Dimple Gogia-Talreja is one-half of Jefferson Lane. Together with her husband, Anand, she is bringing organic cotton sheets to people who care not only about the type of sheets used in a home, but how they were made, by whom, and under what conditions. Here is the first of 2 interviews with Dimple. In this interview, she talks about the importance of “organic” in her life, organic sheets and bedtime for a lively son!
When you talk about leading a “simple life”, what do you mean?
Dimple: “A simple life is one where I get to drink my morning coffee, peacefully, without having to multitask! And that almost never happens. A simple life is one where I am less busy, I have time for myself and particularly quality time to spend with my family. I also like to take naps on weekends! One needs time to do all these things.
“A simple life for me is also one in which I have time for home-cooked meals; there is nothing more satisfying than making sure my family eats a healthy diet. If I can do this about 80% of the time, I am happy. I like to talk long walks with my girlfriend or chat over coffee. Mostly I like to have fun, fun tempered by discipline. It’s important for all of us to stay away from people and things that weigh us down.”
When did ‘organic’ enter your life?
Dimple: “I was always passionate about organic, clean and green foods. I love going to organic grocery stores to buy organic products and ‘health’ foods. My pantry is stocked with things like nuts, chia seeds, honey, coconut based products and chamomile teas. In India we believe in using natural products from the kitchen on your skin, your body. After the birth of our son, I gravitated more and more towards organic products. When Anand and I considered getting into the bedding business after a very discouraging search for quality sheets, organic bedding immediately appealed to me. Once we had tried a sample of Jefferson Lanes’ organic sheets, I was hooked!
Do you shop locally?
Dimple: “We like to shop locally at a neighborhood store in Hoboken called ‘Basic Food’. As the name suggests, it’s a great place for all things organic. There are certain things that I always buy organic, such as milk, dairy, greens and certain fruits. Wherever possible I buy fruit and vegetables that are organic, but sometimes organic produce is unavailable or too costly. We also rely on delivery services such as Fresh Direct and Door to Door Organics.
What do you like to cook?
Dimple: “Healthy eating and fitness is part of our lifestyle now. My go-to recipe is a “veggie bake”. I chop up whatever vegetables I have at home, usually sweet potato, cauliflower, carrots, brussels sprouts, and zucchini - coat with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, dried basil and thyme, and some curry powder from India, and bake them on a sheet pan for 20-30 minutes. For protein, I top the dish with an egg for myself and sautéed chicken for my husband. It only takes 20 minutes to prep this dish.
"Another one of my favorites is a quinoa and chickpea salad. I cook quinoa with salt, pepper and olive oil and then set aside to cool. For the chickpea salad, I use cooked chickpeas. I sauté them with onions, tomatoes, garlic and add Indian spices like garam masala and red chili powder to it. I let this cool, then toss in the cooked quinoa and garnish with mint, cilantro, grated ginger and lime juice.
“I also try different ways of incorporating healthy foods into Dhruv’s meals. Like many children, he is a picky eater and it’s hard to get him to try new things. Recently I discovered a recipe for peanut butter banana ice cream and while he does not like peanut butter or bananas, he loved the ice cream!”
What is the bedtime routine like at your house?
“Our son eats at 6 pm, followed by playtime—it’s always playtime at our house! We do puzzles together on the floor, then it’s bath time followed by bedtime stories. We read to him every night as he is snuggled into organic sheets, and that’s the favorite part of everyone’s day. My husband and I take turns to read to him before it's lights out at 8:30pm.”
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