Traditional Indian Diet.

I like to make informed decisions so a few years ago I started researching this topic of how to eat healthy and lose weight. In my younger years I shied away from Indian food. But over the years, all my research has revealed that the best way for me to lose weight is to eat a balanced traditional Indian diet. In this video even though Kareena is all over the place, she re-iterates my discovery. Eat wholesome food, eat ghee, eat healthy carbs, eat local, and most importantly feel good about what you eat! So I am gonna publish this post and proudly eat some aloo gobi with roti and raita.

January Favourites

January Favourites 1 - Three Wishes

Dear reader, I am ready to re-kindle our relationship. Though I took a break, I never cheated by picking up another hobby.

I still cook and might have even developed an ounce of patience. I still love coffee, though tea has been campaigning to win my attention. Recently, I have started drinking Three Wishes tea by David’s Tea. Every time I take a sip of this hot black flowery tea, I want to sink in my bed with a good book. I was introduced to this tea by Amir Serzhanov and have been in love since. With the tea Not Amir!
January Favourites2aJanuary was a month of road trips! I took the first week off and we drove down to NY. As always I make a pit stop at Dean and Deluca’s, Soho location. This time, while browsing for chocolates I came across Fran’s Caramels. I was first introduced to them in ’09 at a food tour in Seattle. The tour guide told us, that when Obama was campainging though Seattle, during an interview he mentioned Fran’s smoked salt caramels. Next day when Fran Bigelow came to work over a dozen voicemail messages were waiting for her, asking for Obama chocolate. Unaware of the interview, she started calling people back telling them that she doesn’t make that chocolate. Today the White House is stocked with them for their visitors. Needless to say, I bought 6 boxes of these and shared them with a few loved ones!
January Favourites3Once I returned from the trip, my friend Meghan and I hosted a pasta making night at Eastgate! It was my idea, but I had never made pasta before and had to do some extensive research to find a pasta maker, techniques, and recipes. I bought the Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 Pasta Maker and we made ricotta filled ravioli in pesto sauce, asparagus filled ravioli in tomato sauce, lemon basil linguine, and bow tie pasta. All thanks to LGO friends and a couple of bottles of wine.

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Wait what was I talking about? Road trips!!! I drove down to Vermont with the girls for a ski trip, which turned into Heady Topper, a double India Pale Ale, hunt. This beer sells out within hours of being received by a retail store and I couldn’t get my hands on it. Technically, I can’t call it a favorite, if I haven’t tried it. Technicalities wouldn’t stop me from sharing a New England gem with you.

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Anyway, the real highlight of the trip was La Raclette that Evelene fed us. Raclette is the name of a cheese made with cow’s milk that is melted until it could be scraped and served with boiled potatoes and with fresh charcuterie. It was a delicious way to end a FOODLISH January!

Pssst – I stole Raclette pics of this beautiful blog. Now that I have confessed the internet police can’t do anything!!!

A trip to St John’s, NL: Rocket Bakery

A few months after we moved to St John’s, NL from Vancouver, the local newspapers were filled with stories about a local eatery, Auntie Crae’s, closing down. Rumor on the street was that a new bakery was opening in its place. A few weeks later unknowingly I walked into the new Rocket bakery to get a cup coffee and ended up spending hours there.

During a recent visit to Rocket Bakery, I was looking for the bathroom and somehow ended up in Kelly Mansell’s office. Kelly introduced herself as a part owner and I couldn’t stop myself from asking how it all began. Turns out she moved from downtown Toronto to St John’s, just to open Rocket. She has been a part of Comrags, Toronto based women’s clothing label, and has worked on projects such as Pepsi’s Junos/Refresh. I am glad I got to connect with Kelly as she is a vibrant entrepreneur and is full of ideas to take Rocket to a whole new level.

Menu: Rocket Bakery offers in house made soups, salads, sandwiches, jams, and baked goods ranging from breads to cakes. They also have an espresso bar served by a barista who even creates latte art. Arvind’s favorite Rocket food is the pulled pork sandwich.

Price: I got a spicy tomato & black bean soup and a chocolate covered profiterole for $11.80.

Taste: Even though I am not a big fan of cream filled pastries, I loved the profiterole. Rocket’s profiteroles are filled with pastry cream, which tasted like a cross between whipped cream and custard. The tomato soup was served with a cheesy slice of baguette. The soup was hot, spicy, and hearty. I’ll definitely have both of these again.

Size: After devouring the soup, I found the profiterole was too much for me. I made the mistake of taking the rest of profiterole home… As Arvind got to it before I did.

My verdict: Rocket Bakery is where taste of home cooking meets modern heritage style. I will definitely go back to Rocket Bakery to eat healthy meals, buy local bread, and enjoy fresh flowers on each table.

Guest Post for Savour the Senses: Coriander Chili Chutney

My mom introduced me to her kitchen through washing dishes. Mom needed help and at 6 years of age I needed a reason to play with water. Slowly I graduated to cooking in my mom’s kitchen. Even then, when I would cook, mom would conveniently take care of the cleaning. Once I moved out I realized it takes a lot more to run a kitchen. My biggest challenge is to use ingredients that are about to go bad, without having to make a grocery trip. One such ingredient is coriander as it wilts soon. Thanks to Kosha now I know how to make quick Coriander Chili Chutney before my coriander starts to wilt. My mom would be so proud!

Last week Jenny from Savour the Senses kindly invited me to write a guest post. This was my first invitation to do so and I felt honored!! Hop over to Jenny’s blog for the Coriander Chili Chutney recipe.