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Aug. 20, 2012 6:39 am 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 7:58 am
I just arrived home this weekend after my amazing summer in Brazil....my mom at the airport said "I was expecting you to have put on weight after Brazil as usual but you haven't"..... SUCCESS After splurging on delicacies from all over the country, and after many nights spent partaking in the… MORE
guarana (the sugar free kind)
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Aug. 5, 2012 7:34 pm 
Updated: Aug. 5, 2012 7:36 pm
During the last week, I had the pleasure to travel to Minas Gerais, a landlocked province of Brazil that is located a few hours inland from Rio de Janeiro (where I have been living for the past two months). Within Brazil, mineiros (the Portuguese name for inhabitants of Minas Gerais) are… MORE
Dedo de Moça on a pleasant winter evening in São João del Rei
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acarajé mineiro
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frango com quiabo, modern version
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me and Ana Cristina outside Dedo de Moça
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Jul. 30, 2012 1:36 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 8:52 am
Brazilians approach several areas of life in a manner very different than what I have encountered in India and the United States. One of these areas is cooking disasters. Whereas my Indian grandmothers used to harshyl scold me whenever I burned something while cooking in her kitchen,… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 29, 2012 9:58 pm 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 12:36 am
There are many cooking challenges that I have had to become accustomed to here in Brazil. One of these challenges is that many of the kitchens here are small, leaving little space for more than one person to prepare food. Counter-space is rare and I often wonder how Brazilian home cooks are… MORE
my kitchen with all its surface space...
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Jul. 29, 2012 9:08 pm 
An update on the last blogpost about the fish a "sal grosso".  It ended up quite delightful. To make it all we needed was the fish with all its scales and salt.  A lot of salt.  This fish, since it wasn't too big did with 2 kg of salt.....Basically the fish is covered every inch with a casing… MORE
fish in its salt bed
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stuffing the fish with herbs
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finished product - taking the skin off
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Jul. 25, 2012 11:01 am 
Updated: Jul. 27, 2012 7:08 am
Today I discovered the charm of the feiras (local fairs) that occur weekly in most neighborhoods of Rio, and I'm sure many other Brazilian cities.  The main purpose of my trip today was to go with a lady who is going to teach me how to make peixe á sal grosso (fish that is left with scales… MORE
peixe vermelho (red fish)
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shark meat!
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Jul. 10, 2012 2:01 pm 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2012 8:04 am
Today I woke up at the ungodly hour of 7 am (I don't usually believe in thinking about waking up before 10) to go to th  for their weekly jam making session.  I didn't quite know what to expect, but ended up spending a lovely morning hanging out with some sweet ladies (I met the church's… MORE
galego marmalade
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the final product
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Christmas pudding being made in july
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Me and Mary
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Jun. 28, 2012 1:23 pm 
Updated: Jul. 2, 2012 8:41 am
I have to admit I have never really had to cook before.  Once in a while here and there, I would cook real things that could serve as a meal, but for the most part, my cooking back in the day was limited solely to things that were not necessary but rather a luxury, like desserts or some… MORE
 
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Jun. 23, 2012 5:26 pm 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2012 8:22 pm
This weekend my cellphone provider reminded me not to be without phone credit during São João.... thanks TIM!  So now I know São João is upon us, so I decided to try one of the typical delicacies for this time of year - canjica.  I honestly had no idea what it was before today, but since I… MORE
 
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Jun. 22, 2012 10:00 am 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2012 8:12 pm
All the rage in the US starting a couple years ago, Açai - a small fruit hailing from the Amazonian region of Brazil - gained a name for being rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, and the perfect booster to weight loss effects.   As a result, many of my American friends, when they first… MORE
 
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Home Town
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Living In
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Member Since
May 2012

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Knitting, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I am a student of economics and sociology, and one of my favorite things to study about any culture is their food and the role that food, meals and food-related practices play in daily life.
My favorite things to cook
Anything baked - and sweet things. I am recently turning very health conscious, so I have been enjoying experimenting with power smoothies lately. An all time favorite, and very versatile food to prepare, in my opinion, is eggs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father has one specialty dish - the biryani - for which he is famous amongst family and friends. Apart from this he does not step into the kitchen. My mother, who till now refused to enter the kitchen, has found a new hobby in baking. I am said to have inherited my love for meddling in the kitchen from my grandmothers (probably both sides).
My cooking triumphs
Once stranded in a heavy thunderstorm on top of a hill (in Rio de Janeiro), with very few ingredients in the house (milk, tomatoes, onions, rice, some spices) I managed to whip up an Indian Paneer curry. People in the house were very impressed by my ability to turn milk into indian cottage cheese (as much as I would like to claim it was my talent, it really is a very simple trick).
My cooking tragedies
There have been several, many involving cakes that were burnt at the top and raw inside. Most of these occurred when I was way younger, about 10 or 11, and a lot of them can be attributed to my unwillingness to follow the temperature guidelines (or perhaps I was mistaking fahrenheit for celsius....also a possibility).
 
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