And I'm Celebrating!
It was exactly 2 yrs back that I started this blog. Last year I made a 12-Layer Cake to celebrate the first anniversary of Mriganayani.
This year though I want to give back to you. Coz you've all given me a lot. A lot of happiness, a sense of accomplishment, little smiles at your sweet comments, loud laughs at your quirky ones and a few comments that will remain with me forever. Like some here -
From Venil on Pineapple Rasam post -
hi I am Venil from Portugal. I am so lazy to post comments usually but this time I need to mention that the pineapple rasam was a huge hit at our party. Friends were eager to get the recipe and when I sent your link, they all enjoyed your site too. These days I dont google for recipes, just pop into your site and if I dont find it only then I google. Good work!! By the way how is your name pronounced?
From Shan on Pineapple Fried rice
Dear Anu, How on earth could you be so imaginative and at the same time, be patient enough to bring out such a result!! Am so happy for your family.. they are so gifted!Keep up the good work!
From Madhuri on Eggless Strawberry Chocolate Almond Bread
You had me at strawberries. You had me at Chocolate chips. You had me at Almonds. You also had me at Strawberry-chocolate-almond bread! This is like a polygamist bread, who wants so many flavoured wives, all at the same time! I <3 it I say :)
From Shoba on Potato and Spinach Gnocchi
OK ok i get it...you are slim, very pretty and 30 something??? lovely pics anu...and did i mention, i love your way with words and the subtle pun...You should really really try blogging other than food...you`ll rock..
From Ankita on Easy and Yummy Bread Pulav
u knw u wont beleive it , i hav seen so many websites for different dishes , bt no1 seemed to be as gud as yours , i always see ur blog , i hav almost frgotten d website tht cud provide wid d kind of dishes u provide, i must say i m really thankful to u , n 1 of ur biggest fan , every1 in my family nw knws , bcz watever i make i tell them its frm mrignanyani,thanks a lot.
From Latha on Paneer Stuffed Veggie Cups
Your innovation seems to have no limits, Anu. I am envious of all your friends there with whom you had a great party with stunningly delicious appetisers like this and much more mouth watering delicacies. The pics are looking great too and your backyard seems to be of great help to you supplying herbs, leaves, fruits, veggies and what not! Hats off to your patience.
This was an email I got recently from Janu and all my efforts on this blog just felt truly rewarded.
From Janu -
Your blog "MRIGNAYANI" is really really awesome!! Love all the posts there. Learnt a lot, tried some and bookmarked many!!! To name a few, i tried your version of bisibelabath more than 7 times and just loved it.More than me, my dad loves this. He complemented saying that I COOK BETTER THAN MY MOM!! This is the best complement that I can get :)
Next comes channa masala, bread upma, Rasmalai etc... Am a new-bie to cooking. Your blog satisfies budding cooks like me!! I wanted to mail you saying this but i couldn't find your ID in your blog. So, used fb to contact you. I thank you soooo much for posting step by step recipes!! Love your blog!!!!!
And MY MOST FAVORITE comment of all times! This one made me laugh so hard. Love you Nags babes!
From Nags on Vegetable Soup -Made with 10 kinds of veggies
The last 2 yrs of blogging has bought me close to so many wonderful people across the globe. And some close by too. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a big group of friends in the Bay area and we've all become great friends since. Not a day goes by without a whole slew of emails between us - you girls rock and you all know that!
I've made some good friends online and love my chats and IM's and phone calls with these wonderful gals that I've never met in person but know so much about!
And then my best friends here who actually sometime get to eat the food I make - love you girls!
And my family of course. They are my rock. All of them.
I want to say 'Thank You' to all but somehow feel that it might not convey all I want to. But, still - THANK YOU to all who are a part of this blog and a part of my life.
And I want to give you back something. How about a good cookbook? I wish I can give each and every one of you a gift but you know I'm not that rich!
So, here's one to be won. And the winner has the choice of which one he or she would like to have. It does not matter which part of the world you are from. I will mail it out to you.
All you have to do is leave me a comment here on the blog post or a comment on Mriganayani's Facebook Page. And you're in the race to win it. If you are the winner, I will contact you for your address and also your choice of one of these wonderful books.
This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks and the last day to enter will be the 22nd of Dec. And I'll pick a winner along with my family on the 25th on Christmas day! This will also be a good Christmas gift for one lucky person!
Rose's Heavenly Cakes - 2010 IACP Cookbook Award Winner. An awesome collection of beautiful cakes by Rose Levy Berenbaum. If you love baking cakes, this is a must-have in your collection.
1000 Indian Recipes - By Neelam Batra. You'll have recipes for almost the next 3 yrs! A well loved Indian cookbook.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - Highly recommended book by Mark Bittman. Ultimate resource for vegetarian meals. Very creative and includes more than 2000 recipes.
Good Eats 2 - By Alton Brown. Mr. Brown makes cooking so much fun with his bizarre stories and fun techniques. Understand the chemistry and physics (too) behind cooking. I love his shows and his books have the same level of fun stuff in them.
Bon Appetite Desserts - The cookbook for all things sweet and wonderful. And that is so true. One of the best compilations of dessert recipes from the magazine. With a 5 star rating, this is a sweet people that everyone wants to dish up!
So, don't wait. Leave me a comment and also pass this on to your family and friends or Share it on your FB wall. Once you've done your part - think about which one you would pick if you win this!
Enjoy! Peace out! And Thank You again!!!!