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Hi-tech cook

I was at a brunch on Sunday where everyone brought a few items of food, and it struck me that at 27 years old, I have absolutely zero cooking skills, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan shares more details.

entertainment Updated: Mar 10, 2009 19:59 IST
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan

I was at a brunch on Sunday where everyone brought a few items of food, and it struck me that at 27 years old, I have absolutely zero cooking skills. Sure, I can improvise — I’m great with instant food and rice dishes and stuff like that; also I make a pretty decent cocktail. But real food? Out of my limit.

So today, I thought I’d browse the Internet and look for some food blogs, where people share recipes and talk about dishes, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to pick up some tips of my own. (Of course, this is also the second time I’m writing this, due to a computer crash, so tip number one: save all your work, in the kitchen or on your laptop.)

Ingredients for a food blog
Right. My requirements of a food blog were simple. It must have easy recipes (I’m a sucker for anything with ‘Quick!’, ‘Easy!’ Or ‘For Dummies!’ in the title.) and they had to have stories. Memories. Thoughts while cooking. Explanations of a craving. If you have a food blog, here’s tip number two: always tell stories. If I want just a recipe, I’d go to a recipe website.

Okay, first up is The ‘yum’ blog (http://theyumblog.wordpress.com/) which, despite its unimaginative name, qualifies on all fronts. Easy? Check. Good stories? Check. Run by a mother-daughter team, the blog focuses on traditional Tamil recipes but also makes occasional forays into Western food. The pictures are fabulous and the writing is funny in parts and makes me want to try making stuff.

Next is the Bong Mom’s Cook Book (www.bongcookbook.com) (and I begin to notice a trend in the Indian food blog world — there seem to be no men! If you or someone you know is a man who runs a good food blog, do send me the link). I really like her writing and her layout is simple, snazzy and easy to navigate.I also loved the fact that she put little items of trivia about the food at the end of each post.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Ammani (jikku.blogspot.com) so I checked out her food blog too. Chai Pani (chaipani.blogspot. com) caught my interest because of a ‘Memories Of Food’ post she had on Maggi noodles, and I thought ‘Hey! Something I can cook!’ There are videos too, but it’s not being updated anymore.

The next blog that caught my eye was Maharashtrian. Happy Burp (happyburp.blogspot. com) first drew me because of the title. I like that she intermingles the personal with recipes. She has lots of easy stuff, plus a great recipe for beetroot raita, for which I have been searching far and wide. Tip number three: include old family recipes that no one else knows how to cook just right.

There you have it. My sojourn into the vast, wonderful world of food blogs. Next step? Actually cooking something.

Meenakshi writes at www.thecompulsiveconfessor.blogspot.com. Send her your queries at meenakshimadhavan@gmail.com