Author: rutujak

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It has been cold, wet and rainy here in San Francisco. Sun makes an appearance to cheer us up but more or less it has not been the weather that California is known for. It means lots of tea, khichadi, and rich stews to keep warm and drive the brr’s away. But after dal-chawal and…

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We had friends visiting one Friday evening. They were in San Francisco only for the evening and we had them over for dinner. We ordered take out food as I was not up for cooking for so many folks. But I baked us a cake.The cake as luck would have it didn’t turn out well. It…

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My mom is a pure vegetarian. But she knew we loved fish and shrimp and she used to cook 3- 4 “non vegetarian” dishes for us. Shrimp pulav, fried pomfret, stuffed surmai and fish curry. She had learnt them from her best friend, right down to the salt and seasonings as she couldn’t taste test…

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Years ago, I should say a decade ago, we visited Napa Valley with a bunch of friends. Some drove from Florida, others flew in from DC; one came in all the way from India. We all were visiting San Francisco (SF) for the first time. And as with all SF itineraries, we all had Napa…

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It was my mom’s birthday last week and I made her an orange birthday cake. We have been fortunate to have her visiting us on her recent few birthdays. Last year, we celebrated in Lonavla – an impromptu gathering of the entire family. Lunch at a popular restaurant followed by fudge and sev while enjoying…