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…..it 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!
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.
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.