Cold pressed oils : Fad or here-to-stay ?

Oils labelled as cold pressed oils have started appearing in supermarkets, kirana stores, exclusive oil shops all around us. They are being sold in both packaged and loose forms. In Tamil, it is called Sekku Ennai; or pronounced as Chekku Ennai by people of southern Tamil Nadu. The manufacturers are both domestic as well as…

Is Organic produce truly tastier? And our papaya story so far…

It has finally started raining Papayas at the farm after a long mouth watering wait. The feature image photo is the 2nd papaya we harvested from the farm. We couldn’t wait to start eating the first papaya last week and hence the lack of social media excitement. 😉 While the saplings were given free of…

Vazhaipoo paruppu usili | Banana flower with crumbled lentils

The first few months after moving to Vikramasingapuram were one of the most difficult times in our life. We were new to the town, had no company and also quit our jobs. We didn’t know what to do or where to begin. The farm is located next to a forest so wild animals damaged almost…

Tirunelveli Thalaga kuzhambu

Thaalaga kuzhambu is a mixed vegetable curry in a coconut-sesame paste. I got introduced to this flavour bomb of a curry after marriage. Sudhakar’s family go bonkers every time this kuzhambu is made at home. Before I talk about this kuzhambu, I should definitely say a few words about my mother-in-law. She is a Multani,…

Gharge, Pumpkin Poori

We recently had a bumper harvest of 50 kgs of pumpkins. Pumpkins can be stored for as long as six months after harvest. If you notice the local vegetable shops, they usually keep full pumpkins in shelves and cut them open only when people ask for it. We have decided to store most for ourselves,…

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton Vivasayee /ʋɪʋəsɑ:ji/ विवसायी விவசாயி Tamil Noun. 1. Farmer The occasion of Pongal seemed like an appropriate time for me to give you guys an update of the goings-on at the farm my parents, Noushadya and I have been spending the last 6…