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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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Jun. 12, 2012 2:45 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2012 5:49 pm
So of course I'm not Scheherazade, nor do I have anything to do with the middle east.  In fact, my summer destination, where I am headed in a few hours, is far from there - I'm off to Rio de Janeiro Brazil for the next couple of months. But the 1001 recipes part is true.  Well, 1000 recipes to… MORE
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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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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