2013-02-12

An Indian Meal


These are all pretty traditional dishes of Southern India as far as I understand. Eggplant chutney and cauliflower and potato pulao are amazing with basmati rice. I first learned the art of Indian cooking from a wonderful woman in Mysore.  When we were cooking together I called it,  "1-2-3. ready" because she made it look so easy. Trying it myself was a different story, however.

A few years later, I also took lessons from another Indian lady in Kerala where I was able to brush up on my techniques. Overall, learning the art of Indian cooking from an expert is key.  The two most important tips I learned could probably be applied to all cooking but definitely to Indian.

First, preparation is key. Cutting, slicing, dicing, mincing and having everything prepared cuts down on  time, fumbling around and allows you to do many things at the same time.

Second, spice, spice and more spice!. But it is not just any spice as it is the order of them As well, adding the spice (not stirring it in right away) and letting it simmer are key to it properly being absorbed; helping to create a wonderful flavor and aroma with the vegetables.



                                Baked and sliced eggplant.

                               Fried mustand seeds for the pulao.



The Journey So Far

Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.


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Heather Morton
is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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