Hello there, lovely reader !
A big, warm vannakam from Foodsteps in the Kitchen. This blog was started by me (Chitra) and my two dear daughters in 2017 to spread our love for food and share our cooking experiences and ideas with the world.
I began my journey in online food journalling as a mere spectator. I used to be that kind of reader who frequented several cooking sites and blogs, took down favourite recipes and left without so much as a like or a comment. And as this passive reader, I was quietly spectating in the one of the top tamil forums, Penmai, until one day in 2015, when I decided to start my own thread. The encouragement I got there was phenomenal and it catapulted me into a whole new way of experiencing and sharing my thoughts on food! Over the next two years, I began experimenting with different ingredients, foraying into different cuisines and avidly posting my experiences. My younger daughter, who took an interest to food photography, helped me capture the recipes at various stages of preparation and serving. My elder daughter, enamoured by all the new flavours and the excitement in the kitchen, joined us in our mission.
Throughout this journey, my family, especially my husband, kept encouraging me to start my own blog. However, I was very skeptical about it. Nevertheless, because of their persistent efforts and ceaseless faith in me, Foodsteps in the Kitchen was born!
Through this blog, we hope to challenge the misconception that cooking is tedious and help them cultivate an affinity for nutritious, home-cooked food. We post simple recipes, with photos and/or videos. Our recipes are never just a set of instructions. We complement it with possible variations, substitutes that you can use if you don’t have or can’t find any particular ingredient, adjustments you can make to salvage your dish if it turns out different from the way we’ve written. We also have segments like Know your ingredient, substitutes to help you get to know your ingredients better and Understand the jargons to break down complicated culinary jargon like marinating and blanching so cooking doesn’t seem so intimidating anymore! At the same time, it’s not just a virtual cookbook. It’s essentially our personal kitchen journal, recording all our forays into the marvelous world of food and cooking.
We post recipes in both tamil and english, so as to reach a wider audience. While I write most of the recipes, my younger daughter takes the credit for the photos and the aesthetics and my elder daughter, for the technical aspects of upkeeping this blog.
The recipes in this blog are wholly vegetarian and the baking, eggless. We personally don’t include onions and garlic in our food as we follow a saatvik diet. Saatvic diet is a diet based on foods that contain saatva gunas. Saatvic diet is meant to include food and eating habit that is “pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise” (Thanks, Wiki!). Fret not though, where the recipe calls for it, you will always find these ingredients listed so you can choose whether to include or not.
Last but not the least, I love hearing from my readers. As I mentioned before, that’s what lassoed me into this wonderful world of online cooking and that is what continues to drive my passion. Go ahead, don’t be shy, leave a comment here to say hi! 🙂 . We always love hearing how our recipes turned out for you. Better yet, send us photos of your trysts with the recipes here. Do share your comment with any queries you have or any variations you have tried. I’ll try to respond right away 🙂