A few things about me:

  1. I grew up in India and in Africa then went to boarding school in remote mountains.
  2. My mother was an incredible cook and my parents threw some of the best parties in town. She died when I was 9 years old and I tried to take over the cooking reigns in the household following her recipe books.
  3. One of the first recipes I made as a 9 year old was a dessert (burfi) but I mistakenly put in cumin instead of cardamom. My dad ate it and said it was the most delicious thing he ever had. I found out about my mistake a few years later.
  4. I hated cauliflower and broccoli growing up. My parents tried so hard to get me to eat it. They would say I couldn’t get up from the table unless I finished it. Well, I would just sit there for hours till they would eventually break down and excuse me from the table.
  5. Don’t fear now I love broccoli… something about having kids and being their role model made me start eating broccoli in my 30s.
  6. I was taught to never waste food. You eat what you want and as much as you want. My parent could never guilt us in eating food saying “think of the poor kids living in blah blah country” cause we were living in the blah blah country.
  7. Growing up we did not have kid food vs. adult food. Everyone ate the same food!
  8. One tradition my family had on Sundays was that my dad, my brother and I would cook our Sunday lunch together. We always made the same thing – Chicken Curry! And at night we would check out a restaurant in town. Till this day this tradition continues whenever I go back home. I love rituals and I am glad that I can create new family rituals with my kids.
  9. I married the most incredible man who happily eats everything I make for him.
  10. My husband was the one who taught me about good chocolate and French food.
  11. Our vacations somehow seem to revolve around food. Even if we go somewhere for 2 days we are bound to have checked out the best food spots in town.
  12. I have a 1 year old son and a 3.5 year old daughter. I guess I am lucky that I will get to experience both genders growing up. It is amazing how different they are.
  13. The happiest moments of my life have been when I saw my kids for the first time and held them and said “Hi.. I am your mommy”.
  14. I really only started to understand diet and nutrition when I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy. I also came to realize then that lentils are only 22% protein.
  15. I want to teach my son and daughter to cook for themselves.
  16. I also want my kids to love and appreciate food from all parts of the world.
  17. I am always thinking about food, what to make for the family and what to feed the kids.
  18. One of my favorite activity to do with the kids is to take them to farmer’s market and have them buy their own produce.
  19. To relax I look through cook books and food magazines.
  20. I love crossing things off my planner. Sometimes I write a completed task in just so that I can cancel it off! (I know I am not the only one who does this. I know some of you do this too ;))
  21. I love to travel, I have travelled to over 35 countries and the list keeps growing every year.
  22. My favorite places in the world are – Paris, Tokyo, Florence Venice and any place in India.
  23. I have a pretty serious sweet tooth.
  24. I am a chocoholic.
  25. I am a cat napper that’s how I can juggle work, kids, and this blog.
  26. I dream of having a huge garden where I grow my own fruits and veggies and have my own chicken and goat for eggs and milk.
  27. Chicken biryani (chicken pilaf) is one my soul foods, when I am feeling down that’s all I want to eat.
  28. I love love love having people over for dinner at our home, although we don’t do it as often anymore as we have a small place. I dream of having a house big enough someday where I can have Sunday dinners at my home and anyone is welcome to join for good food and company.
  29. I am absolutely obsessed with cheese.
  30. I want to live and work overseas someday in the not too distant future.

As a parent, I have realized that no matter how busy we are we still want the best for our children. We want to have access to information that is quick to read, easy to absorb and execute, and helps us be parents.  Hence YumKid.com was formed. YumKid’s mission is to provide recipes, books, educational videos, information about diet and nutrition, clothes and other fun products to encourage children to try new food. By promoting and developing healthy eating habits from a very young age, you avoid many of the issues such as childhood obesity and unhealthy eating habits.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!