This little blog has been severely neglected for quite some time (sorry! ), but for good reason.
Actually there are a few reasons, but I’d like to introduce you to the main culprit:
Meet Arjun. My sweet baby boy!
Arjun is now 1 month old and I’m finally beginning to feel like myself again. My energy is returning and I’m finally feeling like cooking again.
I had a wonderful pregnancy and a very fast labor,
but I suffered with extremely low blood pressure which caused me to have absolutely no energy until after Arjun was born.
I seldom cooked while I was pregnant, and my doctors actually put me on a junk food diet to try and increase my pressure so that I wouldn’t need fluid infusions every week.
Now that Arjun has begun to develop a routine (kind of…),
I’m hoping to start cooking and sharing some new recipes!
It’s the end of May, and I’m so happy to announce that Winter has finally decided to leave Minnesota! In all my memory–granted, that’s a little less than 30 years–I have never suffered through such a horrible, never-ending season. It was terrible.
The -60 degree F (-51.1 degrees C, for all you non-American peeps out there) windchills not only made life miserable for me (actually, this winter life was miserable for nearly everyone!) but it also took it’s toll on my beautiful gardens.
Sadly, my beloved lavender plant did not survive. It’s dead stems are still protruding out of the ground and I keep hoping maybe–just maybe–they’ll send out some new, green shoots. So far, no luck.
I’ve been meaning to get a few new posts up on this space for quite a while now, but I’ve just been so busy with cleaning the yard/gardens, mulching, and planting. I keep telling Piyush that he gets the better end of the deal. He pays for the supplies and I do all the labor while he’s out golfing. Haha…after all, a happy marriage is all about compromise!
Last week our local market had mangoes on sale. The mangoes we get here in Minnesota are mostly tasteless and I don’t really enjoy to eat them plain as a snack. However, they do star wonderfully in a delicious, homemade chutney!
Typically (or at least what Piyush tells me), in India mango chutney is made with green, unripe mangoes. But because ours have little flavor I always choose to let them ripen until they’re at their sweetest.
I just wanted to leave a quick update for you all since it seems I’ve disappeared from the blog-world lately!
First things first, I’ve started a new job within Mayo. Although exciting, it’s been a huge shift in my schedule and my body has been trying to adapt to waking up at 5:30am–and unfortunately for me–4:30am this week! I am definitely NOT a morning person! I’ve still been cooking and I’ve still been taking photos of my “creations,” I just haven’t had the time to upload and blog everything.
Hopefully I can find a routine soon! Once my training period is done, my schedule will be more regular and will allow me more time to blog. Yippee!
Some things to look forward to:
There are certain foods that have the fascinating ability to transport me to another place and time. Sometimes it’s the taste of a fragrant, freshly baked slice of bread. One bite and I’m nine years old, back in my grandmother’s farm kitchen giggling with my cousins. Oh how I miss my cousins…
Other times it’s one sip of a cheap keg beer at a friend’s wedding causing me to remember my college days and all the (embarrassingly fun) moments with long-lost friends whom I’ll probably never cross paths with again (even you, crazy Toby!).
And then there is is this. Continue reading
There are few desserts as rich and delicious as cheesecake. Personally, I prefer cookies, but Piyush–who swears he does not like sweets!–is definitely a “cheesecake man.”
In fact, he likes it so much that it’s all he wanted for Christmas. No presents, just cheesecake. Heck, that’s easy enough!
I first made this particular cheesecake during the last season of Master Chef. There was a pressure test where the contestants had to bake a cheesecake in an hour. I was stunned! At that point I had never actually baked a homemade cheesecake before, but I knew it had to take longer than an hour! Continue reading