My Thoughts on Aziz

With the recent news about Azis Ansari, I have had conflicting thoughts and emotions about “Grace’s” (name changed) account of her experience and Aziz’s response to it. I’ve read commentary on both sides of the debate, and yet more commentary toeing the line between the two sides. I think that is where the discomfort stems….

My 2017 Audiobooks

Last year was the first time I tried Audible, and I am still loving it! Though my work commutes are much shorter now, I still fit in listening to audiobooks at various times throughout the day. I have taken a break recently due to being sick, but I’m hoping to finish out my current book…

How I Meal Prep

Nowadays, everyone can google “meal prep” and find countless examples of how to plan and prepare meals at home for a healthy week ahead. Ever since starting a new job where I no longer get free hot meals for lunch (those previous meals were mediocre at best and could hardly be called healthy anyway), I…

My Husband’s On Point Lamb Curry

Lamb curry is usually a special occasion dish in our home. Over the past few years, we have made it on numerous occasions especially when hosting guests. It’s a dish that I always look forward to if my husband is making it because he puts a lot of time and love into it — and it…

Curried Cauliflower, Carrot, and Cannelini Bean Soup

I first made this soup a few years ago and forgot how good and simple it was. I made a batch in my pressure cooker this past weekend, and it provided 4 days of lunch plus a little leftover for the baby to try (she ate it up aside from the cauliflower, ha!). It is…

Mom’s Recipes: Naranja Achar (Indian Lemon Pickle)

Side note: I always found it weird that the Malayalam word for lemon (naranja, pronounced na-ren-ya, looks like the Spanish word for orange. Our word for table (mesa) is also similar, mesa but we pronounce the “s” as “sh”). Since fermented foods are all the craze right now and boast many health benefits (think kombucha, kimchi, etc.),…

Mom’s Recipes: Dry Masala Chicken

This recipe is way overdue as I was supposed to share this beauty weeks and weeks ago. Sorry to those who asked for the recipe — I had not forgotten! I think my chicken curry cooking skills are fairly honed by this point. I like to alternate between regular chicken curry (using red chili powder and…

Mom’s Recipes: Spicy Kerala Shrimp Curry

I find that whenever I try to make fish curry like my mom’s, it never quite turns out right. It tastes fine, but the color is totally off and it’s not spicy enough. The last time I made it, I asked her what the heck I was doing wrong and she informed me that I…

Man Caves & Mom Guilt

For some weird reason, these two topics have been on my mind/coming up in conversations recently. So here is a brief discussion/rant. Enjoy, or stop reading now if you truly love the concept of man caves. And of mom guilt. Neither make sense to me. Man Caves — why? So a man, presumably married and with…

Role Models For My Daughter: Bharati Mukherjee

Today’s role model is very fitting in our current state of affairs here in the U.S. For this post, I highlight an immigrant woman. For the longest time, I had Bharati Mukherjee’s novel Jasmine on my bookshelf, sitting there, waiting to be read. I always seemed to forget about it, and more recent novels always swept…

Role Models For My Daughter: Michelle Obama

Need I say more? I mean really. But yes, I will say more. Isn’t that the point of a blog? Ever since I started this series, I have been wanting to write a post on Mrs. Obama. But where would I even start? She has accomplished so much, inspired so many, and raised two lovely…

Naturally Perfect Dolls

While eating dinner tonight, my husband and I were watching Shark Tank. Every single time we try to choose something to watch and there’s a new Shark Tank episode, it is the show I least want to watch. I don’t know why I never have the urge to watch it, but once I do, I’m…