The Tiffin Box

A new(ish) Edmontonian. Born and brought up in India, now in Canada via UK. I teach Indian food classes + blog about everything food. Come on by and say hello!

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Classic Chicken Biriyani and A Visit To Sunworks Farm
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Classic Chicken Biriyani and A Visit To Sunworks Farm
What came first, the biriyani or the chickens? I have never been squeamish about knowing where my meat comes from. My grandfather and uncles made sure of that, and I have killed chickens and watched pigs being slaughtered and methodically broken down to be distributed among family and friend...
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Introduce Baby to Spice - 10 Easy, Delicious and Unusual Recipes
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Introduce Baby to Spice - 10 Easy, Delicious and Unusual Recipes
There is so much advice out there on weaning babies, and every generation has its own rules and regulations. These rules might be always changing (the advice on feeding babies peanuts, for example), but when it comes to babies, I've always held by my mother-in-law's advice that mommy knows best. ...
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Tales From India: 10 Tips For Driving In India
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You stop for the exhibitionists. Ah, the joys of driving in India. Once upon a time, I had no compunction jumping in and out of buses, sometimes even when they were moving. In fact, I spent half my life on the City Bus Number 5, first going to school, then pre-university, then college. Bus stops ...
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"Are you the nanny?"
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"Are you the nanny?"
"Are you the nanny?" If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question when I was out with Adz, well... I'd be about twelve dollars richer (yes, I keep count.) I understand, I really do, that it can be a bit jarring to see a white child with a brown person, though in this day and ag...
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Global Recipe Swap (Part1): Beef Kheema Pav (A Mumbai Street Food)
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Global Recipe Swap (Part1): Beef Kheema Pav (A Mumbai Street Food)
I've been quite silent over here at The Tiffin Box, and first, I just wanted to say thank you to a few of you who have emailed me and asked me if things are okay. The internet is a funny thing. I don't know all my readers personally, yet so many of you messaged me, worried about me. It gives me t...
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The Magic of Flying - Part 2: The Joys of Shopping at Edmonton International Airport
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The Magic of Flying - Part 2: The Joys of Shopping at Edmonton International Airport
This is how I imagine myself flying... the reality, however, is usually very different! HBC Barbie, available at HBC Trading Post at the EIA.  This post is the second in my series for Edmonton International Airport (EIA). In my first post, last year, I talked about the forgotten ma...
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Mom's Awesome Potato Bhaji, Breakfasts Around The World and Small Steps to Wellness
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I recently read an article, 50 of the World's Best Breakfasts, and was pretty pleased to find my all-time favourite, the Full English, at the top of the list. Let's face it, there is nothing like a greasy fry-up of eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, baked beans, black pudding, fried bread and a cup...
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Trains, Planes and Pedhas - Vikram Vij and His Family Chicken Curry
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Trains, Planes and Pedhas - Vikram Vij and His Family Chicken Curry
Photo used with thanks to Sean NeildChef Vikram Vij, patron of Vancouver's famous Vij's Restaurant, Rangoli and Railway Express, and I share a fascination with Indian railways and their ubiquitous blue and red trains. Mine was honed through years of travelling around India with my family, and my ...
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Pear Tarte Tatin With Cardamom, Saffron and Rosewater for Diwali (+ Giveaway from The Real Canadian Superstore)
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Pear Tarte Tatin With Cardamom, Saffron and Rosewater for Diwali (+ Giveaway from The Real Canadian Superstore)
About a year ago, I was at Adz's school, talking about Diwali to the Grade One class. I talked a bit about India, and how we celebrated many festivals among all the faiths that make up this incredibly diverse and secular country. When I was talking about Diwali, the celebration of light in honour...
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