First, thank you Man of La Book for giving me the courage to say I occasionally hate books and don't finish them. The last book I put down with irritation shall remain nameless, because someday, if I write a book and someone hates it, I don't want them to mention the title. Read it forward?
Instead of the karmically unmentionable book with an Indian theme, I read "Climbing the Mango Tree: A Memoir of Childhood in India, a biography by Madhur Jaffrey. and loved it from the forward to the last word so much so that I hardly know where to begin so I'll tell you how she began,
"I was born in my grandparents' sprawling house by the Yamuna River in Delhhi. Grandmother welcomed me into this world by writing Om, which means, "I am" in Sanskirt, on my tongue with a little finger dipped in honey." You can't say enough about the upside to a really good grandmother.
Jaffrey is a titan of the culinary world, was friends with James Beard to the point of having taught some his classes when his health began to fail and while she began as an actress she has become a prolific cookbook author, specializing in, get ready... Indian cuisine! Shocking! I know!. So why not one of her many cookbooks? Well, I chose her biography because I'm trying to lose weight and just didn't think it would be a good idea to have any more reasons to want food. My husband and I go out for India food. Fewer leftovers=smaller sit down ( optimally at least ).
|Kakri cucumbers. Seeds available from|
Maybe you have the last few summer kakri sitting sadly on their withering vines and if so, though this isn't even remotely Shakespearean, maybe you'd like an idea about what to do with them:
- 1 cucumber peeled, seeded and coarsely grated
- 2 cucumbers peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup finely chopped mint, firmly packed
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne ( to taste and omit if heat isn't your thing )
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
- salt and pepper to taste
|Hindu Temple, Calabasas, California.|
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