[Photographed by Jr.H, in late 2010]
I am Harini – food blogger, food writer , vegan recipe developer and photographer, and the visible force behind the site. My husband is the silent force.
At various stages of my life I wanted to be many different persons – cowherd, detective, artist, scuba diver, nurse, nun, physicist. I still dream of becoming a good witch. But the last thing that I ever thought was becoming a food writer or blogger. Making delicious goodies to some extent makes me feel like a good witch or a magician of sorts.
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 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 making the diners happy.
Many of my readers visit me to relive their memories, I am grateful that I have this connection. I feel accomplished when I make people smile.
I chose the moniker when my kids were really young as I could keep them entertained for hours and in all modesty – I make a good mum. I would tell them stories, modulate my voice and act out parts apart from keeping them well fed as a parent should. In time the kids grew up and these days I am often frazzled, but I cling on to the moniker.
Food philosophy and a little about the recipes
Despite being a food writer, I see food as a need, and therefore, keep it simple and cruelty free. I feature healthy recipes – most of the time. I have been vegan for close to seven years now and find that it is delicious, offers wide variety for the palate and is easily made. I keep cooking simple, unprocessed, organic as far as possible, and fresh.
I belong to Palakkad in South India and have been brought up all over the India. We would have a local cook wherever my father was stationed and my mother would ask them to teach her vegetarian dishes from their cuisine. Thus, I can claim that my regional Indian recipes are authentic in nature. A lot of my recipes stem from childhood memories at home and in school while sampling my friends’ lunch boxes. I was a bit of a glut as a kid.
I do cook a lot of non-Indian foods as well thanks to exposure gained from the web and television. Before I present them on the site, I make sure that they are close to the authentic recipes by researching from the web about the recipes. I love Italian, Middle Eastern, and South East Asian foods a lot.
I use whatever is available locally and try to adapt these in global cuisines. Its called being a ‘locavore’ these days.
You will not find processed foods, complex creations, colours or additives in my recipes.
The foodie in me is curious by nature and I do try imported ingredients once in a while. I give in to rare urges of trying refined products. So.. yeah.. you will find some of those recipes too. Since my daughter is lactose intolerant, allergic to gluten and a wide variety of nuts I also serve up many allergy-friendly 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
I love all aspects of photography and styling, and hope to offer professional services when I retire from Government service. Till then, I hope you will remember me. Same goes for writing, reviews of restaurants and products.
Receiving updates from this 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 with me, and will not be displayed or shared with any third person. You will receive full 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!
I read each and every mail and reply 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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