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











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!!!