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Hi there,

I want to introduce you to Kalpana Sheth, who writes about various subjects, including vegetarian cooking, at https://surreyfarms.net. Kalpana, who was raised vegetarian, and her family and extended family have been vegetarians for generations. It has been their way of life, not a new fad or diet. What you will find at Surrey Farms is a variety of healthy vegetarian recipes filled with healthy and delicious vegetables and legumes. Many recipes are inspired by her family who ask her to experiment with existing vegetarian recipes. Kalpana finds inspiration for cooking from the incredible women in her life that include, including her Mom, Mom-in-law, Aunts, and friends. What you will find at Surrey Farms is an eclectic collection of vegetarian recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and delicious.



This delicious tomato and onion dish can be made at any time of year for a feel-good comforting snack or lunchtime treat. 

Mom & Jaya Aunty in Paris, France in 1970 holding a street performer’s monkeys. Mom and my Dad were stationed in London while Jaya Aunty and Chary Uncle were stationed in Paris for a few years as expats.

When we were living in India in the late 70s bread wasn’t widely available, and when we could buy it, it was more of a luxury than a norm. This  meant that when we ate bread it was a treat.

One of the ways we had bread was with tomatoes and onion sautéd in butter.  We would have this saucy tomato dish with buttered bread which as a kid who rarely had bread tasted like heaven to us back then.

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Welcome to Surrey farms. A happy state of mind.

A place for delicious vegetarian recipes, gardening tips, and chronicles on life and travel, where nature abounds.

Thank you Kalpana for sharing this delicious recipe and for giving us a glimpse into the life you share with these enchanting women.

This brings to a close our May salute to the wonderful women in our lives who have shared their recipes and their wisdom. I send my thanks to all my contributors for sharing their stories and I hope you will visit their blogs to find more delicious recipes and stories.


  1. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    This looks very good and I will try it. I checked out Kalpana’s blog and am now following her. Thanks for this wonderful feature, Bernadette!

  2. V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
    V.M.Sang says:

    Tomato and onion is a combination made in heaven. I’ve been cooking it for years. And my husband does it, too. I serve it on pasta, or occasionally as a side with meat or fish, as I’m not vegetarian.
    Occasionally, I will add mushrooms, and sometimes a little spice, such as cumin.
    But I agree that it stands well on its own, and with toasted bread sounds delightful.

  3. Book Club Mom – Book Club Mom w/4 kids. Book blogger. Work in a library. Jersey Girl & all-around mom. https://linktr.ee/BookClubMom
    Book Club Mom says:

    This looks and sounds delicious – I would definitely try it out. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    Simple and luscious! I love Kalpana’s blog, including all her beautiful garden photos, and fabulous foods!

  5. Thank you so much for featuring one of my favorite family recipes! I hope your readers enjoy making it as much as I enjoyed sharing the story behind it 💕

  6. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    Tomato and onion on toast – yummy! It was one of my mother’s favorite sandwiches!

    • We only ate peanut butter at my house. It’s funny how such a humble food would have seemed so sophisticated to me back in the day.

  7. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    Hi, Bernadette – Thanks so much for introducing Kalpana to us. I am suddenly hankering for buttery tomatoes and onions on toast! 😀

  8. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    A simple but brilliant dish!

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