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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

About Delectable Victuals

What is Delectable Victuals about?

Food, health, fun, life.

What drives you to cook?

Food is one of my passions...

I believe healthy, wholesome foods need not be boring and plain.

I believe we eat as much with our eyes and nose as with our mouths.

Cooking is more than just following a recipe and setting food on the table. It is a creative outlet. It is about exploring, experimenting with, and appreciating not just different ingredients and cuisines from around the world, but also the whole range of cooking methods, kitchen tools/apparatus, and scientific reasoning behind some of these.

It is also the challenge of opening the cupboard and finding only a few things handy, and still managing to present a delectable meal for the family :-)

It also gives some semblance of control over what we put in our bodies, gives the power to eat healthy.

Having grown up on Palakkad Cuisine, thanks to a very talented mom, my personal favorites still remain the mouth-watering traditionals. But, Fusion Cuisine is my passion that drives me to try new things and enjoy the whole experience.

Do you present food in a fancy way at your table always?

Food presentation in my mind is not just for fancy. While nourishment is the primary focus of food intake - to keep the body and soul together - the sight and smell of food adds to our feeling of fullness and satisfaction which inspires me to set an aesthetically pleasing table. Now, I may not always succeed with every meal, but, I like to try...

Kids keep me busy enough which possibly explains why I haven't spent enough energy and time on taking beautiful food photos - but, perhaps when they are a bit older and I have more patience and stamina... For now, most meals we enjoy as a family are set as pleasingly as I can manage on a given busy day :)

What sort of recipes do you post?

Ummm... many kinds.
Mostly Vegetarian.
Mostly Healthy.
Mostly Indian, Asian, Central & South American, Italian, Mediterranean, African... still exploring.
Fusion Cuisine - my personal strength and preference.
Usually Quick & Easy to make.
The ones my family seems to relish...

Do you cook all the meals for your family?

Yes, I love to cook for my family and enjoy presenting a wide variety. Sure there are days when I am too sapped to cook, and usually my husband fills in...

We rarely eat out, saving such an experience for special occasions and for "emergencies".

How do I find recipes I might be interested in?

There is a dropdown recipe index, which is a work in progress...
Also, the Blogger's navbar search is fairly good...
Customized Google Search...
Hope this is a helpful start.

How can I use your recipes?

I am more of an intuitive cook than a by-the-book cook. So, feel free to adjust the ingredients and quantities to your taste. Most of the recipes where I post the ingredients list and quantities are tailored to my tastes, and can be used as-is. Sometimes, I just outline the general method and leave out the ingredients/proportions... sorry about that.

As I experiment a lot, and have this chronic inability to follow a recipe to the letter and do precisely as instructed, my recipes might have a non-traditional edge to it.

If I did follow a recipe closely from another source, I usually attribute it. Or, if another recipe was my inspiration, I allude to it. I'd appreciate the same, if any of my recipes inspired you at all.

If you like my recipes, and you tried them, I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment that I can share with other visitors, or for a more personal note.

This goes without saying, but, apparently it is a different universe and honor system fails in the anonymous blogdom: Please do not use my photos and my recipes without permission. Drop me a note and I'd be glad to help if reasonable. Thanks!

More Later...
Ciao for now!

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  • At 5:25 AM, Blogger Purvi said…

    hi ,
    it would be great if you linked delectable victuals to facebook ..just a suggestion !


  • At 9:56 PM, Blogger prakash said…

    Very good page..especially the food part. Was browsing the web for ideas for a restaurant page

  • At 12:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd like to subscribe to your blog but there's no option to subscribe the same via email.
    subscription by reader is complex.
    pls give email option too.

    Thank you so much.

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  • At 6:17 AM, Blogger Mythreyi said…

    Hi Sheela,

    Come across your blog form a recipe search and I have loved it so much. Glad to follow you from now on.
    I love the way you cook healthy and with fresh vegetables.

    Keep coming all those good recipes.
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  • At 11:16 AM, Anonymous manjusha said…

    Excellent writing and photography Sheela. Great work!

  • At 9:40 PM, Blogger Anna the Intern said…

    I work with a CSA farm and we like to provide our customers with fun recipes. I was wondering if I could possibly post one of your squash recipes on our blog if I reference your blog?


  • At 8:49 AM, Blogger Sheela said…


    If you could email me with a link to the recipe you are interested in, I'm sure we can work something out about sharing my recipe on your site.


  • At 7:22 PM, Anonymous zenbelly said…

    Just came across your blog - love the photos and great looking recipes! I am excited to try your vegetarian dishes, Well Done!

  • At 11:43 AM, OpenID prateeksha1111 said…

    wow....there is so much to read and try on your blog. Fantastic stuff. Thanks for sharing...Happy Cooking


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