It all started when Bhags sent a packet to Nags. It was a packet of Yeast! And as expected, it grew to a much bigger one than expected. Much before this happened, there was this Amish Bread starter that was making its rounds among the US bloggers. Each one was coming up with such captivating perfections that left us breathless. Of course, the same starter wouldn’t work out here. Still I was thinking how nice it might be, if it was happening in India too. Then I forgot all about it and just enjoyed reading through the adventure each blogger was having with the starter.
Then one day, it happened. I got a mail from Bharathy. I was very surprised at the content. It was even more surprising for me to note, she so nicely remembered my kids names from Lak’s post, where Lak had mentioned in passing. That made quite an impression. In her mail, she mentioned about the sweet gesture of Bhags and how they thought it might be interesting to start something on that basis. We knew bread starter is out of way, but we decided that we should just go ahead. She asked how wonderful it will be, if we ask Lathamma to be the first one to start this chain. I said it will be great. That’s it. I didn’t get to know about it for sometime, until I got a mail from Bharathy, that they had everything in place and Lathamma is going to post about this in her blog. It all sounded so exciting.
Finally it was announced and we could see the fervor passing through all. The packet was waiting for me when I went back from office. I was all excited to guess what it was. It was custard! I have made only custard with the powder but wanted to do something different. Then I remembered a booklet that had new recipes. Finally I was ready with my post. But panic gripped me, when I realized I got to send to two other bloggers. Initially it was decided to pass on to two bloggers, but by the time it came to me, I didn’t know to whom I should send. Though I had two bloggers residing in my place, we thought it will be fun if I reach out far. So mailed to Anita, the first thing in the morning to find out if she will be interested and hoped that she will check her mail that day. I was trilled to get her positive response.
After that, it was becoming tough job to get people roped into this. This was when Bharathy and I started co-coordinating this chain. It happened almost without much thought. As she mentioned, we must’ve exchanged many mails and chats. There were times, when I got almost gone crazy souring through profiles. It was becoming too hectic. We wanted the chain to reach all corners. I think it was quite successful.
But I think the success was more because of the enthusiasm shown by Bharathy. It was fun interacting with her and she never failed to update me on even a small bit she did. The credit for maintaining the list and leaving gentle reminders goes 100% to her. She just did a marvelous job out of it. And not only that, its fun dealing with her. There is never a dull moment with Bharathy, she can crack you up like anything. One of the many incidents that I remember from our interactions, are the times when she will send me an urgent msg saying she found a blogger, only for me to tell her that, we have already roped that person. She will say the name is different. I will then clarify that on the blog, the blogger has used a nickname. Then she will say…”ahhhh…I was so happy thinking we found a new person!…All in all this was a fun ride!
But time had come when we just couldn’t find anymore interested blogger or even a blogger residing in India blogging on food. So we thought its time, we bring this chain to a stop. This doesn’t mean this is the end, people interested can still pass on and continue the friendship chain. I have really enjoyed working on this and value my friendship I have personally gained, while interacting with people on this list. I would like to extend my appreciations to each of them, who so wonderfully took our pestering on stride and did a marvelous job in creating new dishes with the surprise ingredient sent to this.
The list so far:
Renuka received RAGI FLOUR, out of which came healthy and amazing RAGI VEGGIE PAKODA
And Bharathy got CORN FLOUR, out which she made yummy looking Gobi Manchurian
Renuka –> Arundati & Srivalli
Arundati got whole moongdal out which she made an authentic kerala Payar Mathan
Whereas I got Custard Powder, out of which came Custard Malpua
Bharathy –> Lissie & Lakshmi
Lissie got Aval, she dished Aval Vilayichathu is an all time favourite of Keralites!
And Lakshmi got a box full of dry fruits, being so true to self ate most of it except badam out of which came Badam Halwa! I know this tasted yummy because I cup full of this myself!
Srivalli –> Anita & Kamini
I sent Sambar powder which Anita found it very mysterious and finally came with 101 ways to cook with the spice powder, well actually only one, we have prod Anita for the other 100!
And I sent china grass to Kamini, out of which she made a beautiful looking Peach Pie!
Lissie –> Rachel & Lathamma (back)
Rachel got coconut milk powder and the Keralite in her wanted to go with stew and only stew..so she came with…Chicken stew
Lathamma got back a surprise ingredient, though I know she has cooked with it, I will let her spell the surpise herself
Lakshmi –> Raaga & Nags
Raaga got Horse Gram out which came the delicious Kultha Saar!
While Nags got Morde Dark Chocolate, she made a sinfull looking Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Nags –> Bhags
Bhags got a bag of Ragi flour and she comes out with an innovative Ragi-crepes with fillilng…
Raaga –> Nanditha Iyer
Our dear doc is yet to post on this, but its bound to be breathtaking!
Rachel –> Shella
Shella got Sunmaid Raisins with which she made KISHMISH PINNIYAN
Bhags –> Kajal & Sukanya
Kajal gets Rajgara flour and she excels in making two dishes Rajgari sero and Rajgari Tikki.
Sukanya gets Amaranth seeds or Rajagiri out of which she made a healthy soup!
Anita –> Reeta & Deepshika
Reeta is yet to post her surprise!
I think Anita wanted to get the game back and sent a very mysterious spice powder. It turned out to be Tamatar Mangodi! So she did a Mangodi ki Sabzi & gujarati kadhi with mangodi.
Shella –> Priyadarshini & Aparna
Priyadarshini gets Saffron which she lays on a Caramel toast
Aparna gets Cocoa powder and she makes Nanaimo Bars!
Kamini –> Nirmala & Perspective
Nirmala gets Amchur powder and with that she does Oven Baked Potato fingers
While perspective gets herself some Baking Powder which she creates into Chocolate cake
Kajal –> Priya Mahesh
Priya gets Besan or Gram Flour and with that she makes Khandvi
Nirmala –> Jayashree M
Jayashree gets sent Rasam podi with which she makes Rasam and a very innovative Arbi roast
Arundati –> Deeba & Gaurav
Arundati sends Star Anise to both Deeba & Gaurav, Deeba does a STAR ANISE FLAVOURED SWISS ROLL
Deeba –> Miri
Miri gets orange extract which she bakes as Orange Date Cake
Aparna –> Bindiya Singh
Bindiya is yet to post hers
Deepshika –> Gayathri H & Nanditha
Sukanya –> SMN
SMN gets musturd seeds and prepares a cucumber pachhadi
SMN –> Manidipa
Manidipa is yet to post hers
Gaurav –> Jayasree
Jayasree gets Charoli/Chironji/Saara Pappu and she makes Dates Banana Milkshake
Jayashree –> Kamalika
Kamalika is yet to post hers
Miri – Ramki (transit)
Perspective– Simran (transit)
Kamalika – DG (transit)
Priya Mahesh–Archana (transit)
Archana– Swati (plan)
Ramki– Divya (plan)
And while I was doing this, I was surprised to note that no two bloggers got the same ingredient and the created dishes were unique too..Great Job!