Hi, I’m Brit. I live in Indiana India with my husband Chris. For a variety of reasons, our two dogs, Duke and Tacia, had to stay behind in the US for the next few months while Chris and I experience life in India.

This blog started out mainly as a way for me to hold myself accountable with running and to challenge myself with cooking new recipes on a regular basis. I named the blog Duke’s House, because at our house, Duke thinks that he runs the show. Not exactly true, but that’s ok, we don’t have to tell him that.

This summer has led to many life changes, which have dramatically impacted the content of my blog, hopefully for the better. After arriving in India, it quickly became apparent that my two favorite blogging topics, cooking and running, would become scarce at best.

I still enjoy running and I am trying my hardest to stay active, running if possible, through my first pregnancy. Unfortunately, running and India do not always mix.

First off, the temperature is not exactly ideal. I’m a big wimp when it comes to running in hot weather and 90 degrees and humid just doesn’t get me excited about lacing up my running shoes. Secondly, the traffic and general road conditions are not ideal, in fact, I might call them hazardous. Lastly, running inside isn’t a very good option for me as gyms here are very expensive. I will do my best to stay active by riding my bike on its trainer and doing bodyweight strength training workouts.

Over the next few months, cooking will be equally challenging. I envisioned coming to India and cooking a vast array of Indian dishes with obscure ingredients that I couldn’t possibly find at home.

In reality, I am facing two challenges that did not even occur to me before I arrived here. My kitchen is far less equipped for serious cooking than my Indiana kitchen is. I have one small pot, one slightly larger but still small pot, a frying pan as flat as a dinner plate, a microwave and a rice cooker as my only cooking tools. No oven, no food processor, and very few kitchen gadgets. In fact, the only kitchen gadget that I have is a vegetable peeler that I brought from home. In retrospect, I have no idea why I packed a vegetable peeler, but in a land where all of my produce must be cooked or peeled, it was a fabulous item to ship over here!

The other cooking challenge that I face is that grocery shopping is not as simple as making a single stop at Wally World on Saturday morning. A typical grocery run requires stops at no less than three stores and the availability of products is spotty at best. There are many grocery items that I don’t recognize and even more processed junk than one might find in the US. I was expecting to live in an alternate universe where processed foods did not exist, but instead I find myself indulging in them more frequently than ever simply because they are available.

With all of that said, I hope that you will continue to read as I document my experience in India, possibly some other travel throughout South Asia, and do my best to throw in a few cooking and running related posts here and there!

More about me. Even more about me here.

  1. Stacey said:

    First, just want to tell you that I love you blog… It has inspired me to create many new dishes, that have become regulars in our household.
    While I was looking for a specific recipe, I came across this one and totally thought of you. Its a breakfast burritos, from eatatallies.com. There are pics on her website. I have already ideas of modifing this recipe slightly, but I do like the idea of freezing them for a super busy morning/day.
    I don’t have a microwave, so we’ll also think of another solution.

    Breakfast Burritos
    Today is a busy day. Today is not a day to be writing a blog post. So I leave you with a quick breakfast to hit the spot on even the busiest of mornings…
    Breakfast Burritos
    makes 12

    12 eggs
    1/4 cup milk
    salt and pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup chunky salsa
    12 oz. bag of 3 cheese blend (mozzarella, jack, cheddar)
    20 oz. bag of diced potatoes with onion
    12 flour tortillas

    -Cook potatoes in a nonstick skillet.
    Set aside.
    -Beat eggs with milk and salt & pepper.
    -Melt butter in skillet over low heat.
    Add eggs and scramble until desired consistency.
    Allow to cool slightly.
    -Stir in potatoes, salsa and cheese.
    -Set up your assembly line: egg mixture, tortillas and parchment lined cookie sheet.
    -Put 1/2 cup egg mixture into each tortilla and roll up burrito-style.
    -Place in a single layer on cookie sheet and freeze.
    -Once burritos are fully frozen, wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in zip-lock freezer bag.
    Return to freezer.
    -To serve, unwrap burrito from plastic wrap and wrap in a paper towel.
    Microwave for about 2 minutes.

  2. Brit said:

    Thanks for the compliment and the new recipe!

  3. Lisa said:


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    This conference will be a gathering of bloggers from throughout North America who specialize in the areas of fitness or health. I live in Boulder and can tell you it is a very active, healthy city and the perfect place for this conference.

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    I hope you can join us!

  4. Tiffany said:

    Hey! I couldn’t find your email address but I wanted to put FitFluential.com on your radar because I think you would be a good fit. Check out http://fitfluential.com for more info on who we are or feel free to email me if you have any questions!

  5. Hey Brit, found your blog looking for a grilled kale recipe. Looking forward to trying some more, I have a feeling the kale is going to be great (eating it with buffalo burgers).

  6. Love that I’ve found a fellow blogger living in Mumbai! Excited to read more 🙂

    • Brit said:

      Thank you! Unfortunately I returned to Indiana from Chennai about two weeks ago. I had an awesome experience in Chennai, and in India in general. Hopefully I will have another opportunity to experience life from such a different perspective!

  7. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’m nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

  8. Hey there! What did you do to learn how to make the site? I’m struggling with wordpress. Clearly those people don’t think like it do. Most unintuitive thing I’ve hassled with in a while. Thoughts?

    • Brit said:

      Learn some HTML, that is a big help… Then be really patient. 😉

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