Hi, I’m Ashley. Thanks for reading my blog!
We’re a two person team here at MHB. I’m the writer and recipe maker and my husband, Roby, is my taste tester. He tells me when my recipes are “blog worthy.” Roby actually has a tough job. Don’t believe me? Try telling your wife you don’t like one of her recipes 😉 Thankfully he likes almost everything I make – and if he doesn’t like something, you won’t see it on the blog.
Roby and I have been really good friends since high school. We both went to the University of Virginia and after a couple of years of being just friends who would occasionally and awkwardly hold hands – he asked me to be his girlfriend. On our five year dating anniversary, he proposed. And a year later, we were married. Twice.
One of the perks of marrying Roby was learning more about south Indian cuisine, specifically, Keralite food. We were both born in the US to Indian immigrants. I come from a Punjabi family so it’s fun to be able to bring both northern and southern Indian dishes to the table.
I currently have a full-time marketing job that I really enjoy (update: as of July 2015, I’m a full-time blogger!). With Roby spending super long hours at the hospital, I decided to spend some of my free time recipe testing and blogging. I love it and I’m also learning a ton of skills in the process (seo, web development, analytics, etc). For me, cooking is a blast. There isn’t much I enjoy more than jamming to my Mariah Carey pandora station while trying to cook, sing and dance all at the same time. (Side note, I think it’s awesome that Mariah Carey is still relevant. I’ve loved her music since second grade).
So, when I blog, I tend to refer to certain people who happen to play a big role in my life – my family. I’ll introduce you to them now.
my brother: a computer whiz who helps me out with my blog all the time
Here’s a picture of me with my awesome younger brother, Rishi. This was taken back when we were in high school. We’ve been told that we should be in a toothpaste commercial together. Maybe one day it’ll happen. For now, he’s too busy running a really successful financial platform offering affordable/free stock market tools called tiingo (so if you’re into stocks and stuff, check it out!)
my parents: who help me with my cooking all. the. time.
These are my lovely parents. They’re a hoot. They party more at their age than I do now… I saw them a couple of hours after this picture was taken. They told me they didn’t know there was alcohol in the jello that their friends kept giving them. I’m not even kidding. They also once tried to convince me that a mango wine cooler was just mango juice. Um, no words.
“Our Dog” Sasha
This is our dog, Sasha. Actually, she’s my family’s dog but since Roby and I don’t have a dog yet – I’m calling her our dog. She’s incredibly spoiled. My mom and her other empty-nester friends get together to throw their dogs birthday parties. Basically, for all intents and purposes, Sasha is more like my sibling. Yes, her birthday cake in the photo below is literally on a silver platter.
In September 2016, the Thomas family grew from two to three! You can read about our newest little addition here:
In May 2019, the Thomas family grew from three to four! You can read about our newest baby here: