Hi and welcome!!! I am Swetha, an Industrial Engineer by degree and a constant tinkerer by nature. I live in the Sunny Bay Area, California with my husband and 2 daughters. I grew up in India, then came to the US in the year 2000 to pursue my Master’s degree, and have settled here since.
Indian cuisine is insane! And I say this in the most loving, positively passionate way as possible. It is so complex, yet delicious. It has crazy food science built into it – preservation, fermentation etc… yet, if not careful, our over-zealous love for the culinary arts can be equally devastating to one’s health. Can we upgrade this culinary giant to the 21st century? I believe so!!!
How?? and Why this blog?
Six years ago, my dad died from diabetic complications. He loved good food, was a great cook and had an eye for culinary excellence. We miss him terribly. His death made a deep impact on my relation with food. I really wanted to understand food and cut out the parts that does not contribute to good health. Goal #1 – Celebrate HEALTHY recipes!!
My daughters have grown up outside India and have a slightly bland palate. It is getting better as they grow up, but most often than not, they do not appreciate a hot plate of sambar sadham or a spicy brinjal curry. They love their finger foods, and pancakes and all things dripping with sugar and salt. My goal is to satisfy their taste buds while keeping it healthy. Goal #2 – FUN Recipes!!
I celebrate girl power!! Moms (or dads, I hear ya!!) should not have to work full time, shuttle kids to classes and then slave in the kitchen. I am all for using short cuts and food technology the smart way. Goal #3 – QUICK recipes that turn out delicious!!
I hope this gives a gist of my culinary perspective. I look forward to this journey and I hope you have fun reading about it!!
Connect with me:
Questions or comments, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me via social media.
I discuss food/cooking/family thought blurbs and quick tips in my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/upgrademyfood
I geek out about the latest food industry developments in my twitter account : @Upgrade_My_Food
My day to day food diary and photos of experimental ideas that do not make it to the blog: https://www.instagram.com/upgrademyfood
My research notebook in a web-format: https://www.pinterest.com/upgrademyfood
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