Hola! I am Gaby, a passionate home cook from Veracruz, Mexico currently living in London with my husband Jasdeep. I am an Information Designer but one of my favourite things to do in life is to cook, talk about food and develop recipes from scratch. I had a beautiful childhood and since early age, I was interested in food. I could be either eating, chopping vegetables or washing dishes in the kitchen with my mum and granny who used to share knowledge about food if I helped out through the entire process of cooking. The reason why I think my passion for food started is because I always come back to those simple cooking techniques. This helped me develop my own style of cooking it´s the daily routine and the act of sharing food with your beloved ones that I believe makes cooking a memorable and joyful experience. I am a very proud Mexican and I love to share everything about Mexican food that is, how vast it is, the strong ancient and magical roots, it´s ingredients and dishes. Quick fact check: Mexican food is considered by UNESCO an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
I had an amazing opportunity to work and live in Mumbai, India for 5 years and this adventure changed my life forever. I found in India the colours that complemented my personality, my senses opened in a way that I can´t explain. I felt so alive and connected to India that I had to learn as much as I could from it´s culture, people and last but not least the cuisine. So that´s when my learning began, from working for a few months part time in a restaurant, to eat all of my colleagues tiffin boxes (sorry guys), to ask my mother in law all her recipes and treasure them. I also found my better half in Mumbai and got married there, so my connection with India as you can see is one of a kind!
We decided to move to London in 2015 and have been working and living here for the past 5 years. We love to eat and we like to try food from around the globe. However, we always come back to our roots so the Indian masalas, maíz and dried chilies are always a staple in our house. I love to host and cook for friends and families and I always wanted to create a space where I could share my own recipes. The Punjaxican was born, as a playful space to share what I have learned so far in my cooking journey, taking inspiration from my country Mexico and my experience living in India, my second home. I believe food has the power to connect people around the world and that´s what The Punjaxican is all about.
The term “Punjaxican” is a homage to both our ethnicities: the Punjabi (from my husband´s side) and the Mexican (from yours truly). We have been using the Punjaxican name to the type of food we make at home when they are “ni muy muy ni tan tan Indian or Mexican” so it´s what I call a match made in heaven as both cuisines share a lot of ingredients in common and pair very well together. My mind is always making these tinder-esque perfect matches between Indian and Mexican dishes. So far I think there has been a lot of happily ever after recipes, or at least that´s what my friends and families say!
Follow my journey on Instagram @thepunjaxican where I will be sharing some of my favourite Indian and Mexican dishes, my very own Punjaxican recipes, some facts that I find interesting about food and personal experiences!
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