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Welcome to the jungle…

March 1, 2010

My goal here is to share my experiences learning to cook nutritious and delicious gluten-free vegan food and my mother-in-law’s top secret Indian food. I’ve been vegetarian for 6 years (with about a dreadful 6 month period of carnivorism) and now have been vegan for 6 months. My husband has been vegetarian his entire existence, and for that entire existence has feasted on homemade Gujarati-Indian food lovingly prepared by his mother.

When we first started dating and I moved to the Baltimore area at 18 to be with him, it seemed as though his mother would keep her mental recipe book under lock and key. Although, as she got to know me, saw how voraciously I ate her food, and realized I wasn’t going to steal her son or her recipes she slowly started to open up her recipe box. The woman has no physical recipe book, it is all in her head. She doesn’t use measuring spoons or cups. Some meals take all day to prepare. Some take longer. A good portion of her ingredients are imported from India either when she makes the trip or when family comes to call. Luckily our area has a reputable Indian grocery, where she gets things like bitter melon, and papdi.

I’ve begun a composition notebook of her recipes, but I’ve only scratched the surface. Sometime I have no clue how to say let alone spell the Gujarati terms for things, so I wing it. Most of the Indian diet is technically vegan, especially if you omit the ghee. My husband and I have made her switch to Smart Balance for somethings, an endeavor she has a hard time with. But, as I continue to learn her craft I will continue to veganize it. And those veganized, although mostly untouched, recipes will be sent on to you. Throughout my Indian food journey I’ll be experimenting on my own vegan/gluten-free creations. I’m slowly working the gluten-free part into my diet, so not everything may be strictly sans wheat. But it will all be tasty. ❤

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Brooke permalink
    March 12, 2010 11:56 am

    Very excited and can’t wait to try these new recipes!

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