Blogging happened to me purely by chance. One balmy afternoon, at my parents home, whilst observing my 5 month old sleep peacefully under the rhythmic whirring of the fan, I had this incredible urge to say a few things. The whole household was asleep and there wasn’t anyone I could speak to. I browsed through a couple of blogs on the internet and marvelled at how much people wrote and how well, too. On a whim, I decided to create my own and Slice of my Lyfe ( I did not get ‘Life’ since it was already taken) was born. Post after post I felt, I had so much to say and my blog was taking it all like a good sport. Nobody read my blog in the beginning except a few friends who knew about it. I didn’t care. I never got any comments. I still did not care. I loved that I was able to pour myself out to the world without the world judging me at any step. It was an incredible feeling.
In my nearly 2 years of blogging, I feel my blog has shaped itself into what it is today; a food blog. This is my 145th post and it deserved a toast. I didn’t feel, I needed to wait for it to cross a 150 or a 200 to celebrate because 145 as a number is just as good. My blog is all about me and my inspiration and that inspiration I sought from inside of me. I felt it was important to recognize my own progress and take pride in my accomplishments ( even at the risk of coming across as being completely self-absorbed). I also felt it was important to share my achievements with others and brag a little. People who find something valuable in my blog and come back again and again to read it understand this about blogging and do not take it in any other sense. The recognition and support of these positive souls around me nurtures me and motivates me to give the best that I have.
One such friend that I made in the blogosphere is Cassandra of Food My Friend. We have supported each other by going to each other’s blog and discussing our love and passion for food and related things. A vegetarian, a bunny lover and an impulsive holiday booker, that is Cassandra for you. Most importantly she is somebody who takes pride in creating her own recipes and being a perfectionist while she is at it. Do take time to check out her lovely blog.
Cassandra was ever so kind to bestow my blog with The Liebster Blog Award. Thank you Cassandra for this lovely Award which would be my first in all this time. It makes me feel very special and happy to be recognized with an Award such as this.
A little about the Award : Liebster is a German word meaning darling or beloved. The Liebster Blog Award is to recognise your favorite up-and-coming bloggers . It requires a little rule-follow which is as under:
1.Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2.Reveal your top 5 bloggers and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3.Copy and paste the award on your blog.
So to spread the love, I have a list of five bloggers ( not in any order) that I feel are terrifically passionate and it shows through their blog.
1. Nashira – who blogs at nashplateful is a brilliantly talented cook. I say this with a lot of force because I have had the good fortune to sample her food and gracious hospitality when I went visiting her in Doha. A mother of two boys, Nashira is passionate about photography and can spend hours perfecting a shot. She is the only blogger that I know who uses a point and shoot camera and still comes out with DSLR kind results. She is somebody I totally relate to and can talk to for hours. Hop over to her blog to see yourself get addicted to Nashira’s casual chatter in her posts and luminous photography.
2. Ameena – who blogs at FancythisFancythat is a mum to the adorable Maya. Ameena writes about her everyday quirks in little postlets ( that is what I call them) which actually run quite deep. There is so much lesson and meaning to what she writes that if you didn’t know better, you would only laugh it off and forget about it. I take her blog very seriously and I earnestly feel she has a great chance at being a life coach ( I am sure Ameena, herself may be quite surprised with this admission of mine). Take a look at her blog and decide for yourself.
3. Gayathri – blogs atFood and Fiction and happens to be my first friend when I landed in this alien land ( not alien anymore, I love Bahrain). . After a business degree and five years of working with a Corporate, Gayathri decided to give it all up to be home maker and mum to an adorable 2 1/2 year old. Gayathri and I share a deep love for baking and reading. Her blog is a testimony of her passion for baking cakes and writing little fiction pieces. Only if she took herself seriously, I believe she has it in her to publish many of her written pieces.
4. Anamika – blogs at Taste Junction had a flourishing career in the advertising industry, but took a sabbatical to move with her hubby to Bahrain. A mum and home maker now, Anamika divides her time cooking up some delectable food ( which is lip smacking good) and taking fabulous pictures of the same. Anamika’s eye for detail and aesthetic has given me the necessary inspiration to improve my photography capabilities. Anamika enjoys writing as well in her spare time and it would be worth your while to read it in her scribbles section of her blog.
5. Arva – blogs at I Live in a Frying Pan and is probably the biggest foodie I have known in the virtual space. Her passion for food shines through from her posts about the quaint little places that she discovers in Dubai. I find myself in splits every time I read her foodie adventures and admire her for that since I know how difficult it is to get people to laugh. As I have mentioned to her umpteen number of times before that she has that special ability to make any sort of food look five-star quality and that says a lot about her photography skills.
Now after that felicitation, I think I need to toast these beautiful people with some Notoriously Delicious Nutella pots for their consistency with blogging and endless zeal for life.
These Nutella Pots are just right for occasions like this. Sweet, creamy and full of nutella goodness, this bi-coloured custard can only whet your appetite for more. Without further ado,
Recipe for Nutella Pots
2 eggs+2 egg yolks
1 tbsp castor sugar
1 tsp cornflour
600 ml milk
75 gm plain chocolate
4 tbsp of nutella or any hazelnut chocolate spread
To Decorate – grated chocolate
1. Beat the egg yolk, eggs castor sugar and cornflour together until well combined. Heat the milk until almost boiling.
2. Gradually pour the milk on to the eggs; whisking as you do so.
3. Melt the chocolate and nutella in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, then whisk it into the eggs.
4. Pour into 6 ramekins and cover them with tinfoil. Place it in bain -marie /roasting bin after filling it with boiling water that comes halfway up to the sides of the ramekins.
5. Bake in a preheated oven, 160C/ 325 F/ Gas Mark 3-4, for 35-40 minutes until the custard is just set. Remove from the tin/bain-marie and cool. There after, chill the ramekins in the refrigerator until required. Serve decorated with grated chocolate.
This is a make-ahead dessert and so easy to put together. The two colours of the light and dark chocolate settle on their own and in my opinion is the ‘wow’ factor of this pudding. You have to make it to believe it!