An Indian girl raised in Delhi, India; I have the Soul of a Mexican Grandmother, Heart of an Italian Mother, and Aspirations of a French Chef. What Does that Say About Me?? Yes! Food and Wine is what I breathe, dream, and talk about!
My new found respect and love of wine drove me into a full on immersion into the science of wine amongst other aspects of wine making. Earning accolades for Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) WSET Level 3 (Diploma in works), and my latest obsession for all things Italian – VIA Italian Wine Ambassador certification. At present buried under WSET Diploma (6 unit exams).
I whole heartedly agree with the Italians: Wine and Bread are as essential to an Italian dinner as a fork and knife (if not more). Along with olive oil they make “Santa Trinita Mediterranea” – the Mediterranean Holy Trinity.
My passion for cooking blossomed at 12 with my family being my hapless audience. Over time I have improved with a dash of perseverance and many a mishap along the way that my family has lovingly endured. I do research my food, and tend to use a published recipe as guidance and always add that little something of me to it. The results are generally somewhat unique than classical. Then again unique is what I am, and my quest to find the next new taste keeps me on my toes.
My biggest food critics are my children, who think every meal is an episode of Top Chef. Luckily cooking is in my blood, and more often than not I do meet my critics expectations.
I believe that to achieve a level of excellence one must move out of their comfort zone, and go the extra mile. Therefore I try all recipes and styles of cooking which I embellish with my own variations and creativity. It has been my experience that in order to cook, one needs two major ingredients, passion and more importantly love. These I make sure are amply used in my dishes.
Personally a glass of Burgundy, a Baguette, some fresh olives and of course Parmesan Reggiano brings a smile on, every single time. I love Sunday brunches, brioche, lazily sipping a glass or two of Champagne, refreshing Apertivo, sensual and complex Pinot Noir, compelling Nebbiolo, or the brooding Aglianico, and of course scintillating company.
With encouragement and support from my friends and family I have decided to humbly share my adventures in the cooking arena with a wider audience. Stepping out of my comfort zone, and now am sharing it with you.
I hope you will join me in my culinary arena. I would love to hear from you. Do drop me a note in the comment section.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor -Aristotle.
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