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Tad Distressed That ‘Green Giant’ ‘Riced Veggies’ Are Not As Healthy As I Had Hoped.

by Anura Guruge

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I have been eating these microwavable ‘Green Giant’ veggie packets for years — as a part of my low-carb diet. They are convenient & kind of met my needs. I was delighted when they came up with the rice cauliflower offerings last year. I would fry it up with hot peppers, cilantro, scallions & leeks to make a quick vegetable curry. I would have this about 2 to 3 times a week.

3-weeks ago I had my blood work done ahead of my dreaded annual physical. While the numbers claim I am fine I wasn’t thrilled! I could have done better. So, over the last couple of weeks I have been re-reading all of the product labels — much more carefully. Hhhhmmm. Yes, this is NOT bad, but, I had not realized. I could do without the added sugar. So, I cut back on these. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge


The Movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014) Is A Heartwarming Indo-European Yarn.

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2000 movie about a Chocolate shop in France. Click for IMDB listing.

I will readily confess, what drew me to this movie, which I had never heard of before, was it ‘marigold’ poster which looked so much like that of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ — a movie that we adored. I know that the sequel ‘Marigold Hotel II’ is out and I am keeping an eye for it on Amazon Prime Video. That is basically how I found this easy-to-enjoy, set in France, ‘Chocolat‘-with curry. As soon as we saw that it was meant to be an Indo-comedy — with Helen Mirren — we were sold. It was NOT (at least last week) included for free as Amazon Prime. We had to rent it. We watched the trailer, heard one of the Indian jokes, and decided that it was well worth the $6.

It was fun. Incongruous. A one-star Michelin restaurant where everybody insists on talking in English. It is, in the end, more of a heartwarming skill, talent and love will always prevail movie as opposed to a genuine comedy. Easy on the eye and you can literally smell the delicacies being concocted.

Definitely worth watching if you like European comedies starring Indians and with an Indian twist. We enjoyed it.

NYC De Blasio Pizza ‘Forkgate’ Is Nothing Compared To Dilema Sri Lankans Face With Eating Rice & Curry.

New York’s new mayor Bill de Blasio struggling with a pizza. From ‘The New York Times’. Please click to access full coverage and story.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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A pretty representative picture (from 'supersana.com'). WE really eat with your fingers rather than your hands per se, though this is not always the case with Indians.

A pretty representative picture (from ‘supersana.com’). WE really eat with your fingers rather than your hands per se, though this is not always the case with Indians.

When I saw the ‘Forkgate‘ story on TV this morning my heart went out to poor De Blasio, because I too used to have this same dilemma, albeit not with pizza, but with rice and curry, especially when I was in my 30s and 40s.

Though I don’t eat it often, and haven’t eaten any rice in a year, I do like curry. I assume that that is kind of genetical. I grew up eating rice and curry and that kind of gets you in the groove. In Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), at least in my day, everybody ate their rice and curry by hand — a rice & curry meal consisting of rice (invariably white), dahl (lentils of varying consistency and spiciness) and one or more meat, fish, potato or vegetable curry. You combined a bit of rice, a bit of dahl and one of more of the curries in your hand and then put that in your mouth. You only used your fingers and those of just your right hand. In Ceylon that is how you would remind people as to which was their right hand — the one they ate with.

fingerbowlsOK, for the purposes of full disclosure, I used to be fed, by hand, by my grandmother during most of the 13.9 years I lived in Ceylon — departing in August 1976, a week prior to my 14th birthday. No, I wasn’t anymore disabled or incapable as I am now. And it was not laziness by any means. It had to do with my Type AA++++ personality where I can’t even brush my teeth unless I am reading something. And reading, my lifelong vice, was the problem. We didn’t have TV in Ceylon when I was growing up. So, I used to read — non-stop, in both Sinhalese and English, from the time I was three. I read in the car, I read in the bathroom, I read in bed, I read everywhere. Just like now I was surrounded by books. And here was the problem with rice & curry. Given the need to combine the food it is not really possible to read and eat rice & curry, effectively, even if you use a spoon and fork. I basically, even at 13, would rather read than eat — though nobody would have ever accused me of being undernourished. That had to do with my grandmother. She took care of me ever since I was born. She had me on a super-rich diet, of eggs, butter, meat and fish. And because I had my face in a book or comic, she would sit and my side, for long periods of time, and put food in my mouth when I opened it. Now, this does not in any way mean that I was spoilt.

Well, after I left Ceylon there was nobody to feed me. So I had to fend for myself. Plus I didn’t eat rice & curry on a daily.

bohra-cuisine-thaalI enjoyed eating with my fingers. I could do it well. I used to make fun of Sri Lankans who didn’t eat with their fingers. When I was in my mid-20s and moved into marketing I started wearing my trademark french-cuffed white-shirts, cuff-links, colorful ties and ‘fancy’ suits on a daily basis. I still ate, at lunch, if I was at an Indian, with my fingers. In those days Indian restaurants served finger bowls, in varying degrees of fanciness, before and after your meal. I ate with my fingers in 5-star hotels in India and Sri Lanka. That what you did. Then I started, while visiting Paris, to sometimes use a spoon and fork. That used to bother me. I used to go back and forth. Used my fingers in the U.K., spoon and fork in Paris!

By the time I was in my mid-40s the matter was settled. I didn’t eat rice & curry that often, BUT when I did I didn’t use my fingers. A couple of years ago we were invited to a Sri Lankan house in Massachusetts for rice & curry and I did eat with my fingers just to prove that I could.

So, I feel for De Blasio.

Now some Indians, especially Southern Indians, eat with their hands. They move the rice & curry to their palm and even squeeze it. They will drink the liquid that comes out. That is messy. I have never done that.

Now just to make some of you cringe, I have also partaken in communal eating — with your fingers, from the same plate! As I have stressed in these posts, Ceylon, when I was growing up, was pleasantly multicultural. We would go to muslim weddings. Being asked to partake in communal eating is a sign of kinship. I was young. Never bothered me. I knew the folks and there were strict protocols. Not sure whether I could do it now. Deanna cringes even when I mention it …

Ten In New Hampshire: Indian Restaurants.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.

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Not in any particular order, though the ones that I frequent are at the top (). That said I don’t frequent Indian restaurants that often because Deanna and the girls are not that partial to spicy food. There was a time, 25 years ago, when there was only one Indian restaurant in NH, in Nashua. Things have definitely improved though I was really getting worried that I might not be able to come up with 10. Many may not know this. Indian cuisine is more popular in the U.K. than Chinese. Going for a ‘curry’ is routine and a popular after-Pub activity.

Indian Restaurants.

Taste of India, Dover. 55 Main St. Very friendly.

.1. Taste of India, Dover. 55 Main St. Very friendly.

.1. Taste of India — Dover.

.2. Shalimar — Portsmouth.

.3. India Palace — Manchester.

.4. Jewel of India — Hanover.

.5. House of India — Concord.

.6. India Pavilion — Keene. 

.7. Gourmet India — Nashua.

.8. Cafe India — Nashua.

.9. Kashmir — Salem.

10. Shalimar — N. Conway.

Shalimar, Portsmouth.

Shalimar, Portsmouth.