Mexican Leftover Lunch

April 16, 2013 § 2 Comments

mexican leftover

This weekend I was fully consumed with an art show where I showed my latest photographs from India. I focussed my show on the Kumbh Mela and sadhus, hindu monks. The Kumbh Mela is an auspicious bathing that happens every 12 years according to the alignment of the stars. This February I made the pilgrimage to Allahabad for the festival which happens to be where my great-grandfather was from.

The Kumbh Mela is the most sacred of all hindu pilgrimages and is equal to 1000 regular pilgrimages. This year was the Maha Mela which happens every 144 years and I feel very blessed to be a part of it. The Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering in the world and draws people from all over the globe. An estimated 100 million people bathed in the Ganges river over the 50 days!

The city was full of international photographers and film makers trying to capture the event and the National Geographic team was staying at the same camp as me. It was visually stunning and I was able to capture many beautiful people and moments.

I got a great response from my show but by the end of it, I was really tired and starving. I looked in my fridge and created a delicious meal with leftovers. I  pulled out my root vegetable hashbrowns that I had made for breakfast and opened a can of black beans and sauteed them for a couple of minutes. I added cheese to the dish which I cooked in the pan and it created stringy and crispy caramelized bits. Finally I topped it with Mexican condiments and it was delicious. It only took about 10 minutes from start to finish including the dishes.

root vegetable hash browns recipe
black beans
regular or vegan cheese
plain yogurt or sour cream (optional)

Warm the hash browns in a non-stick frying pan on medium-heat. When warm, add the beans and layer with cheese. Continue cooking covered. Remove from heat, place in bowl and top with the rest of the ingredients.

Kumbh Mela


Raw Cashew Cream Sauce

January 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

My good friend Tracy Groshak invited me to her vegan raw cooking class in Vancouver. She has been a yoga teacher for over a decade and vegan raw for 8 years now. I admit that I never really felt the pull to participate in the raw movement and I knew very little about it. Eating a raw food diet is so much more than eating large bowls of salad all day. Tracy opened my eyes to many delicious and healthy recipes that I can use everyday and that my kids will love too.

She made a variety of smoothies with papaya that will give you your morning kick without missing your daily coffee. The vegetarian sushi roll was very flavourful as she added a creamy almond paste that hit the spot. My favourite was the cashew cream sauce that you could use to replace any dressing or cream sauce. She used it as a dip for veggies, to dress a salad and even as a dip for chips. The recipe is so easy to make, all you do is throw the ingredients together in a blender and blend it up. Once you try it, you will never look back. For more information on upcoming vegan raw cooking classes, please visit

1 cup (250 ml) organic raw cashews soaked overnight
2/3 stalk celery
1 1/2 lemons juiced
1/4 tsp (1 ml) himalaya salt
water if necessary


Spring Photography

May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s May and I have another giveaway. This time it is for 5 photography art cards by Yolande Morin. To enter the draw all you need to do is follow Coriander Kitchen by email or like the Facebook Page. For two chances to win, do both. The winner will be contacted by email and to collect the prize, you must be able to visit Yolande Morin’s studio from May 19-21, 2012. Congratulations to Cera Ziegler who won the photography art cards. Please note that this contest is now closed.

Photography is a passion of mine and I love to photograph food. When I shop at the farmers’ market, I have my eco grocery bag over one shoulder and my camera hangs around my neck.  I walk through the crowded stalls as I shop for my groceries for the week. I squeeze past individuals riffling through fresh produce as I keep an eye out for food to photograph. When I find something that catches my eye, I try to get the shot as fast as I can without getting in the way.

Now that it is spring, I love to wander into my neighbours’ yards and capture the beauty of flowers. My neighbour Yolande Morin is well-known for her garden and even better known for her photography greeting cards that she sells around Vancouver at Choices Market on 16th Avenue and Banyen Books. Morin is among the few photographers who have not switched over to digital and she still uses 35mm film. She loves to take photos of her garden foremost and has a large collection of photos that she took in France, the Galapagos Islands and of other places that she has travelled.

Morin recently had the privilege of photographing the National Ballet of Cuba while they visited Vancouver in February. Morin will be showing a triptych of these photos at the Artists in our Midst Roundhouse Exhibit (181 Roundhouse Mews) on May 16, 2012 from 7-10pm. Artists in our Midst is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and on the weekend of May 19-21, 2012, you can browse through 36 artist-created galleries and venues on the west side of Vancouver. For more information about Artists in our Midst and the artists featured visit

a photo that I took in Yolande Morin’s garden

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