It was a cold and rainy night. The Husbands’ house was flickering with candles, and raindrops tapping lively on the roof replaced our usual soundtrack of music while we cook. We were craving something warm and cozy for this wintry occasion, and decided to make masoor daal from our blog. We also fried up fresh Indian samosas, one of our go-to recipes from the Sides chapter in our cookbook. As we enjoyed our dinner, the rain steadily grew louder and eventually turned into showers of hail. Between the glowing lights in our house and the rare southern California storm outside, it made for a romantic meal, and also inspired an idea for a brand new recipe. If you are a fan of Indian samosas, then you’re going to fall in love with our vegetarian Samosa Burgers with Cilantro-Mint Chutney. Fix yourself a vegan chai latte, sit back and relax, and let us explain what this new sensation is all about.
This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own.
Ryan was practically a baby when we met in 2001. Just 19 years old and a freshman at USC, he moved to California from Oregon, seeking warmer temperatures, year-round sunshine, and a place where he could comfortably wear shorts and a t-shirt to class in the middle of January. Living a few blocks away from some of the best Mexican food in town and just a twenty-minute drive to the beach, Ryan quickly adapted to this harsh lifestyle. He had been in Los Angeles for 8 months when we first met at a recording studio, and a lot has changed over the last 18 years. Back then, he was more of a picky eater and didn’t appreciate foods like olives, tomatoes, and mushrooms—all of which he loves now. The recipe we are sharing today is something he definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed when we first started dating—in fact, to this day, he never orders mushroom burgers in restaurants since they’re often bland, rubbery, and disappointing. But this recipe is different. Prepared in a citrusy, garlicky sauce that is tangy and delicious, these marinated portobellos have converted Ryan, and might just make you a mushroom maven too!
Every few years, Ryan’s parents invite the entire family on an adventure sailing trip in the British Virgin Islands. They rent a large catamaran, comfortable enough to sleep eight of us—including Ryan’s oldest brother David, his wife Jenny, and their two daughters, Stella and Lucia. The boat has four cozy bedrooms and four bathrooms on the lower level, while the living space is located upstairs, along with a tiny kitchen equipped with a small propane stove. It never felt cramped, except for the brisk navy showers before bedtime, where we would quickly scrub off the layers of sunscreen and salt from our daily snorkeling adventures, using as little water as humanly possible in a space about the size of a phone booth.
Tomorrow is the first day of summer, and we are diving right in. In less than 48 hours, we’ll be sailing on crystal clear waters 3500 miles from Los Angeles, sipping on dark and stormys, passion coladas, and soaking up Caribbean sunshine in the tropical British Virgin Islands. Ryan’s parents are experienced sailors, and every few years, they invite the family to explore the seas in a 45-foot catamaran that will be our floating home for the week. Stocked with a full kitchen complete with an oven and stove, the eight of us will be cruising in the water—with laughing gulls tagging along, waiting for our nieces Stella and Lucia, who will throw them a treat. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a sound system which will have Bob Marley and Harry Belafonte on repeat, our crew will be adventuring around the neighboring islands that make up this picture-perfect region—sampling fresh local fruit, snorkeling in 80-degree waters teeming with coral reefs and rainbow-colored fish, and enjoying some much-needed relaxation after this past year and a half of writing the cookbook! But before we embark, we’d like to leave you with a brand new recipe and a refreshing drink to go with it.
This post was created in partnership with Crate & Barrel. All opinions are our own.
It’s here! Today is #NationalPopcornDay and we have been waiting all year for this! We are very excited to partner with Crate & Barrel for this momentous holiday, and came up with a tasty recipe to celebrate in style! If you like Indian food, you will love this Indian spiced popcorn. Seasoned with cumin, garlic powder, curry, salt, pepper, and garam masala, this aromatic snack is also tossed with a pinch of cayenne pepper for that perfect picante pop. Head over to the Crate and Barrel blog to get the full recipe and to read our post, and in the spirit of today’s festival, we give you full permission to take the day off, and enjoy a giant bowl of hot fresh popcorn in honor of this beloved treat. Happy popping everyone!