Our Dedication to Sushila

Our Dedication to Sushila

Our parents met, fell in love and got married in Switzerland in 1960, when our mom (Sushila) was just 17 years old. Her husband, Placido, was a young officer in the Indian Foreign Service and they spent the next spent the next 50 years together, traveling the world and raising four children across ten countries.

The life of a diplomat’s spouse quickly thrust Sushila into a world where cocktail parties, dinners and other regular entertainment in their home were an almost every day occurrence.  Our mom had never been a homemaker. She couldn’t cook at all when she was first married. But she was smart and talented and simply didn’t believe that anything was impossible. So she learned. She tried and failed and tried again and eventually her cooking became one of her signatures.  Over the years, she used that simple philosophy over and over – nothing was impossible as long as you were willing to work at it. And she taught that to her kids and to everyone lucky enough to be in her life.

For her, food was much more than nourishment.  Cooking was a means to entertain, to foster great friendships and to build human connections.  Whether it was dinner with the family or a cocktail reception for 500 people, her cuisine set the backdrop for rich conversation, subtle diplomacy and deep friendships. No visitor to her home every left hungry!

A few years before her death, she compiled some of her recipes into a book that she gave to her kids. When she passed away in 2011, our lives were diminished vastly without her presence, but we are determined to keep her legacy alive. So we share her recipes, we cook for each other, we gather as often as we can to share a cup of tea and talk and laugh and remember the things that our mother taught us: be kind, be generous, be strong and work hard. Live your life with strength and hope and never let anyone convince you that anything is impossible.

This site is a tribute to our mother, who lives on in the lives we lead, the memories we share and in the food we make every day. We honor her life by doing our best to live our lives the way she did. With love and laughter, family and food. And, of course, a good strong cup of tea.

Our parents met, fell in love and got married in Switzerland in 1960, when our mom (Sushila) was just 17 years old. Her husband, Placido, was a young officer in the Indian Foreign Service and they spent the next spent the next 50 years together, traveling the world and raising four children across ten countries.

The life of a diplomat’s spouse quickly thrust Sushila into a world where cocktail parties, dinners and other regular entertainment in their home were an almost every day occurrence.  Our mom had never been a homemaker. She couldn’t cook at all when she was first married. But she was smart and talented and simply didn’t believe that anything was impossible. So she learned. She tried and failed and tried again and eventually her cooking became one of her signatures.  Over the years, she used that simple philosophy over and over – nothing was impossible as long as you were willing to work at it. And she taught that to her kids and to everyone lucky enough to be in her life.

For her, food was much more than nourishment.  Cooking was a means to entertain, to foster great friendships and to build human connections.  Whether it was dinner with the family or a cocktail reception for 500 people, her cuisine set the backdrop for rich conversation, subtle diplomacy and deep friendships. No visitor to her home every left hungry!

A few years before her death, she compiled some of her recipes into a book that she gave to her kids. When she passed away in 2011, our lives were diminished vastly without her presence, but we are determined to keep her legacy alive. So we share her recipes, we cook for each other, we gather as often as we can to share a cup of tea and talk and laugh and remember the things that our mother taught us: be kind, be generous, be strong and work hard. Live your life with strength and hope and never let anyone convince you that anything is impossible.

This site is a tribute to our mother, who lives on in the lives we lead, the memories we share and in the food we make every day. We honor her life by doing our best to live our lives the way she did. With love and laughter, family and food. And, of course, a good strong cup of tea.