The Book That Is Changing My Life

…is The Dirt Cure. Before I delve into that, I want to mention the other book I recently finished (on Audible): Grain Brain. I cannot even remember now where I first heard about Grain Brain, but I listened to it in full and was intrigued by its assertions. After reading more about the book and the…

Mom’s Recipes: Tuna Thoran

In keeping with the theme of my mom’s Malayali cooking and our heavy reliance on coconut, my next dish is a great option for fish eaters. As I mentioned before, Malayalis eat alot of fish and seafood. My mom always purchased fresh fish from the local Indian or Asian grocery store, bones included. We enjoyed…

Mom’s Recipes: Avial

As part of a new series, I’m excited to share the glories of some of my favorite Indian recipes, namely what my momma taught me. My family is from the southern Indian state of Kerala, and the food I grew up eating is not typically found in the Indian restaurants we all frequent. Some restaurants may…

San Francisco Trip

As mentioned in my previous post on traveling with an infant, our little family took our first major trip earlier this month. We chose San Francisco, a city I have visited before but that my husband had not been to yet. We were entertaining a few options (Hawaii, the Turks and Caicos — where we…

Homemade protein bars

In recent months, I have been on a major healthy food/lifestyle kick and have really enjoyed eating wholesome and mostly homemade foods. It has helped me start shedding my pregnancy weight, and I feel overall more energetic and healthier. A huge part of this has been eliminating sugar as much as possible from my diet….

My Favorite Cooking Shows

I love to eat. I don’t always love to cook (namely after 12 hour work shifts), so preparing delicious meals at home is unfortunately not a daily occurrence in my home. Add to the fact that I have yet to master the organizational skills it requires to meal plan and prep for dinners, and some…

Idli Sambar

As of late, I have been having a lot of Malayali/South Indian food cravings. The simplest recipes like moru curry (a simple dish of yogurt and turmeric served over rice) and pickled mango or lemon (achar) have brought me great comfort. Several weeks ago I called to ask my mom for her her avial recipe…

Fruit & Nut Overnight Oats

During our honeymoon in Thailand, we enjoyed a daily complimentary breakfast that was unlike any other continental breakfast I’ve ever had. Each morning there was a wide variety of breads, cured meats, pureed jams, fruits, and freshly squeezed juices to choose from. It was a challenge not to eat a bit of everything (which we…

Love & New Orleans

I’m finally getting to the pictures I snapped two weekends ago when we took a small family trip to New Orleans. My brother-in-law was visiting from England, so it was a first for him as well as for my parents-in-law! Last Mardi Gras season I was on the verge of utter despair at seeing everyone’s…

Holiday Treats

A few weeks ago I came across a ridiculously simple recipe for a cute holiday treat andĀ gave it a try. I am not much of a baker/sweets maker, but I thought this recipe was easy enough. It called for a double boiling technique which I have never attempted before, but it was super straight forward….

Weekend in San Diego

I have only been to California once before (to San Francisco, just after I took Step 1 of the boards in medical school), and I fell in love with it then. I traveled the city alone for the most part, as the friend I was planning to visit ended up moving back to Pennsylvania just…

Our First Holiday Season

Since moving into our new home just a few months ago, we have really been enjoying the holiday spirit and starting new traditions for years to come. We decorated a Christmas tree last week (my husband’s first Christmas tree, and my first real one!) just before Thanksgiving. Because my in-laws were only able to come…