Friday, September 4, 2009

Why Martian Foodie?

If you made it to my blog, it's most likely because you saw the words "Martian" and "food". And you are curious about what a Martian actually eats. Well, I hate to disappoint you. I am not a real Martian! I, too, am curious about what a real Martian eats. My image of a Martian is a 6 legged creature that eats rocks. I. on the other hand, am actually a Mauritian and there is so much else I would rather eat than rocks. So what is a Mauritian? Answer: someone from Mauritius. Why do I call myself a Martian? Because most people I have met since I moved to the US have never heard of Mauritius and never met a Mauritian. At least they've heard of a Martian although they have never met one.

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As you can see from the map, Mauritius is this tiny little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It could not be any further away from where I live now: San Diego, California. From a time zone perspective, it is 12 hours away. The last time I visited my family, I spent 20 hours on a plane and almost 30 hours door-to-door. No wonder, very few Americans know about Mauritius. Those who do know about it usually have heard about the Dodo, the extinct bird that was the basis of the expresssion "As dead as a Dodo" or the famous 1847 "Post Office" stamps which have sold for millions of dollars.

Born in Mauritius, I went to University in the UK and moved to San Diego in the early '80s. So I have lived longer here in San Diego than anywhere else in the world. My wife and my kids are here and this is home to me. However, Mauritius is also still my home. I still have many memories of growing up in Mauritius. It was a wonderful place to grow up in. Which brings me to the purpose of this blog.

I am not a chef but I love cooking. I do it because it helps me relax after a stressful day at work and food brings friends and family together. As I get older, I find that many of the best memories of my life have food associated with them - my childhood, my parents, my brothers and sister, my kids, my wife. So this blog will document the recreation of the dishes associated with the memories. Many of them will be Mauritian meals but not all of them.

Hope you enjoy it.


  1. Came across your blog :-) very interesting.... i like the idea of sharing Mauritian recipe.. keeep the circle of sharing.. have a nice day!

  2. Hit your blog when I was searching for Goyave de chine. I too am from Mauritius. Live in Ottawa, Canada since '88. I was in LA area two weeks ago, interesting place. Thanks for the blog.