Treasured Recipes and Stories from my Fijian Indian Family. My aim with this book is to document the food of my ancestors. The preservation of my family recipes is my way of acknowledging my ancestors’ hard work, sweat, blood and tears, and ensuring that their memories live on.
I cannot describe how blessed I have been with the love bestowed upon me by all of my grandparents. When things get tough, I go to this comfortable space hidden within my treasured memories and count my blessings. I realise that I have had no ordinary life. In fact, my life has been quite extraordinary. I feel my grandparents’ presence around me all the time. Working on this project has made me realise that I couldn’t have found a better way to honour my ancestors, their memories and sacrifices that they made so that their, children, grandchildren, and the future generation could have extraordinary lives.
“I love this recipe book! Not only is it teaching me all about my heritage but it also supports a great cause WOW Kids Fiji. I used two sweet recipes for Diwali and it was a hit! They were so easy to follow and I had amazing feedback and requests for more. It was my first time ever making Fiji Indian sweets and I can’t believe how great they turned out and tasted. I used two sweet recipes for Diwali and it was a hit! They were so easy to follow and I had amazing feedback and requests for more. It was my first time ever making Fiji Indian sweets and I can’t believe how great they turned out and tasted.” – Raina Prasad
“This book reminds me of all these dishes I use to enjoy; some of which I always wondered how they were done. I have already tried some recipes and it brought back memories. Thank you Sadhna, for capturing the recipes as these are now with us forever. This is certainly something I am passing on to my daughters; as they grow older they will appreciate it more and more. Grateful that you did it, Sadhna!”
Recipes are not just food: they provide intangible links to our history, our heritage, ultimately to ourselves. Sadhna’s evocative recollection of cooking with her beloved aaji reminds us that food is emotional, it is nostalgic, it reassures us that love continues timelessly and that as recipes and knowledge fall into a new generations hands, it to reminds us of who we are. This is a book for every bookshelf- for all lovers of food culture, those who love or come from Fiji, for the chefs of Fiji.”
Robert Oliver (Robert Oliver and Authors – “Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific” Winner BEST COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD 2010 and “Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia” Winner: BEST TV CHEF COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD 2013Dr. Tracy Berno)