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A Season of Seva – In the Spirit of Service

Every year at this time I get ready for the festive season. Between Thanksgiving, Diwali, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas, the last quarter of the year just races by. There are many occasions to celebrate and so many opportunities to be grateful. Grateful for this abundance of family and friends, grateful for the opportunities and second…

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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,…

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Memories of Diwali & Inviting the Light

Hello! I am excited to introduce you to Radhika. She’s an aspiring writer and digital marketing consultant. She’s often behind-the-scenes on Maple and Marigold and Nourish by Numbers. After much pleading, Radhika has finally agreed to share with all of us, a peek into her life growing up in India. I’m particularly grateful because it…

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Toasted Coconut and Pecan Burfi: Easy Diwali Sweet

Diwali is around the corner. This means that almost a billion people around the world will be cleaning their homes, buying new clothes, setting off fireworks and gathering with friends and family. Homemade sweets and snacks are a big part of this festival. Here’s an easy recipe for toasted coconut pecan burfi, that I tweaked…

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Paneer Makhani: Comfort Food Meets Festive Dining

Butter Chicken is a festive meal in many South Asian homes.  It’s vegetarian sibling though – Paneer Makhani – that’s my all-time favourite. In the past, I rarely made this dish at home because of the multiple steps and the time it takes to put together. Recently, I have made variations to the traditional recipe…

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6 Genius Hacks to hosting a stress-free Diwali party

Diwali is a festive time for many people around the world. Homes are cleaned and decorated and lights are put up. Rangoli – coloured art with powder – is drawn on the floor to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Who doesn’t want more of that? Food is a big part of the celebration.…

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Apple Peda | Indian Sweet with a Canadian twist

Recently I was invited by the Ontario Apple Growers to visit apple farms around Toronto. On that day not only did I learn how hard Ontario farmers work to bring their fresh and local apples to city folk like us, I also learned how ideal the weather is in the Great Lake region for apple farming.…

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Celebrating New Traditions Around The Table {Turkey Makhani Recipe}

Do you like Butter Chicken? This recipe has all of that warm comfort but is made with turkey strips. Interested, yet? This turkey makhani recipe is my take on an Indian classic, reworked for our Canadian kitchen. I have a confession to make.  I love Christmas! From a dressed-up tree to shiny ornaments, the caroling,…

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3 Tips for Diwali Celebration Canada-style

Diwali, the festival of lights, is an important festival for people around the world.  Friends and family get together over lights, fireworks and delicious food.  Diwali celebration lasts 5 days and is usually between October and November. Badi (big) Diwali falls on a no-moon night, and people of South Asian heritage around the world decorate…

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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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