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.


Vietnamese-Style Pho: comfort food that my kids love

The weather is cooling down and that means soup’s often on the menu in our home. And with kids who have opposite tastes, I’m always experimenting with delicious AND healthy soup recipes that the entire family will enjoy. Recently I discovered Pho. Pronounced – fuh – it is one of my favourite Vietnamese dishes, right up there […]


Yellow Lentils | Moong Daal | Easy Lentil Recipe

WATCH: EASY LENTIL RECIPE FEATURED ON APRIL 24 SESSION OF THE SUNDAY COOKING CLUB. Protein is such an important part of our diets. It helps build muscle, keeps us full, longer, and helps build a strong healthy body. But those are just a few of the reasons I’m a big fan of lentils. Yes, they […]


4 Easy Homemade Diwali Sweets and Snacks

As a child, the festival of Diwali was always about the celebration of food, friends, shopping and of course Lakshmi Pooja. Praying to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity is a big part of this festival.  And because India is such a diverse country there are many stories surrounding Diwali.  Communities around the world […]

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Simple (and Delicious) Candied Pumpkin Seeds

You know the word “hangry” – I think it was made for me. I get angry when I’m hungry, and my mom knew the best way to handle that. Snacks! Growing up my mom always made sure there were enough snacks around the kitchen, and they were usually the healthy kind – mostly roasted nuts […]

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Festive Favourite: Rustic Indian Peda With Roasted Pistachios

Diwali is around the corner and there is much to love about this festival. New clothes, fun with friends and family, the feasting, and of course the fireworks. This season is a big celebration for more than a billion people around the world, and though there are many stories connected around this festival the main […]


Roasted Acorn Squash With Goat Cheese, Mushrooms and Rice

My mom makes some of the most delicious food I’ve EVER eaten. As a child I remember being drawn in by the aroma into the kitchen, and wondering what was on the menu that day. And you could bet it would be something fresh and delicious. Surprisingly even though I lived in India my favourite was always Continental […]

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Three-Cheese Baked Jalapeño Poppers

I like my food hot! If the dish isn’t spicy then I look for heat on the side. Even hot sauce usually isn’t enough, and it’s chilli peppers all the way. Oh Yes! Hot IS my favourite flavour by far. And when I saw these babies at my local super market I knew I had to […]

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19 All-Season Homemade Burger Toppings

Summer is over! I noticed it Sunday night when I saw the maple tree in our neighbour’s yard get a hint of autumn colour. One of my favourite things during the all-too-brief warm summer months is eating outdoors – whether it’s picnics by the lake or just BBQ in the backyard. And while there’s a lot […]

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Comfort Cooking: Vegetable Pilaf Topped With Crispy Brussels Sprouts

I love to cook and try out new recipes, techniques and flavours but only if I know my kids will eat what is put in front of them. That’s a tall order and it’s even more of a battle on days when there are only vegetables on the menu. Thankfully there are a few vegetables […]

#CleanYourFridge Easy Fried Rice Recipe | Vegetarian with Tofu | Nourishing Fast food at it's best | Quick and easy weeknight Dinner |

#CleanYourFridge Fried Rice

Exactly what the title says. This dish is perfect for those weeknights when you open your fridge and stare blankly at the shelves. A dish that you can throw everything at or make your own special tweaks if you’re in the mood, and the end result will be lip smacking. It also comes in handy on […]

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Gluten-Free & Crispy Eggplant Fritters

Indian cuisine has a long and interesting history of cooking with obscure vegetables. That makes sense when you realise that more than half the nation is vegetarian. From bitter gourd and apple gourd to snake squash, there is a recipe out there that is undoubtedly full of flavour, wholesome and unmistakably spicy. Eggplant or as […]

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15 Meal Prep Ideas To Help You Survive The Week

Scarface and the hyenas had it right in “The Lion King” as they sang “Be Prepared.” Planning is the key to survival especially in the summer! Many moms agree meal preparation is cumbersome, and with 3 meals and 2 snacks to prep and cook every day it can be a blessing if done right. And […]

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