This next delicious interview is courtesy of MAD Cooking Fusions.
Lap, co-founder of nepchin, talks to the one and only Anamika!
nepchin: “Hi Anamika, and a very warm welcome to Mad Cooking Fusions’
Anamika: “Thank You so much, It’s indeed a pleasure to be here.”
nepchin: “You have all these delicious recipes and amazingly you have no formal training in cooking! How do you go about coming up with your recipes?”
Anamika: “Coming up with a new recipe creation is much, much easier for me now. I simply go by my instinct. Since my childhood, I have always seen my Mom cook, I use to stand and see her while she use to cook for us. I now feel that helped me a lot in a way. On top of it, my husband gives me a lot of encouragement to follow my dreams.”
nepchin: “All your food is vegetarian! Where do you get your ingredients from? Do you have a special market or favourite place to go?”
Anamika: “Yes I do a vegetarian cooking and I love buying farm fresh veggies for my cooking. Sometimes I buy my ingredients online and they are delivered to my home, it is an effortless exercise but I personally feel it’s much more fun to go to the farmers market and it’s such a feast to the eyes with everything so fresh and lively. I am in my control to pick up the freshest and tastiest available vegetables and fruits. For spices I prefer using best of the Indian Brands and for few recipes I prefer grounding my own spices to make a masala mix to be used in the curry.”
nepchin: “When you put the food together, how do you go about the presentation and creative process?”
Anamika: “According to me the food platter should appeal to the eyes as much as it appeals to our taste buds. I not only love to cook but I love to serve my food in style too. It gives my food a wow factor and I honestly enjoy that moment. And when I have to blog about a dish, I start imagining about it and accordingly I do the layout, I prefer to shoot my food fresh, I love to play with the colour combinations around the main dish. I try to use less of props so that the focus in on the main dish more than anything else and last but not the least I play with my camera well keeping in mind the external light and other techniques.”
nepchin: “If only had one vegetable and one spice to make a lunch meal? What would it be and why?”
Anamika: “I will prefer to pick Potatoes and salt in such a given scenario. To me potatoes play a very versatile role in Indian as well as International cooking and one can really experiment loads of recipes with it. To name a few that I can think of with just two things would be – Baked Potatoes, Baked Potato french fries, Boiled Potato veggie, Potato cutlet shallow fry , Mashed Potatoes.”
Hungry for more? The next post, Part 2, will have the rest of the interview with Anamika.