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The Tiffin Box Indian cooking made easy

(03/02/2013)

There are a lot of food blogs out there, but every so often you will find a particularly good fit. Such is my relationship with The Tiffin Box, a blog by Edmonton Indian food aficionado, cooking instructor Michelle Peters-Jones.

The blog features original recipes inspired by the author's Indian heritage. Its photographs are inspiring and the recipes are relatively easy to recreate.

I also just plain love the name of the blog. A tiffin box is an Indian lunch box, says Peters-Jones, usually made up of three insulated layers stuffed with different items, from dal to rotis to rice. She remembers the tiffin box as a kind of community table, the source of chatter and sharing. That's also her goal for the website.

"I want to make food accessible," says the mother of five-year-old daughter Aditi. "I like to keep the recipes authentic, but I want the ingredients to be found in Edmonton."

Peters-Jones says people think Indian food is complicated, because so many different spices and spice combinations are required. But it's possible to simplify.

"The best investment you can make if you are making Indian food is a spice grinder, and they are not expensive," she says.

She also recommends a couple of go-to books, including How to Cook Indian by Sanjeev Kapoor and The Joy of Vegetarian Cooking by Jasleen Dhamija.

Peters-Jones came to Edmonton from Britain three years ago with her husband, Kevin Jones, an academic at the University of Alberta.

In Britain, she had won a competition to be a contestant on a popular British TV program called Master Chef, and had a lot of requests for her recipes after the show aired. Someone suggested she take up food blogging.

At the same time, Peters-Jones began to connect with Edmonton food culture through Twitter. Soon, she was sharing her food ideas with others. It was the tiffin box, all over again.

Now she teaches cooking classes with local chef Kathryn Joel of Get Cooking, and posts stories and recipes to her blog four to six times a month. 

Source: The Vancouver Sun

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.