Sunshine Blogger Awards


About a week back, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a fellow food blogger- My Lighthearted Kitchen had nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, along with ten other bloggers.  Thank you so much! I always enjoy and make use of your simple, yet innovative and tasty vegan recipes and with this post you brought even more joy 🙂

This is an award-plus-tag, through which I get to continue the theme and announce my own nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award. The norms of the tag award are as such:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

I think this is a special opportunity because sometimes, as an individual blogger, you can fall into a trap of self-centeredness. You write a post and share it, and then get keen on the stats of ‘seen’ and ‘liked’ and ‘re-blogged’. It is easy to forget how our own creations and writing is inspired by the same art of others. These awards made me think of this collective spirit and also instilled a sense of belonging to a larger community. So, thank you all.

Here are my nominations for the award of Sunshine Blogger to eleven fellow food bloggers, whose work and presentations I admire very much. They represent diversity of styles and I hope you would visit their websites to make your own discoveries.

  • Long Player Kitchen His food creation is always so lively, and comes with a song!
  • Fit Teen Foodie I just love the idea of a teenager with healthy eating habits and her recipes are adorable
  • Food by Camilla Uncomplicated but beautiful range of salads
  • Cooking Without Limits Beautiful photography and food
  • The Shared Skillet A new find, with interesting recipes
  • Chakali A Marathi -English bilingual food blog that I often visit to check the traditional Marathi recipes
  • Aayis Recipes This blog, focused on Konkani food, and its recipes helped me so much during my early cooking years, in grad school, and away from home
  • Padhu’s Kitchen Another favorite, especially for the South Indian food
  • Korean Bapsang Home cooking and Korean cuisine, I don’t need another reason
  • Almost Turkish A new find for my old love of Turkish food
  • Anna Banana Impressive range of healthy and beautiful food from smoothies to burgers


My questions for these winners are:

  1. Which is your favorite meal of the day? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, any other…?
  2. Which would be your signature dish? and why?
  3. If you could turn into any fictional character for a day, who that would be?
  4. What is your favorite hobby, apart from cooking?
  5. Which is your most favorite place on the planet?
  6. When and how did you learn to cook?
  7. Which is your favorite season of the year? and why?
  8. Is there a food item, which you disliked as a child but later developed a taste for?
  9. Have you ever had a failed cooking experiment, which now makes you laugh?
  10. What is your favorite travel snack?
  11. Do you have a particular ambition/ wish/ dream for your culinary life? What is it?


These are the answers to questions asked to me by My Lighthearted Kitchen:

  1. What do you usually eat for breakfast?When I am particularly enthusiastic in the morning, I like to make Indian breakfast items such as poha or upma. But my usual, lazy-bum way of fixing a breakfast is a having a mix of nuts, dried/ fresh fruits, and dates.
  2. What is one thing you can’t live without?I actually cannot live without cooking. If a genie from a magic lamp appears and grants me a wish of lifelong service for any household chore, I would pick getting the cleaning done. But, I cannot let go of my cooking. It is source of meditation and joy to me.
  3. What is your favourite herb or spice?Let’s make it a triple crown of fresh coriander, garlic, and turmeric.
  4. What is one thing your are proud about?
    After learning to cook quite late in life and away from home, I am proud when I am able to recreate the same tastes as that from my mother’s and sisters’ cooking.
  5. What is one thing you feel lucky about?
    I feel tremendously lucky about having found friendship… always.
  6. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
    I would like to meet author Amitav Ghosh. I love how he entwines elements of food, culture, and ecology in his stories.
  7. What would a perfect day be like for you?
    A day is perfect for me, when it has a long walk in a nature park with my husband.
  8. What is your best childhood memory?
    Watching sunset with my closest friends from the terrace of our apartment building.
  9. If you would visit any city in the world, which one would it be? Why?
    I would like to visit Athens because it would be nice to associate those places with the little bits of Greek history and mythology I have read (and been fascinated with).
  10. What is your favourite daily routine?
    Since, I am still settling in a new country and even in a new lifestyle that of married woman, I like the part of my day’s routine when I am learning a new skill which helps me with that.
  11. Who is your role model? Why?
    Florence Nightingale, because her life story epitomizes the value of perseverance and working in details. Often, people remember her more due to the romantic image of ‘kind lady with a lamp’. But we must not forget that she created a whole new discipline of nursing and healthcare not by romantic, but by pragmatic practices of reading, learning, working, and keeping and sharing notes. Moreover, she did this, when expectations of achievements from women of her class and era were pretty pieces of needlework and finding a suitable husband.



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