Every peasant cuisine has incredible ingenious tricks for getting a lot of nutrition out of a small amount of ingredients. –Michael Pollan
A simple dish consisting of rice and lentils, khichdi is deeply rooted in the history of the Indian subcontinent. Originally, a peasant food of rural India, it has since been reincarnated into elaborate dishes fit for royalty. Present day, amongst Indians, it holds the title as both the ultimate comfort food and a perfect plant-based source of protein. Throughout India, it is one of the first foods given to babies and long before the word “detox” became a thing here in the West, it has been Ayurveda’s answer to detoxification.
Each region of India has its own version of khichdi. In my birth province of Gujarat, it remains much like the original peasant dish and consists of no more than rice, split mung dal, a pinch of turmeric and a dallop of ghee and is always served with kadhi, a spiced, soup-like yogurt curry.
In the midst of a Canadian winter, the beauty of dead hydrangeas is a reminder of what was and what’s to come.
Past mid-February, here in the Northern hemisphere, we are just one month away from spring equinox. Even though the amount by which sunrise and sunset change each day is now perceivable and though the days are becoming noticeably longer, here in Montréal, our streets are lined with huge banks of snow. Playing outside with my youngest this weekend, I couldn’t help notice that there are still a few dried flower heads on my hydrangea tree lurking above the two feet of snow on our front yard -a reminder that far below the lifeless sheet of snow and ice, comfortably and patiently, life awaits.
Despite being a grossly commercialized day, at the very heart of Valentine’s Day is in fact the celebration of love. And so, in whatever way that suits you (or more importantly, your loved ones), small and simple, or grand and exquisite, it should be celebrated.
Here is some gift wrapping inspiration.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -John Wooden
Remember my recipe for homemade chocolate hazelnut spread? Well, one day, it turned into these. How you ask?
If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I made lemon posset recently for the first time. Posset is a classic British dessert made with no more than cream, sugar and lemons. I used a fantastic recipe that I found here on Tracey O’Brien’s lovely blog. I’ve made it a few times already since then as it has quickly become a family favourite. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I decided to give it a little makeover.