Roasted Smashed Potatoes


It is said that you can take an Indian out of India, but you can never take India out of an Indian. Many of the habits and passions we develop back home stay with us for the rest of our lives, no matter which corner of the world we end up in. One such passion that every Indian carries in his heart is the game of Cricket. A single game of cricket can last anywhere from 4 hours to five days. Yes, that's right, days. And the country of 1.2 billion people suspends itself in a unison every time the men in blue step out on the ground! My early memories of cricket take me back to the days when the only access to the game was through a transistor radio. My dad would intently listen to the audio … [Read more...]

Asparagus and Pea Soup


Am I the only one who uses Google's search suggestions as a form of entertainment? You know how when you start typing in Google's search box, their system shows similar searches by other Google users..yep that can be a pretty entertaining feature. For example, I type in "aren't you relieved" and I see a search suggestion "aren't you relieved you're not a golem?" Wait, what? Why would there be people out there searching for that? Or you start typing "sometimes I like to" and the Google search suggestion shows up "sometimes I like to pretend I am a carrot meme". I guess I could be into that, I haven't tried! Well similarly, I know a lot of women out there are searching on how to get their … [Read more...]

No Bake Carrot Cake


Foreign Returned. Even now, some of the matrimonial ads in India use this phrase as a qualification of the prospective bride or groom. The crème de la crème of the society get to visit "the foreign", and it is something to be proud of. उनके फॉरिन मे बहोट कनेक्षन्स हेई - He has a lot of connections in "foreign". English has also been a status symbol in India, I am sure the roots lie somewhere in the British ruling India a few decades ago and how only the elite got to mingle with the white folks. Needless to say, I was enchanted by everything related to this "foreign" culture as a kid growing up in India. My mom worked as a librarian and she would bring books and magazines for me to read. … [Read more...]

Coleslaw with Coconut Milk Mayonnaise


Eat Real Food. This is the best advice I have received in my 15 year journey towards a healthier me. It has taken me years to know what real food is, and I admit it, I am still learning and discovering new things every day. The industrialization of food, along with the media sending a new fad diet our way every couple of months has made it so complicated to know what "real food" is! Let me give you an example, I was at the store buying eggs and instead of a quick in and out, I felt as if someone had asked me to solve a complex puzzle - Brown or white? Medium, large, extra large or may be jumbo? With omega-3? Pasteurized, all-natural vegetarian or Organic? Cage-free, free-range? Do you … [Read more...]