Welcome to Bluegrass Masala! Masala is an Indian word that means "mixture." Generally used to describe a mix of spices used in cooking, it also describes my family and our relationship to food perfectly.
I'm American and my husband is Indian. I grew up near Detroit. He grew up in Kolkata. I was raised in a non-religious Jewish family. He was raised Hindu. Somehow fate sent us both to Tucson, Arizona where eventually we met, fell in love, and married. Today, eight-some years later, we live in Kentucky with our two wonderful kids--a precocious preschooler and an adorable infant.
People have often asked me what it's like being in a mixed marriage with somebody from a different country/culture/religion and whether those differences affect our relationship. The answer is that despite those ostensible differences we are actually very much alike, strange though it seems, and that the major source of troubling cultural conflict is dietary. When a brisket-loving Jewish girl and a curry-craving Indian vegetarian get together, things get interesting. Life together has created expansion and accommodation when it comes to our tastes and tolerances. However, we've both also realized how important our own foodways are to each of us. The result is that food and the exploration of food have become even more of a focal point for us and a central part of our family life.
We are pretty passionate about food--cooking it, eating it, feeding family and friends, reading about food, photographing meals, discovering new tastes, or just wondering what the heck to make or eat for dinner. Beyond the scope of meals themselves, we are constantly learning and wrestling with the nutritional, ethical, cultural, social, spiritual and practical dimensions of food and different ways of eating. This blog is a place to explore and share that--welcome to the mix!