I am Sarah and I love to collect recipes. This is one of the many traits I share with my mom. My mom and I love to buy new cookbooks 🙂 We love reading recipe books as if they were fiction best sellers!
My culinary inspirations are many and varied but I owe my passion to two very special women in my life – both my grandmothers. My paternal grandmother was a generous cook who never used any recipes but always made scrumptious food. She used to cook food on a traditional wood stove and all the dishes would have the mild smoky flavor of the wood fire. My maternal grandmother was a stern but loving lady who pored over recipe books – I owe my recipe book addiction to her and my mom in equal parts. My grandmother was a passionate baker and used to make lovely Bundt cakes, fruit cakes and more quite often. I cherish many memories of watching her cook for us and fondly remember how she always had a glass of freshly squeezed lime juice for me when I got home from school.
I can only cook by the book – I need a recipe, a starting point or some idea with which to begin….this is probably because I studied food and nutrition in a very methodical manner in a food lab with a Record* notebook and detailed notes! I wish I could cook just like that but I can’t and this is something I am working on. My favorite condiments are garlic, cumin and coriander powder. I just can’t get enough of these 🙂
Joshua, my husband, is a natural cook – he needs no recipe books! He likes ginger and pepper unlike me so these days I try to add more pepper to food for him. He is a confident cook and inspires me to be fearless in the kitchen too 🙂 Joshua likes tea and I like coffee, I am a sugar addict and he not at all, he is a non-vegetarian and I am a lacto-ovo-vegetarian- many differences but our common love is food!
This blog is our version of a Record notebook* in which to jot down our foodie adventures and the success/failure of our cooking experiments.
* As any Indian kid can tell you, a Record notebook is the Holy Grail of all notebooks in school – used only for “practicals” or classes with lab exercises like chemistry, physics, biology etc. This big notebook must be kept exceptionally neat and produced at all Lab examinations where after much scrutiny your drawings and notes are graded.
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