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Happy Mother’s Day- Kyunki, Mere Paas Maa Hai!

I left home in 2014.

No, I did not run away to join the circus. Undoubtedly, that would’ve been quite the story, but I chose a tamer route.

I left home to pursue my Master’s degree in Journalism and it was a move that made me the person that I am today. I knew it would be difficult, but somehow, I didn’t envision being thrown headfirst into the world of adulting, while barely knowing how to swim.

Me, Circa 2014; reaching for the stars.

Me, Circa 2014; reaching for the stars.

But honestly, the most important thing that living alone has taught me, is to appreciate home. Never again, will I ever take “home” for granted. Especially not home-cooked food.

 

Sunday lunch ❤️ #goodfood #home

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No gourmet restaurant can match up to a hot lunch of pepper kuzhambu and fried potato curry on a cold rainy day. No waffle or nutella pancake can ever come close to the feeling of biting into a crispy dosa dipped in green chutney. Somehow, even the cup of Horlicks mom makes me tastes different.

No place like #Home

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Sunday Lunch #Mom #HomeFood #Goodfood #mushroom #biriyani #Love #nothinglikeit

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It’s almost the end of Mother’s Day, and I don’t have my Mother next to me to celebrate. While living with family is indeed, a comfort (especially in an alien city), it doesn’t really change the fact that sometimes, I really miss my mom.

I’ve come to realise over the years that home is a hot cup of chai waiting for you after a long day at work.

The people who live in a house are the ones responsible for making it a home. They may drive you crazy or make you laugh till your stomach hurts, but family is family. You can’t choose them, and maybe, just maybe… That’s a good thing?

To end, I’m going to quote Amitabh Bachchan, in a dialogue that didn’t make sense to me, until I grew older.

 

 

Our four legged friends also needed help.
Source: ibtimes.co.uk

Chennai, stay strong

The last ten days have proven to be a true test of Chennai’s character, and I could not have been prouder of how the citizens choose to act in a situation of such duress. It is the worst flood that Chennai has seen in the last 100 years

Chennai: People rescue from their Watter lodged houses during heavy rains in Chennai on Wednesday. PTI Photo (PTI12_2_2015_000351A)

Chennai: People rescue from their Watter lodged houses during heavy rains in Chennai on Wednesday. PTI Photo (PTI12_2_2015_000351A)

 

Picture source: Manorama online

Picture source: Manorama online

 

Our four legged friends also needed help. Source: ibtimes.co.uk

Our four legged friends also needed help.
Source: ibtimes.co.uk

 

I am not in a position to contribute financially, nor am I in geographical proximity of the rescue operations in order to volunteer. However, I’m going to try and do my part and raise awareness. Now, my writing about food is rather whimsical on many occasions, talking about cake, or pasta or pizza and their many wonderful flavours and textures. However, it is crucial for all of us to remember that food constitutes a significant part of our sustenance. In situations like this, there are a few guidelines you would need to follow in order to ensure food supplies are safe to consume

  1. Stock up

This is the first and the most important step. As far as possible, stock up on food items that do not require elaborate preparations, or if possible, no preparation at all. Think of items such as bread, jam, chocolates (for quick glucose and/or energy), ready to eat chapatis, packets of potato or tapioca chips. If you have traditional snacks such as murukkus or chakklis lying around, they too are good for consumption because of their shelf life.

 

  1. Do not rely on electricity

A lot of us are surprisingly reliant on electricity to cook. This could be in the form of microwave ovens, electric kettles, electric rice cookers, air fryers, toasters, sandwich makers, induction stoves etc. These gadgets were invented to make our lives easier; but in a situation where the electricity supply is uncertain, you cannot rely on these to cook. It helps to ensure access to a traditional gas stove in order to prepare hot food for immediate consumption.

 

  1. Keep it simple

When preparing food, keep it as simple as possible. Instant noodles and soups work well here. Similarly, while cooking traditional food, keep it limited to one main dish and one vegetable curry. Rice works well in this situation because all you need is a pressure cooker and a gas connection. Vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beetroot, onions, garlic etc do not spoil easily even in the absence of a refrigerator.

  1. Store, do not hoard
    All food must be properly stored in containers. If there are vessels that contain food, ensure it is properly covered. In a state of panic, it may be tempting to buy as much food as you can get your hands on. However, when you’re in a situation where you have access to actually buying food, please do not hoard. Bear other people in mind, because when resources are scarce, everyone deserves an equal share.
  2. In case of flooding

Food is more important now than ever in order to keep your energy up. Pack a bag that contains essentials such as money, your cellphone, a power bank, etc and carry food as well. If you can get your hands on energy bars, they are the most convenient in this situation. If not, carry chocolate and chips and traditional snacks such as thattai, murukku, adhirsam and so on. These south indian snacks can be preserved without refridgeration, are good for immediate consumption and are a good source of energy. For that matter, Gujarati snacks also work exceptionally well. Think of dishes such as theplas, khakras and khandvi. They need no refridgeration or airtight containers to be stored in and are good for quick consumption.
Store food in packets or Ziploc covers rather than dabbas as boxes add unnecessary weight to your bag and tend to take up space.

 

  1. Beware of diseases

With rains and flooding come diseases such as cholera, malaria and dengue. As far as possible, try to make sure your water is boiled before drinking. This simple precaution alone can prevent a lot of water borne diseases. If you cannot ensure your water is boiled, try to make sure it is from a safe source, such as a sealed bottle or from one of those 20 litre water cans.

 

  1. Stay together

Staying united with your friends, family and neighbours. Do not hesitate to help each other out with resources, be it milk, oil or vegetables. I will say no more on this front because my people, the ones with hearts of gold; do not need to be told these things.

Here are a few more precautions to take during the flood, courtesy: manoramaonline.

Here are a few more precautions to take during the flood, courtesy: manoramaonline.

 

To all the residents of Chennai, I will just say this. Stay strong, and the whole goddamn world is praying for you. You will get through this and show the world how things are done. I’m already proud of how you’ve acted, and I am proud of this city that I call my home town.

Meet the Foodie

There are scores of people who can offer you ‘helpful’ unsolicited advice. “Follow your dreams”, “stay true to yourself!”, “Carpe Diem!”, “YOLO!”. These vague statements can be really confusing if you’re someone like me- 21, still kinda young, uncertain, and lost. However, there’s one thing in my life that has always been constant- my love for food. When I was younger, I was quite the fussy eater and my parents would have the toughest time getting me to eat right. Can you believe I refused to touch Pizza till  I was in second grade? *shudders*. Luckily, time has passed and standards have dropped. I am now an eggetarian who will eat anything anywhere, as long as it doesn’t contain meat. (If you’re going to come to me and argue that eggs are non-vegetarian, don’t bother. They’re amongst my favourite foods.)


It was when I was 11 that my love for writing came to the forefront. Incidentally, my first poem was about a trip to the bakery 😀 It was fun writing it indeed. There is literally nothing I love in the world more than food. (Sorry boys 😉 )

Nothing describes me more accurately



I have a pretty amazing relationship with food- I love eating good food, I’m interested in trying new dishes and I enjoy baking/cooking occasionally (read as almost never). Starting this blog was my sister’s idea. I jokingly told her that I would love a job that paid me to eat good food. She looked me straight in the eye and told me not to wait around for a job like that, so here I am, actually going after my dream- writing about food.


Allow me to introduce myself-my name is Aishwarya. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Journalism at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. [It only looks like I have my stuff sorted. Trust me, I don’t]. I was born in Hyderabad, and I’ve lived in Kerala, but Chennai is my hometown and my heart beat. Oh, how I love this beautiful city of mine! Moving to Pune was hard, but it was worth it. Now I’ve grown to like Pune just as much as I like Chennai, thanks to the people in it. Almost all my friends are like minded foodies and we love exploring new places and trying new things together.
Us, happy after binge eating at Barbeque nation.

As far as food is concerned, chocolate milk, dosas and thayir sadam (curd rice) are my biggest weaknesses. My tam-brahmness betrays me in this regard. I would willingly give up anything in the world except these things! However, “Variety is the spice of life. That gives it all its flavor” said William Cowper, an English poet. Well, I believe that taking this quote a little literally and applying it to food makes life worth living. I strongly believe in the fact that life can be one crazy adventure, and I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I know I’m going to enjoy writing it.

Also, always remember this