My name is Amica Sinha, and I am a teacher, wife, mother of 4 and an avid home cook. It all started when my parents immigrated from Mumbai, India to Toronto in 1966. Growing up, both my mother and grandmother were very adamant about making traditional Indian dishes for us from whatever was available locally. Learning about the complexity of Indian cooking, from the unique ingredients to the variety of flavours, is where my love for cooking started. Even at a young age, I was always experimenting with whatever was in our kitchen, which helped broaden my horizons to non-Indian dishes and baking.
Being vegetarian also unlocked my creativity for cooking healthy meals. However, as a mother of four, I learned that quick and healthy meals were often not enough; they had to be visually appealing, and delicious as well. Involving the kids in the cooking process also fostered their love of good food. To this day, I love trying out recipes from different countries and experimenting with many plant-based sources of protein.
When COVID-19 hit, like many families, we were unable to meet up. My son, who lives in Montreal, wanted to learn how to make aloo parathas so we decided to make them together virtually through video chat. Gradually, my friends and my kids’ friends also started joining these calls and that’s how my online cooking classes began. I have a background in teaching and through these classes, I am able to combine my profession with my passion for cooking.