Today is a very very important day for me. Yes, you guessed it right. Aayisrecipes completes its one year today. So I thought of writing a few things about it in this post.
Aayisrecipes is a small way of saying thanks to my mother. Yes, I feel she is the best mother in the world. if anybody knows me personally, they would also know that my world revolves around my family. (Well, I do not want to continue talking about it, I would become too emotional). She is the master of innumerable mouth watering dishes. When I started cooking, though I could prepare few dishes properly, I was pathetic in the traditional cooking. I would add whatever came to my mind, whether it is necessary or not. Finally I would end up in a mess and still I would expect all to eat it quietly and if possible appreciate :D.
So we (meaning my brother and I) always thought of preserving those delicious recipes in some way. We thought a lot about opening a restaurant, but we both were very busy and there was no way we coculd get capital investment for our restaurant. I thought of publishing a book, but that too required a lot of work. Finally I asked my mom to write down all her recipes in a diary so that I would get them easily. Since she was always busy in one thing or other, she hardly found any time to write 🙁
Last year, my interest in cooking reached its peak. I started watching all the Cooking shows on TV. My brother and hubby repeatedly told me to send my entry to a Kannada TV show, but I was all too hesitant. Mainly because, I thought people would say ‘what is this kid going to cook?’, that was the thing my friends said when I told them about my culinary interests.
Before my marriage, I never knew anything about blogging. It was my hubby who introduced me to the blogging world. But yet, I didn’t know about foodblogs. So when I refused to go to TV shows, hubby started telling me about starting a food blog. But I was never interested in a blog. I told him, I am fine with a recipe site, but not blog. One fine day, without my knowledge he started a blog for me. He casually asked about ‘site name’. I first thought naming it after my mom, then I thought it wouldn’t give that impression as ‘aayisrecipes’ would give. It would be my tribute not only to my mom but to all moms in the world.
Though we had created a blog, I never knew what to write in a post. I started by posting some of the easy and very famous recipes (like cauliflower-carrot pickle, coriander gojju, pav bhaji, appe, potato dosa, ankre tambli, soyi polo, cabbage vada, egg pepper and many more) . I never had time to take pictures. Few friends were very happy to see this blog. Then, one fine day, I got a comment from Courtney of Naughty Curry and I felt on top of the world!!!. She was the first outsider (I mean a person who didn’t know me personally) to comment on the blog. Next was VKN from My Dhaba and it continued from there. I still don’t know how they came to my blog. VKN suggested to post pictures of the dishes. In my busy schedule, I couldn’t take even a minute to take pictures. So I continued posting without pictures until I came to US.
In US, I got much awaited break from my career. So I got all the time to develop my blog. I started reading other blogs too. When I started getting more and more visitors and a lot of mails from my readers, I thought of moving to my own domain (again it was a forcible move from my hubby, who had bought a domain and moved the entire contents to the new domain).
I had never thought ‘aayisrecipes’ would get so much attention. The entire credit goes to all my readers and fellow bloggers. I get a lot of encouraging mails daily from all around the world, sending recipes, requesting recipes etc. It is such response from all of you which encourages me to keep going. To tell the truth, I have learnt a lot of recipes(to be precise, traditional recipes) in last few months and I have become a better cook, if I can put it that way. Whenever I get a request, I call my mom to get the recipe and I am trying my best to post all of them.
I hope all of you will continue to support and encourage me with all your feedbacks/comments and suggestions.