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.

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Homemade Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino

I am to blame for my kids' addiction. There's no doubt about it! I love coffee. The aroma and taste, and when I was pregnant I gave up on the dark stuff for a while. I did end walking by a coffee shop as often as I could to get a whiff of the good stuff. Now I work from home and that really means I end up with my laptop at my neighbourhood coffee shop way more than I should. Thankfully they have decent wi-fi and even better coffee. It was all working out really well till I found out there was...
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Spicy Savoury Pancakes Perfect For Any Time Of Day

Spicy and delicious savoury pancakes, these will satisfy your palate anytime of the day. A breakfast staple in India, my mom loved making these every couple of days. I wasn't a fan though, and grumbled every time I saw them on the table. And then on a recent trip to visit family in India I found myself exclaiming over the crispiness of this humble dish. I could not believe this was the same dish that I had long disregarded as a "real" breakfast. Unlike regular pancakes that we are accustomed to seeing at breakfast time in North America, these are naturally...
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Mexican Chicken Taco Recipe – Arriba!

When I think of Mexico my mind immediately goes to quaint streets decorated with flowers, men with sombreros, and women wearing  flouncy skirts. I have never traveled south of the United States though and the closest I got to this colourful country was San Diego on the southern end of California. After our first trip to San Diego, we returned with a souvenir or (two) of Mexican silver and also a taste for Mexican cuisine. I admit my knowledge of Mexico is limited but I’ve learnt that much like Indian cuisine, Mexican dishes also use similar herbs and spices. Cumin,...
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Easy Indian Dessert – Ricotta Burfi {Ricotta Almond Fudge}

I feel as if I have said this before - my sense of smell is my super power. It helps me travel through time and space. Like the aroma of tawa warm chappati and I am home in India in the blink of an eye. The sour smell of golgappa chaat takes me to the bustling  streets of Delhi. And the decadent smell of Indian desserts especially burfi and I'm in the middle of festive celebrations in India. Burfi is an Indian sweet that is made in as many ways as there are people. With nuts or without, with brown sugar or molasses, even with chocolate....
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The Only Grilled Chicken Recipe You Will Ever Need

As the weather starts to warm up, the patios pop up on the sidewalks as do the BBQ grills in the backyard. My hubby usually takes charge of the grill - there's something very manly about the whole hype surrounding the outdoor grill. The recipe and the preparation is still in my charge though, and this dish in particular is delicious every time it's on the menu. Whether it's just the four of us, a few friends over or a platter for the neighbourhood barbecue, this chicken dish is fool proof and will always be the first to disappear off the...
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13 Multipurpose Kitchen Tools Every Home Cook Needs

I enjoy cooking especially when I'm feeling inspired to invent a new dish or recreate what I've tasted somewhere else. But as my friends will tell you my kitchen isn't glamorous - not at all. Think more functional and efficient. And that's partly because I have limited space and any utensil that gets put away must be multipurpose or super functional. Whatever style of cuisine you are whipping up, buying the right tools for your kitchen is as important as the choice of ingredients. Stocking your kitchen with multipurpose utensils will help not only control the clutter but also add to the harmony in your home. The kitchen is...
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Indian Inspired Green Peas And Paneer

I love springtime. A fresh start and new beginnings for sure and it feels like the earth is coming alive. The green grass is pushing back the brown, and leaf buds are peeking through. This is the time Mother Nature takes over the landscape and fills us with optimism for the months coming up. This is also the season that I look forward to in the kitchen. I buy seasonal produce as much as possible but by the end of winter I give in to my cravings and those of the whining kids, and it's strawberries from Mexico and pears...
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Cooking With Kids: Delicious Homemade Butter In Minutes

Fresh Homemade Butter In Minutes A jar with a tight-fitting lidCream - 1 cup (I used whipping cream)A measuring cupA sieve of some sortSpoon to taste as you go along Measure cream into the jar. We used a 1/3 of a cup for each batch that resulted in approx. 2 tbsp. of butter.Start shaking the jar. My kids and I shared this responsibility and used NO set, scientific pattern.A few minutes later, I felt the sloshing quiet down and I opened the jar to check. It was whipped cream. We put the lid back on and continued to shake.Eight minutes later,...
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7 Healthy Food Switches To Make This Year

I can’t believe how fast time flies, and with kids around, I feel we rarely stop to breathe. So this year I am taking stock of our life - starting with the kitchen. Here's to eating better and living better with these simple and healthy food switches.I am a feminist and consider myself a modern, liberated woman in so many ways. But when it comes to the kitchen, I'm still the one ultimately responsible for the food in the house. That means I'm also the one in charge of my family's long term health. Food isn't just fuel after all. So here...
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6 Sanity-Saving Kitchen Shortcuts

Juggling family and work along with making time for yourself can be tough. Add in kitchen duties to the crazy mix, and the week can go downhill pretty fast. These time saving kitchen shortcuts are ways I save my sanity in the kitchen and outside. I love eating out where the food is yum AND I don't have to cook or clean up. At the same time, I believe homemade food trumps all else. It's the transparency, you know what's going into every dish, what's going in your family's tummies. But we are all also juggling work, home, family and God...
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Quick Dinner Ideas: 25-Min Vegetarian Curry

It was 4:05 pm. I had just walked in after picking the kids up from school. My younger one was sick and the older one cranky. It was crunch time - snacks, homework, multiplication tables, baths, dishwasher waiting to be unloaded, a long list, I know. I work from home so I could have checked the dishwasher off my list. What had I been doing all day? Well for one I went to the supermarket. Thankfully, my fridge and pantry were full of options, starting with fresh coconut milk. How amazing that my local supermarket has started to stock fresh,...
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Steamed Broccoli With A Spicy Masala Topping

My mother is an awesome cook. I grew up in a house filled with love and the aroma of delicious food. I wish I could say I learnt cooking at my mom's knee but that wouldn't be true. My mom couldn't drag me into the kitchen to save my life except for the few times when I was drawn in by the temptation of sampling or licking the spoon that mixed the batter. As I try to recreate some of her recipes with Canadian ingredients, I do find myself adding a touch of spices - like in this steamed broccoli...
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