Posted on 07/13/2010 at 05:52 PM by Madhu Gadia
My mother is visiting me this summer. I’m having a great time being pampered by her – every time I turn around my favorite dishes appear! But I have to admit, it has been a challenge too, primarily because I’m so used to doing things by myself and changing my routine and having someone in my space required adjustment. One day, I realized all she cares about is my wellbeing and how could I complain? My appreciation for her company, and even her constant stream of motherly advice, quadrupled once I changed my attitude and accepted my mom for who she is and everything she does for me. I hope you get some time with your mom this summer too!
Accepting Help: I have been struggling with creating my brand since I went solo. I would like to combine my diverse areas of expertise – creating easy-to-follow recipes for healthy, homestyle Indian cuisine on one hand, and my nutrition and diabetes know-how on the other. I finally came to the conclusion that I needed some marketing help, and soon after arriving at that conclusion, things started to happen.
First, a colleague introduced me to Liz Nead of liznead.com. Liz and I chatted about what drives us to do what we do, and we talked about her possibly inviting me on her local cable TV Show called Nead Inspiration.
Then, later the same week, a marketing consultant told me I should get some media training to better project myself. After speaking with the marketing consultant I called Liz to find out if she knew anyone who provides media training. Liz told me that in fact she offers media training and career coaching, and next thing I know, I hired her to help me! I just started working with her, but I can already say Liz has been a godsend! She inspired me to send an audition tape to Oprah Winfrey Network. Thank you, Liz, for the inspiration – and thank you to everyone who voted for my audition video!
Developing New Recipes: Check out the July issue of the Vegetarian Times magazine for a recipe story, “Table for One” by me. You will find recipes for Rice Noodles, Kidney Beans, Couscous, Pink Lentils, and Eggplant Parmesan. These recipes are NOT online and they were developed specifically for Vegetarian Times. You will find other delicious recipes in the magazine as well! Now I am developing recipes that feature whole grains for Diabetic Cooking magazine. I love developing recipes; it’s a creative and challenging process. I develop variety of recipes, not just Indian.
Cooking Classes: I have a few cooking classes lined up, an Introduction to Indian Cooking at the HyVee Club Room in Des Moines, a private cooking class in Des Moines, and a cooking demo at Wheatsfield Co-op in Ames, Iowa. For more information, go to cooking classes.
E-recipes Newsletter Archived: I have archived a year’s worth of E-Recipes newsletters on my website. As I was compiling the newsletters, I realized that I wrote my first newsletter in May 2009. Wow, it’s already been a year. I started with just 20 subscribers (family and friends) and today I have over 500 subscribers! Thank you for signing up for monthly E-Recipes. As always, I welcome your input.
Although mango is a relatively a new fruit in this country, in India it is the king of fruits. Today, you can readily find a variety of mangoes in most grocery stores across the United States, and they are available fresh, frozen, and dehydrated. As with most fruits, the taste and texture of mango is best in season—June to August.
In my book, The Indian Vegan Kitchen, I have noted that mangoes are a Superfood. They are rich in a variety of phytochemicals and nutrients. Mangoes are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E as well as vitamin K, B6 and other B vitamins. They are also an excellent source of potassium and dietary fiber.
In India, raw mango is preserved and used throughout the year, as savory and sweet mango pickles, and as mango powder. Also, did you know that paisley designs are inspired by the mango? I think Indians dream of mangoes all day long.
The other day I made Mango Soup for my family and we each had at least two bowls. I had to make myself stop eating it. All of the dishes here are our family favorites. I hope they will be yours too.
Coconut-Mango Rice (Nariyal-Aam ke Chawal)
Mango Soup (Aam Soup)
Mango Ice-Cream (Aam ke Ice Cream)
Happy and Healthy Cooking!
Refer Me and Earn up to $200: Do you know an event planner or wellness coordinator in your organization or community who hires health-related speakers? If you connect me to a person who books me to speak, I’ll pay you $200 (or an equal donation to your favorite charity)! Speaking topics and flyer information.
Or ask a cooking school to invite me to teach an Indian cooking class in your area. If you connect me to a person who books me for a cooking class, you can attend the class for free (I will pay your registration to the class). For more information go to Cooking Classes.