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures

Devigarh. There are few places in the world that catch my breath like this place. High on a hill, the old palace fort overlooks the Araveli hills and the village of Delwara. It inspires meditation and natural tranquility and gives a 360 view. If we could look with a lifted perspective on life more often, we would be much happier.