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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.…

What is your favourite food memory?

Memories around the dinner table I can never remember what I did yesterday, but my lunch time memories from when I was achild, those are with me forever. For starters, the meal was always late in the afternoon to make sure we all made it in time to sit down together at the dining table. …

11 Tips For Eating out with Allergies: India edition

We live in Toronto and travel often especially to visit family and friends in India. This annual trip has been challenging to say the least since being diagnosed with food allergies and intolerances. Over time I have figured out ways to navigate the culinary wonders of Indian cuisine and keep my daughter’s eczema at bay at…

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Food Rationing, Doing Without and Delicious Broccoli Stems

I grew up in India during a time of food rationing and careful spending. In the 1970s, shortly after achieving independence from the British, India was at war with its neighbours. This was a long and tough period in India’s history and the after-effects of the two wars lingered for years. Families (like mine) continued…

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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Celebrating Diwali #MyDiwaliStory

Diwali is the single-biggest celebration for more than a billion people living around the world.  I grew up in India where celebrating Diwali meant shopping for new clothes, hanging out with cousins, feasting every day and of course setting off fireworks.  My mom would decorate trays of homemade mithai – sweets – and my brother…

A Postcard from India | Travel with kids | Raising global citizens |
A Postcard From India

Hi there, You may have noticed that my writing has been a little quiet lately. And no, it’s not the summer burnout with kids at home. I had a big reason, one from a land far far away. Visiting India with kids is a big undertaking but the opportunity to connect with family and the rewards of being immersed…

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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…

Weird things I miss about India | India Travels | Travel with Kids | Maple and Marigold
10 Weird Things I Miss About India

I live in Canada and happily so. At the same time I miss India especially when there’s a special day coming up. With colour and lights and decorations on every corner, it feels like home. Can a girl have two homes? I’m living proof she can! Weird Things I Miss About India The idiosyncrasies that I’m…

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