[Photographed by Jr.H, in late 2010]
I am Harini – food blogger, food writer , vegan recipe developer and photographer.
At various stages of my life I wanted to be many different persons – cowherd, detective, artist, scuba diver, nurse, nun, physicist. In future I dream of becoming a detective or a good witch at Hogwarts. Hopefully it will all happen in this lifetime. I get carried away when I read books and watch movies, both of which I do a lot.
By day I work for the Government. By night, and on Holidays I am Sunshinemom. I have been moonlighting thus for
4/5/ 6 years. Tongue Ticklers is my place to share stories, recipes, 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’ balancing quite a few acts in one lifetime.
I chose the moniker Sunshinemom when my kids were really young as I had a way with children and could keep them entertained for long. I did what I do on the blog. I would tell them stories, modulate my voice and act out parts, keep them fed well. 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. Incidentally, I found that many of my readers visit me to relive their memories! I am grateful for that. I feel happy and most accomplished when I make people smile.
Food is a need for the mind before the body. This makes eating beyond need an addiction. At TT, I try to achieve a balance by offering fairly healthy recipes that are delicious and satiating. I have been a vegan for close to seven years now 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 whole grains most of the time, do things from scratch, do not use processed foods, colours or additives 99% of the times I cook. I use whatever is available locally and try to adapt these in global cuisines. Its called being a ‘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 digs a pit (as long its not a gaping pit, I am fine) into my budget. Time to time I give in to urges of trying refined products (very rarely).
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 a wide variety of nuts I also serve up many 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, South East Asian, and Italian. I love Italian food and believe that I definitely had an Italian connection in a previous birth! A lot of foods that I cook stem from childhood memories at home and in school while sampling my friends’ lunch boxes.
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
I love all aspects of photography and styling, and will offer professional services when I retire from Government service. Till then, I hope you will remember me. Same goes for writing.
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