Bengali Food Bloggers Interview
Almost 6 months back, we (Sudeshna and Kalyan) came up with a list of Top 7 Bengali Food Blogs. Of course, the list was with our personal experience and didn’t follow any standard procedure for ratings. Soon afterwards, we planned to interview each blogger in an attempt to bring their ‘other side’ to you.
6 of the Top 7 bloggers agreed to an interview and we emailed the same questionnaire to each. Now that we’ve received responses from all six, we’re starting Bengali Food Bloggers Interview series. You’ve known their recipes. Now you can know their personal side too.
The original answers have been tweaked a little to remove the typos etc, keeping the answers identical in spirit. The text is Italics is our own commentary. In Part 1, we’ll feature Jayashree Mandal of Spice and Curry.
About Jayashree Mandal
Jayashree Mandal started the blog in Oct 2006 with the first post on Alu Posto ar Amer Ambal. However, the posts became frequent and regular only from Nov 2007. With a pagerank of 4, the blog is fairly popular. Samples – Mochar Ghonto, Pomphreter Kalia, Pui Shager Cohorchori. The blog has a good blogroll list too. Also, most of the recent images have copyright notice. Good move to thwart rampant plagiarism on the web. Located in Kolkata, Jayashree also has a personal blog.
What inspires you to write a food blog?
I started my blog on a personal note to keep track of the recipes that I was trying out and making while staying far away from home. This was also a useful engagement for me as I am a stay-at-home mom.
Then of course there were few blogs like Cream Puffs in Venice and Tigers and Strawberries and our very own Mahanandi and Sailu’s Kitchen which are like true leaders to me who has also contributed to the fact of starting this blog.
Who had been your inspiration for cooking?
I do think it is my ma and ma-in-law who has greatly influenced me or rather inspired me to cook. [Well, a positive Saas Bahu chemistryJ]
Who was and is your greatest support(s) for this blog?
Support I do think is my ma-in-law as she has always helped me coming up with new recipes as I do think a food blog is all about good ,authentic recipes and food.
My hubby who is always there to taste a dish and give honest opinion about it, before I go ahead and publish it.
What was the first dish that you prepared and when?
If I can recall perfectly, my ma was quite ill for sometime. So the cooking has to be done by me . Hmm… May be when I was in 11th standard and I prepared simple Khichuri and dim bhaja (omellete)
What are the 3 food blogs that you would recommend our readers to read?
I do think this is very difficult, as there are many good food blogs, I would certainly emphasize to the food and clarity of recipe part, so my list will include:
How many cook books do you have?
I generally don’t try to cook from cookbooks unless I am in a mood to try out something new. I have Veg Khana by Neeta Mehta, Non-Veg starters By Sanjeev Kapoor and last an old Bengali cookbook “Ranna Samagro” by Vincent Gomez and Bela Dey
What’s your favorite cookbook?
Nothing in particular.
Tell us something about food from your part of the world?
I have spent my childhood days in UP and then again I am a Bengali, so I have imbibed everything from both the parts, I like eating as much a Nimona with rice as much ilish macher Bhapa with garam bhaat. [Great variation, lady.]
What would you eat for your last supper?
This is definitely a light dessert like a flavoured yogurt or payesh or a slice of cake with a scoop of ice-cream on top
Which other food blogs do you read regularly?
I like to read
- Kichu-Khon by Sharmila
- Bongmom Cookbook by Sandeepa
- Ahaar By Mandira
- Mishmash By Shn
- When My Soup Came Alive by Sra
- Foodies Hope By Asha
- My Kitchen Treasure by Happycook
- Mysoorean By Vani
- Sailu’s Kitchen By Sailaja
- Enjoy Indian Food by Meera
And some International Food Blogs like
- Kopiaste to Greek Hospitality By Ivy
- Turkish food Passion
- Tastes Like Home By Cynthia
- What’s cooking By Ben
Your fondest food memory?
There are many interesting food memories, but then the hustle-bustle during Durga Puja and the entire way of spending the time with cooking, eating good food and enjoying with family is perhaps my fondest memory revolving around food and cooking.
Your most trusty kitchen companion?
This I am leaving it, as all are my companions.
What made you to call your blog “Spice and Curry”?
Don’t know, I was just looking to register at blogger and in a jiffy, it splashed and there I was working for my blog.
Name three dishes (along with their links) from your blog that you like preparing often
Which cookbook can you not do without and which chef is your hero/heroine?
Nothing in particular.
Anything you want to add which I missed out.
Just wanted to say, that one should enjoy cooking and serving the people who matter to us the most, instead of cooking things just for the sake of blogging. We are here, food blogging because our family has been cooperative and supportive of whatever we are doing.
I just wish we should not take things for granted. Blogging should be enjoyed and it is a sure way of de-stressing unless we cross the limit and it starts to give stress. Avoiding unnecessary competition and living in harmony is always a way better thing to do.
And last but not the least, it was a pleasure giving this interview. All the Best.