Tomato Pickle

My Mom-in-law’s recipe

The year has been moving not in days or weeks but in months. I have been occupied with a few projects (non-food and non-blog related) one after the other that kept me away from the blog. For a couple of months, I was less at home and more in my little girl’s Montessori, compiling their yearbook. It is her last year there before she moves to public school later this fall. Last day at school and saying goodbye was more painful for me than for her!

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Heart to Heart ~ Vanessa Rees of V.K.Rees Photography

I’ve been smitten by her styling, the light in her photographs, the mood they suggest, the unique setting, the sense of place. Her photos are not just about the food, every picture is a food story in itself. I adore them. so much so that I can name her pictures just by looking at them and their style.

Chances are, you are very well acquainted with her photographs too. Most certainly so, if you are on Pinterest!

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Haagalkai Gojju ~ Amma’s recipe

Bitter Gourd in a palate clearing sweet and spicy tamarind gravy – mom’s recipe

Haagalkai Gojju and oil

It was end of the 90′s and the beginning of my hostel days. The very first time that I was on my own, in a place far enough from home and certainly with no access to home food. Home sick I was, like hell. Except, once a month when Amma would come to see me. Religiously, I would look forward to the first week of the month, because I could get to see Amma, spend the special day catching up and end the day co-sleeping, sharing the same hostel bed, chatting away into the wee hours until we fell asleep before she left early the next morning.  Continue reading

Heart to Heart ~ Helene Dujardin of Tartelette

As bloggers, photographers (beginning, amateur, advanced, whatever the skill level may be) and even readers, I am sure each one of us has someone or many whom we look up to for inspiration and learning.

Heart to Heart as a series brings out interviews of such hugely talented, immensely creative and accomplished people. People who inspire others by being who they are, doing what they do and how they do it all. One such gifted photographers whose work I am an ardent fan of, right from the beginning of my blogging days (and I’m quite certain even you might be!) is none other than Helene Dujardin of Tartelette.

Who does not know the beauty of Helene’s photographs in the food blogging world? If you happen to be one of the few who aren’t yet acquainted, I strongly recommend that you reserve several hours, for once you start browsing through her photographs, you’ll never know how time flies!

Thank you lovely Helene for taking time out of your super busy schedule while juggling life in two cities.. I am incredibly happy that this interview is finally a reality!

Enough of my ranting raving, I’ll let Helene do the magic..

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