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Meme – The Cook Next Door

Nicky and Oliver of Delicous days not only started this meme, they are also tracking the progress of their meme in the food blogging world and thanking and leaving comments in the responding blogs. What a couple! They have set high standards for future meme starters.

Lovely Nupur of One Hot Stove wants to know more about me. So here I go, my first me…me, and more me.

1. What is your first memory of baking/cooking on your own?
I was my mother’s little helper from a very early age, always doing something in the kitchen. And because of big family, my mother needed all the help she could get. I learned to cook a proper meal by 15, and my family survived the cooking.

2. Who had the most influence on your cooking?

Atta Maama

That would be my in-laws. Even though I learned all the basics at home from my mother, I learned the healthy way to cook from my in-laws. My mother and father-in-law, both are wonderful chefs and nutritionists (without the degrees, of course). I think of my one-year stay at my in-laws place as a period of refining my culinary techniques. Sort of like a assistant chef learning from the master chefs.

3. What are your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?Mandoline

That would be the mandoline. It really makes easy to cut vegetables like cabbage, karela etc.
The biggest let down would be the non-stick set I bought after coming here. When I came to know about the adverse health effects that a non-stick coating could cause, I got rid of them all.

4. Do you have an old photo as “evidence” of an early exposure to the culinary world?
Only in my memories.

5. Mageiricophobia – do you suffer from any cooking phobia, a dish that makes your palms sweat?
To cook anything with blood makes me queasy inside.

6. Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like – and probably no one else!
I do mix and eat payasam or kheer with dal and rice. You have to see my sisters reaction to this eating habit of mine.

7. What are the three eatables or dishes you simply don’t want to live without?
What I always have in stock is Mango and lemon pickles. My recently acquired craving is for Pizzas. I have to eat one, at least once a week. I admit it – I am a pizza addict.

Three quickies:

Your favorite ice-cream:
Butter Pecan

You will probably never eat:
Anything with brain and heart

Your own signature dish
Cashew Brittle made with cashews and jaggery.

Thanks Nupur. I’d like to pass this meme to:

Deccanheffalump of The Cooks Cottage – The best food blog from India.
Vittorio of Tirebouchon
And finally to Jarrett of Food Porn Watch fame –

I hope, they enjoy responding to this meme as much as I did.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Sunday June 26, 2005 at 6:19 pm- permalink)
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  1. Thanks for playing along Indira! It was lovely to read your responses…and I sure hope you get a chance to come to New York city and try some thin-crust pizza.

    Comment by Nupur — June 26, 2005 @ 8:01 pm

  2. Nupur, we are planning to visit New York City this fall and I will definitely going to have a taste of the famous NY Pizza.

    Comment by Indira — June 26, 2005 @ 8:55 pm

  3. You must be a real expert at Indian cooking. Cooking with mom is probably the best experience at touch and feel cooking rather than by the book. Yum, Cashew brittle- you must pass on the recipe to us.

    Comment by mika — June 26, 2005 @ 9:51 pm

  4. Mika – you are too kind, I am still learning and trying out new food varieties.
    Actually it’s ours signatory dish. Vijay came up with the recipe for a perfect brittle after so many tries. It turned out just like the cashew brittle of famous Pullareddy Sweets of Andhra.
    I will definitely post the recipe as soon as I restock cashews. Thanks.

    Comment by Indira — June 27, 2005 @ 7:38 am

  5. Thanks very much Indira for passing the meme on to me.Been following it backwards and had a great time reading all about the Cooks next door.Look out for mine soon and thanks again.

    Comment by deccanheffalump — June 27, 2005 @ 3:09 pm

  6. Hi Indiara,

    The most unwanted help from my husband is cooking(u can imagine how bad he is in cooking !!) Once he wanted to cook Tomato rice on his own and without a second thought he turned on ur recipe site. It made me happy in 2 ways… he inherited my habit of looking for recipies in ur site and the other, I was pretty cool with his decision of making recipe.. afterall it’s guided by the Most simplest and user-friendly site.

    Thank You,

    Comment by Pallavi — January 28, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

  7. Hi,
    kammani telugu ruchulanu prapanchaniki teliyajestunnanduku chaala dhayavaadalu.

    My small request s to give the preserve products like chilli sauce, tomato products and some more, which helps to have in pantry, when the produce in the market is in glut (Tomatoes) to get remunerative price to the farmers.

    Thank U

    Comment by supraja — February 13, 2007 @ 7:34 am

  8. Hello Indira,

    After reading the fact that you got rid of all your nonstick pots and pans, I am wondering what type of pans/pots do you use in your kitchen…Can you please share it out.


    Comment by Swarna — November 22, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

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