Monthly Archives: May 2011

Chutney and other sour stuff.

The title might seem lame but this is an ode to a now universal condiment originating from every corner of India. Each part of India has its own specialty be it the coconut chutney of the south, the garlic chutney … Continue reading

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A note on picnic food: How I learned to love burgers and other American food.

There is a story that I am blocking out. I remembered it recently only when a friend of mine mentioned it. So if I don’t write this today I will chicken out and never write this story. Because it is … Continue reading

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A five course meal.

I did not grow up eating multiple course meals. We had a lot of food at our dinner tables and we ate it all together with rice or roti. The first time I ate a several course meal was when … Continue reading

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Milk Pail Market.

Our first home together in California we lived in Mountain View near this huge mall with a Target and Walmart and Safeway and just outside the mall were several cute little grocery stores which had the most amazing collection of … Continue reading

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My first chocolate cake.

After 5 years in grad school, I decided to move to California where my husband of almost 2 years had moved to from Cornell. I had still not got my degree and it didn’t look like it was going to … Continue reading

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Food for love.

There was a time during grad school when it seemed like nothing was going my way. I wasn’t getting any positive results to my experiments or publishing while my colleagues were. I barely passed my qualifiers. So I took a … Continue reading

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Rediscovering South India.

A menu in my file from 2003 reads as follows: Rice, Pulao, Masial, Raita, Aloo fry. I can’t remember what the occasion was exactly, but in grad school I loved having people over and cooking for them. I think it’s … Continue reading

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