And so it begins, my favorite time of the year, family, friends, delicious food, presents and lights. It can only be Diwali for me.
I always felt like the `lucky one` as I was able to celebrate Diwali and Christmas with the same enthusiasm and gust and merriment as my friends and have twice as many presents. Lighting divas and fireworks that would go on for days, visiting uncles and aunties, who I never knew I had but it all contributed to my Diwali fund, which I couldn’t
complain about! Being able to have as many sweets and treats as you desired, accompanied by hugs and jubilant surrounded all around me.
Diwali has always been based around food for me. Weeks before Diwali we would spend days preparing delicious treats, hours in the kitchen but all I can remember are the smiles and laughter, joy and excitement it brought to my family and me.
As the years have gone by and I have a family of my own now, I have tried to past down this same tradition and ethics to my children. It is now mostly me in the kitchen with the children volunteering to be chief tasters rather and my sous chefs. The types of food we now create have evolved in time as we try for more `beneficial` options. The deep fried samosas and jelabis are being replaced by healthier options but the spirit of Diwali continues and so will the cooking, laughter and sharing…..Happy New Year.
Celebrate and share this special sugar free treat with all your family and loved ones.