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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Happy Republic Day!

Remember when Varun, Luke and I flew from Helsinki to New Delhi this past summer? I wondered then, as I still do, if there are enough Indians in Finland to justify a daily, non-stop flight… I digress. On January 26th, India celebrated Republic Day. This was slightly confusing for me as I had just gotten … Continue reading »

Categories: bollywood, dancing, hilarious, india, travel | 4 Comments

Where Do Babies Come From?

As I mentioned in the “About” section, Varun and I try to intentionally sort through our cultural ideas, value judgments and traditions to form a rich, hybrid family culture of our own. Most days, this takes very little effort. I experimentally cook Indian food, dance to Bollywood music and explain western cultural phenomena to Varun. … Continue reading »

Categories: adoption, family, india, injustice, life | 3 Comments

Cooking for the Experts

Confession time: I get super nervous about making Indian food for Indian friends. Why, you ask? Ummm….seriously?! I did not know what form ginger was sold in or what on earth turmeric was until late 2008. And now I’m cooking staple foods for friends born and raised in the sub-continent. Zoinks. Don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading »

Categories: india, indian food | 6 Comments

Banana Bread

Two of my favorite activities are cooking & baking, and tricking people. So naturally, the cookbook Deceptively Delicious has been a major hit in our household. I have found and enjoy many recipes including oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, quesedillas—all with healthy and surprising twists. Regardless of the fact that it’s written to get kids to … Continue reading »

Categories: dessert, food | 4 Comments

You Say Potato…

Here are goofy tidbits from our week. You’re welcome to laugh alongside us… The other night, I was telling a story to a friend: Me: Eww. I hate centipedes. Once, I was at my parents house and was using the bathroom in the basement and a centipede had gotten stuck in a Dixie cup and … Continue reading »

Categories: communication, confusion, customs, hilarious, language, story-telling | 2 Comments