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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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Whilst the peony is called the King of Flowers in China, it is also considered mischievous and bashful, life giving and graceful. A symbol of perseverance. Most commonly a herbaceous perennial, it can also can share much with us humans about our loves, lives, hopes and despair. About our struggles and victories, that are perennial beyond our own lifespan. The peony is a temperate plant that can help in tempering our reactions to it, and to life. Watch the photos taken with an iPhone and macro lens, by Charlie and me. Read the words too, they might make sense. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Suvir
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Having been spoiled by Ed Schoenfeld's incredible Red Farm in NYC, it is not easy for me to eat Chinese food with glee, anywhere else. His food is the stuff of midnight yearnings and insouciant cravings. Hunger that can only be sated with visits to Red Farm. How happy I am to report that Mandarin Trail in The Great India Place Mall, whilst not truly Chinese, has the kind of fare, that has had me return to a mall, to eat food, half a dozen times. Each time with yearning. Each time leaving me with a good feeling of full... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Suvir
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It’s always wonderful to see family cooking together. Just the other day, I had the wonderful privilege of witnessing my grandmother teach Suvir – an uncle of mine, how to make her famous Lasora pickle – I got to see the two best cooks in my family work together. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Suvir
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Usha Bua believes that garlic chutney is good for her health. Belief and faith are as important as fact and medicine to the overall goodness of our being. If garlic, has her eating more plan based food, which she does as a vegetarian, then who am I to question the science that might not find veracity behind the flawed studies cited to her about the curative powers of garlic. Dr. Willet of Harvard School of Public Health often says that is spices, aromatics (garlic and such) and herbs, can get people eating mostly plant based diets, then go ahead and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Suvir
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Armed with an arsenal of vegetables, a plethora of spices, and a deep rooted desire to cook and share, is all one needs to create deliciousness that is at once delectable and good for you. Comforting foods do not need to be poison. One must cook in comfort, with pride in the act of cooking, feeding (and sharing). Mindfulness, being present in the present, and a hunger for sating ones senses and feeding ones soul are the most essential ingredients needed for cooking comfort food that is also good for mind, body and soul. Lovingly assembled (chopped and measured or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Suvir
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Thinking of Kings Donuts in Cambridge, New York that I am craving more than I am craving anything right now. How perfect that this craving comes on this #NationalDonutDay. I remember waiting happily in line as Jana King sold donuts to all of us that were lined up early on Sunday mornings for their famous donuts. The earlier you came, the more the chances that one left with a box of donuts. Such is the ever enduring charm and brilliance of donuts. The apple fritters at Kings Donuts might be my favorite fried dough confection anywhere. The only donuts I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Suvir
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Freekeh is a a green wheat that is harvested young. It goes through a roasting process in its production that blesses it with a wonderful nutty flavor. It is a wonderful grain to have in the pantry. Intensely flavorful, earthy, full of umami. With roasted overtones, toothier than farro, softer than barley, and with a meaty density. Read more about Freekeh on wikipedia. I have loved Freekeh ever since I first enjoyed it at Tanoreen in Brooklyn, where I brought Eric Asimov for a meal, and ever since then, the rest has been history for Rawia BIshara and Tanoreen. Was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Suvir
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This recipe from Masala Farm is a perfect recipe to make on this National Burger Day. Inspiration for this recipe came from my lamb burger recipe, in which I combine ground lamb with lots of spices and a combination of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino cheeses. Richard Arakelian, a chef colleague of mine, asked me why I never use ground turkey in a burger, and added to his question, why I rarely use American cheeses, like cheddar in my recipes? I interpreted his question as a challenge, and this is how my turkey cheddar burgers came to be. First I gently fry... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Suvir
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Julia Nordgren is telegenic, intelligent, articulate, curious, hardworking, modest and generous to a fault. Attributes that make her an able doctor and chef, as well as parent and nurturing pediatrician - all at once. The same qualities that make a good doctor, make a good chef. In end, both cooking and healing, require one to be giving of oneself for the betterment of another. Both require time spent in working for the benefit of others. Both require curiosity, tenacity, hard work, scholastic thinking and dedication to what affects mind, body and soul. Dr. Julia Nordgren is an Medical Doctor and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Suvir
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in another book club, an all female book club, it might have been impossible for a man to gate crash the monthly meeting. But here I was, a man, a man with audible thoughts, visible emotions, and much to say, in their midst, speaking, sharing, and also crashing happily, their haven of safe exchange. But it seemed like the ladies gathered, had nary a care that an outsider was in. A testament to the strength of the ladies gathered. A telling sign of their deep rooted confidence in self. Their faith in one another. Their trust in their humanity as... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Suvir