Fancy Olive Oil

As much as I love fine food and adore the folks who make it, I was never intent on cooking fine food.

The simple reason being…I always have had access to excellent food. Family and friends cook yummy food that I can partake off.
Works out alright? Right?

In the midst of this “I ain’t cooking anything fancy” mode that I have managed to pull off for over 2 decades, God decides to throw a curve ball.

He drops a chow-loving friend into my life….who loves to cook…and…wait for it…here is the kicker….who expects me to learn how to cook better for the boys?!

I don’t want to break the dude’s heart and say – “Ain’t happening in this lifetime buddy. Nada da.”

Instead, as always, I put on my fancy act. I pretend to like fine things like this Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy. Just the other day, I threw some into the ravioli like a pro.

The things one has to do for one’s friends. Dang. Never ends?!

P.S. Psstt. Don’t tell Rohit about this post. He’ll cut my fancy food quota if he finds out that I am faking the love for the fancy dancy oil.

Puliyogare in Poratassi

Tamil Calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar and predates it by several centuries.
You can read more here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_calendar

Poratassi was always a very special month when I was growing up. Lots of Lord Perumal/Balaji related festivities both in our household and near by temples.

Appa always told me that nobody can make puliyogare like his Iyengar friends. Even when was I a child, I understood how special it was when we brought back puliyogare prasadam from a Perumal temple or from one of his Iyengar friends kitchen.

Today is the last Saturday of the tamil month Poratassi.
It is a very speical day.
Because, I have absolutely yummy Iyengar household puliyogare in the Kumar household.
Thank you Latha Iyengar for packing your love in this bottle.

Don’t ask me which clan I fall under – Shiva-ite or Vishna-vite. I am beyond those boundaries because I was foruntate enough to grow up in a household and neighborhood that had enriching influences from both sides. I have huge respect and love for both sides and everything that lies in between. After all, the end goal is the same – moksa.

Anyways, today my moksha is through tasting Latha’s puliyogare.

Happy Weekend Y’all!!

Homemade Yogurt Culture

It is not gold.
It is not diamonds.

It is more precious than that.

You can’t see it. But, this “starter” yogurt culture has probiotics.

It was probably handed down to Rohit with much love and care. He gave it to me today afternoon with the same love and care.

I hope I’ll be able to keep this culture going.

Long live yogurt and yogurt lovers!