Autumn is absolutely my favorite time of the year, which also means I love the warm and fuzzy feeling of staying under a blanket, binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix and eating this scrumptious Chicken Tikka Masala. Trust me when I say it really can’t get better than this!
Chicken Tikka Masala is my number one Indian restaurant pick but since its typically laden with heavy cream and sugar, I was inclined to re-create this and make it my own. Even though this home made recipe is a cleaner version, there’s no compromising on the oomph, I promise you wont be disappointed!
I am a farmer’s market ‘nerd’ and always navigate my way to one during each of my travel adventures. On one such getaway I met the very gracious Carmen at the Boulder (Colorado) farmer’s market.
She had a very neatly laid out table with an array of Molés (Mexican cooking sauce), salsa and adobo sauce. The recipes for the Molés originate from different regions in Mexico. I still have remnants of the robust flavors of the Oaxacan Molé…rich, with a hint of cacao and a peppery aftertaste. I dunked some tortilla chips in the salsa and adobo, and can’t even begin to describe the confluence of flavors!
Of course with much enthusiasm I struck up an interesting conversation with with her and now here I am interviewing this very inspiring lady for a blog post. Without revealing much, I’ll let Carmen describe her story. I’m all for supporting small business’ and Carmen’s passion and devoutness towards what she does is very uplifting.
I was this chubby girl through high school and participating in any sport related activity wasn’t really my thing. Of course I was conscious about my weight and how I was going to be perceived by people around me, so I never gave myself a chance to even attempt running, let alone running a race.
After moving to the States things changed and like everyone else who moves and grows, I evolved and so did my body. CrossFit and HIIT workouts became my thing over time, I enjoyed the adrenaline rush after an intense workout, even now its the best feeling in the world and I wouldn’t trade that for anything! I worked out 4-5 days every week (still do) and occasionally there was 1 mile run squeezed into the workout. BUT, I could never run more than a mile, I believed in not being able to run so strongly that everything hurt and I was gasping for breath at the one mile mark.
Being away from home for over a decade and becoming part of a diaspora has made food an integral part of connecting to my roots. I always wonder what my grand parents and their parents ate, how they cooked food, what kind of cooking techniques were used and so much more! My grandparents were from Sindh, in the north western region of India which after independence from the British became Pakistan in the year 1947. Most Hindu’s from Sindh moved to several parts of India and my paternal family settled in Bombay which is where my father was born and raised and also where I grew up.
You Guys! I’ve been so quiet here for most of summer, its also because of a new adventure I took upon myself…too soon too fast, something that wasn’t ever on my bucket list. I’ll spare the details for another blog post.
Its no news that burgers of all kinds are possibly my favorite make ahead meal prep foods, eat it over a bun, toss them over a salad, with breakfast eggs or even snack on some leftovers. There are two vegan burger recipes on the blog that are also great make ahead options, these beetroot and lotus root burger recipes are super!
This recipe is a keeper – it belongs to my maternal grandmother who was one of the best cooks I’ve ever known, she made this for me every summer and it was part of the loot I would bring back home (we lived in different cities). This is not a recipe that will be ready in a few hours or a day, it takes several days but is so worth the wait.
Even though Kale is one of the most trendiest leafy greens out there, I didn’t like the way it tasted until I stumbled upon Fed & Fit’s Lemony Kale recipe which was a complete game changer! I’m now a believer that fat and acid combined can make Kale taste so so good. Post this revelation I tried massaged kale which of course opened new doors and massaged kale salads are my latest obsession.
I’m so psyched about this three ingredient summer spice blend, the flavor profile is simple, refreshing and its very easy to make. I made a small batch and sprinkled it on salads, over some freshly squeezed orange juice and on slices of watermelon…so good!
Browsing farmers markets for new products is my favorite summer activity, which also means I end up with way too many things to try out and never have enough storage space in the refrigerator! On my last escapade, I bought fresh organic herbs – chamomile (an herb that originates from the daisy family), sage, lemon thyme and let the bunch hang dry upside down in the kitchen.
Of course there was no plan when for these herbs but some of the sage ended up in my breakfast sausage and I’m also the weird person who burns sage at home, more so because I like the burning smell that fills the air.
I didn’t fancy coconut anything growing up with an exception to coconut water (must have in Bombay, especially by the beach…oh not to forget scraping fresh coconut cream after drinking the water ). This perception changed when I first tasted coconut butter, its very smooth with a hint of sweetness, I like to spread it on toast or even over sweet potatoes. So yummy!