“Inside the kitchen of local culinary-tour maven Peggy Markel…Markel channeled the elegance and utility of natural materials typically used in kitchens in Italy, Morocco, Spain, and India into her floors (wood), walls (clay), and counters (marble). But she also incorporated functional items, like deep kitchen drawers and a farmhouse sink, …
“If India is on your bucket list of dream culinary destinations, it’s time you finally check that box. To insure that the trip exceeds your expectations, then you must have Peggy Markel as your guide. Peggy has been touring food-driven travelers for more than 25 years. First in her adopted country of Italy, and she’s since expanded …
Devi Garh, our Palace fortress up above the village waits with a silver thali on a low marble table that looks over the valley, beds with white linens and a view. The food is very similar, just presented differently, yet we are not cut off from one another. We are close and smile and, able to share a kind word.
One man’s temple is another man’s palace. Namaste.
Devigarh. There are few places in the world that catch my breath like this place. High on a hill, the old palace fort overlooks the Araveli hills and the village of Delwara. It inspires meditation and natural tranquility and gives a 360 view. If we could look with a lifted perspective on life more often, we would be much happier.
After a splendid cooking class with chef Manish, at the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, we sat down to this Thali literally vibrating with good taste and energy. The most exciting flavor was the Kadaknath chicken curry made from kali-masi, black-flesh country chicken, gamey and delicious. The other star was the solar-cooked jeera gucchi palao, a slow-cooked cumin-tempered basmati rice with Kashmiri morels.
The Old Delhi spice market is a Mecca of sorts. It’s a cooks dream to walk amongst the burlap sacks bulging with fresh, vibrant, aromatic spices. Red chilis, whole turmeric, coriander, cumin and more. You have to cover your mouth with a scarf, but you still cough anyway.
Slow travel since 1992. Travel is deliciously transformative. It cooks us in a good way, like fire and salt. To engage with other cultures through food is primal. It’s deeply connecting to break bread and stir a pot in an unknown land with a trusted insider.