So grateful to the hubby for the birthday present of a private cooking lesson with Sandhya. We made samosas with mint and coriander chutney, malai kofta, and paneer from scratch! I learned so much about Indian cooking that I didn't know before. Sandhya is a preschool teacher by day, her techniques and recipes were very simple and easy to follow and she's an excellent teacher. With Indian cuisine being so complex in flavors and spices, she really demystified a lot of the process for me. Even though it was a rainy day outside, the experience brought a sunny day to our hearts and bellies. I look forward to using her recipes and techniques for years to come! **************************** #indianfood#indiancooking#cookinglesson#homemade#indianspices#spices#spiceoflife#madeinindia#mortarandpestle#sandhyaskitchen#paneer
It’s a very windy friday in Los Angeles. Wind drives me nuts! Rather than bracing the storm, I’m spending the day keeping snug in my sweet little kitchen and utilizing what I’ve got in the cupboard: a creamy concoction of roasted pistachios, nutmeg, ginger and maple syrup to spread on some (very late in the day) brunch pancakes...
I am straight up loving working with this mortar and pestle in the kitchen! Freshly ground spices, flaxseeds, herbs, guacamole....fresh pesto! Taking fresh flavors to a whole new level around here. Since it is still winter, my main uses for this beauty so far are for grinding whole cumin or cardamom seeds, as well as flaxseeds to get the the freshest omega fatty acids released. May seem like "more work" to some, but one of the greatest lessons I have learned is to find the pure joy in really working with my food. Creating meals from whole ingredients with my bare hands is a truly therapeutic and grounding daily ritual I make time for. The benefits cover all aspects of health- physically nutritional, mentality calming and inspiring, and spiritually healing, as you can't help but feel gratitude for such beautiful food our God has allowed to grow out of this earth...especially when your hands are covered beautiful deep red beet stains, or gloriously sticky bread dough from freshly ground grains. Do not let food prep be a burden! Working with your food, is as nourishing as consuming it.