Real Food

I believe the heart of the family beats in the kitchen. Food fuels our body and nourishes our soul.

I share here real food made using whole ingredients with big flavour, fresh herbs and health-boosting spices, all influenced by my roots in India and my travels. That’s what you will find here. But I’m also not one to spend hours in the kitchen, as you can tell from my healthy shortcuts and tips in every post. My kitchen is a little complicated — we have a number of food sensitivities in the family — so I tend to make food that is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and tomato-free. Often but not always.

Homemade Baked Beans| Instant Pot Baked Beans | Maple and Marigold
Homemade Baked Beans {Instant Pot Beans}

Baked Beans make for a delicious quick meal or an even better side dish. Here is my version of traditional, English Baked Beans, made somewhat speedily, in an Instant Pot. My Dad loved Baked Beans on toast. It might have been his English boarding school upbringing or perhaps because the beans straight out of a […]

Golden Salmon Patties with Oats
Golden Salmon Patties with Oats

Canned Fish is a pantry staple in our home for a number of reasons. Tuna, sardines and of course salmon, the options are endless. These salmon patties are imho the most delicious and easy way to use canned fish. It is my version of a traditional shami kebab made with canned salmon instead of meat. […]

Pantry Staple Lentils | Maple and Marigold
Lentils: What’s the Deal with Dal?

Millions of us grew up eating dal or lentils on the Indian subcontinent. Lentils are such a huge part of the staple Indian diet that no meal is complete without them. But when you eat something everyday, how do you make it interesting? I wondered aloud while writing this post. And pat came the reply, “By […]

Canned Fish with Lentils
What’s the Deal with Canned Fish

Canned fish is one of those polarizing ingredients — people either love it or hate it! There are so many negative connotations associated with the word “canned”, right? If at all possible, most of us prefer the fresh variety of food anyway. So why should fish be any different? But this is one food group […]

The Granola Un-Recipe

I fell in love with granola during a hotel stay a lifetime ago. The chef had served his homemade granola for breakfast and I tried it…reluctantly. I have been trying to recreate the recipe ever since and therefore the Granola Un-Recipe. In other words, granola made easy! Hear me out. I can explain. Puneeta recently […]

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Honey Ginger Chicken Recipe

Do you have a dish that’s comfort food AND super healthy at the same time? And one that your kids ask for again and again? That’s the dream, right? Honey Ginger Chicken is all of that and more. This easy chicken recipe for dinner is full of flavour, packed with veggies and you may even […]

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

Self-isolating at home? Here’s a recipe for easy chocolate chip cookies with pecans. This version uses few ingredients and standard pantry staples that may already be available in your home. Enjoy! Baking is a comfort activity in our home. I usually turn on the oven when I have an afternoon free with the kids or […]

Instant Pot Dal Makhani | Pantry Staple Cooking
Homemade Black Lentils {Instant Pot Dal Makhani}

Looking for interesting ways to add lentils to your diet? It doesn’t get any better than this dish. Instant Pot Dal Makhani aka Black Lentils made at home checks all the boxes. Dal Makhani is not an everyday food in India. Named after its more famous cousin Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken), this dish is often […]

Kheer — Indian Rice Pudding recipe

Indian cuisine is famous for flavour, its use of spices and most of all for its variety of sweets. From all the amazing choice available, my favourite is simple rice kheer. Slow-cooked milk that is reduced and sweetened to a dense texture and then cooked with rice and spices. A decadent, mellow, UNFORGETTABLE rice pudding, […]

Shortcut Turkey Biryani

Lazy weekends always call for slow and special food, right? But what about hectic weeknight dinners? Those often get pushed down to the end of a long list of things-to-do. Sometimes, I find shortcuts to recreate a showstopper of a complicated dish to turn around for a quick, school night dinner. That’s what this Indian […]

Meal Prep Ideas + Golden Turkey Salad

November is my buffer month. Sandwiched between the colourful days of October’s fall and the glittery excitement of December, November is often just blah, right? School routines have somewhat settled down and days are getting darker and shorter. This is the time I prepare hearty and wholesome meals that my kids will eat without complaining. […]

Rock Weeknight Dinners Like a Super Star

I am always worried about how well my kids eat, it’s part of being a parent, right? Especially on weeknights when we are all pressed for time and dinners are often the last thing to do on an already long list. Enter Rotisserie Chicken! This versatile and convenient food is packed with flavour and nutrition, […]

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