- Tell us something about you? And how would you describe your site to new readers?
- When did u start blogging and what has inspired u to do so?
It all started on a Deepavali/ Diwali day in year 2012. Like many others, I evince great interest in cooking, eating and carving new recipes. I wanted to reach all of you by putting down my repertoire of recipes that I have not just learnt, but also enjoyed cooking. In addition, my educational focus was on Food and Nutrition – and that makes me add an extra dimension in shaping up my entire space. As there were many other bloggers already around me I kind of had a basic idea about what a blog is and how to go about it. Few of my friends and fellow bloggers who knew me personally and my family members inspired me to start a blog and pen my culinary journey. That is how it all began and I have successfully completed 4 years.
- The photos of your recipes are one of the highlights of your blog. What are the elements that go into each photo?
I am yet to master food photography. But I can say I am capable of taking decent photographs with attractive prop setting. As I still consider every click is a learning, I still don t consider myself an expert in the area. But I can tell that all my photos are clicked in natural light. My husband, In –laws, my parents and aunt are equally enthusiastic about my blogging and they also contribute by giving valuable tips in bringing out the aesthetics and also contribute by gifting me props, gadgets and utensils. My husband’s role in this particularly has been tremendous.
- Have there been any mistakes along the way that you have learnt from?
One cannot become a master without making mistakes. I have had my own kitchen disasters and at times recipes have gone hay wired.
- Name three ingredients you consciously avoid or eliminate even when the recipe calls for it?
I avoid Eggs, Alcohol and Gelatin as we do not consume these. When I cook for my husband and In-laws I avoid using garlic as they are averse towards the odour.
- Are there any ‘Sowmya’ trade secrets about cooking that are still hidden from the public eye?
Never. There is nothing like that. I have always given straightforward recipes. If I discover anything that improvises a recipe, I update the already posted recipe then and there. I believe that sharing knowledge is a healthy practice.
- Out of all the methods of cooking, which is your personal favorite?
Pan roasting technique is my favourite.
- If you could have any four people, from anywhere in place, over for dinner, who would they be?
CM Jayalalithaa, Cho Ramaswamy, Begum Parveen Sultana and Kamalhaasan.
- What do you do when you are not cooking or blogging?
Besides cooking, my other hobbies are singing classical and light music, dancing, painting, pencil sketching and creating glass art.
- What’s the best and worst thing about being a food blogger?
The best thing is the recognition. There is no worst thing in my opinion. But there is always an apprehension and an optimal stress to give quality recipes.
- If you could just banish any one food, from the earth, what would it be?
Frankly speaking this would offend many as food choices, practices and preferences are subjective. But if I have to answer this question, then I think it is Seafood. The odour is a turn off, Sorry.
- Which other blogs do you follow?
Oh there are plenty.
- What advice would you like to give to people who want to start blogging?
Be it any blog - Adopt your own style, be original and strive to put in good content. People will always remember you and come back to you.
- What can we expect from Sowmya in the future?
One can always expect quality recipes and content from my space. I’ll try my best to live up to my readers’ expectation.
- What has been your experience with ALLARSH?
I very recently came across ALLARSH. I can say that this is a fabulous place and a one stop solution for various issues and topics that covers and features women and women centric articles. I will be sure to visit the space henceforth.
Let’s wrap up the interview with a few quick questions-
- Favourite savoury ingredient to cook with
Chilli powder and Garam Masala
- Favourite sweet ingredient to cook with
- When I’m feeling lazy I cook…
I cook plain rice and mix with yogurt and eat it with some pickle.
- My pick me up dish
Any Chaat variety or ice creams
- Favourite dish not cooked by me
Mostly Sambhar. I love it when MIL or hubby makes it. They are experts.
- For a romantic meal I would want to eat
Ice creams , Ice creams and more ice creams.
- One cuisine I can live on
- One recipe I want to pass on
Dhaniya Mor Kuzhambu – A south Indian style Khadi. A family recipe by my husband’s granny.
- Favourite Color
- Favourite Movie
Baama Vijayam – An old Tamil classic directed by Late K. Balachander
- TV Show
- Favourite Book
There are many- But if I have to name only one then its Rage of Angels by Sydney Sheldon. I have read the book 8 times.
- Favourite Time of Day
- Your Zodiac Sign