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Suvir Saran
in the moment
Chef/Author/Teacher/Consultant
Interests: music, travel, animals, entertaining, cooking, movies, reading, eating
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Charlie woke me up with morning tea and a slice of cake on President's Day. The cake was a surprise. It is my favorite cake. He made it with the Satsumas from the grocery and our own meyer lemon, harvested from one of our guest bedrooms. The cake had a scent that was seductive beyond words and a flavor that was on point. It reminded me of President Obama and his leadership of our nation. Always correct, endlessly sweet and positive, and never tedious. The recipe shared below comes from our friend and an amazing mensch of a man, Eddie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Suvir
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What Harsh Dayalani lacks in terms of chronological years, he more than makes up for in maturity, focus, and a gifted palate: advantages that enabled him to pass the first two exams of the Court of Master Sommeliers at age 21. Born in India to a family of great home cooks, and raised in Lagos, the cosmopolitan capital of Nigeria, Dayalani grew up with a passion for good food of all kinds. His grandmother, a lifelong vegetarian, had the ability to prepare one of his favorite meat dishes -- Black Pepper and Cardamom Goat Curry -- with seasonings and flavors... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Suvir
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I don't often do this (put in a plug for a non-food-travel-politics-related person, place or thing), but my dear friend (dear old friend, I should say) Abhimanyu Katyal is a poster-child for mid-life crises. He quit his corporate career in 2011 to pursue an acting career, moved to Los Angeles, has acquired his first few acting credits, and in July of this year, just "to continue his foray into indignity", started his own astrology practice (Western astrology, not Jyotish). The quoted words are from Abhimanyu, who has generational circumspection and modesty in his blood. His is a star with boundless... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Suvir
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Charlie and I have been for Hillary even before we were for Obama. And as swiftly as we supported Obama, we also never lost our love, respect, and trust for and in Hillary Clinton. She has worked a lifetime for us, and we will work a lifetime for her. That is what one does for those that work for others, even when no camera is watching. Hillary Clinton is a tireless champion of human rights, womens rights, gay rights, minority rights, and the rights of all that have been marginalized by society. Where others might have said and done nothing,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Suvir
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Summer is over and so is my silence. Autumn brings us a colorful blanket of tired leaves to the ground... and for me a Tapestry, woven of fresh flavors to lift spirits and celebrate the harvest memorably. I cannot believe it has been 23 years since I moved to New York City! Bound for The School of Visual Arts to study graphic design and art history, I came as an impressionable and enthusiastic twenty year old. Less believable perhaps, is the fact that now I have spent more time here in New York than in my birthplace New Delhi. Today... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Suvir
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If you are looking for a vegetarian burger, click here and you can find two of my recipes and one by Mollie Katzen and another by the ever generous and deliciously inspired Martha Rose Shulman. She worked hard to feature recipes from Mollie and me, in her column on veggie burgers. For the recipe of this mouthwatering burger, continue reading and enjoy grilling this Memorial Day weekend. Juicy Turkey-Cheddar Burgers (Recipe from Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country by Suvir Saran with Raquel Pelzel and Charlie Burd) Serves 4 Inspiration for this recipe came... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Suvir
Ellen Page speaking at the HRCF's Time to Thrive Conference. The speech will give you the reasons as to why I shared it. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Suvir
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One of my favorite childhood memories is actually a smell—the sweet, alcohol laced fragrance of this incredible fruitcake made by Shashi Aunty who lived next door to my family in New Delhi. Every November she’d begin soaking dried and candied fruits in rum or brandy to make kilos and kilos of fruitcakes that would fill her house as the weeks progressed, all to be given away to friends and neighbors as Christmas gifts. When I moved to New York City, as soon as the temperatures dropped and the leaves began to fall, I developed an insatiable craving for Shashi Aunty’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Suvir
I Never Thougt I'd Want To High-Five A Teacher For Yelling At A Student, But I Was Wrong I know this is on the long-ish side, but I promise that there's a really valuable message here that makes it worth watching all the way through. Jane Elliot is a teacher and diversity trainer who developed the "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise to teach students what it feels like to be a person of color. This video begins pretty abruptly, where one of the students who's been singled out based on eye color is extremely frustrated. At 2:46, Elliot explains why she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Suvir
Swastikas, Slurs and Torment in Town’s Schools By BENJAMIN WEISER November 7, 2013 The swastikas, the students recalled, seemed to be everywhere: on walls, desks, lockers, textbooks, computer screens, a playground slide — even on a student’s face. A picture of President Obama, with a swastika drawn on his forehead, remained on the wall of an eighth-grade social studies classroom for about a month after a student informed her teacher, the student said. For some Jewish students in the Pine Bush Central School District in New York State, attending public school has been nothing short of a nightmare. They tell... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2013 at Suvir
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Sadly REPUG (read Republican) voting masses buy the nonsense and lied fed to them by the #TeaPary and #GOP types. They bite the hand that wants to feed them and does ineed feed them. Instead of being grateful to the #Dems, they instead vote for the dastardly and dirty criminals who come veiled in the garb of priests, politicos, decent people and conservative minds. Nasty, each one of them. What say you, Ellen? Read below the answer I got from Ellen Tarver, a very recent Republican who for 2 years has been a Democrat, after being awakened to the lies... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at Suvir
10 Year Old Sebastien De La Cruz Sings National Anthem @ Game 3 of NBA Finals Most people in their 80s would not have the courage, talent and strength to do what young Sebastien De La Cruz did in his agreeing to sing the national anthem in front of such a large crowd. That requires heroic confidence and more. But people are fractured and quick to judge, hate, be mean and disparaging. Below are a few of the hateful tweets and reactions to Sebastien's rendering of the national anthem. What these small minded reactions tell us is that we are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Suvir
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An hour or for that matter even ten minutes can change so much. All one needs is perspective, open eyes and a mind that thinks and sees reality for what it is. Farm life when celebrated without blinders on and when one is free of prejudice - is nothing short of miraculous. Seasons, time, nature and the pace of life - all teach lessons that are hard to appreciate in similar simplicity anywhere else. Especially in the intense but far from boring hustle of a big metropolis. Cities can teach lessons happily, easily and endlessly. In the country, on a... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Suvir
Watch this video if you are ready to see a glaringly wonderful face of our society. No drama or vulgarity here. Pure magic! Simple, honest, uplifting, inspiring. Jacob Rudolph's story is one we should hope for every young kid in America and beyond to have. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Suvir
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Charlie gave me 40 gifts for my 40th birthday in November of last year. One of the gifts was Jerusalem, A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi. Like 99.9% of the cookbooks (of the thousand plus we have) that we have, which never go opened, or used - I had thought this one will also be put to rest on a shelf. Waiting to be pulled out by a guest, borrowed and never returned or just there for posterity using space and making a room look rich. That was not meant to be. Afterall Jerusalem is no ordinary city. Why then should... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at Suvir
Kathy - I was not sure about any of this. I am not one that considers new years resolutions as part of my own life - and so - I have never wasted time on dialog around them with others. When Ellen said she was changing as she ate her way through the book - I was excited to hear about it. But not even for a moment did I think of it as any reality that I could allow a place in my heart or mind. Just let it come into my space and go away without leaving any mark. It is credit to Ellen, and Ellen alone - that she worked hard, cooked her way through 100 plus recipes and that she kept in touch and challenged me to speak up on things and to be at her side as she cooked dishes, some of which challenged her beyond being just delicious - being not comforting. Taste is after all very subjective. She never gave up - She never accepted things just as good because someone else told her to accept them. She is inspiring to me and I am glad to read that you have enjoyed her last year.... lets hope she continues to enjoy the changes she has made in her own life and that she will come back and share another new year worth of happenings on January 1st of 2014. I am excited... and I am proud of Ellen, even if I am still not one to buy into resolutions as being fool-proof.
Sandy - Glad you saw "The Mistress of Spices" and that your daughter and you are enjoying the magical potency of even the simplest of Indian dishes. Thanks to both of you for your kind words and for indulging your own selves, family, friends and me with this commitment to cook and share. Here is wishing you the very best for 2013.
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I’m making my peace with food. And I won’t give up. 2012 will be a year of adventure—learning from both successes and failures—and of new tastes and discoveries. I’m more determined than ever to leave the children’s table behind me, to care about what I eat, and to shop in the produce aisle and not the frozen foods section. What an exciting year this will be! This is how I ended my blog a year ago, when I wrote about how Suvir Saran’s recipes and encouragement had changed my life and awakened and educated my palate. And I was right—2012... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Suvir
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Woke up to CNN doing a “How to Survive a Mass Shooting” feature. Sad that kids have to spend time learning this and yet we question if science and evolution should outweigh football and baseball. Perhaps we can demand full separation of Church and State at the very minimum if the GOP will not allow a comprehensive dialog on the country’s archaic gun laws. It is clear that the Founding Fathers did not want the Church involved in Governance. It is to some not clear how far the same wise old men would go with the freedom to carry arms.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Suvir
Thanks Miss Mer!
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2012 on Happy Birthday Suvir! at Suvir
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It is now November 29, 2012 in Singapore, and that means Suvir is celebrating his 40th! I cannot be there just now as there is much to do at home, but that does not mean that I, the doggies, and all the many farm animals are not missing his being here with us! So to that end, we wanted to do an unconventional hacking of the blog to send well wishes and invite all to chime in in wishing him a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And to those with him today, please give him a kiss for me - and 40... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Suvir
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Tired of giving gifts that never give back? Well this is your chance to give a gift that gives back in more ways than one. It is the gift of the sharpest knife money can buy. It brings sharp knives, better prepping, happier cooking, more enjoyable food and deeper satisfaction - all with the effortless and precise cut of a truly sharp knife made with passion, attention to detail, best materials, respect for tradition and immaculate care. www.chuboknives.com Chubo - roughly translated from Japanese means "restaurant kitchen". Why this matters for the home cook? Well we are all looking for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Suvir