[Photographed by Jr.H, in late 2010]
I am Harini. I write, develop nutrient rich recipes, and photograph.
At various stages – or ages – I wanted to be many different persons – cowherd, detective, artist, scuba diver, nurse, nun, physicist, wizard, magician, Mary Poppins, a good witch like Wendy. I work in a regular day job, and am not any one of these persons.
I never thought I would cook food, photograph, write about it. I actually love this whole process though it gets pretty taxing at times.
Making delicious goodies makes me feel like a good witch or a magician of sorts. Trying different techniques, understanding the strange chemistry of flavours, the intricacies of combining ingredients and foods, and keeping the cooking process nutrient rich interests me. The process of styling and photography, while keeping the food organic and edible opens up the artist in me.
Tongue Ticklers was born out of the blue one night in 2008 without any prior planning or thought. It is a place where I share stories and recipes that support peaceful and sustainable way of living.
TT records my journey from being a lacto-ovo-vegetarian (a vegetarian diet inclusive of eggs and dairy) to becoming a vegan. A lot of my initial posts are anecdotal narratives. I find that every dish I love is linked to a beautiful memory, and that made me realise that good food is not about the amount of sugar, spice or fat. It is about creating happy memories. I strive to share recipes that are pleasantly memorable.
I chose the moniker when my kids were really young as I could keep them entertained for hours. I would tell them stories, modulate my voice and act out parts. To me that is nourishment. Feeding the body, nourishing the soul. In time the kids grew up and these days I am often frazzled. I cling on to the moniker.
My food philosophy and a little more about the recipes on the site
Food is a vital need. It should nourish and fuel. By that I mean that food should essentially be nutrient rich, organic, edible, untouched by preservatives. Vegan. Gluten-free. Healthy. Simple. Delicious. Memorable. Most recipes in the blog fall in this category.
A part of me loves working with gluten, and I believe in indulging every once in a while. On the days I roll up my sleeves and give in to the joy of kneading and baking breads – once in a while, please bear with me. And share.
I belong to Palakkad in South India and have been brought up all over the India. We had a ‘bawarchi’ or local cook at every place daddy was stationed. My parents married at an early age and my mother would learn vegetarian dishes from the local cuisine wherever we went. Sitting on the kitchen platform as a child of six, watching the cook and my mother cooking, I absorbed knowledge about authentic flavours and regional cuisines. A lot of my recipes stem from childhood memories at home. In school we would eat in small groups and share food. Some of my fondest food memories are dishes I sampled from lunch boxes. I was a bit of a glut as a kid. Over time I have learnt to cook and enjoy Italian, Middle Eastern, and South East Asian foods.
I use locally available ingredients and try to adapt these in global cuisines. Its called being a ‘locavore’ these days.
My photography gear
Canon 7D with a 50mm 1.4f prime, an 85mm prime, and a 24-105mm.
Prints and photographs
I love all aspects of photography and styling, and hope to offer professional services when I retire from my day job. Same goes for writing, reviews of restaurants and products.
How to receive updates from the site
You can subscribe to the RSS feed, using a reader of your choice or you can fill the email subscription facility offered on the sidebar. Your email id is safe and will not be displayed or shared with any third person. You will receive updates whenever I publish a new post. I would really like it even better if you could visit my blog and offer your comments. You know, the site does look so much prettier than the feed! You can also follow me on facebook, twitter or pinterest where I post links to all updates.
I read each and every mail and respond within a day or a week, so do shoot queries if you have any doubts regarding the recipes or the site. The easiest way to connect with me is on my facebook page. I am also an avid pinner.
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I do not tolerate use of vulgar language, comments made with an intent to promote brands, products or sites.
The logo, design and content in the blog are my property, unless otherwise noted. Credit, where due is accorded.
No part of the content, logo or design may be duplicated, copied, or reproduced including photographs, articles, or material, without the express permission of the owner (that’s me). Links to my articles are welcome provided my name and the title of the article is mentioned explicitly along with a hyperlink. All material in this blog is copyright protected. Unauthorised copying, reproduction, modification, republishing, duplicating, uploading, posting, or transmitting any material on this blog through print or electronic media is prohibited and legal action will be initiated if such activity is noticed. All rights reserved.
I am not a qualified nutritionist or dietician, and cannot offer professional advise.
As the owner I reserve the right to modify, change, or add to these policies at any time.
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