Birthday Gift – Chef`s Choice- Waffle Pro Express Five of Hearts…

My good friend J of KailasKitchen had a posting some time back asking for a comment to be a random pick for winning the Chef`s Choice Waffle Maker,.  At that time, I never gave any importance to what was in the post. I read the post about the giveaway and I was pleasantly happy to see it. She promptly remimded me to add a comment to her post, on the very last day, at 11 pm….which I duly did. Little did I realise that I would be the random pick of the giveaway. A few days later J sent me a mail on the details of the shipment with…I received the Waffle Pro Express Five of Hearts Waffle Maker yesterday almost as a birthday gift ….

Thanks a lot J, wishing you were here with me!!!



Scrumptious Blog award.
Scrumptious Blog award.

Sometimes its a nice feeling to flip back a few pages in your own handwritten journal, to watch wedding DVD`s of a few years before, take out an old album, look at your family where all of them are a few years younger, smile at a lovely moment caught frozen for a lifetime….I always love doing that….Going over and over a past memory, a card, an old crumpled letter, again and again. Today I was doing just that with my own little creation – my website…and I suddenly realised that I was on my 149`th post.  This award from Indu of Kaipakkuvam took me way over the clouds….and with what perfect timing???

Incidentally, this afternoon, I was looking for authentic Kerala Recipes and stumbled on Ginger and Mango`s blogsite which had an interesting link – The Green Blog Project.

The aim of this project is to cook up something as the main ingredient, right from our garden without those harmful pesticides and fertilizers. It could be anything small, a creeper, a herb, a root, etc. The aim is to try growing at least one vegetable for summer and another one for winter and keep on trying a new vegetable every season, so it will be really interesting. Many of us are limited on space because of living in apartments and in cold places. But I guess, a little help here, a little trial there would really help in making this planet more greener, less pesticide dependant, and our foods more wholesome. My suggestion is to start with little herbs, basil, mint, methi etc and gradually start on tomatoes, okra etc.

A Sweet Pea Creeper in my patio garden!!!
A Sweet Pea Creeper in my patio garden!!!

My aunt has a little garden at her home , and she has the tallest curry leaf plant you ever saw…almost as tall as a human!  She started out with mint, tomatoes, jasmine, roses, hibiscus, and hey even the banana tree.  All summer she gets basket full of fragrant jasmine. She never buys curry leaves from Florida doling out 1.99 for a pound, and every festival she goes in to the yard and cuts banana leaves for them to have their special feast. In fact many days, when she hosts little gatherings for chanting shlokas etc, she distributes “Neivedyam” on little banana leaves. The leaves dry out when they stay on the plant for too long. So she cuts them in to little squares and uses them for serving food. I guess its a small way, but a very commendable way of a greener planet. There is absolutely no plastic, no paper, no recycling.

Curry Leaves Plant in  my aunt`s home.
Curry Leaves Plant in my aunt`s home.

Another blogger friend Mriganayani has just harvested her first home grown tomatoes.

Jay & Bee are my all time favourites on this front. They grow peas, strawberries, raspeberries, onions, okra, cherries, lavenders,roses and just about everything under the sun. I take my time to drool at those awesome pics clicked on the Mark 5D and the patience and devotion put in to their gardening passion!

A close friend of mine living in Phoenix, AZ has tomatoes, curry leaves, mint, cilantro, okra, jasmine, sweet peas, banana plant and even a tender Drumstick Tree. In summer, spring and winter, they get different vegetables and much of their cooking is self sufficient on the pesticide free veggies right out of their home garden.Imagine how tasty and fulfilling that must be??

A lovely Jasmine Shrub..
A lovely Jasmine Shrub..

I realise I have not mentioned some thing, one has never waxed eloquent about before. Its just that, at this time and place, as I was inspired by GingerMango`s blog, and I felt, if I could reach out to even a handful of people through my blogsite, I have achieved my goal in to making this world a better place. Yes its an effort to buy out the pots, fill it with soil, tender to the plants, move them inside during winter, and out again during summer, but the joy in reaping the benefits of one`s own  labour can never  be fulfilled with a couple of leaves stashed in a plastic ziploc cover out of a refrigerator!!!


A bunch of awards and a Tag…

Padmajha Suresh of Seduce Your Tastebuds has passed on a whole bunch of awards for me…

  1. Kreative Blogger award.
  2. One Lovely Blog Award.
  3. I Love your Blog Award.

Thanks Padmajha, you really made my day.




I had been postponing this particular draft for at least a week as its been pretty crazy what with two festivals within a fortnight! Today I  had decided come what may, I was going for the inevitable. Getting one award itself is a very pleasing experience….getting a bunch made me feel special and its been almost 7 months of hard work and a lot of learning at the same time….And now for the tag…

  • What is your current obsession?

I am currently obsessed with the Canon 50D – Digital SLR, and I have been yearning for it since the time I felt the beauty in my hands in the store. Imagine the countless opportunities an SLR can open up to you….!!!

  • What are you wearing today?

Well…a comfortable soft cotton PJ for the night!!!

  • What’s for dinner?

Vengaya VethalKuzhambu, Alu Fry and my all time favourite curd rice.

  • What’s the last thing you bought?

A pair of comfortable Dr.Scholls floaters….I am floating when I walk now!!!

  • What are you listening to right now?

Udhaya Udhaya sung by Sadhana Sargam composed by AR Rehman!!!

  • What do you think about the person who tagged you?

She is very creative and I am sure we share photography passions quite a bit…

  • If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

Greece …as long as I am with my family.

  • What are your must-have pieces for summer?

My Maui Jim sunglasses, my perfume, iced drinks and loads of rose water…

  • If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

Home is where the heart is – Chennai!!!

  • Which language do you want to learn?


  • Who do you want to meet right now?

My family in Chennai.

  • What is your favourite colour?

Burgundy, Maroon in fact any shade of vibrant red…

  • What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?

My crepes and my chiffons…I love flowy fabrics.

  • What is your dream job?

I wouldnt exactly call it a job. I would like to have a small montessori school for toddlers…

  • What’s your favourite magazine?

Femina, Business World, Advertising & Marketing, Inside Outside, Good Housekeeping.

  • If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?


  • Describe your personal style?

Ethnic, Elegant,Comfortable.

  • Your all time favourite author?

Arthur Hailey.

  • What are your favourite movies?

Too many to name – a few – Kannathil Muthamittal, Salangai Oli, Nayagan, Catch me if you can, Top Gun…

  • What inspires you?

Anything creative, beautiful, colourful raptures my attention.

  • Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

Dress comfortable.

Simple and ethnic.

According to the occassion to exude inner beauty and confidence.

  • Coffee or Tea?

Freshly brewed Decoction Coffee out of a percolator!!!

  • What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?

Speaking to my mom has a way of making everything seem a lot better….Many times music has a way of soothing me.

  • What is the meaning of your name?


  • Which other blogs you love visiting?

Any blog that has good content, originality, great pictures, current topics of interest.

  • Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

Jangiri, Badushah.

  • Favourite Food???

Eggplant Parmesan, Thayir Sadam and Maavadu, Street foods like Bhel Puri, Pani Puri etc.

  • What do you consider to be unethical in blogging?

I consider unethical reproduction of content of any form very very unacceptable in blogging.

Now to add a question of my own…

What is your most prized possession in your kitchen??

In turn, I shall be tagging 8 other fellow bloggers, who have inspired me to reach greater heights, to think beyond the usual, who inspire me to be here and continue blogging….

  1. The Yum Blog – Latha Narasimhan & Lakshmi.
  2. Jaysri Satish of Kailas Kitchen.
  3. Lata Raja of Flavours & Tastes.
  4. MS Abhilash of Hindu Devotional Blog.
  5. Indira of Mahanadhi.
  6. Menu Today
  7. Nandita of Saffron Trail.
  8. Asal Tamil Penn.

Congratulations dear fellow bloggers on these lovely awards. Please do take your time to repost these awards on your own website.

Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight other people.

Have a great day!!!


Kreativ Blogger Award – Thank you friends!!!

An award in the world of blogging comes as a sweet surprise to anyone and so did it when I received it from my sweet fellow bloggers – Lata Raja of Flavours and Tastes from Ghana, and EC of SimpleIndianFood. Thanks a ton Lata and EC…you guys really made my day!!!  In our everyday lives, we do try to be a little different and creative in our cooking , when its a dish for a festival, or a special dinner for hubby dear or even a small evening snack for our kids!!! But well, the awards from fellow bloggers is a whole different thing to me!!!


The Kreativ Blogger award comes with its own rules!!!

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.

3Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.

4.Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.

6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.

7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.


Here are a few interesting things about myself….Well…as far as I know this is me…

  1. I love anything creative and I yearn to create anything of interest…It could be a simple butterfly from a piece of rag, a new dish from leftovers, little pots of painted terracota, containers from coconut shells etc. I try to find different uses for everyday things!!!
  2. I love watches and I used to be a watch freak buying one every few months whenever I used to feel like it. One one hand, I love the Titan Ragas, the movados, espirit, edge, and even the ones made from fabric….Strange huh?
  3. I love cooking anything and when people I love, enjoy my meal, of what I have cooked for them, I feel so satisfied….I do put in a lot of devotion in my everyday meals with the faith that it tastes much better then ever.
  4. Pictures and photography enthralls me. Angles, lighting, lines of the structure, sharpness, colour depth, detail, everything. I study and drink it in all the details deep.
  5. I collect Ganeshas in all colours, shapes and sizes. When I was in India,I tried offering one lily flower everyday to all my Ganeshas, and found it way too difficult , much to the amusement of my “Pookari”.
  6. Travelling is almost a passion. It could be a small locale very close to home or a place as beautiful as Venice, Egypt, Paris or Greece.
  7. Music is also a passion from when I was a little girl. I crave for good music in any form. I listen to Carnatic Classical, Western Classical, Western Pop, regardless of the language or band.

I nominate the following 7 people for the Kreativ Blogger Award from my end.


My first awards….What more could I ask for???

This morning when I opened my site, I was pleasantly suprised to see that Chitra of  Ratatouille -Any one can cook had nominated me, among others for passing on these cute awards. They are a lovely way of encouraging recent new bloggers like me….Thanks a ton Chitra…you made my day…