So here I was, at a store in Disney World, watching my sons try out giant Buzz Lightyear helmets, thinking how they looked funny and adorable at the same time. That’s when I saw it.
Laura, the author of one of my favorite blogs, Cook to Love, had nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Her blog is such an inspiration for me and many others; I love her recipes and insights and wonderful resources like this page with ‘Tips for using gluten-free grains’. Thank you, Laura, I truly appreciate this honor…a first for Peri’s Spice Ladle.
So, in accordance with the “Rules of Conduct” for bloggers who win this award, I will now do the following:
- Thank the blogger who gave me the award and provide a link. (done above)
- List 7 interesting things about myself that my readers might find interesting.
- Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know.
Here are 7 interesting things about myself…
- I spent many good years of my life in formal study and corporate life…but nothing taught me what my two boys have managed to teach me in the past 9 years as a parent. Children truly are insightful and wonderful and they complete the circle of life. (I know my husband is smiling right now, he’s been telling me this for years especially when I mentioned ‘never having kids’.)
- Even today when I suffer from a cold, I need my ‘mum’ around to take care of me with hugs and hot cups of ‘ginger chai’. Now that she is halfway across the world, I call and hear her voice just to feel better.
- I was a vegetarian (voluntarily) for 10 years of my life and that’s huge when you are a Parsi, like me (Parsis love their meat.) The food that converted me back to meat was ham sandwiches…I was pregnant with my first and craved those. I am still a vegetarian at heart though and feel it is a better way of life.
- I love all fruits and vegetables but have always disliked aubergine or brinjal, as it is called in India. There is a very slim chance that you will see a recipe with eggplant on this blog.
- I love the practice of yoga and how it makes me feel about myself, it is exercise for my mind, body and soul. However, I can’t handle being ‘turned upside down’ which happens a lot in advanced yoga. So although I have been doing yoga since the 7th grade, I still sign up for ‘beginner’ level classes.
- ‘Red’ is my favorite color, it signifies passion and energy to my mind. If possible, red appears in every aspect of my life.
- On my first day in the kitchen in hospitality school, I was really nervous, so as my new food production- head of department was showing me how to hold a knife the right way, I chopped off his finger…fortunately; I’ve gotten better with the knife since then.
The 7 blogs I am nominating for this award are:
- Ozlem’s Turkish Table, which is an amazingly well written blog on Turkish and Mediterranean food and life. I love this cuisine and as someone who has grown up in Istanbul, Ozlem tells the stories so well. She is a real inspiration.
- Realistic Cooking Ideas for Busy People has turned into my ‘go to’ blog for daily meal ideas. The recipes are healthy and always easy to make, which is critical for busy parents like me.
- Lisa’s Landscape and Design is full of creative gardening ideas and advice for newbie gardeners like me. She is a true proponent of ‘xeriscaping’ which means growing & choosing plants suited to the local climate, hence requiring minimum care and water…a concept I care about living in Texas.
- Omnivorous has beautiful looking food and I believe ‘we eat with our eyes’. The recipes are delicious and simple like oven roasted radishes.
- Just a Smidgen brings out ‘the poetry and the artistry in cooking’; you have to check out the site to know what I mean by that. She makes you breadth as you eat, with the pretty pictures of food in beautiful platters/dishes, great recipes and yes, lots of rhyming.
- Parsi Cuisine has recipes for some of my childhood favorites; this is the next best resource if I can’t reach my mum. I love my native cuisine, Parsi food and how Indian and Persian flavors have merged to create this unique branch of Indian cuisine in the past 1300 years.
- Cook Aunty writes about the food industry and issues we face today. I like that she gives us facts and stats that are worth noting and reading. Someone has to start the conversation on shatterproof glass in kitchens and fake meat.