Indian Food with Dee’s Mom
One thing I love most about food (beside eating it) is its power to bring people together and bridge cultures. Through my travels, I have had countless experiences where I’ve made new friends while sharing a meal or have had the opportunity to learn more about a different culture through its food. In the last couple years, I have not been able to travel as much, but why should that stop me? I’m so lucky to have friends from all over the world right here in Vancouver. And so – I’ve decided to start a Cooking with Friends blog series .
For me, eating is pretty much a synonym of travelling. When visiting a new place, I often have a very detailed list of all the foods I want to try and I can’t wait to ask all the locals about the best places to get each one of them. In Thailand, we did it all – the street food, the curries, the coconut shakes. It was all so good!
Beautiful weather has settled in. Vancouverites are enjoying the sunshine, longer days, walk along the beach and me… I’m making the most of it by firing up our BBQ to make my all-time favourite ginger lemon mini pork kebabs! I’m sure the delicious smells made all my neighbours jealous.
My love for spicy food is deeply rooted. Most likely, it comes from my mom who often cooks with curry powders, coriander and chilli peppers (She learned all about Indian food from the old lady next door when she lived on Reunion Island, a little Island in the Indian Ocean). You can imagine that when we traveled to Thailand, I was beyond excited to try all the foods – the spicier, the better. Bring it on! But I was even more excited when we learned how to cook it. O the rich creamy curries, coconut sticky rice and Mango salads, it did not have to end. I now know all the secrets and can cook it at home! And so here it is friends, my most cherished souvenir from Thailand: curry paste courtesy of Pot and Nancy from the Siam Rice Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai.