The Face Behind

A daughter, a sister, a wife, a mom, a professional and now a blogger too.

And that too about food. 

Life is blessed and I'm thankful for that. 

I started this blog just to document my favorite things. And somehow it all ended up in food. I've had my share of kitchen mishaps including a totally overflown valentine heart cake (no one told me not to fill to the rim). But I kept going at it. My husband is a food lover but also a very patient guy. Thankfully, we survived our years of burnt food and rock chappathis. All's well that ends well. Now I can cook a thing or two. 

One of my biggest critics is my 6 yr old daughter who does not mince her words. When she loves my food, I get a big hug, a kiss and everything else. When its not the case (or in every case of a dish with peas) I get this - "Please don't ever put this on your blog or you'll stop getting any followers and even the ones you have will run away". Yes baby. I love you too.

The biggest feedback I get from friends I grew up with is that they all cannot believe I can cook or even do anything remotely responsible. But, yeah the sun shines on all of us eventually!

Here are a few pointers on me. You might get to know me better..or not. 

1. Even though I love to cook, I love to eat out too. I like to try new foods at times, but there have been many instances when I go back to the same restaurant to eat the same dish that I've eaten a million times!

2. I'm obsessed with the internet - I have to have at least about 10 windows open at a time - multitask too much - somehow my eyes cannot read a page more than a couple of minutes. My brain has become a monkey on the internet - keeps jumping everywhere. And yes, many times I've felt that I've come to the end of the internet. 

3. I love to shop. And of late, its been for that single bowl or platter or a spatula that is just a weird shape and I might not even know what to do with it. But yes, I love to shop. I can navigate while sleeping.

4. I'm a pretty easy going person. Don't care about anything much. I don't take things too seriously. Sometimes a bad thing - but most of the time works in favor of me.

5. My friends are a very very important part of my life. I'm still in touch with some of my oldest and best friends - even my best friend since kindergarten! To me, my friends are like my family. I always try to keep in touch with all my friends. Thanks to FB, its easy nowadays.

6. And of course, my real family is the one I'm eternally grateful for - My parents, my in-laws, my sister and everyone in our little circle. They are my rock. My forever rock. 

7. I studied French as a language in college (I was in college - swear it was the hormones) and barely passed my paper. I think I got just about 40 on 100 which was a phew just pass. No wonder I can't remember a word of French I studied. And the French I do know today is far from what was in the books. Let's just not go there now. 

8. I love to watch movies and listen to songs. I need constant noise around me and many times that comes from a non stop playlist or my ipod. There is always something playing when I'm home or on the road.

9. I'm not artistically blessed or anything but can manage to do a little bit of glass painting. Ive done a few paintings - pretty simple stuff - but haven't painted in many years now - my passion has moved on to blogging I you can see! Hopefully, I'll keep this up.

10. I'm obsessive when it comes to folding clothes - they have to be folded my way. OCD ..I think. They have to be a certain way and kept back in shelves in a certain way - it makes me go crazy if that order is messed up. Same with my coffee mugs - colors in a row, whites in a row. Like I said, my husband is a patient guy.

Enjoy your stop here at the blog. I was born and grew up a vegetarian. So, all the food you see here is also vegetarian. But good, wholesome and 'can't get enough of' vegetarian. 

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  1. anu ... u and ur ocd.. god knows how we were roomies with me being the shabbiest :)

  2. its a very nice name anu.. like the new look.. keep up the good work.

  3. @ Sandy - LOL! I was equally shabby back then. I think my OCD is a recent thing. I hope so.

  4. thats a nice write up about urself....the only thing I didnt know was ur thats really something!!! whites in a row, colours....did you know I arrange my sweaters in rainbow shades...?? LOL...i start frm the deepest violet and go on to the crimsons!!! now i know i am not alone!!! :)


  5. Shoba - rainbow colors? really? I bow down to you, O great one!

  6. Love the new look and you have great recipes! Thanks for sharing

  7. We are similar in point 3 :-)
    Good to know u.

  8. Nice to "see" you, have been following your blog for a while now...

  9. Hey akka, still cant believe how u can maintain urself after cooking all this food. I definitely agree tht ur blog is an inspiration 2 veggie eaters like the people in our family... So u give me hope to stay egg-free while staying in the US. Love u akka and keep in touch

  10. hi dear...
    have visited numerous cooking blogs..but urs has such a nice energetic feel..i mean i just can,t describe it..i loved the bubly,positive part of u..may be i am the same..
    i wish i cud start a blog of my own...i love to cook..and since i am newly wed sooooooo...u can imagine the passion
    any ways...not to forget...i loved ur recipies too..have bookmarked a few..will try for sure..
    keep up the good work
    wish u tons of luck n love

  11. Hey good to know you Anu,lots in common between us :),nice space with loads of recipes, moving onto your recipe post now :)

  12. When I was in US with my bro for a short trip ,I loved that hummus and falafels...I am very thankful to you for making it a home dish in INDIA :)

  13. Hey Anu,
    I've seen a couple of your posts as Mriganayani on FB, and it never occurred me that you were behind this! WOW!! Absolutely proud of you, girl!

    I see that you've been away for a while. You should get back to blogging your yummy recipes, and who knows, somebody I'll be inspired to cook as well :)

    Love & hugs,


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