Do you wonder about food – its history, cooking processes, and how culture, geography and politics shape our culinary world? If you do, welcome to the fold – that is pretty much all we think about. And, if you haven’t been converted yet, then that is our aim! The Kitchenpostcards podcast is an extension of the blog where we will take a deep dive and explore various aspects of our culinary landscape as home cooks.
Season 1 – Locating Our Culinary Selves
As expats living in different parts of the world, our experiences have been varied but oddly enough there is a huge overlap. Thanks globalization! Season one of the Kitchenpostcards Podcast delves into the origins of Kitchenpostcards and experiences of our editors, Kanika and Sakshi. Listen to them unwrap layers of family history that influence their respective cooking practices today. You’ll hear stories of growing up in India, lots of nostalgia, discussion about seasonal produce, and much more.
Each episode comes with episode notes and a list of related recipes for you to try. Start listening today!
This season’s theme is “Locating Ourselves”. As Punjabis, both of us (Kanika and Sakshi) can trace our family’s roots to the state of Punjab, now and in undivided India pre-1947. And as with everything under the sun, through our conversation we discover that there are many different ways of cooking and eating among Punjabis!
Eating and cooking are heavily dependent on the availability of ingredients. As home cooks who savour seasonal produce and spent our childhoods in Northern India, we wanted to share the joy of seasonal eating with you. In Part One of Seasonal Eating we talk about the foods that define our eating habits during the Summer and Monsoon. Listen now and join in the laughs, nostalgia and rediscover the bounties of food in Northern India.
In continuation of our journey across North India’s seasons, in this episode we reminisce soaking up the sun while chomping on red carrots, radish, green guavas on winter afternoons with family. Somehow, chilly North Indian winters make our appetites larger and we find ourselves indulging in more decadent foods.
A well stocked pantry is it essential for a well-oiled cooking routine and helpful in any number of situations. While often called boring and basic, these staple ingredients are diverse and used in surprising ways. Press play to find out about our Punjabi Kitchens! Can you guess what these essentials are? Hit play to find out and read the post for more information.
Cooks in India enjoy an abundance of spices and aromatics resulting in fragrant, rich and flavorful food. As other cuisines add more spices to their food, people are becoming familiar with ingredients like Garam Masala. Use of the Curry powder still touches a raw nerve though. We discuss this and more in this episode of the Kitchenpostcards Podcast where we take a whiff of our masaaldaans and spice drawers. Press play for a spicy, flavorful, and humor-filled ride!
Episode 6 of this season talks about the use of milk in Punjabi and North Indian kitchens. This is also the last episode of this season, we will be back soon with more! From nostalgia about ads promoting milk as a healthy drink for everyone to well known recipes and ingenious ways of using milk, we cover it all. But when it comes to milk, you either like it or you don’t. So which one are you?
Hit play and come on this journey with us where we milk this topic to the tea (T).