The tradition I carry on is to cook the food from my childhood for my kids. This is a kozhukatta, a dumpling filled with sweetened coconut. I remember as a kid sitting in my grandma's kitchen along with my cousins, uncles and aunts and shaping them. When they are steamed and ready, we would over a cup of tea enjoy them. There was a lot of love, laughter and fun in that room. Today, I make the very same dumpling in my kitchen. My kids often join me and we have a lot of fun. I share my childhood stories with them. I feel that food is a good way to connect people. It is a good way to pass on your family stories and traditions to your kids. Food is the bridge that fills the gap between generations.