Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read about Tea for Turmeric. Here’s a bit about me:
I have deep respect for our ancestors. I mean, how did they know which dishes called for roasting and grinding the spices and which ones required frying them whole? How did they know the importance of turmeric, using it in their curries and mixing it in their drinks to cure colds? The influence of the Mughals on Indian cuisine is what makes Pakistani and North Indian cuisine what it is today. This is the cuisine I’ve grown up with and it’s mostly what I’ll be exploring in this blog.
I take food seriously.
During our honeymoon in Italy, a recurring spat with my husband was that after hours of exploring, he was tired and ready to settle for a meal at a nearby restaurant while I insisted on hunting for the best, local and non-touristy food. What can I say? I didn’t want to ‘waste’ a potentially sensational and memorable meal. Luckily, he has converted over to foodism and now we can live happily ever after.
I can’t stay out of the kitchen.
I’ve loved cooking and baking since I was a little girl. Most people around me appreciate it, and this is about all I have in terms of credentials. However, I’ll do my best not to post any recipe that will make you feel like you wasted a meal. 😉
I am into health and nutrition.
Remember when the whole ‘5-a-day for better health’ campaign was started in the 90’s? Yup, counted my 5-a-day back in 4th grade. Since then, our society has continued to recognize that we shouldn’t feed ourselves unreal, processed foods. I’m all up for that.
I’ve tried eating vegan (circumstantially). I’ve even tried eating raw (that lasted a week), just to see how it affects me. What I’ve come to understand through years of research, experimentation, trial and error is that moderation is the key to achieve optimal health. I believe we are supposed to eat pure, whole, seasonal foods; and not only that, I believe we are supposed to savor them. Which brings me to my next point…
I believe eating is a pleasure and food is a blessing.
Like all pleasures, eating should be mindful. We are blessed to be able to taste, smell and experience food. I try to keep a healthy and balanced relationship with food. I love foods that are closest to nature. I don’t find processed, store-brought cookies attractive, but I won’t (actually can’t) hold myself back from a chocolate chip cookie made from wholesome ingredients.
I love traveling, culture and all things related.
One of the reasons I’m glad I grew up in America is the vast cuisine offerings – a byproduct of the influx of immigrants since the 60’s. I love experiencing food from all different countries and cultures, and I believe we have so much to learn from each other.
Tea for Turmeric is my initiative to discover and rediscover traditional foods, learn and hopefully teach something, and most of all, to celebrate food, culture and the joy these two things bring when paired together.
Wow, you actually read the whole thing. Thank you, I’m flattered! As your reward, here’s a picture of the flower of the turmeric plant (sorry, no cookie).