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If you are or you have a picky eater

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in musing | 1 comment

If you are or you have a picky eater

I have learnt about the food culture here in stages.I was introduced to the concept of ‘canned’ vegetable/fruit/meal’,’meal in a box’,’frozen food’ to name some… After marrying my very American husband one of thing which i learnt is,”meal is not complete here without meat” and by meat it doesn’t have to be finger licking ribs or a bold piece  of steak.’Meat and Potatoes’ are sort of classic American fare for many here growing up. After having kids, my knowledge in food department increased and reading the list of ingredients became the part of grocery shopping.I became more aware of  ‘Food Allergy’. Though it wasn’t until that our kids started school that I have been reminded of  dominance of  ‘food allergy’ at every class party, end of the game snacks and any get together.I became familiar with very strategically marketed ‘kids meal’ and have been forced to think why chicken nuggets/hot dogs/mac and cheese are identifiable with kids meal?As a mom my responsibility to serve healthy meal  to my  family and challenge of ‘picky eaters’ is as real to me as it to any mom.My kids don’t like everything I cook, heck even I don’t like many things that I cook but I have taken cue from my parents and keep that in mind to conquer the ‘picky-ness’ to prevent our family from becoming ‘picky eaters’. I grew up in big family.Five siblings.So it wasn’t always that we liked everything my mom cooked but now that we are all grown up and living our life,we all miss my mom’s cooking and even those food which we know we absolutely didn’t like growing up.No,it is not mere nostalgia that all of a sudden we are liking and craving everything reminiscent of old mom days.I do not think that,you can feed that kind of nostalgia to your taste buds.This is what I think could have happened to shape the taste buds of all our siblings. We liked the food because of the way it was ‘seasoned’.Boiled,steamed food is good for you but because of its blandness,it fails to excite the taste bud easily.I have this theory,no matter how good and healthy food is,if i don’t eat it,it is no good to me.Making it fun by seasoning it, helps.It does not mean that you need ten different spice mix.It means, knowing  few spices and using it creatively.So for example, Onion and Garlic are immediate taste builder.Cumin and Peppers add just the right kick.Turmeric perks up the food and makes it pleasing to eyes. We liked the food because of the way it was cooked.There are a list of vegetables which I didn’t like growing up.Are you surprised?Okra, Bittermelon, Turnips, Spinach, Cabbage, any kind of green leafy vegetable in general.Different produce need different kind of pampering but one thing which works for most  is,every vegetable love to spend time in heat and oil and get little tan.Know when to add water and when to cover and let it cook in its own steam. For example, i don’t like okra, when it is sticky, so my mom started sauteing it at high heat to get rid of that stickiness. Bittermelon is very very good for you but very very bitter.It is an acquired taste, so my mom would use raw mangoes/dry mango powder, tomatoes, lemon juice, lots of onions to cut through the bitterness.Turnips have to be sautéed at high heat quickly,should be  very...

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Happy Resurrection Day

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in musing, Storytelling | 0 comments

Happy Resurrection Day

“25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die”. John 11:25 I am celebrating Easter since I got married.Even then I didn’t do anything out of ordinary to mark this day.Couple of years later,kids added,kids growing,I wanted to incorporate more to the day.I want our kids to grasp what this day is all about.Hopping through the blogs,I decided to add a tradition to make cards.So I asked my daughter,who loves to color and draw,”Lets make some ‘Easter’ cards”.She got very excited..’Yes,I will draw some eggs,it will be cute Mom’..Hmmmm..I thought.So I asked,” Think about ‘Resurrection Card honey’.What comes in your mind?”.She said.,”hmmm…Jesus died for our sins..(pause)..on cross..(pause)..on the mountain.” Looking at her card,I asked her,what is ‘inside the tomb’.I was expecting it to be empty.She explained,”oh  just pretending..Jesus ‘was‘ there,he is not there ‘.We said out loud Matthew 28:6,our theme verse…..this is what she draw. You see I only tweaked the words and it made all the difference in her mind.Being said that,I also fully acknowledge that,I have not done great job about making my kids tune out their brain just yet from,eggs,bunnies and peeps to ‘cross’ ,’empty tomb’ and ‘risen savior’ irrespective of  the term I use for Sunday after Good Friday.Combined with the fact that ‘Easter’ has many origins and it has meant different things to different  culture,time period and civilizations whereas Resurrection has only ONE meaning.It was understood in same way by the Christians who celebrated it and those who didn’t. So,since we can’t get enough of this day we brought ‘Resurrection’ to our kitchen table.We made Resurrection Rolls for breakfast Empty Tomb Rolls for dinner Empty tomb Resurrection cake for dessert HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY...

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Tale of Eggplants

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in musing | 0 comments

Tale of Eggplants

Eggplant.I heard this word first time before my intended trip to US  decade ago.It was the part of vocabulary list in culture training,prepared for Indians S/W associates traveling to work onsite at US and I was the part of that group.Hmmmm…i thought fancy word for what i had known as ‘Brinjal’ in Indian english.’Aubergine’ as I later came to know its  ‘European’ Synonym.In Hindi we call it,’Baingan‘ and the people who hate this vegetable,distort it to say it as ‘Bay-goon'(meaning ‘of no quality’)as local slang.Funny,isn’t it? During  my first purchase of eggplants at supermarket here,i realized that saying it as ‘eggplant’ wasn’t enough,as I found out at the checking counter when the clerk looked through the long list of laminated sheets.It took him quite a while as most of them don’t know what vegetables it is to begin with.So you can guess it is not very popular vegetable among Americans.I also found out there are two distinct kind of eggplants sold here. Asian: Long,slander,non-bitter,soft inside,thin-skinned version is labeled as ‘Japanese’ or ‘Chinese’ eggplant.Purple skin.I do not know why they are not called ‘consistently’ one or other.I call it Asian to unify everyone. Indian version comes in smooth purple,smooth and freckled light green and white.Half the length of their  ‘Japanese/Chinese’ brothers.It tastes the same as what I had growing up. Italian-This version is plump and big,almost double-triple the size of Chinese eggplant,not as long though.4-5 times of their Indian cousins,thicker skinned,you can say Chinese eggplant on steroid.Purple color.Bitter than Asian version.They are popular in dishes such as Eggplant Parmigiano,Moussaka because it has larger surface area to layer it with toppings.My guess and it is only my guess,that what South Indian,round ‘Brinjal’ looks like in maturity,is what these Italian eggplant look like when they are newborn. I like this vegetable as usual.Asian over the Italian version.I often make this quick eggplant side dish .Keep looking for the posts on how i use them time to...

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Foodie Journey

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in musing | 0 comments

I created this blog on blogger little over 2 years ago and it existed in utter futility, breathed internet air for nothing…Years rolled and many things  happened,like pinterest 🙂 .Encouraged by some other friends,i decided to put an end  my  long time procrastination, i started,what i call Project 365(366 for this year for all you picky ).I decided that i will take picture everyday of whatever it is.1 or 2 or many..So today when my darling husband suggested ,taking pics of the food would help him select what  he would like for dinner.Yes to answer the age old profound question “Whats for dinner?”, which i face every evening . And thats when i had an epiphany,may be i should revive this fruitlessly breathing,merely existing blog which i created years ago and turned it into a foodie journal.Listing food which i make on regular basis and we can look back  for future menu planning.I am too lazy to do menu planning or stick with it,if i do indeed plan one.I thought may be i should just write somewhere what i made and look back to it over the period of time to get some idea…so there it goes..Bon Appetit...

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