Hi, I’m Saira, mother of two and lover of food. I live in New York City, and like so many people here, my story stretches far beyond the grid of Manhattan. I grew up in a London suburb to a Punjabi family who lived by a simple belief that family dinners can be spontaneous, sometimes-messy, and always-delicious.
From London I moved on to Italy, France, and eventually New York, deepening and adding layers to my approach to food at every step of the journey. Now, living with my two boys and husband in New York, efficiency rules the day.
I say this as someone who graduated from the French Culinary Institute, has appeared in the New York Times and on Food Network’s Rewrapped… but also as a mom: fussing over an authentic, perfectly-executed biryani counts for nothing when you only have 15 minutes to prepare dinner between taekwondo practice and mediating fights over Fortnite.
It makes much more sense to throw together something easy and accessible, finding inspiration in everything from fresh farmer’s market fresh strawberry ice-pops (or ice-lollies) to Israeli breakfasts, to that one episode of Ugly Delicious you caught on Netflix, to whatever you have lying around in the pantry.
That’s what my cooking classes in NYC are about: recapturing the sense of fun and discovery that’s still possible in home cooking, if you open yourself up to it.
Consider this blog an extension of those classes: a friendly, supportive resource for building skills in the kitchen, learning and sharing recipes, and discovering your own taste and culinary style. So grab yourself a cup of tea and join the community. Your spice rack isn’t as scary as it seems.