Stonehouse 27 founder Sharon Fernandes has a passion for cooking that she inherited from her Christian-Indian mother and an exuberant love for eating modeled by her Anglo-Indian father. As a child growing up in Bandra, India – a waterside village influenced by Portuguese and British settlers – Sharon forged a deep, lifelong connection with the area’s rich culinary traditions and cultural diversity.
Stonehouse 27 was born from Sharon’s desire to bring delicious, all-natural sauces from her homeland to kitchens around the world. Stonehouse 27 sauces are rich with exotic spices, delicious aromas and magical flavors. They’re always made with fresh herbs and produce and do not contain anything artificial. Additionally, they’re made with diabetic friendly, low-glycemic agave nectar instead of refined sugars, contain only canola oil (the cooking oil lowest in saturated fat), and have no added salt.
With these sauces in your pantry, you can quickly and easily bring regional Indian flavors to any of your favorite ingredients.
A History Lesson
About 500 years ago, Portuguese explorers arrived on India’s western coast in search of the world’s finest spices. Over many centuries, they settled, married, and merged their culinary traditions with local ingredients and flavors. Sharon’s mother is a descendent of these Portuguese immigrants.
Toward the end of the 17th century, the British established Bombay as the main port of entry and, along with the spice trade, came the spread of Christianity. Europe’s continued love affair with India spawned a co-mingled and distinct ethnic group that later came to be identified as the Anglo-Indian community, of which Sharon’s father was part.
Anglo-Indian cuisine evolved to spice up the bland flavors of traditional British recipes brought from the West. And foods that were once forbidden by the religious traditions of India, like beef and pork, became commonplace among the burgeoning Christian population. This evolving combination of flavors and cultures brought together the best of Eastern flavors with the West, creating a distinctive cuisine in its own right.
Why “Stonehouse 27”?
The surname Stonehouse pays homage to Sharon’s father’s British ancestry while the number 27 represents the number of spices in a traditional, Portuguese-inspired blend that Sharon uses in her sauce recipes.