The Joy of Turning One + a Giveaway

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear spice adventuress, happy birthday to me….

The Spice Adventuress has turned one…and I am on cloud nine! Yay……

The past one year has been the most tumultuous but the best phase of my life, or rather a close second (the first was when I became a mother). Leaving behind family, friends and all things familiar to migrate to a new country, set up home yet again and start a blog…..

I know many of the fellow bloggers would identify with me when I say, starting a blog was like my destiny…it was not a planned event, it just happened. And nothing has bought me more joy and happiness than watching my blog grow from strength to strength.

Initially, this space was just a hobby but then it has grown into my career today. ‘The Spice Adventuress’ has opened so many different avenues for me, some of which I thought impossible till last year. An opportunity to become a journalist for a leading Indo-Aus magazine, to write for many websites and also the opportunity to work with several different companies and brands.

There have been many trying moments when I doubted myself and my ability to carry this forward. Sometimes, I went into the ‘comparison mode’ when I would compare myself with other successful bloggers; this only led to despair and dejection. But somehow, my will to succeed and my readiness to work hard have bought me out of each difficult moment. It wouldn’t be wrong to say, I have worked my butt off the past year and I know I will continue to do so for many more years to come.

Blogging has also introduced me to so many people, helped me find new friends and fuelled my desire to learn about new cultures and cuisines. I take a moment here to thank all my readers, fellow bloggers and friends – the kind words of support and encouragement that each one of you have given me has made this journey worthwhile.

And before we get to the giveaway part, I would like to share another bit of great news that has re-affirmed the faith that my blog and culinary career was meant to be… might have been an accident from my perspective but I believe it has been a part of God’s plan for me all along the way.

I recently won the #bonus prize hosted by The Good Guys in association with Breville Australia. It was held as a Facebook competition a month ago and this is the prize pack I won…speechless and totally blessed!

good guys

To say that I have fallen in love with these gadgets would be an understatement. I am awestruck; the quality is amazing and I am not saying this because I won it. If you are planning to purchase any of these kitchen appliances, then you definitely need to check out Breville and if you live in Australia, then Good Guys is the place to go for the best deal. Once again, not promoting anyone here but I am truly impressed.

Now it is time for the giveaway!

As a token of thanks to all my readers and subscribers, I am giving away a cookbook, ‘ASIAN cooking companion’. This book is a comprehensive and reference guide to the different Asian cuisines, ingredients, equipments and techniques. There are plenty of recipes to choose from, both traditional and modern fusion.


This book will be a delight for those who are interested in Asian cuisine but not really confident to cook it at home. With detailed explanations of the different utensils, cooking techniques, preparation of ingredients etc…,this book is a beginner’s delight. And if you are already a pro, then this book offers you a range of recipes to choose from.

There is an entire section dedicated to sushi, selection of ingredients, preparation techniques and quite a few innovative ways of making sushi at home. But for me, the best part of the book is at its end…a selection of basic sauces, pastes and spice marinades to stock up your pantry which will make cooking Asian food a breeze.

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Ok…so the rules are simple; all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page and subscribe to my blog using your email id. And after you have done both, please drop me a comment below with your name so that I know you have entered. The competition will run for two weeks and the winner will be announced on 25th September, 2014. This is a worldwide competition as my subscribers are from all across the globe.

So put on your lucky caps and take part in this special giveaway. And don’t forget to invite your friends too.


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62 thoughts on “The Joy of Turning One + a Giveaway

  1. […] just one more day remaining for my first blog anniversary giveaway to end. Have your taken […]


  2. Surabhi September 22, 2014 at 7:46 am Reply

    I was searching for some interesting recipes with boiled egg and landed up in finding a treasure 🙂 hit the like and – get notification 😉 so that I dont miss any of ur lovely posts .


  3. […] And a little reminder…the first anniversary cookbook giveaway ends on so make sure you have participated by then. Get the details here. […]


  4. Anjali Manohar (@anjalimanohar) September 17, 2014 at 4:16 am Reply

    Hey Dhanya…for someone like me, who doesn’t like to spend a lot a time in the kitchen, your recipes are a boon- so easy, one doesn’t have to spend forever in the kitchen & the end result is just plin yummy! Thanks a ton for all your efforts in bringing us recipes from the heart!


    • vanyadhanya September 17, 2014 at 6:44 am Reply

      thanks Anjali for your beautiful compliments; so lovely of you.


  5. Shruti September 16, 2014 at 1:30 am Reply

    Wonderful!!! Many congratulations dear… And I’m in for the competition 🙂 Do follow your fb page and subscribed to your space via email and wordpress follow too 🙂


  6. Facebook September 15, 2014 at 10:59 am Reply

    Badhayian….:)….Great going…and thanks for the amazing recipes you share….its definitely an inspiration for many like me….


    • vanyadhanya September 15, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply

      Have u cooked any from here Shwe? And this book would be just perfect for you, fingers crossed!


  7. nicole wilkinson September 15, 2014 at 5:10 am Reply

    i have liked ur page and shared ur blog 🙂


    • vanyadhanya September 15, 2014 at 7:26 am Reply

      all the best Nicole and welcome to my space.


  8. Courtney Bridge September 15, 2014 at 3:31 am Reply

    Would love xx sounds amazing 💗


  9. Tuna Fusilli | The Spice Adventuress September 15, 2014 at 12:30 am Reply

    […] hope you have taken part in my blog’s first anniversary giveaway. If not, head over to this post to do the same. It is an international competition so make sure to invite your foodie friends […]


  10. Bec September 13, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply

    done, done and done! x


  11. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad September 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Happy bloggersversary!! Blogging is super great isn’t it?? One of the more fulfilling creative adventures I’ve taken.

    I love the look of that mix master your won! What a score!


  12. feedingthesonis September 12, 2014 at 11:33 am Reply

    Congrats Dhans!!! Happy birthday to an awesome blog and blogger!! Looking forward to many many more of your creative recipes…lotsa hugs!! 😘


    • vanyadhanya September 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm Reply

      thanks dear and all the best to you too.


  13. RuPaL September 12, 2014 at 6:46 am Reply

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary Dhanya, wishing you many more food adventures 🙂 Liked the FB page and following the blog.


  14. JOHANNE STONE September 12, 2014 at 4:18 am Reply

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear spice adventuress, happy birthday to you -Fantastic Page Guys!
    Thankyou for a great giveaway. Love to Win the Kitchenaid then all my Birthdays would come at once.!


  15. Liz @ Economies of Kale September 11, 2014 at 11:20 pm Reply

    Congratulations on reaching a year, and that amazing prize that you won. I have that food processor and love it!

    I have liked your facebook page and subscribed, so here’s hoping…


  16. prettypolymath September 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Congrats! I followed u on Fb and your blog! Thank for the giveaway!


  17. zb123 September 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Congratulations on a wonderful site. I have entered and subscribed . As a food technology teacher I am excited to receive emails from the spice adventures and share with my students . Good luck in your future aspirations . I look forward to receiving my first email 😊😊


  18. zb123 September 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Congratulations on a fantastic site. Entered and subscribed. As I am a food technology high school teacher I look forward to receiving your blogs of the “spice adventures” and can’t wait to share with my students. Good luck in your future aspirations and I look forward to receiving my first email. 😊😊


  19. Shalzzz September 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm Reply

    I have already done both- and you know that 😛 I’m game though! Congrats, Dhanya!! Happy Birthday and more to come!! 🙂


  20. Aruna Panangipally September 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm Reply

    Congratulations on turning one, Dhanya! Your devotion to the blog is evident in your meticulous posts. Here is wishing you many many more years of blogging!


  21. Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried September 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Congrats on all your achievements and wish you many many more. The book looks so interesting!


  22. vicki watkins September 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm Reply

    thanks for getting chance to win wonderful prize like this


  23. Dolly September 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Congratulations on turning one. Wishing you more beautiful, Delicious years of blogging. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Excited shoot the give away. Fingers crossed


  24. lapetitepaniere September 11, 2014 at 11:35 am Reply

    Congratulations Dhanya 🙂 Love your post and love your blog. I have followed the rules and big hugs from Dubai 😉


  25. teresa September 11, 2014 at 10:40 am Reply

    wishing you all the best in your food exploits! likes you page and subscribed too


  26. elsonsequeira September 11, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply

    What a wonderful post DHanya! Firstly, congratulations on completing a year… I know how it feels to see the baby grow.. Secondly, I love the hardwork you put into the blog.. keep up the good work… 🙂


    • vanyadhanya September 11, 2014 at 10:39 am Reply

      thanks elson. its really an inspiration to know foodies like you following my blog.


  27. divya varghese September 11, 2014 at 9:47 am Reply

    Congratulations dhanya on ur success. I have followed the rules and subscribed also…


  28. Nitin Sumitran September 11, 2014 at 9:28 am Reply

    All the way from Mumbai. COngratulations.


  29. Vimmy September 11, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply

    Happy birthday to your blog! I can see big things come out of it!

    Liked by 1 person

  30. My Kitchen Moments September 11, 2014 at 8:52 am Reply

    Hi Dhanya, Congratulations! You are an inspiration to me 🙂 I have liked your fb page and subscribed as well. Fingers crossed…

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Sarah Moss September 11, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply

    Enterered liked and subscribed Happy 1st Birthday


  32. Remya Houratious September 11, 2014 at 7:34 am Reply

    Congrats Dhanya! 🙂 Keep up the great work with the blog. I’m fairly new to it, but enjoy reading your posts. Have liked your page and subscribed as well. 🙂


  33. Foodie Adam & Cookie Eve September 11, 2014 at 7:15 am Reply

    Very inspiring post Dhans !! For a moment i thot, u r gifting kitchenaid for giveaway 😉 Greedy me lol.. I have obeyed the rules girl 🙂 Ready for Giveaway 😀 Inviting friends too!!


    • vanyadhanya September 11, 2014 at 7:33 am Reply

      lol…I would give a kitchenaid if I could afford one dear. thanks for joining and fingers crossed!


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