To My Family

To My Family

As a young and very new bride, I had no idea of what went on in the kitchen! I had always considered the kitchen to be my mother’s domain and I just ate all the delicious things she produced!

As a young and very new bride, I had no idea of what went on in the kitchen! I had always considered the kitchen to be my mother’s domain and I just ate all the delicious things she produced!

But I had to learn and learn fast as I had to set up my own home – only I wasn’t a fast learner! I had no clue what was involved and had great fun buying all the shiny new utensils and implements needed for my kitchen! Sadly, I had no clue as to what those utensils and implements were meant for!

So, with trial and error and crying buckets over onions, I had to learn! I was once told by Dad, that the best way to avoid crying while cutting onions, was to hold a piece of bread in my mouth. I tried this very hopefully but looked up with a slice of bread stuck in my mouth, and tears streaming down my cheeks, to see Dad in splits of laughter!

Well, finally, it was sheer necessity that got me interested. I have to give credit to Dad who sat stoically and expressionlessly and ate the sometime scorched meals (I had my nose in a book while the meat was on the fire!) and whatever else that was put in front of him! It was hard but when a dish did work out, it was satisfying to see it eaten with relish!

Being in the Foreign Service, one had to be a ‘Jack of trades’ and produce all sorts of snacks, sweets, main courses, desserts….. and now after having made millions of samosas, patties, gulab jamuns, jalebis (with much help from all of you) for various cocktails and dinners and national day parties, I thought I should put them all together in a book for you – specially since it may stop the frantic S.O.S.s for quick, easy recipes!!

This is a collection of recipes tried over many years and most have been able to fool people into believing that I am a fantastic cook! But they are simple and easy to do and I get the feeling that that is exactly what you are looking for! Recipes that had a long list of ingredients were always very off-putting for me and I realized over the years, that you don’t really need a lot of different spices to make the food taste reasonably good!

So have fun trying them out and remember with a little bit of innovation, ‘you can do it home for nothing’!

As a young and very new bride, I had no idea of what went on in the kitchen! I had always considered the kitchen to be my mother’s domain and I just ate all the delicious things she produced!

As a young and very new bride, I had no idea of what went on in the kitchen! I had always considered the kitchen to be my mother’s domain and I just ate all the delicious things she produced!

But I had to learn and learn fast as I had to set up my own home – only I wasn’t a fast learner! I had no clue what was involved and had great fun buying all the shiny new utensils and implements needed for my kitchen! Sadly, I had no clue as to what those utensils and implements were meant for!

So, with trial and error and crying buckets over onions, I had to learn! I was once told by Dad, that the best way to avoid crying while cutting onions, was to hold a piece of bread in my mouth. I tried this very hopefully but looked up with a slice of bread stuck in my mouth, and tears streaming down my cheeks, to see Dad in splits of laughter!

Well, finally, it was sheer necessity that got me interested. I have to give credit to Dad who sat stoically and expressionlessly and ate the sometime scorched meals (I had my nose in a book while the meat was on the fire!) and whatever else that was put in front of him! It was hard but when a dish did work out, it was satisfying to see it eaten with relish!

Being in the Foreign Service, one had to be a ‘Jack of trades’ and produce all sorts of snacks, sweets, main courses, desserts….. and now after having made millions of samosas, patties, gulab jamuns, jalebis (with much help from all of you) for various cocktails and dinners and national day parties, I thought I should put them all together in a book for you – specially since it may stop the frantic S.O.S.s for quick, easy recipes!!

This is a collection of recipes tried over many years and most have been able to fool people into believing that I am a fantastic cook! But they are simple and easy to do and I get the feeling that that is exactly what you are looking for! Recipes that had a long list of ingredients were always very off-putting for me and I realized over the years, that you don’t really need a lot of different spices to make the food taste reasonably good!

So have fun trying them out and remember with a little bit of innovation, ‘you can do it home for nothing’!