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July 27, 2018

When I think of Coffee cakes, I am back in Kerala in my parent’s home in Kochi. I can see myself as the skinny nine-year-old, fussy about food and highly stubborn. I was an anti-social butterfly, truly content with what God had blessed me with. Mum was a super baker and decorator...sadly she wasn’t blessed with a child who enjoyed these. I falsely presumed, you become a mum, you...

July 20, 2017

Pizzas to me and Sanjan 25 years ago were not the exotic ones from Pizza hut or Dominoes ...But the one from the Place to Be- Hot breads from Warriam road, Ernakulam. Pizza to us was not Pepperoni or Hawaiian..but the  Chilly chicken Pizza or Chicken pizza that set our mouths drooling...

Being mothers now, we often hear our dear and near complaining that their child is a fuss...

July 19, 2017

Dear Mol

 Imagine you and your bestie decided to plant fruit trees in your respective gardens…..

Fruit trees require a lot of care and attention from the day you sow the seedling. You have to feed it with a lot of water and manure, protect it from the gusty winds, harsh sunshine and annoying pests….You have to give it time to bear the fruit…

Mol each tree is different. You and your...

June 10, 2017

When I think of comfort foods, the two things that come to my mind are the food that enriched my soul and the person who filled me with happiness cooking it.

At this moment, I think of Rema Ammai ( My dad's first cousin), I can only think of three words to describe her " Simple, humorous and a culinary Goddess in modern Kerala Cooking".....

Most of my conversations with Rema Ammai...

June 6, 2017

Over the weekend, to kill time I was watching the movie Bangalore days. In the movie the protagonist Krishnan (Nivin Pauly) muses when Indian bred people embrace the western ways, the Western world embraces the Indian life....

It  got me thinking and my thoughts floated to my Mother's brother's wife Vila Aunty.

My grandmother Leela Ammama was a fiery Scorpian who was not the easies...

June 4, 2017

When I am asked the following questions...

" What is Kerala's speciality  food? Name the main one..."

" Is Onam a Hindu festival?"

it gets me into the  thinking mode....

Honestly from a deep level, the answer is I don't know....

What is Kerala's speciality food?

Like Andhra's Hyderabadi biryani or Mumbai's Pav Bhaji                                                    or Punjab's Tandoor...

June 1, 2017

I love Thai green curries. It encompasses a complex flavour which is a balance of sweet, sour, salty and spice.

 If something entices my palette, my quest is to reproduce it in my culinary laboratory. In my younger days, I found the joy of shopping around of the key ingredients to the recreate Thailand's favourite curry. Each time I cooked it, my love for the homemade version vani...

May 30, 2017

My great grandfather VV Raman (VVR) had a very strict food regime- Rice, gravy, meat/fish, Vegetables and Payasam. Everyday for lunch ..No excuses and I wondered why...

My great Grandfather was called Rajah by his wife and his daughters and I always wondered y????

One day I could not hold my curiosity any longer and I questioned all my grandmothers why... and out came a beautiful s...

May 26, 2017

Happy birthday Achacha...you are so far away...yet you are within me. There is no day I think of you...I dream you...sometimes I am happy...but sometimes I cant control how much I miss you.... I am always happy you shared so many details of your life with me.. even the most challenging moments in the most positive way..

My Achacha Tharayil Appu Velunni was born as the 4th child to...

May 21, 2017

I adore the colours orange and red. Orange has calm and mood lifting capabilities and this is exactly the season Fall is about.

In my previous blog posts , I have shared my aversions for road trips with you.

We humans are incredible at the time of catastrophies and distress. Most of the time, our true potential shines then...

The past week was a self discovery week. Chettan had work...

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