[Photographed by Jr.H, in late 2010]
I am Harini – food blogger, food writer , vegan recipe developer and photographer.
At various ages I thought I would be cowherd, detective, artist, scuba diver, nurse, nun, physicist. Currently am dreaming of becoming a detective, scuba diver, and a witch at Hogwarts. Hopefully it will all happen in this lifetime. Reality of course is never the same.
By day I work for the Government. By night, and on Holidays I am Sunshinemom. I have been moonlighting thus for
4/5/6/7 years. I share stories, recipes that I would love you to try, and a way of life that needs to be considered for the longevity and good of mankind, of animals, and of the planet. I feel like a combination of Spiderman and ‘dancing queen’.
I chose the moniker Sunshinemom when my kids were really young and I have always loved and had a way with children. It was easy being Sunshinemom. Six years thence, I am often frazzled, but I cling on to the moniker.
my third baby, was born in January 2008. TT records my journey from being a lacto-ovo-vegetarian to becoming a vegetarian, and then a vegan. It is an anecdotal journal of memories and incidents that stir me, and mould my personality, all the time. Incidentally, I found that many of my readers visit me to relive their memories! I am grateful for the connection we have.
Food is a need for the mind before the body. This makes eating itself an addiction. At TT, I try to achieve a balance by offering healthy recipes that are nevertheless very delicious and satiating. I have been a vegan for close to four years and find that vegan food is by no means difficult to cook and offers wide variety for the palate.
I use organic ingredients, cook with local and whole grains, do things from scratch, do not use processed foods, colours or additives 99% of the times I cook. I use local stuff. Its called locavore these days, but I have been that much before the term became popular. I am curious by nature and try new brands at least once even if it cut into my budget. Time to time I give in to urges of trying refined products.
Tongue Ticklers offers
healthy, nutritious, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from my pre-vegan days), and the
occasional, nay essential rant. Since my daughter is lactose intolerant, allergic to gluten and nuts I also serve up quite a few allergy-friendly recipes.
The recipes on Tongue ticklers are meant for novice as well as seasoned cooks. I love Indian food and relate best to Indian Cooking as I have been enjoying it all my life. I like experimenting with global cuisine so you will find a smattering of recipes from all over the globe, mostly Middle Eastern and Italian. The way I love Italian food I believe I must have had an Italian connection in a previous birth! A lot of foods that I cook stem from good memories at home and in school while sampling my friends’ lunch boxes. I believe in feeling love with every morsel and hence you get memoirs and stories with most recipes.
My photography gear
In the past I used a point and shoot Canon A630 and later shifted to a Canon 350D and a 70-300 sigma lens. Since late 2011 I have been using Canon 7D with a 50mm 1.4f prime lens and a 24-105mm lens too.
Styling and props
Most of the ethnic cutlery/props used on this site have a story, as they have been lovingly handed over by friends, relatives, mostly my mum. Others have been sourced during sales as individual pieces, from nondescript shops during my travels, from thrift shops at Crawford Market or here in Thane. I also store remains of cloth pieces from dresses I get tailored as they make good napkins.
Prints and photographs
You can find all my photography work on flickr. An online portfolio site is on the cards.
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Click on the icons for various networks on the sidebar to know me better. I like connecting with people but I am not the kind who will keep updating status or sharing links without reason. That way I am lazy. But I answer mails regularly and respond on time, so do shoot queries if you have any doubts with the recipes.
Book, restaurant and product reviews
I do not do reviews of any kind.
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As of today tongue ticklers is a site that will not host ads of any kind.
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