08 June 2015

Bangkok Breakfast (and the story of how I became a morning person!)

It’s soon coming up on 20 months since I made the biggest transition in my life thus far…becoming a mother! Though having an active toddler presents many challenges, I’m absolutely loving this phase of Rohan’s growth and development! I adore watching him run, play, swim, dance, sing and “talk”! He’s like a total sponge right now, learning new words and making new discoveries every day. And motherhood is, like everyone says, a perpetual learning experience. Just when you think you’ve mastered something – breastfeeding, baby wearing, packing for a weekend away, solid feeding, going back to work – there’s something entirely new to learn. Of course, there have been many ups and a few downs too. Though it may sound a bit silly, I think the toughest part of new motherhood for me was having to becoming a morning person. I’ve always been a night owl, despite the incongruity between that and being a working professional. I guess I was just built that way, loving to stay up late. So during those initial months, I really struggled with the early morning wake-ups that are part of life with a young child. 

30 May 2015

Eating (and working!) my way around Asia

As recently mentioned, I've had a crazy amount of work travel over the last couple of months. I've literally been all over Asia (or the Asia-Pacific as we say in my work). No less than 5 work trips, to 5 different countries. Most of these have been quick jaunts, but super hectic in general. I'm not complaining in any way of course, having a job that affords me such opportunities for travel and getting to know new places and people is truly a blessing. But work travel is a different challenge when you have a small child, especially as Luis has also been away. Luckily though my mom has been in town (meaning that even when I've been in Bangkok, I haven't been cooking much ha!), and we're blessed to have a wonderful nanny as well. So in between the work, I could take a deep breath, relax and enjoy some wonderful meals in all the places I've been recently. Notably...

22 May 2015

Cousins in the Kitchen: Blueberry, lemon & thyme rasam

2015...it's been quite a year so far. As you may have guessed in case you actually paid a visit to this space lately (thank you, thank YOU, THANK YOU if you did!!!), I've been pretty busy. Not having a baby or tending to a newborn this time (now I'm tending to an incredibly active toddler, which is a different challenge but one that I love so far!), but incredibly busy nonetheless. Taking care of my family, working like crazy and travelling nonstop! Since I haven't had any time to blog, I thought about calling upon some of my very talented cousins to pick up the slack instead. The first one who came to mind was my cousin Maheshwari (Mahesh), who lives in Chicago. She's an avid cook and recipe collector (and fellow Pinterest addict!), mother to two teenage twin boys and has always been known in the family as a wonderful writer. Who better then to kick off this new series of recipes from my cousins, which we've decided to call 'Cousins in the Kitchen'?! Without further ado, here she is with a fabulous recipe which I can't wait to try! Thank you, Akka :-)

30 December 2014

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the night…

In keeping with the Portuguese/French tradition, we had our Christmas dinner the night before, on Christmas Eve. Despite recent challenges, we decided to host a dinner party chez nous, for which (as is often the case at our parties) the invitation list kept getting longer and longer. 6, 8, 10…16 at the end of the day! Some of our classic holiday dishes were on the menu, including my spinach & artichoke dip (aka crack!) and macaroni & cheese (this time, I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe) and Luis’s bacalhau com natas (codfish and potato casserole in cream sauce) and Azorean Christmas fruitcake, while friends and family contributed some of their own specialties.

22 December 2014

The Top 10 Dishes of 2014

2014. I can say without question that it’s been a pretty awful year. Not that there haven't been several lovely highlights (among them: travel around Thailand and to Cambodia, South Korea, France, Portugal and the U.S., professional accomplishments and of course seeing our little man grow - he turned a year old in October!). But seriously, this last part of the year has been pretty horrible, with family illness and other stress. This coupled with grim news every time we scroll our Facebook and Twitter feeds or turn on the TV (police shootings, beheadings, Ebola, kidnappings, terrorist attacks in schools...I mean what is this world coming to?!?) has me feeling pretty blue all around. However, it definitely HASN’T been an awful year food-wise. Even though you might think otherwise from the lack of activity around here (I’ll blame it on a combination of the circumstances noted above, my busy life as a working mom as well as a lack of organization on my part), trust me I’ve made lots of tasty dishes this year! Here are my top 10 (things I’ve cooked as well as eaten)…in no particular order…