Friday, 26 April 2013

It's raining Awards!!!

It has been raining awards for me...

Recently Blogadda featured my profile as a Notable Newbie on their homepage!!! Cool!!! Check it out :)

Also some of the kind blogger friends have shared Liebster blog award with me. Thanks a lot guys...
Means a lot :)

So 1st it was Priti from Kitchen Delicalies who shared her award - She has some nice baking recipes, check them out...

then Reni from What's Cooking very kindly shared her award too - She has some lovely and authentic recipes on her blog and she not only blogs about food but also about crafting. Hop over :)

Then came lovely Nilu's (from Kitchen Serenity) Award!! The very enthusiastic and affable Nilu has some great healthy and tasty recipes up her sleeve...And she always shares interesting things about the food that she cooks, i love her for that. Check out her lovely blog...

And then Sonali from Suger at el. very sweetly shared her award too :) - She writes so well!! And cooks so well!! and Clicks so well!! How i wish i was her neighbour :) - Hop over to her place to gawk at lovely desserts that she has whipped up and to read mushy tales about her twins and her sis!!!

So let's start with my (looooong) award story!!

Rules of the Award:-
1. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 interview questions you've been given by the person who nominated you.  
3. Fabricate 11 new questions.  
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers and mention them in your post.
5. Tell the person who nominated you, along with the people whom you've nominated.

11 Facts about me:

I did 7 facts about me in another Award story so i'll cheat and do 4 more facts about me here...For other 7 facts you can check out my blog . So will start from 8 ;)

8) I talk a lot ( probably you have already guessed it  ;) )
9) I have stayed at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Noida for the major part of my life...
10) My hubby says that i can eat anything as long as it's Veg. (Which is not true though)
11) I never cooked my favorite foods till i was at my mom's place, out of fear of spoiling it...And how could i do that my favorite foods ;) ?!?!

Now for the questions...

Priti's Questions..

1) What’s the best thing you ever ate?
Mom-made food :)
2) What is your favorite place for holidaying?
Goa (Actually whatever place i visit last becomes my favorite holiday destination ;), so as of now, it's Goa )
3) Do you watch TV shows? If so, which is your favorite?
I don't watch TV shows. We haven't taken cable connection for the fear of Zini (& me too) getting addicted to TV. Though we catch up Roadies on internet...
4)What beauty product you cannot live without?
My beauty sleep ;)
5) What you always aspired to be? Are your aspirations met?
I was (am) a confused soul. I was not sure what i wanted to become in long run, but i always had short term goals and i think i met them :)
6) How do you spend your free time?
FREE TIME?!?!? What's that?
7) What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
River Rafting at Rishikesh....
8) Which is your favorite recipe from your blog?
It's difficult to choose!! It's like choosing a favorite among your kids...I can't do it...
9) What’s your favorite thing to have for dessert?
Currently it's ice cream cake...When Winters come, it may become garma garam Jalebis or Gaajar Halwa or even Choco Lava Cake :)
10) Your favorite shopping destination?
Ahmedabad - From dressed to untensils to bedsheets- i prefer buying everything from there...
11) Sports or academics, your pick?

Reni's Questions..

1.How would you describe yourself in a few words ?
Friendly, loyal, ready to learn new things, Adventurer...
2.Your favorite celebrity cook ?
Well i think i'll go with Tarla Dalal (i don't watch TV so no new Chefs i am aware of) because of her healthy recipes...
3.One kitchen gadget you'd wish for if you have a magic wand ,with just one wish:) ?
In old days, i would have wished for a machine that can take raw ingredients and dish out piping hot food...But now i can settle for a bread machine :)
4.What makes you very happy?
A lot of things!! I recently did a post on what made me happy - check it out...
5.Which is your favorite restaurant dish,like the first thing you would order for?
Malai Kofta....
6.Your other hobbies?
Reading and Adventure Sports...
7.Cook books that you like?
Baby and toddler cook book by Tarla Dalal and Punjabi food cook book by Nita Mehta.
8.One fond memory that you cherish, with relation to cooking ?
A lot of them and i am recording all of them in my blog :)
9.Your favourite author or movie star ?
My fav author is any day PG Wodehouse - love him...
10.Of all the places that you've visited,which is your favorite ?
Currently it is Goa.. Coz that's the last place i visited...
11.One thing from your childhood that you miss doing now ?
Not worrying about running or cleaning the house ;)

Niu's Questions:

1. What are the best five words that would describe you?
Friendly, loyal, ready to learn new things, Adventurer
2. Which chef/cook has inspired your cooking the most?
My mom...
3. What’s the first item on your wish list?
I just saw pics of scooba diving on Hitchy's blog and that is high on my wish list now :) Oh wait, i also want a DSLR. I think both the things are competing neck to neck for the 1st place ;)
4. If you hadn't started blogging, what would you be doing?
Going Mad ;)
5. If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Wow...My mind is boggling at the possibilities. My processor is hung, will come back after some time!! Well i think, i'll take some super mind power so that my processor never hangs ;)
6. What’s your favourite song?
Currently it is I Love you from Barney and friends..
7. What does Blogging mean to you?
Learning, sharing and making friends (also at times ranting ;) )
8. What is your phobia?
Creepy crawlies...
9. What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
I once tried to make noodle out of Sarevada and in the process burnt the pateela, tried to pass it off as noodle to my brother who refused and i had to eat it..Yes i think that's the most weird thing i had...To my defence i was in 8th standard then and was taking advantage of mom's absence by trying to experiment in the  kitchen...
10. What was the best childhood book you read as a kid? 

Again i can't pick one book...There were so many favorites - Mansen Sahsi, Miya Fuski, Akbar-Birbal, Enid Blyton books...
11. One thing you like to change about yourself?
Fitness level...

Sonali's Questions:
1) What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
Learning, sharing and making friends
2) Sweet or Savory?
3) Your favourite kitchen tool?
My Food Processor cum mixey cum juicer - I am in Love with it...
4) Your most prized possesion?
My phone...
5) Your biggest 'purchase' regret?
No regrets...
6) Your favourite memory?
Going to my Grandma's and getting pampered silly :)
7) If you were told that you could live for one more day only, what would you like to do?
Employ someone to keep moving clock backwards ;)
8) Your dream holiday spot?
New Zealand with all the adventure sports thrown in!!!
9) If you were a season, which one best describes you?
Oh, like seasons i keep changing...At times i am chirpy like spring and then grumpy like winters or red hot (with anger ;) ) like summers and even in crying mode like monsoon!!! But i try to remain like Spring :)
10) Something you carry with you all the time?
11) Your ideal 3 course menu?
Dhokla or Khaman + Roti, bhindi, khatu, kadhi, rice + Keri no Ras....Is it 3 course?!?! I don't care..But i love this combo :)

I am passing on this award to

Priya - She is an all rounder!!! She runs this amazing photography event called Colour me..Check out her blog for authentic Kerala style recipes and some really innovative and tasty dishes!!!
Chitz - She is this lovely girl spreading happiness around :) She did the post on her mom's recipe of authentic Sambar recently, check it out..
Shailaja - Her blog is full of healthy and interesting recipes!!
Bhawna - She is one pro cook and whips out some amazingly mouthwatering dishes!!!
Chatty Wren - Mom of 2 lovely daughters, she writes so expertly about parenthood and other topics..She is also learning new languages!!! Also check out her articles on, i look forward to reading her posts...
Visha - Enthusiastic, Intelligent, Affable, Quick learner, girl with never say die attitude!!! And she has such a witty style of writing, you have to read her blog!!
Green Boochi - As i said earlier also, a very talented, a very caring girl who loves her family and makes them happy...
Smita - Talking to her recently has increased my fondness for her...Am i allowed to call you super woman ;) ?!
LifeSong - One more Super woman, who handles home, office, cooking and Cheebu (and her studies) and clicks some amazing pictures :)
Little Fingers - She does some amazing tavel tales and writes such lovely letters to her lovely daughter Chucky!!!
Nibedita - I recently started reading her but i love reading her..She speaks her mind and i agree to her on most of the topics she talks about...
OneHonestWriter - Though she recently started blogging, but she comes across as such a pro!! I enjoy reading her blog for her wit and the interesting posts she comes up with!!! Also check out her glowingly successful baking experiments...
Divoo - She does lovely posts about her daughter Saanvi (also i hang onto her posts for answers to some difficult questions that Zini might ask me in future :) )
Jas - She does thoughtful and thought provoking posts without preaching...Reading her post guarantee either of 2 things, either you will have smile on your face, or you will find your eyes leaking...Yes, she invokes intense emotions in you!!
Ani - She manages so many roles with an ease -  a daughter, a wife, a mom and a full time office goer!!! She shares heartwarming stories about her daughter Adi, and was recently blessed with a little bundle of joy -LHB!!
Tofffe - She shares amazing stories of her travels, the food that they enjoy, her love for her family and book/movie reviews...She has recently taken up an origami project!!
Pallavi - She has this nice blog, where she cooks up a storm...

And the questions from me to you are :

1) What do you cook when suddenly some guests appear at your doorstep?!
2) How do you like to celebrate your b'day?
3) Your favorite book?
4) What are the qualities that you admire the most in people?
5) How did you meet your spouse?
6) Do you plan for future? if yes, then what do you see yourself doing in after 20 years?
7) What do you like the most about yourself?
8) What do you like the most about your spouse?
9) Would you like to change something about your life? If yes, then what's it?
10) Do you easily get angry or are you one of those saints? What's your trick to keeping calm mind?
11) What is your favorite comfort food?

+techie ZM 


  1. How How How on earth did you answer so many questions? Nevertheless I had fun reading each of your answer :)

    Thanks a lot for the award, will do the post soon :)

    1. LOL!!! Yes, there are too many questions...Took me good 2 hours to do this post!!!
      Waiting for your award post :)

  2. T2M, Congrats on the Newbie thing – Not surprising though. Wat’s not to love about your blog:)

    Err…River Rafting? Para Sailing? Scooba Diving? Wat. Wat. Wat. I just fainted. Adventure Lady :D I’d rather be Lord Emsworth and never get out of my castle ;) My only wish is to buy a DSLR. Er, maybe I should just get one P&S.

    I like your take on TV. Neither the Techie nor me is too fond of it – We went one more step ahead and skipped buying the thing altogether. He he ;)

    And Thank you so much for passing the award on – and for the description – though I wonder how much of an foodie all rounder I am :)

    PS: I’m one lazy puppy who never posted any awards on my blog. I thought sharing a recipe from those who gave awards and linking back would be a good idea. But that too I never got around to doing. I’ve a sack full of acknowledgements to make now o_O. May be I will start with yours (Once we go home and get back.) I like the questions :D

    1. Thanks Priya :)
      Hey, i haven't done scooba diving yet... Lord Emsworth, eh?! well, i identify with his dress preference - old and comfortable ;)
      Hey your pictures are already amazing!!! with a DSLR they will look great..
      Oh we too didn't buy TV but we have my in-law's old TV at our place, we get cable connection for few days when my in laws visit us :)
      You are most welcome and deserving of the award..
      Hey this is a great idea!! Waiting for the award posts!!! Let me know if you need help with making something from my blog :)

  3. ZM, it was really fun reading your answers. Intrigued by your quest for adventure. And your outlook, love it. Thanks for the award, I will take this up and maybe try to work on my languishing food blog. Love the header here, will get in touch for tips. I drop by v. frequently for inspiration here, let me tell you.

    1. Thanks :)
      Would love to read your take on the questions :)
      Wow!! I would be soooo happy if you started working on your food blog!!!
      I made the header using some of my recipes' pics in
      Glad to know you find inspiration in the place :)

    2. Thanks, will check out Photovisi!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this award with me....its nice to know more about you...enjoyed reading about you...

  5. Congratzzz..This post certainly made me smile in some places..nice to know about you sonali :-)

    1. Thanks Nisha :)
      BTW, my name is Pankti..
      Sonali shared her award with me :)

  6. Thanks so much for such lovely words :) Many congratulations for notable newbie and this award too... good to read so much about you and know you a little more :)

  7. Congratzz...Luvd knowing about u..

  8. Congats on your notable awards from Blogadda and so many liebster awards as well.. May you be showered with many such awards and success always.. You truly deserve this award.. And thanks for such a wonderful introduction.. Your words mean a lot to me.. Enjoyed reading about you dear.. Loved the way you innocently said that the last holiday spot always becomes your favourite.. Guess that’s because of the fresh memories attatched to it.. Just came across other blog about Zini and your life experiences.. OMG!! Zini is soo cute.. Pls pass a big hug to her.. And after going through it, I was wondering how does she manage all this.. KUDOS to you!! With all this river-rafting and scuba diving thing , you definitely don’t need super-powers dear..You’re already a Super Adventure Girl.. I love malai kofta.. My family is tired of how many times I order the same thing when we go to a restaurant.. And I’m happy to share that I love you from Barney and friends is my favourite song as well.. I like to sing it for my son all the time.. Glad to have come across you Pankti .. Love this space you’ve created.. Coming here and browsing recipes feels like home to me.. Will come back looking for more :-)

    1. Thanks for such a lovely and long comment :)
      Will pass on hugs to Zini from Nilu maasi :)
      Haha, i haven't done scooba diving yet, want do it :)
      If left to me i will always order Malai kofta!!
      Barney & his I love you are really cute and lovable!!
      Thanks so so much Nilu for all the lovely words!! I am feeling so good...Hugs...

  9. Baapre, it's not just raining but instead raining cats and dogs awards, congratulations. You totally deserve these. And thanks again for the wonderful words, will do it sometime soon, traveling keeping me a bit busy.

    And Pankti is such a beautiful name :).

    1. Hehe :)
      Thank you!!
      Will wait for your award story :)

  10. Baapre, it's not just raining but instead raining cats and dogs awards, congratulations. You totally deserve these. And thanks again for the wonderful words, will do it sometime soon, traveling keeping me a bit busy.

    And Pankti is such a beautiful name :).

  11. Congrats for the notable newbie ! It was fun reading all your witty answers:) Scuba diving eh ? guess ur one adventurous person..I've always wanted to go river rafting... And is ur little girl a fan of Barney too? Sometimes I feel like Barney is a member of our family:) Happy Blogging !

    1. Thanks Reni :) Well i like to call myself adventurous, but i am not sure if the hardcore adventurers will agree to my view about myself ;)
      Try out river rafting, it's amazinglu fun!!
      Oh yes, Zini is a biiiiig Barney fan!!
      Happy blogging to you too!!

  12. First of all, glad to have the name and face behind the techie/sporty mom:-)That was a lot of questions to answer and it was such a fun read. But I have to say that my favourite answer was for the question 'if you hadn't started blogging what would be doing'. How well I can relate to you. Thank you Pankti (lovely name) for all the wonderful things you had to say...I wish we were neighbours too:-) And Congratulations once again!

    1. Thanks Sonali :)
      But i was pretty serious about that answer ;)
      It would have been fun to be your neighbour!! But for now i will be content being your friend :)

  13. Congrats for the award.. Well written ..I enjoyed reading the post through out.. Nice learning more of you!
    I'm an novice in the field of blogging.
    Please visit my page whenever free

    1. Thanks Sangeetha :)
      hopping over to your place...

  14. ha product = beauty sleep!!...loved it..

  15. I'm done, I'm done! Here you go:

    BTW, I lvoe your beauty product! I need loads of it! :D

    1. Yaay!! You did it :)
      Yeah, i too need loads of beauty sleep, the only problem is that with this little girl it's almost impossible to get enough of it :(

  16. So I am here to take my award okie :P

    Many many congratulations once again ZM, you deserve them :)

    wow, interesting foodie questions, answering them in a post now ;) This is the 11 tag which I did ages ago, so the lazy me is just going to concentrate on the answering questions part ok :P :P

    1. Thanks Visha :)
      Running off to your place to check out your post :)

  17. Thanks a tonne for the award and sorry for coming in so late. Hua kya, I saw this post just before leaving for office so thought will comment next day and the forgot!!!

    There are so many things that I want to comment on but the problem with a tag is that by them u finish reading them u forgot what all u had read!! *sheepish smile*

    But I had fun knowing more about you!!! And I specially liked the beauty sleep thing ;)

    1. Hey that's ok :)
      I understand that tag comment thing..Happens with me all the time :)

  18. thank you for accepting the award.. glad to knw more abt u.. i also enjoyed river rafting in rishikesh, its real fun :)

    1. Yes, river rafting was fun...But now they have stopped it i heard coz of a recent accident :(

  19. Apologies for the delay dear.. I have accepted the award..

    1. Hey that's ok...Even i disappeared for a while. sorry for the delayed reply...


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