The cooler weather undeniably means that cold season is starting. While it is impossible to completely avoid getting a cold, there are a few ways to strengthen your immune system. Strengthening your immune system can help you decrease the likelihood of getting sick or if you have already caught a cold, help you recover sooner.
When I am down with a cold, I like to cozy up to a cup of chai. Especially when you have a cold, a hot cup of chai is the perfect companion.
I grew up eating a lot of curry. It was a staple in my house to the point that it wasn't really anything special. It was the same case for my husband so when we got married and moved on our own, we strayed away from traditional desi cooking. We still enjoy curries when we visit our parents' house or are invited over to someone else's house. On a daily basis we usually like to change it up with more baked items such as baked chicken, fish, or burgers.
When I was at the grocery store this past week, I picked up a can of coconut milk for the first time. To be honest, I had no idea how I was going to use it! I grabbed it because I thought it would be an interesting ingredient to experiment with. Fast forward to a few nights later and I transformed it into this delicious Coconut Chicken & Vegetable Curry. My husband and I really enjoyed the coconut flavour and the fact that it was a curry, something that we don't enjoy often anymore!
Today I woke up to political news that shook me in ways I never could have imagined. I spent the whole morning half-heartedly working but mostly thinking about what this would mean for my family. To be completely honest, I was ready to take the rest of the week off and stay offline to recollect my thoughts. When my 16 month old daughter woke up and I re-started my morning with her, something changed in me. Her laughter and overall excitement to start the day sparked something in me. It ignited the need for hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. As a parent, I will always work towards instilling hope in my daughter, regardless of the turmoil that may exist in her day to day life or at a larger scale.
So with this new found hope, I decided to head into the kitchen and make a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies with my daughter. An afternoon in a messy kitchen with my toddler, the smell of freshly baked cookies, and tall glasses of milk was exactly what I needed to turn my day around.
If you come from a South Asian background, when you think of mangos you are probably thinking of the juicy and sweet variety. While I absolutely love sweet mangos, I also enjoy firm, tart mangos to accompany my savoury dishes. A few years ago I tried a mango salad at a restaurant. Ever since then, I have been hooked on using mangos in salads!
The trick is to buy mangos that are firm and not completely ripe. As we say goodbye to summer, we also say goodbye to the fragrant, sweet mangos. Most grocery stores will carry mangos that are firm and tangy year-round.
While I normally add in sliced mangos to jazz up a regular salad, I decided to try something new. This pickled mango was inspired by Achaar, which is Indian pickled vegetables. When you think of pickling, it sounds like a long day in the kitchen! This version of Pickled Mango is a lot quicker while still providing a nice balance of spice and sourness. The best part is that this Pickled Mango comes together in one bowl usi...