Blogger Recognition Award | My Blog Story

When the blogger friends are sharing their and their baby birth stories, I am here sharing my blog story. :-)  I have posted about my labor briefly here. (You need to scroll down a bit though) A non- recipe post again… Vasantha of My sweet nothings nominated me for this blogger recognition award. Thanks a lot akka. You always surprise me with your awards. Thanks again and keep rocking. I am nominating all the blogathon friends for this award and now come on share you blog’s birth story.


  1. Select 15 other bloggers to award.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  3. Write a post to show off your award.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and give a link to their blog.
  7. Attach the award to the post.
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
  9. Provide a link to the award creator

My blog birth story… I have already shared it in this tag. This year my interview got published here and I have given all the details there. So here are the links. (hey this is not a cheat post, okkk)

Errr advice – Just have fun blogging. :-) As I mentioned in the interview if you are into food blogging just organize the pictures from the start which I missed and now I am going all crazy. :-)


Liebster Blog Award

When I received this award from My little Rock, I was in a total awwww moment. The word elated can’t explain my feelings and its more than that and I am not able to explain how felt that day. Because this person followed me silently  for four months and passed on this award. This is what she commented.

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award because I love your recipes and blog!!! I’ve been following your post for a while now and love your work. You deserve the recognition. Thanks for taking up the challenge. I can’t wait to read your answers.

These recognitions from fellow bloggers are really a great boost and thought that people follow and read my blog regularly and appreciating is really awesome. Thanks a ton My little rock.


So the rules on accepting this “award” are as follows:

1. You must thank and link the blogger who nominated you.

2. You must nominate 11 other bloggers who you think deserve this award and link their blogs too.

3. You must answer the 11 questions posted by the blogger who nominated you and ask 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.

4. You must notify your nominees.

Nominating is always the difficult part. So this time I am nominating

1) Vidya – TMF

2) Malar – Malar’s kitchen

3) Tami – Eat while Standing

4) Mullai Madavan – Spice India Online

5) Padma – MasalaKorb

6) Chitra – Dr Ch Diet food

7) Deepa – Madraasi

8) Marudhu’s Kitchen

9) Shwetha Shetty

10) Charanya

I am passing these same questions to my nominees too. :-)

1. Why / how did you choose the name of your blog?

I want my name in my blog also a name which states what is the blog about. So my URL and blog title are different.

URL is Vidhyashomecooking – I was watching some food show and they were talking about about importance of home cooking thus it became vidhyas home cooking.

Title is Vidhyas vegetarian kitchen – I wanted the title to be self explanatory. So became vegetarian kitchen :-)

So finally it is Vidhyas home cooked Vegetarian food :-)

2. What’s your favourite dish to eat?

Being a foodie this is a difficult question to answer. I love to explore all the vegetarian food.

3. What’s your favourite dish to cook?

My favorite and comfort food Rasam :-)

4. Why did you start a food blog?

Basically I started the blog to record my mom’s recipes. My mom visited us in 2009 and I was asking her to write down the recipes for all chutneys and thuvaiyals. Then thought why not add them as blog entry so here I am blogging from 2009 :-)

5. How much time does it take in total to put a recipe online? This includes the cooking, photographing, writing, uploading etc.

Depending upon the recipe. But on an average I would say 3 to 4 hrs. I cook and take the photography which is approx 2 hrs and then adjust the size of the images and add water mark and writing and scheduling another 1 hour.

6. What type of camera are you using to take photos for your blog?

Till this march I was using my Samsung Note 3 and now my Canon EOS T5 rebel.

7. What’s the worst cooking disaster you’ve ever had?

I have had many disasters. I have separate category even for that – Sodappal Stories. The recent one which I haven’t captured here is baking pav buns. Instead of getting buns I got pav stones. ;-)

8. How long have you had your cooking blog?

From July 2009. I am going to hit a sixer soon.

9. Who’s your favourite cook / chef?

My mom. She is my inspiration and my favorite cook. Both me and my mom love Revathy’s Shanmugam and Meenakshi Ammal’s recipes.

10. What’s your favourite cooking TV program?

I would say all shows from food network especially Giada’s Everyday Italian and I used to follow Jaya TV’s Arusuvai Neram.

11. If you could give one piece of advise to another food blogger what would it be?

Have fun Blogging. I would like to share Julia Child’s quote here.

Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”

Thanks again for the nomination and enjoyed answering these questions.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

One more award and this time it’s from Swapna from Swapna’s Kitchen. Swapna is a new of mine in this blogging world and she has wonderful blog with lot of amazing recipes. And I would like to thank her for nominating me for this award. Thank you Swapna. :-)


For accepting the Very Inspiring Blogger Award everyone has to follow some rules these are :

  • Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to
  • List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
  • Tell 7 hidden facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers.
  • Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.
  • Display the award logo (button) on your blog, whether on your sidebar or about page, or special award page.

So here are the 7 hidden facts about myself

  • I love to read and I was an avid reader and now I am getting back that stage again and thanks for Good reads.
  • Tried writing a personal cum art blog but couldn’t keep up and failed miserably. So deleted that blog. :-) This was seven years ago.
  • My grandfather and great grand father were operating a small restaurant or as we say in Tamil (Mess / மெஸ் )
  • I am not a morning person.
  • I love travelling and exploring new places.
  • My new interests are these online educational sites. Udemy and Courseera. Signed up for couple of course but juggling to find time.
  • Errr I don’t like folding clothes. I try to postpone as much as I can or ask M to do it.  :-)

Here comes the difficult part, nominating others. All the bloggers are very inspiring in or the other way but this time I would like to take the opportunity to nominate all my DFT team members and other two bloggers.

Tami of eatwhilestanding. – Love all her veggie recipes. Simple, delicious and calorie conscious recipes.

GB’s Cooking blog – I love GB’s art work and she started to post back in her cooking blog too. Hope to see more of her recipes :-)

And now DFT friends











The Creative Blogger Award

Tag over and now coming to the awards. :-) Again Vasantha from My Sweet Nothings passed on this creative blogger award. I would like to thank her for this award. I really like these awards and tags as it keeps us motivated and help us do much better and also guarantees people do read our blogs and follow. :-) :-)

Thank you Vasantha ka for this award. I don’t know if I am that creative but sure will try be more creative in future. The rules are simple and here it is.



  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you  (Done)
  • Share 5 random facts about yourselves.
  • Nominate your favorite blogs and notify all.

Random facts about me:

  • I can read, write and speak English, Hindi and Tamil. Can speak Kannada and Malayalam to an extent. I do understand Telugu very well but never conversed though. :-)
  • The same goes with programming languages too. I am c# developer but in my Masters degree I had to learn F# and Verilog. My masters project was with android so had to code in Java. Now all set to learn Ruby on Rails and Objective C.  (Let see how it goes)
  • My new interest is music covers and carnatic fusion. My day starts and ends with this beautiful carnatic fusion song.
  • I am not a big fan of chocolates.
  • Started reading Balakumaran’s Udaiyar. (Let me see when I am going to complete ;-) )

Now comes the nomination part. I am nominating

I am not yet done with my awards. Two more to come. Stay tuned :-) :-)


Challenge : Love in ten sentences

This is a long term pending challenge and finally got a chance to complete it. Vasantha from My sweet nothings challenged to write a poem about love in ten sentences. Me and poem??? Good joke huh.. So I am just writing about love in ten sentences. But any ways thanks to her for challenging me and this bought some good old memories and it was really fun doing it. When I showed it M, he was ROFLing Max.. I hope you all enjoy it too.

Love in 10 Sentences

So here is the challenge and the  rules:

Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Write a poem about love with a title “Love in Ten Sentences.”
  2. Poem must have 10 lines, each 4 words long. Every line must contain the word “love”.
  3. Include a favorite quote about love at the end of the poem.
  4. Challenge other bloggers.

Before you read my poem (????) I will challenge other bloggers.


Errrr here is my so called poem and thoughts behind those sentences.

I would like to start with Mahatma’s quote.
Where there is love there is life.
And now my own
Where there is love there is music
Now love with related to tastes
Love should be sweet as honey so that it lets us to bond with our loved ones in our life
Love should be sour as mango so that it adds flavour to our life
Love should be salty as salt so that it allows chemistry in our life
Love should be hot as chilly so that it gives the perfect kick to our life
Love should be bitter at times like bitter gourd so that it gives a chance to retrospect our life
Now coming to the funny part..
Love is the weapon that helped Harry Potter to win Lord Voldemort.
So from Voldemort’s perspective
Love can be dangerous too

And finally

Love you like a love song baby is one of my favorite song ;-)

I love one of vaandi’s rhyme which says “Love is in air feel it”. Thats my favorite quote.

Hope I haven’t killed love. :-) :-) Err thanks for reading. Here is that beautiful love you like a love song baby by Selana Gomez.


Non Recipe : Food Tag

This tag is especially for you BM. When she was talking about tags, I thought of make one but of course food related one for the blogathon. I hope it’s not so difficult.

Rules are pretty simple:

  • Answer these 13 questions.
  • Happily pass it on to others

13 questions:

  1. What is the first dish that you cooked?
  2. What is the first dish that you cooked for your better half? (If you are not married, you can tell us what you are planning to cook for him/her)?
  3. Which food were you reserved to try first but then liked later it since you acquired the taste?
  4. What is your comfort food?
  5. Which dish of yours you like the best?
  6. Which dish of yours your family likes the best?
  7. What is your favorite street food?
  8. Tell us about any of your kitchen disaster story.
  9. Any one or two food confessions ;-) ;-)
  10. Apart from basic stuff, like milk, yogurt, veggies what you have in your fridge or in pantry? (Name any 3 items)
  11. Any food related or cooking resolutions for this year?
  12. In our custom when you goto Kasi, you need to give up one of your favorite veggie and fruit. So you cannot eat that veggie or fruit from then on. Which one you would you give up? (It should be your favorite one)
  13. You need to prepare a 3 course meal for a party? What dishes will be there in your menu?

Here are my answers:

  1. Rava upma. (Came so so..)
  2. Rasam and Kovaikai (Tindora) curry. (I didn’t want to take a chance, so stayed in my comfort zone)
  3. Green Tea
  4. Vathal Kuzhambu
  5. Rasam
  6. Eriseri n Rasam
  7. Kulfi.
  8. I have a lot. The big one is while making rasagulla, I added to much of lemon juice and the rasagulla tasted like lemon gola.
  9. I love cerelac. While mixing it for kid I used to have it too. :-) :-) Same with plain complan. ;-)
  10. Cheese, Idly batter and pasta
  11. Need to bake more and try some traditional Indian sweets.
  12. Brinjal and Pineapple :-( :-( :-(
  13. Bhelpuri, Kulcha, some paneer dish, Biriyani and Kurma and Fruit custard. (We need some fruit na.. being healthy ;-) ;-) )

Please feel free to pick up this tag and pass it on to others. If I have missed someone here, I am really sorry.

BM, Freaky Veggie, Ani, Maya, Tharani, VayadiPennuGB, SS


Tag time – 2 Pregnancy Tag

One more tag time. My friend BM tagged me for this pregnancy experience post. I have already shared about my labour experience in my postpartum page but still here are more details.

1. Was the pregnancy planned?


2. Was I married at the time?

Yes. :-) :-)

3. Reactions?

Mixed feelings. Happiness/surprise/overwhelmed.

4. Abortion an option?


5. My age then?

Twenty Four

6. How did I find out?

Pregnancy Kit at home

7. Who did I tell first?

Of course my hubby

8. Due dates?

Only one. Feb 5th. But the kiddo was born one week before.

9. Morning sickness?

Tell me about it. I had migraine issues and had worst first trimester. Throw ups, head ache, hormonal imbalance.. sabba

10. What/who irritated me?

Garam Masala

11. And the child is..

A baby boy nick named “Vaandu”

12. Did I wish its a boy?

Nope. But I had intution that it’s going to be a boy. (Don’t ask me why)

13. How many pounds did I gain?


14. Baby shower?

Yes both traditional and non-traditional

15. Complications?

Nothing big. Had preeclampsia symptoms but things went ok.

16. Where did I give birth?


17. How many hours in labour?

My amniotic sac broke. So 18 hrs of labour.

18. Who watched me give birth?

All the duty nurses and my hubby. I was the only patient that day.

19. Natural or c-sec?


20. Pain medication taken?

Yes, took epidural towards the end.

21. Weight of the babies?

3.75 kgs.

22. What did we name him?

In-laws named him after our kuladeivam and thats his jadakam name. We named him after Lord Rama and thats his official name. His jadakam name is more unique than his official name ;-)

23. How old is he?

5.5 yrs

24. What was my reaction after seeing them first time?

Happy and relief after the long labour.

25. Did you cry?


And BM has tagged every one I knew. So I am tagging only two of the blogger now. And as mentioned by BM, accepting this tag is purely optional.

Vasantha ka of my sweet nothings

Freaky Veggie 

Tag time over.. getting back to food now :-)

Tag Time 1 – Bakers Dozen Books Bucket List Challenge

I am tagged by Vasantha ka of “My sweet nothings”. An interesting bucket challenge not the ice bucket one :-) And my other few blogger are in a reading spree. They are not able to find time to post even so I thought this would be the perfect time to take this challenge and tag them back again :-) :-)

All you have to do is

  1. List your 12 favorite books and
  2. 7 wonders about yourself and your reading.
  3. Tag other 8 bloggers. Interesting na??

So here is my list

  1. Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki
  2. Parthiban Kanavu by Kalki
  3. Sivakamiyin Sabadam by Kalki
  4. Nandipurathu Nayagi by Vikraman
  5. Rudra Veenai by Indira Soundirajan
  6. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  7. Sons of Fortune by Jeffery Archer
  8. The Millennium Series (the girl with dragon tattoo, the girl who play with the fire and the girl who kicked the hornet’s nest) by Stieg Larson
  9. The Story of our food by KT Achaya
  10. My Mothers Kitchen : a novel with recipes by Meera Klein
  11. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  12. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Currently reading loving it so far)

7 wonders (???) about my reading:

  1. When my nose is buried in a book, it’s hard for me to come out of it. (No wonder right)
  2. When HP7 book got released, we got 2 books. One for me and one for my hubby. Both of us were sitting and reading as if we were going to write an exam the next day. It was like a race. And hubby won in that race. We both completed the book in one night.
  3. I read tamil books comparatively faster than english books.
  4. I love the post reading discussion especially with my hubby. The most discussed topics are the “Age of Aragorn and his elvish background from Lord of the Rings” and “Who actually killed Aditha Karikalan in PS?”.
  5. I have convinced 5 people to read PS and one among them is my hubby.
  6. My current interest is food related books especially the books bringing out our ancient culture.
  7. Next in my reading list is SriRangathu Devadaigal by Sujatha.

Now tagging others.. I am tagging



Tharani and

R’s Mom

Freaky Veggie

Keep Reading and Keep Enjoying!!!



Award Time – 2


Aishwarya, from kitchen moments nominated me for this award. Thanks a lot yaar. Really enjoying this blogging and the WP family of friends and learning a lot too. Thanks all for your support.

My Nominees for Dragons Loyalty Award:

Man this is the tuf part.. Seriously all the bloggers who I follow inspire me :-)  As most of the bloggers I know already have this award, here are my 5 nominees but this doesn’t mean that others didn’t inspire me.  Nominating is always difficult

Sonal from simplyvegetarian777

Radhika from myTrystWithBaking

Nimmi from adorable life

Chitra from drchdietfood

Deepika from tastefortonge


Rules for Participating –

  • Display the award on your blog. Done
  • Show your gratitude and link back to the person who nominates you with the award. Done
  • Nominate any 4 of your favorite deserving “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. Done
  •  Link the nominees in your post and let them know they have been awarded. (Will be doing)
  •  Write 10 interesting things about yourself.

Here it is

  1. I love music. Love these apps saavn/Raga/Pandora now startmusiq and Gaana. One or the other will running in the background ALWAYS.
  2. I listen to all south Indian language songs and Hindi and also carnatic.
  3. If I am not listening music, I will be in soundcloud listening to RJ Balaji (Big FM) and ROFLing max
  4. I am big fan of both the Thalas (Ajith & MSD)
  5. I am a winter/rainy person. Love the holiday spirit here in US. The smell of pine cones, cinnamon-apple spice yumm. Equally enjoy the margazhi season in India
  6. I love pedicures. (No nail for manicure so lets ignore it)
  7. I am very very good at stressing my hubby for nothing.
  8. I love history.
  9. My favorite color is Yellow, especially the mustard yellow. I have heard enough yellow yellow dirty fellow ;-) But still yellow is my favorite.
  10. And today I am leaving my sweet twenties behind and stepping into tangy thirties. (nahhh its gonna be sweet too) Yeah I am thirty today.

Thanks for the award again Aishwarya :-)