Self-Less versus Self-Sufficient

My ex taught me about being selfless, about considering the other over yourself, about being completely conscious of your effect on others. It’s not an American way to be. Americans put themselves first. We get our coffee before we give our kids breakfast; we tell our partners what we need from them…

Peanut Chutney

I have befriended this woman in St. Augustine who is from India but grew up in South Africa. It’s rather interesting because I first met her husband who is American but spent 20 years living in India. They are an interesting couple because he, in some ways acts very typically like an…

Indian Grocery Store

There is a great Indian grocery store in Jacksonville that I discovered called Kalyaan Market. Friends have told me about other markets in Jacksonville but I found this one and it seems to be the biggest. All I know is that after my first visit there many months ago, I’ve been longing…

Kollywood Memories

Above: Dance at the end of Slumdog Millionaire Almost everyone has heard of Bollywood by now, as it has eclipsed Hollywood in terms of number of movies and scope of audience, but there is another movie center in India and it is called Kollywood. Kollywood is the name given to movies from…

Indian Spices

Typically most Indian meals that we make use the following spices to taste: mustard seed paprika turmeric (mostly for color, use sparingly) garam masala ground coriander ground cumin black pepper fresh chili pepper salt Specialty dishes we will also use: green cardamon seed black cardamon seed coriander seed fenugreek seed cloves anise…