Thursday, June 19, 2008

Awards Time

My dear friend, Uma has awarded me with this beautiful Inspiration Award.
This beautiful award is started by Jamie of Flavour Pantry.
In her own words:
This is given to bloggers whose stories and recipes inspire us. Whether it’s to eat healthier, dive back into our past to conjure up something we ate as children, or just make the light bulbs in our brains go on with a new idea for a recipe.
As recipients of this award, please share with us what inspires you and then pass on the Inspiration Award to 4 other deserving bloggers.
Please let them know what the award means and what to do with it.

Per rules, I need to share things that inspire me.
1. Mom - My mom's attitude towards cooking is very casual. She whips up something extraordinary from whatever is available in the pantry, every dish she comes up with is awesome. I really have to take notes, because if I ask her what was the recipe of "such & such" curry that she made last month, she won't remember. Her recipes change and keep us enchanted. She always makes sure that we eat healthy food. She is my inspiration.

2. Husband - His willingness to be the guinea pig to all my creations touches my heart!! and I take full advantage of it. :-) I should also add the most inspirational factor though. He does all the cleanup and dishes!! That's the real inspiration!!;-) & the entire credit to start blogging goes to him. He was the one who encouraged (or dragged!!) me into this wonderful world of food blogging. & he is not a foodie and doesn't read any food blogs including mine!:-(

3. Grandmothers - My both grandmothers were considered Annapurnas. They both passed their food heritage to the posterity. They not only kept their respective food heritage alive by their own traditional cooking, but also embraced the new cooking techniques that they both learnt in the families they joined after their marriages and also cooked different dishes from friends, neighbors and extended families. We were blessed to taste very traditional and contemporary cuisines in cosmopolitan Mumbai from very young age.

4. My in-laws - My in-laws not only support my culinary hobby but also expand my knowledge by sharing the stories and forgotten recipes. The entire family encourages me and probably without their support, I would not have been so adventurous.

5. Friends & Critics - All of you who encourage me by leaving sweet comments and sending emails - you all inspire me. & those, who criticise me for whatever reasons, well you too really inspire me as well!!:-D

6. My daughter - I want her to taste & respect the food from all over India as well as world. She is the real inspiration behind my two blogs Enjoy Indian Food & Enjoy World Food. I want my daughter to be a global citizen. Right now, all I can do is to cook from everywhere in my kitchen which I consider kitchen without any borders!:-D

Now it's my turn to pass on the award -
1. Purnima & 2. Maya - Both of you stood by me when I was so new to this world of food blogging. It was probably the very first or second month and my Diwali Ice-cream pictures and recipes were copied. Anonymous friend, Sue informed me about this plagiarism. I felt like giving up blogging and didn't know what to do. But both Purnima and Maya not only supported me but also left comments and sent emails to the website and made sure that the content was taken off. Your support, regular visits & encouraging words inspire me.

3. Asha - I was thinking of giving up blogging another time after reading some nasty comments. Asha sent me email with a strong message "Don't give up!". You are an inspiration, dear!

4. Richa - For RCI:Bengal I contributed Jhal Muri by playing with the recipes I found on the net. I didn't know about the Jhal Muri Masala. Richa sent it over to me and we are relishing it. You inspire me with your generosity & friendship.

5. Each and everyone reading this post - If you are reading this, then it's certain you are my inspiration. That's really keeps me going. Thanks for visiting.

Shubha Ravikoti has awarded me "Yummy blog" award. Thanks so much, dear Shubha. I appreciate it & feel honored. Since I have already passed this award to others, I will display it in my sidebar. Thanks.

Dear friend, Asha has awarded me "blogging with a purpose" award. Thanks so much. I do feel very encouraged & honored.

I will pass it to

1. Uma

2. Vaishali

3. Shubha Ravikoti

4. Trupti


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