I started this year off with a goal to become a better runner and train for a marathon. For me it was a metaphor about moving forward.
For a number of reasons, I felt – and feel – as if I’ve been handed a baton, like life and circumstance had given me a story and said, ‘Go. Run with it. Metamorphose.’ I needed something to believe in and I needed something to prove. I needed to be braved out of my skin.
For people like me who spend a lot of time thinking and writing, it’s imperative to have activities that provide outlets for grounding and centering. Running provided an outlet to reify negativity into something positive.
Posted in Bread, Scones, Muffins & Biscuits, Favourites, Holidays
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Meal Type: Favs
My mom’s Catch-22: not eating meat, but cooking it with precision. Being vegetarian has been her lifelong personal choice. Perhaps growing up in India and cooking a multitude of veggies, beans, and lentils led to this decision. Or, maybe it was because she never really liked the texture or sight of meat, so eating it halfheartedly seemed, pretty silly.
While she may not enjoy meat, she takes great pride in making something that will ensure good eating for everyone else. If you ask her about curry chicken, she always tells the same story. Growing up in her Punjab village, it was her responsibility to make curry chicken on Diwali. The story always starts with her scrubbing the massive pot in preparation. Diligently, mashing onions, garlic, ginger, and chilies to a fine paste with a mortar and pestle. Careful to remind me that no food processor was accessible.
Posted in Favourites, Poultry
Also tagged chicken, chili, curry, garam, garlic, ginger, gravy, indian, influence, masala, mom, roasted, spices, turmeric
Meal Type: Everyday