Saturday, 30 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
My apologies for not being active here and the delay in announcing winners. There were several issues to be resolved at the home front; firstly the underground gas pipeline leak due to which we were devoid of LPG for 3weeks and cooking had become a herculean task but somehow I sailed through. Around the same time the younger kid fell sick and then the others in the family continued keeping me further away from active cooking and blogging. I was about to rebound and start posting when I discovered something very disturbing and annoying due to which I decided not to blog for a while…
Friends please understand I’m feeling hurt and cheated. We bloggers work really hard to create recipes and click pictures but some people want instant success and money, for which they do not hesitate to copy some one’s hard work and post it as their work. My blog has been completely copied (almost all my posts) and used by this blog called second life, resulting in my battle against plagiarism and also a continuous correspondence with google to get the blog blocked.
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Food is an important part of any celebration in all nations of the world, regardless of culture or religion. It can unite and strengthen community bonds and helps to maintain a common identity among a group of people. Different countries use food in different ways to help celebrate special occasions like Diwali, Christmas, New Year, weddings and birthdays.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
My readers might be wondering that it’s Diwali time and why am I not posting any Diwali recipes? Well, the fact being that the house where I live currently has a pipeline gas, the supply of which was stopped at a half an hour notice about a week back and ever since then our daily cooking is on a roller-coaster ride. The first two three days we managed with eating out and making quick sandwiches, as we were hopeful that the problem will get sorted soon. But then another bomb was thrown on us, we were told it could take a few days to months to get the line repaired, as it’s an underground leak..That’s when reality hit me hard, I urgently needed other means of cooking!!! We take things so granted that unless an adversity hits us, we do not move out of our comfort zone and think out of the box..and for me, cooking completely without LPG is new. Though the task is challenging but I’m managing well gradually..
Friday, 25 October 2013
While I write this post, I must confess my heart is humming with joy. It is not always that you are sent a copy of your favourite cookbook author for a review and for that I need to thank John from Workman Publishing, New York, who are the publishers of the book.
I have been a proud owner of 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer and ever since then I’ve been an ardent fan of his cooking and teaching style. He is a pro at what he does and his new book is all about that.
Let me first begin with the appearance of the book. The appearance is quite unassuming. It does not have the customary glossy lushness but the book attracts you because of the smiling picture of the mentor, creator of the book Mr Raghavan Iyer, who is seen cooking on the cover page.
Monday, 21 October 2013
Avarekaalu Dosa | Indian Pancake With Hyacinth Beans| Vegan | Gluten Free | Step Wise | Winner Of September’s Only Event
It is that time of the year when Avarekaalu is seen frequenting in the market and if I notice a good quality beans, I’ve to buy it. It so happened that I bought a big batch of the beans and my MIL got me more from Blr, so I had a lot of peeled avarekalu/mochai/ hyacinth beans at home, ready to use.
Whenever I’ve Avarekalu at home, the things regularly made are the akkitari Uppittu, avarekalu saaru and the akki rotti. Once I went more experimental and tried ambode which did turn out well. Each of these recipes have been posted step wise for people to understand it methodically. I was getting tired of going back to the same recipes again and again. It’s not that I do not like them but one needs more variety to try and savour, isn’t it? Hence, this time I decided to try new recipes using the beans and the first recipe that I laid my hands on was the avarekaalu dosa..