Taniya Nayak

Eggplant Dip and Boatyard Lemonade

Taniya Nayak continues her popular Design, Drink, and Dine Facebook Live series, and we couldn't be happier! She recently visited 88 Wharf in Boston and shared the recipes for their signature Eggplant Dip and Boatyard Lemonade! Watch out for her next Facebook Live, and check out the recipes below!

Eggplant dip:
1 tbsp pomegranate
1 medium sized eggplant
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 pinch black pepper
1-1/2 tbsp tahini
1 naan
1 tsp feta cheese

Roast eggplant whole in 400 degree over for 20 - 30 minutes or until soft. Slice eggplant in half and scoop out meat with a spoon. Add the eggplant and the rest of the ingredients (minus chives, pomegranate, feta, and naan) to a blender and pulse until smooth. Set mixture in fridge to chill 

Grill naan lightly. Scoop eggplant dip into a bowl and garnish with extra virgin olive oil, chives, pomegranate, and feta. 

Boatyard Lemonade:
1.5 oz vodka
.75 oz triple sec
3 muddled strawberries
1 muddled lemon wedge
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp simple syrup

Pour all ingredients into a shaker - shake, top with soda water, and enjoy

Fried Green Tomatoes and Facebook Live

Taniya Nayak went live from Abby Lane restaurant in Boston recently, and shared recipes for Fried Green Tomatoes and a Sherry Smash. Check out the recipes and videos below! You won't want to miss Taniya cooking in a blue wig!

Fried Green Tomatoes
(serves 2)

6 thick slices of green tomatoes
1 c. flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbl. hot sauce
1 tsp. creole spice

1 tbl. cream cheese
1 oz. pepper jack, shredded
1 oz. yellow cheddar, shredded
1 tbl. hot sauce
½ tsp. smoked paprika
½ c mayonnaise
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
½ red pepper, roasted & seeded
2 tbl. spanish onion, grated

puree all ingredients until smooth

2 slices thick cut bacon
fresh herbs
bbq sauce

Sherry Smash

2 oz. dry sherry
½ oz. Aquavit
4 muddled lemons
handful of mint
1 oz. mint syrup

served over crushed ice in a white wine glass and garnished with a lemon twist and mint bush.

Watch the videos for detailed directions!

Taniya in The Boston Globe

Taniya Nayak talked to the Boston Globe about restaurant design trends, easy ways to upgrade your kitchen, and her role as the emcee of the upcoming Share Our Strength Taste of The Nation event. We've included an excerpt, but check out the full article on The Boston Globe

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@taniyanayak Instagram

Just like restaurateurs, homeowners are usually working within a budget when designing their kitchens. Nayak’s advice is to choose your battles and spend money strategically. “One area where you can really change the look of a kitchen is just adding a backsplash. You can potentially splurge because it is really minimal square footage,” says the designer. That will make the whole space feel more high-end.
She also recommends personalizing with accessories, like bold barstools on the kitchen island that can act as a focal point, no renovation required. “You can keep it nice and simple and add little pops of color.”
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@taniyanayak Instagram

Taniya Covers Boston Common Magazine

This month, Taniya Nayak is the cover girl for Boston Common Magazine. We can't get enough of the photographs or the story! Taniya is obviously a natural in front of the camera now, but it was great to read about her varied career path. 

Boston Common

Boston Common

We loved this bit: Guests enter her studio through a nondescript industrial door. Inside: design heaven. The expansive single-room space has a flow that works on all levels: charm, mood, utility, originality. Exposed timber beams stripe the ceiling above the computer workstations by the windows. Giant wrought-iron light fixtures hang like cages glowing with steampunk-style bulbs. Bookshelves filled with design volumes and textile samples are a buffer zone, segueing to a cozy sitting area and test kitchen. Yet amid all the eye-candy and ambience, the focal point in the loft is as basic as child’s play: a giant chalkboard filled with quotes that are totally Taniya, and serve as mantras in her everyday life.
Boston Common

Boston Common

Pick up a copy if you live in Boston, and if not, check out the full article on the Boston Common website

Taniya's Picks for Spring

We scoured Taniya Nayak's social media to find out what her top design picks for Spring 2016 are. We've chosen some of our favorites to share with you!

Peaceful morning. #snowfall #martinlutherkingday

Posted by Taniya Nayak on Monday, January 18, 2016

Light it up! #taniyanayakdesign @urbanchandy love this thing! #chandelier #industrialglam

Posted by Taniya Nayak on Monday, January 18, 2016

#cowbells are up! #artinstallation @ruthschrisboston #boston #steakhouse #taniyanayakdesign

Posted by Taniya Nayak on Saturday, February 13, 2016

I'm liking the story that's being told here. #tilehunting #dayatdesigncenter #residentialdesign #celebclients #homeimprovement #taniyanayakdesign

Posted by Taniya Nayak on Friday, March 4, 2016

The perfect #chandelier for the #derby inspired room. 󾓔#taniyanayakdesign #ruthschrissteakhouse #louisville #kentucky

Posted by Taniya Nayak on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Behind the Scenes: The Great Christmas Light Fight

Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak have been busy filming the upcoming ABC series, The Great Christmas Light Fight. On the show, families compete for a prize by transforming their homes for Christmas. Luckily for us, Taniya has been documenting travel and behind the scenes images on social media!

Thanks for sharing, Taniya! The Great Christmas Light Fight premiers Dec 7th on ABC.