simi jois

    Tell us something about you?And how would you describe your site to new readers?
To talk about myself, might be one of the hardest thing for me to do. It is the first question and I find myself stumped, you guys will just have to read to know how I survive through the list of questions... I try to come back and answer this one… Well let me quote Lincoln, “ In the end it’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in your years” I hope I can live my life to be meaningful, to create and to share. About my site : It's my virtual home and I would love to invite you to stop by. I'll probably serve you some homemade food with a bit of chit chat and you can enjoy looking around to see my love for photography.  There are two aspects to my blog, the food (recipes) and the food photography, both are tied down to my penchant for art. Cooking is all about mixing ingredients, creating flavor profiles, textures, taste, aroma, with unlimited creative options. Photography on the other hand is painting with light. Again the options are limitless. The fusion of my love for cooking and capturing that with my camera is my blog - I can't think of anything I'm more passionate about than this.
    When did you start blogging and what has inspired you to do so?
       I started blogging about six years ago - it was a place to document my recipes. From there it evolved. My inspiration comes from creativity & experiments in my kitchen or with my camera. New possibilities, new recipes...learning, experimenting & growing - that's what drives me.
    The photos of your recipes are one of the highlights of your blog. What are the elements that go into each photo ?
Thank you!  The elements that I think of are light, colors, depth, angle, framing, styling, mood and story-telling, not necessarily in that order.
    Have there been any mistakes along the way that you have learnt from ?
I don't think I can keep a track of the mistakes I've done - so many. From cooking disasters to sloppy pictures, my poor kitchen has seen a lot. Few lessons :•       I'm not an expert and I need to read instructions, be it a recipe, a gadget or lens.•       Don't experiment when you are tired. Shut your mouth when... epic fail meets Simi Jois. Take criticism. •       Blogging is a journey not a destination.
    Name three ingredients you consciously avoid or eliminate even when the recipe calls for it?
I can't name three…I try to avoid artificial colors or ingredients with toxins.
    Are there any ‘SIMI JOIS’ trade secrets about cooking that are still hidden from the public eye?
No secrets, there is no point of sharing recipes then...
    Out of all the methods of cooking, which is your personal favorite?
Among all the cooking techniques, my favorite is creating flavor profile through spice blends, blooming them in ghee to enrich the flavor. I love sautéing the masalas in ghee - Aromatherapy.
    What is the best compliment you have ever got as a food blogger?
I have been really lucky to have been part of such a vibrant and helpful community of readers and bloggers. Specially when someone tells me that my work inspires them.  A friend was going through a rough patch and one day she messaged me that a sunrise image of mine - gave her hope and courage...!! I think if I can touch someone's life in my own small way, it gives me immense satisfaction and fulfillment.
    If you could have any four people, from any where in place, over for dinner, who would they be?
My dad, mom, my sister and her family. My family is my strength...I miss my dad a lot.
    What do you do when you are not cooking or blogging? Long walks Gardening Painting boards Reading  Listening to music and podcast
    What’s the best and worst thing about being a food blogger?
The best : the creativity, the community and the friends I have made The worse : promoting your content and trying to figure the technical aspects of blogging (code).
    If you could just banish any one food, from the earth, what would it be?
None, if I don't want to eat I won't. Why banish
    Which other blogs do you follow?
I follow so many blogs that it will be hard for me to list all of them here, just for one reason, if I forget someone I love reading and following….I would feel really bad. Most of the people I follow have now become my good friends. There is so much to learn from the blogging community.
    What advice would you like to give to people who want to start blogging?
It's not a rat race - it's a journey, enjoy !!
    What can we expect from Turmeric N Spice  in the future?
Learn, create and share. It’s my journey and I want to share it with you… no quantifiable plans.
    What has been your experience with ALLARSH? Thank you so much for asking me to do this little chit chat with you. Thanks for your patience and giving me time. Enjoyed the interaction.
 Let’s wrap up the interview with a few quick questions-
1. Favourite savoury ingredient to cook with
2. Favourite sweet ingredient to cook with
3. When I’m feeling lazy I cook…
I eat out
4. My pick me up dish
Masala-dosa or chaat
5. Favourite dish not cooked by me
My mom’s cooking
6. For a romantic meal I would want to eat
7. One cuisine i can live on
8. One recipe i want to pass on
The love for cooking, more than one single recipe.
9. Favourite Color
10. Favourite Movie
Zindagi na Milegi Dobara  
11. TV Show
I don’t watch a lot of TV
12. Favourite Book
Books that feed my thoughts  
13. Favourite Time of Day
Sunset - golden hour 
14. Your Zodiac Sign
                         My lessons on photography
                                                      By Simi Jois
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