I’m Lorraine, the cook behind all the delicious recipes on tamarindnthyme.  I have a home full of boys so no doubt I spend most of my time in the kitchen, feeding my constantly hungry family.

I live a simple, unpretentious life in the city of Gold, Johannesburg South Africa. I was born and raised in Durban, where food and family where synonymous with each other. It’s where I learnt to cook and all the secrets to making good Indian food.

My blog is more than just a food blog. I have a vulnerable side and I am human so I love sharing bits about my life, the good and the bad. I love inspiring people though my own life experiences. I have survived an abusive relationship and suffered with a low self-esteem my whole life. I also have two auto-immune conditions but I am thankful for the life I have. My blog has opened up a whole new world for me. It has given me my confidence back and the ability to inspire others through my own struggles. 

The best days of my life are spent in the kitchen cooking the foods I love. I am constantly fatigued due to my autoimune conditions, keeping active in the kitchen helps with my fatigue. It is also my greatest stress reliever and my happy place.

I don’t follow any specific diet as I do believe we can eat anything as long as it is in moderation so here you will find a little bit of everything. You will find loads of Indian spicy dishes on my blog, it’s what I love cooking the most. My aim is share recipes where you will get a taste of home. My blog is not a healthy blog, it is a blog where you make healthy, happy memories. I want my recipes to evoke happy memories and a feeling of nostalgia.

My recipes are usually quick and easy to prepare with simple ingredients. I am a lazy cook so I always find ways to simplify my cooking without compromising on flavor. I love cooking with freshly ground spices and fresh herbs, my favorite herb is thyme and my favourite spice definitely cumin.

The recipes I share are inspired by my Indian culture and our love of food, I have fond memories of growing up in a home where nobody left without sharing a meal. It’s the tradition I still follow to this day, sharing my food gives me that warm fuzzy feeling. I love people and I receive so much joy making people happy through my food and kindness. I do keep my South African Indian food traditional and authentic, it’s what keeps our food real and unique.

There are times when I do venture out of my comfort zone and try new dishes. I have loads of adventures in the kitchen with some epic fails too. But we keep trying, as Julia Child said “nobody is born a great cook, one learns by doing”.

Indian dishes are quite simple, sometimes they just require a whole lot of spices but not much effort. I love cooking with fresh ingredients and freshly ground spices. My motto is to “COOK WITH LOVE”. A sprinkle of Love is that extra “ingredient” that makes food delectable.

I do hope you enjoy my blog, here you will definitely find food cooked with that ingredient called love. If you do try a recipe please feel free to share your thoughts, good or bad but please be nice! I love hearing from you so do drop me a mail.

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