Me ~ Medini Pradhan
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Welcome ! If you are following me...I am truly grateful....Hope I bring
something interesting to the table.....
you want to know a little more bit about me....You already know
that I am a Passionate Food
Enthusiast and Entrepreneur. I
love creativity in all it's forms...I delight in living every
moment with a positive attitude. I love people who radiate
happiness and who inspire me & love connecting with such people at a real level.
which is a website on Indian Cuisine & Culture made
Easy in the United States, which also specializes in Indian Gift
Baskets. Our Indian gift baskets
have been received by many around the country and were sent to the big
shots of "Fox Searchlight Pictures" for their sweeping Oscar win of
the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
Indian Spice Boxes ~ Masala Dabbas are so well loved that we can't
keep enough on our shelves. If you are just learning to cook
Indian this gorgeous spice box is a must in your kitchen. It comes
with the basic Indian spices you need to cook Indian food.
More Indian Spice Boxes and Spice
also own Elegantly
Expressed Gift Baskets a successful gift basket company
I found in 2000. The
website was featured in USA Today for our Low Carb Gift Baskets
Here is the link "Candy
sellers box up low-carb chocolates" Look
at the very bottom...
influences in my life...
falls on the creativity side and I love it passionately. I
have always loved to cook and create. Looks like you do too!
I grew up in Mumbai, India
and as a child I used to dabble in the kitchen. At 10 yrs I surprised
my mom one day by making my very first Indian meal ...she was so
super proud of me.......
My mom came from a huge family of 6 sisters and 3 brothers. My grandfather Jaywant
Rao Ambegaokar was an officer in the court of the
Maharaja of Baroda and my grandmother Snehalata,
was a "Julia Child" in her own way. She was well
known for her unforgettable dinner parties in Baroda,
Gujarat. Therefore my mother, Devayani Kulkarni
grew up to be as
passionate about food as I am today. She
is an awesome cook!
She is a socialite in Mumbai and
participates in and has headed many local organizations like
the Lioness Club of Khar, Khar Mahila Samaj, All India Women's Conference
& more - organizations that raise money to help fund
worthy projects for the poor in and around Mumbai.
went to school to learn Food & Nutrition and graduated
with honors from SNDT University
with a Bachelors in Home Science. From there I pursued my culinary
/ dietetic studies at one of the most prestigious colleges in
Mumbai – IHMCTAN –
Institute Of Hotel Management, Catering Technology &
Applied Nutrition to graduate with a Post Diploma in
Dietetics. I interned at the famous
Cancer Research Hospital and Breach Candy
Hospital. I then worked as a Dietitian in Talwalkar Gyms.
of my early food influences was my aunt, Mrs. Kamal Kulkarni
who was a chef by profession and taught elaborate cooking classes in Vile Parle
– a suburb of Mumbai. I was one of her greatest fans and helped
her a lot. She has 2 Marathi cookbooks out.
comes another big influence....twas a marriage of
flavors......my husband, Ranjit,
like me (I discovered) was a foodie and loved to eat. As a new
bride I was out to impress him. He loved all the
dinners I would whip up,
but also never failed to positively criticize my failures... he he
that helped me a lot....He is my biggest support and I love him
too loves to hang out in the kitchen and cook "with
me" and many times "for me" ....he has his own
creations to boot!
mother-in-law, Rohini Pradhan
taught me a lot of typical Maharashtrian dishes. She too is a
great cook and has a very scientific method of cooking. She is a
lovely lady....(ok earned some brownie points there)...no but
really....she is wonderful....
Indian Cuisine & Culture.....
we had kids – Nikita & Priyanka
– I realized that I had to make an extra effort to re-learn our
Indian culture to teach it to my kids. Realizing that my kids
are not going to
remember all that I have taught.....isn't
that the truth :)....I decided to pen my thoughts.....and
that is when
CuisineCuisine.com was born. I
have since then taught many mini courses on Indian Cuisine &
Culture in the schools that Nikita & Priyanka have attended.
have also given lectures in high schools to their World Religion classes
sharing a practical bit of every aspect of India. I try and share my cuisine
and culture in a relevant way for the kids of today.....I
have had many opportunities to teach cooking classes here in the
and I truly enjoy it. I started that journey in 1992 in Colorado at “The
Cupboard” a high end culinary store in Fort Collins. Their classes were
well known and very well attended. I taught everything from Indian
BBQ to Indian Vegetarian classes. I continued to teach Indian
cooking classes in
Wisconsin and now teach private cooking classes here in IL
and I love it!! Here is an article that the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel did about Indian cooking and me... Milwaukee
am working on my first book about Satya Narayan Puja. I have
planned to document as much for my daughters that I know about
Indian Cuisine & Culture so that they have a handy reference
for when they grow up.
back to Twitter.....
love tweeting when I have the time. I am "not a food blogger" but
I like to talk food and engage and learn
from the many talented food bloggers out there....I try not to twitter
when I am hungry :) as I am constantly tempted to go back to my
kitchen....I also love the funny people on twitter...and the ones
who inspire and remind us to breathe....whoa...I forget to do that
Well.....whew......that's quite a bit about
me...if you are reading this...thanks for sticking
around....Please feel free to connect with me professionally
a fab day!!!