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!