- Tell us something about you?And how would you describe your site to new readers?
I am a fairly simple girl at heart who loves her family and friends. Cooking is love made edible & I feel very happy when I'm cooking something.
My blog is basically a space for me to share the tried and tested recipes of my family. Along with that I share my experiments in the kitchen in different cuisine or techniques. My blog is for the modern Indian couple who wants to push their gastronomic experience beyond the safety net of dal, paneer and roti. It's mostly easy and quick recipes that can be on the table in under 30 mins. I love breakfasts and have a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Lately I have been experimenting more with desserts too and loving every bit of it.
- When did u start blogging and what has inspired u to do so?
I started blogging almost 2 yrs back. I take inspiration from the food and produce that I see around me. Or the exciting dishes I see by professional chefs or say Masterchef AU. 6 months back I made Vikas Khanna's Rose tea smoked chicken tikka. I recently made Brookies that we saw on Masterchef AU. Other times it will be the fresh produce. I love many wonderful people i met on Instagram and they inspire me daily, not just in terms of food but also by their kindness and friendship.
- The photos of your recipes are one of the highlights of your blog. What are the elements that go into each photo?
I learnt photography on my own by trial and error. And by reading a lot on it. I have a penchant for moody and somewhat romanticized styling. So you will often find those elements in my pictures. Flowers, simple linen, books figure in the styling part too. But every pic is evolving and at the end of the day I style it as I am feeling at that particular moment.
- Have there been any mistakes along the way that you have learnt from?
I certainly have. And a very grave one at that. But I believe life is about second chances and dusting off the dirt, standing up and doing what you love again. It's about moving forward and not dwelling on the past. I did everything in my power to rectify my mistakes and no one could have done more.
- Name three ingredients you consciously avoid or eliminate even when the recipe calls for it ?
Karela. Frosting. Canned stuff
- Are there any ‘swayampurna mishra’ trade secrets about cooking that are still hidden from the public eye?
Nothing! I write my recipes with long notes and even describe how I cook it to optimize time. I don't believe in secrets or being territorial about food. Cooking is about fun and camaraderie and food is best when shared openly.
- Out of all the methods of cooking, which is your personal favorite?
Old fashioned way..on the gas. That's all I need. I don't believe in having a lotta fancy gadgets. I Create almost everything you see on my blog in either a PAN, a simple convection oven and a basic blender.
- If you could have any four people, from any where in place, over for dinner, who would they be?
Marco Pierre White, Adele, my mom and dad.
- What do you do when you are not cooking or blogging?
I work. And I teach my 4 yr old. I give her classical dance lessons. I do some gardening and when time permits I read,a lot. In fact I don't sleep till I finish a book most of the times.
- What’s the best and worst thing about being a food blogger?
Best: learning about cultures. People n food. Becoming daring enough to venture into foodie territories you wouldn't have otherwise.
Bad: Too much politics & groupism. I don't believe in either so I find all that very tough to handle.
- If you could just banish any one food, from the earth, what would it be?
- Which other blogs do you follow?
I love whatkatieate, abrowntable and Molly yeh.
- What advice would you like to give to people who want to start blogging?
I am no one to advice anyone, but if you want to start blogging remember it's a labour of love. You will spend countless hours working and may see almost no monetary gain. Initially at least. But if you love food, have a knack for photography and aren't afraid of dedication and hard work, go ahead. More bloggers mean a better community. At the end of the day and what many people don't realise is this , blogging isn't a competition. The internet has over a million blogs today and there is space, a niche for each one of us. Don't do it for the money . Do it coz you love it and have a story to share. The world after all is not made of atoms and molecules. It's made of a thousand of different stories. (Famous quote)
- What can we expect from Swayampurna Mishra in the future?
- What has been your experience with ALLARSH?
It's been great collaborating with ALLARSH. I love the questions you have asked and I am so grateful to you for choosing to feature me. I feel humbled. Thank you and wish you the very best for the future.
Let’s wrap up the interview with a few quick questions-
- Favourite savoury ingredient to cook with
- Favourite sweet ingredient to cook with
- When I’m feeling lazy I cook…
Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biriyani
- Favourite dish not cooked by me
My mom's chicken kasaa or sukha recipe.
- For a romantic meal I would want to eat
My green goddess lamb chops with blistered garlic tomatoes, creamy mashed potatoes with Bordeaux. Dessert would be something light like a raspberry pannacotta.
- One cuisine i can live on
- One recipe i want to pass on
Can't decide..may be Age of innocence followed by Julie & Julia
Game of thrones & MasterchefAU
Impossible. I read almost everything I see .. God of small things remains unforgettable though
After midnight. That's when the world is quiet and i work on my blog in peace.