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Thanksgiving

It’s my favorite food holiday. Actually… I think it’s the only food holiday out there. We never celebrated it as kids, well, because it’s a very American holiday, and growing up in Hong Kong that wasn’t something we did. I mean, it’s a holiday that is celebrated now, especially Friendsgiving, but I think that’s more so because of the pop culture aspect of the holiday. Anyway, sometimes I think about how many Thanksgivings I’ve missed out on, and how there’s a lot of cooking (and eating!) to catch up on.

Thanksgiving is a big deal with the husbo’s family, and he’s been home every single year, with the exception of the year we took our honeymoon (oops!) but I can totally see why he loves being at home. The dinner spread is always amazing. I mean, it consists of the usual – turkey/ veggies/ roasted sweet potatoes or gourds/ gravy/ cranberry sauce/ stuffing (you get the jist) but it’s the one time of year you can eat all the carbs in the world and not feel terrible about it! 

Over the years, I have come to realize that Thanksgiving is more than the food: it’s about family. It’s about love. It’s about enjoying eachother’s company, and the warm fuzzy feelings you get around the holidays. We’re thankful for loved ones, good health and life all year round, but there’s something about being at home with your fam, stuffing your face with amazing food that makes us all the more grateful. Wouldn’t you agree? #familyfoodandlove

East to West, India is the Best!

Whenever anyone mentions India, this ^^^ is literally the first thing that pops into my head! It’s a chant that I’ve heard so many avid cricket fans sing simultaneously while they watch their home team play a match. It’s dorky but super catchy, you’ve got to admit.

Ok, super random, but seeing that today is India’s Independence Day, I thought it would be fun to do a post on the Indian food the husbo and I (ok, who am I kidding, it’s really just him) have been cooking. It started out with him making his mother’s mattar paneer recipe, and then he wanted to make one of his favorite’s: lamb keema.

My major participation was ensuring we ate yummy parathas with our meal, and also making sure we had some great rosé. The parathas are the ones that I used to eat as a kid – they’re super flakey, frozen parathas from Malaysia, and I was beyond excited when I realized you can find them at any Asian grocery store (hello, HMART!)  

A few weeks ago, randomly on a weekend, we were craving samosas (that makes me laugh out loud!) so we turned to Yelp and found out that IndAroma – a place that we almost used to cater our wedding – is so close to our home, like 10 minutes down the road! So we drive over, stop at Starbucks for iced tea, and then I suggest that the husbo race me to the other side of the parking lot (me walking, him driving at “parking lot” speed, ha!) I win – duh – so while I wait for his little turtle butt to drive over, I discovered I was standing next to this cute little Indian grocery. I was so excited about it! No more driving 13 miles to the dinky, not so cute, other Indian store. I immediately spotted the dhokla mix and picked up a bunch of packets, took it home, and whipped up that deliciousness, complete with sauteed mustard seeds & cilantro to garnish #yummmm

Fast forward to a couple of nights ago, the husbo was craving mushroom sabzi and so he made it. It turned out great! I made dhokla again, but this time messed it up a little (I didn’t grease the dish properly so everything crumbled and stuck to the bottom, noooo.) The cilantro & mint chutney was super easy – it’s literally cilantro, tomatoes (from our herb garden!), yellow onion, jalapeno, mint, salt & pepper to taste, and lime juice. Then you mush with a hand blender and ta-da!

just realized I spelled dhokla wrong. oops.

I’ll be honest, the husbo & I don’t consider ourselves to be very traditional when it comes to a lot of things Indian, but it turns out we’re kind of obsessed with the food. Go figure.