Thank you for stopping by. I am an Indian born, brought up partly in Bengal and Maharashtra now living in the United Kingdom. I work in a special needs school and utilize my leisure time learning and creating different forms of arts and crafts. I am married to a doting husband and have a young and charming man as
16 years my son.
During my stay in India, I had a couple of ladies as a domestic help . My polyanchya ajii(one who rolled chapaati) arrived early hours of the morning for polya and cleaning and chopping my vegetables. And did I enjoy cooking then?…no, not at all!! Ever since we moved to the UK, our palates have been yearning for the true Indian taste in food we eat. Very few restaurants satisfied our likings. I love sweets, especially Indian sweets. Again, the lack of good outlets serving these made me think and recall from the past and apply my average cooking skills. Now in the English kitchen, I enjoy cooking traditional as well as other cuisines. Apart from that yes, I clean my house, washing up clothes and vessels are possible because of my buddies ..the washing machine and the dishwasher(or else, I will need to employ my hubby dearest!) Baking was a Eureka which I am surprised at times about:) Well, I realised, I could manage cooking and baking altogether. Rather than jotting the recipes down in a diary, my husband suggested me about the virtual world and blogging. And here we are….
I believe, seeking both my profession and my passion at the same time has enabled me to achieve a kind of balance in my life. This blog is a collection of my passion, my hobbies, my crazes and all my experiences as I learn and apply .
Few years ago, I started a section in my blog Ruchira Videshini, my effort to rise to Late Kamalabai Ogale’s( the author of Ruchira) standards and preserve her original recipes. I am trying my best to adapt the recipes to suit the modern kitchen and with substitutes wherever needed for the possibility of different situations, locations around the world or the lack of resources. I enjoy presenting our traditional recipes by adding a pleasing look to the dish.
As we know, necessity is the mother of invention; cooking is my necessity as I am away from home and the cook in me is the new invention. Baking is just another eureka for me. I am hugely inspired by Kamalabai Ogale’s Ruchira cook book. I am aiming to cook as many recipes as I can from Ruchira to bring back traditional Marathi cooking on the dining table with a modern twist or presentation….of course by following the traditional framework of cooking! The blog is updated with the photographs of the preparation and the names in one blog post to keep it simple to view. In case you need the recipes, I will suggest you buy the book. It is a must have in your kitchen and your future generations will be grateful if you hand this book over to them.
I have learned a lot with my blog journey…be it cooking, plating, understanding the techniques, flavours, combining the flavours and the colours, developing a palate for all cuisines and of course photography. My old posts and photographs are a reminder for me to check my starting point….until today 🙂
I hope you all enjoy my little space here. Please do feel free to leave your valuable comments and suggestions.