Our First Pizza Night In India

Our First Pizza Night In India

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Today was pizza night. We live in a small village, but they have one Domino’s in town. Today, Shekhar said we should have pizza night, so we did. It was a treat because we have been having a lot of Indian food, since we live in India and all, you know. Continue reading

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

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Making homemade peanut butter is surprisingly simple and you have the control to decide the saltiness and the sweetness, and you get to be creative as well (how does adding cocoa powder sound?).

All you need is a food processor or blender, peanuts, and then it is up to you to decide the amount of honey/sugar, salt, and any other additions.

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Building My Indian Pantry

Building My Indian Pantry

One of the first ways I had to adapt when moving to India, was with buying cooking ingredients. I struggled with frustration at first, because I couldn’t find the things I wanted, so I had to start thinking like an Indian cook and forget about my old recipes and try new Indian ones. I had to learn how to cook real Indian food.

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How To Ride A Scooter For The First Time In India or Elsewhere

How To Ride A Scooter For The First Time In India or Elsewhere

A few days ago we finally rented our own scooter. It was an exciting moment because I have fantasized many times about owning a scooter and driving around in Italy (kind of different to India). So, yesterday I attempted to ride it for the first time. I had never tried to ride any kind of motor bike before, but I thought it was pretty easy to ride a scooter.

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The Difference Between Coriander and Cilantro

The Difference Between Coriander and Cilantro

Did you know that Coriander and Cilantro are the same thing? Read on…

During my Indian cooking experience as an observant, I wanted to learn the names of the ingredients in Marathi and Hindi. One of the first ingredients I learned was kothimbir, green herbs that are used in my house pretty much daily. I smelled them, and they smelled just like cilantro to me. Continue reading

My New [Feline] Friend

My New [Feline] Friend

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I saw a greyish/brownish cat in my backyard a couple weeks ago. I decided to buy some cat food and leave some in the backyard everyday. For many days the food disappeared but I never saw who was eating it. I know there are a couple cats and dogs around. Continue reading

Indian Style Birthday Celebration

Indian Style Birthday Celebration

While in rural India, I was invited to Vaishnavi’s 19th birthday. Shekhar picked me up in his scooter at 6pm and we headed to town where Vaishnavi lives. I was staying in the outskirts of the town/city. This was my first time attending a traditional Indian style birthday celebration.

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Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)

Mechanics, Children, and the Doodhwala (Milkman)

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Today, Josh, Shekhar, a rickshaw man and I went to town to see the mechanic because Josh wanted to know more about the insides of the rickshaw.  I decided to come along just because. I took a few pictures of these mechanics working, but I got bored quickly. I wasn’t very interested after 10 minutes, maybe because I am a girl. Continue reading

An Unexpected Afternoon

An Unexpected Afternoon
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Nikita, left and Vaishnavi, right. (Photo by Josh)

Today, another little adventure showed up on my door.

Around 5pm, two girls knocked on our door and asked to come in. Nikita age 11, and Vaishnavi age 10 happen to be our neighbors. I was actually in the bathroom when they arrived, and I found Josh and these two girls in our porch drinking cokes. Continue reading