Luscious Lychee Tart
While I fancy myself only an amateur Chef, concocting
in a class of my own making, I never hesitate to rouse up the
nerve to convey my thoughts about Food Blogs and Cooking
to anyone who will humor me. One such gracious and
outstanding Chef, a personal favorite, is Jyotsna Shahane
of Pune, India who maintains her own Food Blog,
'The Cook's Cottage'
on TypePad. A talented Cook, Blogger and Photographer,
she meticulously recreates many of the simple but delicious
meals that I grew up with in my old hometown of Pune.
So it's naturally a pleasure to stop by her Blog and linger, and
freely comment about the latest Recipe she so generously shares.
Time certainly has flown since I left my first Comment after
stumbling upon the Photo illustrations for her Recipes on Flickr....
five years at the very least.
The Recipes that Jyotsna blogs about are carefully researched
for their history, origins, trivia and above all ease in preparation,
utilizing the freshest ingredients available locally. Health-
conscious and leaning towards traditional Indian flavors, the
Recipes she so neatly presents have become a worldwide hit
not only with Indian expats but also with non-Indians fascinated
by the spicy, sumptuous cuisine of India. Be it Curry in a
Hurry, Hot as Hell or Just Vegetables, there's something
in her Blog for anyone with an adventurous palate.
And so, five years later as The Cook's Cottage officially
celebrates its One Millionth Visitor Click by awarding an
apron to Bharathy, I am thrilled that I missed winning
said Apron by a mere click....an Apron that I believe I
would not feel worthy of, since there have been many more
talented Chefs and Visitors who have helped Jyotsna
achieve this very personal milestone.
Read the short take on the One Millionth Click, and take
the time to see and perhaps try out the food that gets me
salivating and homesick.
Goa Photo: Prawns in Garlic Sauce
All images displayed here are Originals, Copyrighted
and used by kind permission of The Cook's Cottage.
Thank You Jyotsna, for the use of your photos, and
continued success with the next Million clicks for
your delicious Recipes at The Cook's Cottage !
And now...in a related way, good news for this Blog, dear
readers...tomorrow, after many years of Blogging here, but
with keeping track only since the last 6 months, I hope to
reach the 10,000 mark for visitors to Virtual Poona !
Thank you all for keeping me inspired, your Comments
would be greatly appreciated !