Creating change in the kitchen and at home by reconnecting people with food so they can better nourish themselves and their families.

About Maple + Marigold

Maple and Marigold started back in 2017 as a love letter. Maple represents Canada, my current home in Toronto and our lives today, and marigold, refers to India, the colourful land of my youth and the traditions I learned in my childhood.

Today, I welcome you to join me on my journey as I explore life with big flavours and bright colours. I share Canada-grown foods and culture, and how sustainable living can be real, abundant and everyday.

Come into my kitchen and home where I use real food, whole spices, fresh herbs along with cooking techniques that add the aroma and flavour of India into my daily life in Canada.

You’ll also discover that food is so much more than just fuel. Good food fills us up and tastes good, and it is so much more. In my cooking I use foods that are good for us and our planet. I use whole spices that boost my family’s immunity, along with ingredients that are not only good for our physical health but also mental health.

Through all my creative and culinary exploits, I’ve perfected how to do dinner in 22 minutes because when my kids were little that’s how long it took them to watch one episode of Dora. Vamonos!

I love whole, real foods but I also love shortcuts that allow me to spend my time outdoors on adventures with my kiddos. I’d rather be walking through my neighbourhood with a hot cuppa coffee in my reusable mug than standing at my kitchen counter.

You’ll learn quickly that I waste very little in my kitchen. 58% of the food grown and produced in Canada is thrown away, most of it is avoidable. So I experiment with ways to reduce our waste. And when my kiddos love what I make with broccoli stems and other vegetable ends, I know my small step made a difference. 

I’m on a mission to help families like mine reduce their food waste, and build an abundant and sustainable lifestyle – no matter where you live.

About Our Founder, Puneeta

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma is a better food advocate, sustainable living blogger and mother of two who resides in Toronto, Ontario. She believes that the heart of the home beats in the kitchen, and that food is more than just fuel – it can also help to nourish and heal us. Through her writing and videos, Puneeta helps families reduce their food waste, and live in harmony with nature.

Puneeta has been featured as an expert on sustainable living, traditional Indian food with a Canadian twist, and Indian culture and celebrations by outlets such as CBC, CHCH TV and Global News.

Puneeta is also leading a grassroots initiative called Nourish by Numbers dedicated to educating people and engaging conversations around sustainability.

She holds a Masters Degree in Tourism and Marketing.

Puneeta loves using turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties and so the most unexpected dish (golden mashed potatoes, anyone?) will be the signature yellow colour.

She never leaves home without her reusable coffee cup. She has one stashed away in her purse and the car. There’s even a foldable one that her kids gave her for Mother’s Day last year that’s hiding out in her laptop bag.

Puneeta loves walking outdoors and exploring the diverse neighbourhoods of Toronto, but there was a time when she dreamt of being a white water rafting guide because she ran rapids so often.

What I am writing about

Real Food

Real food recipes made using whole ingredients with big flavour, fresh herbs and health-boosting spices.

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Sustainable Living

Sustainable living is about actions, swaps, and ways you and your family can live in harmony with nature.

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Natural Health

Natural health recipes and ways to use whole spices, other foods, and nature to heal our bodies and brains of illness and inflammation.

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Exploring Cultures

Exploring various cultures and nostalgic Indian cooking and traditions that come together in Canada, local Canadian-produced food, and nostalgic ethnic food.

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Let’s work together

As a better food advocate, mother of two and sustainable living blogger, I am a trusted voice for real food recipes, sustainable living, Indian culture, and newcomers exploring Canadian culture. I work with brands through the following services:

  • Branded TV and Radio Segments and Tours
  • Branded Blog Content
  • Branded Videos
  • Branded Editorial Writing and Contributions
  • Social Media Sharing

Press and Media

Puneeta is available to speak to the media about the following topics.

Indian Culture + Celebrations

Previous Appearances:
Celebrating Diwali, Global News
Diwali Decor, CBC
Sweet Diwali Treats, CBC
Diwali Celebration Ideas, Global News

Indian Cooking with a Canadian Twist

Get in touch

For inquiries about media, speaking, partnerships, or anything else, please email us HERE.