[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, wizard, magician, a good witch like Wendy.
I never thought I would be doing a day job – 9.30 to 6. I am.
I never thought I would cook food, photograph, write about it. I am. I didn’t think I would enjoy the process. I am addicted.
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 and keeping the cooking process nutrient rich makes me close to science. The process of styling, photography, while keeping the food organic and edible challenges the artist.
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 happy memories. Taste is linked to memory. I strive to share recipes to give you that kind of taste.
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 – food and happiness. In time the kids grew up and these days I am often frazzled. I cling on to the moniker.
Food philosophy and a little about how my recipes
Food is a vital need. It should nourish and fuel through the day. Meaning it should also remain nutrient rich, organic, edible, untouched by preservatives. Vegan. Gluten-free. Healthy. Simple. Delicious and healthful.
I believe it should tantalise my readers to make them. That is the kind of food you will see on this site.
A part of me loves working with gluten. I give in to making it rarely. 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. And share.
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. Sitting on the kitchen platform as a child of six, watching the cook and my mother stewing, mixing and grinding, I learnt a lot. 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 have learnt to cook and enjoy Italian, Middle Eastern, and South East Asian foods along the way.
I use whatever is available locally and try to adapt these in global cuisines. Its called being a ‘locavore’ these days.
My photography gear
I use a Canon 7D with a 50mm 1.4f prime, an 85mm prime, and a 24-105mm. Photoshop is a good tool but I like to rely on my eye for best results.
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 my day job. 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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I am not a qualified nutritionist and cannot offer professional advise on the subject.
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