Hi there! I’m Sadiya, welcome to my little corner of the world (currently Boston, Mass) where I marry flavors from my traditional Indian upbringing with a fresh, healthy, American approach. I launched my blog in 2015 as a hobby, life happened (which is does when you’re a mom of four and you move halfway across the country), and now here I am, back at it!
I grew up in a traditional Indian household, eating Indian food almost exclusively. If we ever had “American” food, it was almost certainly guaranteed to be spiked with garlic and ginger paste, red chili powder, and turmeric (the Indian trifecta), cooked in too generous glugs of oil, served with heaping plates of rice. H-E-A-V-E-N. Clean eating meant you licked your plate clean.
As an adult, I began my love affair with fitness and exercise and as a result, became more aware of the food I was putting into my body and feeding my kids. I started reinventing my favorite childhood dishes, keeping the flavor (because, HELLO FLAVOR), simplifying the process, and creating healthier twists.
But whether you know me or not, I wasn’t always the most enthusiastic cook. In fact, I made three dishes and winged the rest. Food took on a greater importance after the first fight, dubbed “the great potato fight”, shortly after my husband and I got married. He requested a spanish roasted potato dish he’d had at a friend’s house a few weeks prior. I got my hands on the recipe and nervously made the potatoes, following the recipe to the last detail but the dish was a disaster (too much lemon juice), unsalvageable to say the least. When asked how he liked it, he replied honestly it didn’t taste like our friend’s dish. I threw the entire dish in the garbage, potatoes and all, stormed off in tears, told him to go eat at said friend’s house from now on, and despaired that I was hopeless in the kitchen. But after that fight, I promised myself I would master cooking, even if it was the last thing I did. My love affair began there, and has continued to flourish over the years, so much so that when I started this blog, I jokingly started to refer to my husband as “the Jeffery to my Ina Garten”. Over time, each step of cooking, plating, photography, and the subsequent blog posts has become firmly tied with my narrative.
I started this blog after years of family and friends encouraging me to share that obsession with the world. I believe that healthy meals don’t have to compromise flavor and satisfaction, as long as you start with fresh ingredients. I also like the occasional indulgence of a decadent cake, cupcake, cookie, brownie, or just about any dessert.This blog is my homage to all things food. This is real, fresh, delicious food, prepared in my kitchen, with love for my family and friends. I hope you enjoy your visit!