I, Me, Myself


I, Me, Myself…….

We are always at cross-roads!

I am an owner of conflicting personalities…..a myriad of goods and bads. The struggle to increase the goods over the bads is an ongoing one and hopefully, by the end of my life’s journey, I would have conquered that.

A little about me and my cooking….

My earliest memories of food and cooking is being my mum’s ‘little assistant’ – helping her stir the dishes, cleaning up or simply standing by watching her create amazing and delicious food for her family and friends. Her influence on my style of cooking is tremendous; having been exposed to different ingredients and styles of cooking – I am constantly learning, experimenting and looking for ingredients and recipes from across the world.

I am the quintessential ‘Jack of all trades’ (though I do not like to say, master of none) when it comes to cooking. I love to experiment with ingredients and you will find my own fusions and twists here along with some age-old classics which I believe, are best left untouched.

And when I am not running around finding ingredients, produce or creating spice blends to stock up my ‘world pantry’, I also don the role of a very happy and satisfied homemaker. Wife to my best boyfriend (as I call him) and mother to the most adorable 5 year old son, I have set up home now in Australia after spending many long years in India.

In my earlier life, I was a medical scientist and scientific editor. In my present life, I am a journalist, food blogger, recipe developer and of course, a spice adventuress! Conflicting personalities!

About my blog…..

A newbie to the blogging scene, I am still grappling to understand the technicalities of running a blog, putting up amazing photographs etc.

The past one year of blogging has been the best and happiest phase of my life. It has been a constant learning process but I believe I have gone much further from where I started. This food journey has given me a sense of self-satisfaction and happiness like I have never experienced before.

Over the last year, I discovered my love and obsessive passion for spices. I am on a quest, to unravel the mysteries of spices, re-discover old ones, find new meaning for existing ones and in the process, create my own signature blends too.

I would love to connect with each and every one of you through my love for food and that is what you will find in plenty here…Thank you once again for dropping by and sharing our common passion – FOOD

I love talking and you already know that. So if you would like to have a chat, say hello or have any enquiries regarding the posts, recipes, techniques etc.., do drop me a line and I promise, you will hear from me soon.

Drop me at line @ vanya_dhanya@yahoo.com or vanyadhanya@gmail.com


68 thoughts on “I, Me, Myself

  1. DJones BranchingOut July 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply

    I found your Lamb Curry recipe via Pinterest and fell in love with your blog! Now I can’t wait to make the curry and explore through your other recipes and posts. What lovely photography and writing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya July 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Jones…..thats a wonderful compliment; really appreciate it.


  2. InspiresN June 1, 2017 at 1:58 am Reply

    Lovely blog and great recipes , glad to have found it in my recommendations .Looking forward to reading your posts!

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya June 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm Reply

      Thanks so much for your kind words. Welcome to my space and hope you enjoy it here.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Sabari April 6, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply

    Hi there, Great reading your blog. I wanted to be a chef ended up being an engineer. Its inspiring to see a medical scientist transform into a food blogger. Keep going. Cheers

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya April 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Thanks Sabari, it doesnt matter if you are an engineer…there are so many ways these days to take your love for food forward. All the best.


  4. Archana November 17, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Beautiful blog! Looking forward to reading your recipes and trying them.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. sreelatha sreejit August 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Hi Dhanya !
    Just visiting your blog and loving it ! I can almost get the aroma of spices right here !
    Keep up the great work that you do in inspiring others with the same passion !

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya August 7, 2016 at 11:52 pm Reply

      Thanks a lot Sreelatha; it means a lot to me when I hear from you guys. That keeps me inspired and motivated. Thanks again.


  6. Kon March 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm Reply

    Thanks for the Cider and Happy Birthday Dhanya. From Stanley’s colleague. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya March 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Kon for the wishes; hope you enjoyed the cider.


  7. Loretta January 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Just stumbled on your blog via FB, happy to meet you. We share the same love of food, life and the pursuit of happiness, and not necessarily in that order :).

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya January 13, 2016 at 11:10 pm Reply

      Great to connect with you Loretta; hope you will have a great time here.


  8. It's All About Food September 7, 2015 at 11:50 pm Reply

    I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Nandita July 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Hey! I like this little piece you have written about yourself, very unique and so far from the stereo typical bloggers notes. Such a breath of fresh air I must say. I share your love for food and spices myself, but a full time job here in the US can take away from my passion to be a blogger myself. Having said that I cook like there is no tomorrow! I wish you the best for your Blog and hope to see many new recipes coming from your kitchen to mine!

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya July 18, 2015 at 4:34 am Reply

      so nice of you Nandita; it really means so much to me. Thanks dear


    Hi Vanya! I have been following your blog and really enjoy the information you share. As a result, I would like to know a little more about you. Thus, gladly informing you that I have nominated you for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ for your amazing creativity in your blog! 🙂

    I am not surprised that you’ve been nominated before, but if you’re like me, you never get tired of being acknowledged! Please follow the link to http://indiancurryshack.com/2015/06/24/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya June 24, 2015 at 12:34 am Reply

      thanks so much Anugya; its a pleasure always to be nominated….much appreciated.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. mypinchofyum June 5, 2015 at 1:12 am Reply

    Glad i came across your blog. Lovely Intro. It’s good to find someone from Melbourne. 😉


    • vanyadhanya June 5, 2015 at 1:21 am Reply

      Hi Priti, welcome to my space. That’s true, its really awesome to get to know Melbourne based bloggers. Thanks for getting in touch. Where are you based?

      Liked by 1 person

      • mypinchofyum June 5, 2015 at 1:31 am

        I am based in Springvale. How about you? Good to know you dear. Cheers. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • vanyadhanya June 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

        superb; I am in Dandenong – that makes us almost neighbours. I have been following your blog on facebook for a long time but didn’t really know who was behind it. Oops!

        Liked by 1 person

      • mypinchofyum June 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

        Wow that’s cool. Dandenong is so close by 🙂 I am a newbie in blogging. And your blog is so inspiring. We should keep in touch. Take care 🙂


      • vanyadhanya June 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        sure, we must; now I have a partner to explore Springvale

        Liked by 1 person

  12. maverickbird February 4, 2015 at 10:51 am Reply

    Thank you for linking to Maverickbird. Hope I can get inspired from your recipes and cook safer dishes.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Shalzzz July 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm Reply

    I’m happy to feature you on my space. Please stop by at Visit me @TaleoftwoTomatoes 🙂


  14. A Home Cook July 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Hi Vanya, you have such a beautiful blog, so I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can accept, or not, as you wish.


    • vanyadhanya July 11, 2014 at 4:49 am Reply

      thanks a lot for the award; as I always say, a recognition is always a joyous thing.


  15. Julia June 14, 2014 at 5:04 am Reply

    Hi Vanya!

    I found your great website and we would love to feature it!! I work with http://www.TheBesty.com which helps people all over the world find the best restaurants & food. Simply email me back the names and cities of 5-10 restaurants locally or anywhere in the world – that you think are the BEST, and we’ll feature your picks & link to your website, so our users can find you! We work with websites & blogs in over 50 countries, it would be great to work with yours as well!

    A few of our celebrity users include: Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri, and Rachael Ray!

    Featured Blogs: http://www.thebesty.com/search/blogs

    Also, we would love to feature an article about your site, so if you would like to do a write-up about how your website got started, with any fun tidbits about yourself, send that my way and I’ll have our content team post it for you, FB it & tweet it! – any length works! 🙂
    I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully we can feature your site under our featured blogs!

    Website & Blog Partners

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya June 15, 2014 at 3:09 am Reply

      Wow, lovely to hear this Julia. Deeply honoured…..
      Will get back to you soon with the information you need. Thanks

      Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya June 18, 2014 at 3:47 am Reply

      Hi, is Julia@thebesty.com the email id I should mail to?


    • vanyadhanya June 18, 2014 at 11:50 am Reply

      Hi Julia, I have send you an email with the details, kindly acknowledge when you receive the same.


  16. Cooking Diary by Shruti June 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm Reply

    Hey Vanya, I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Readership Award. Congratulation! If you wish to participate do read the full post on my blog here: http://cookingdiarybyshruti.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/


    • vanyadhanya June 11, 2014 at 12:00 am Reply

      lovely to hear this Shruti and thanks a ton for nominating me. Like u said, its a joy and inspiration to win an award.


  17. Traditionally Modern Food June 4, 2014 at 5:33 am Reply

    Hi Vanya, you have a awesome blog:) found lot of interesting recipes. When it comes to the theme we have a same desire:)


  18. elsonsequeira April 30, 2014 at 6:19 am Reply

    Nice little introduction vanya… Loved your blog tooo… I have bookmarked some recipes and shall write to you with a feedback soon


    • vanyadhanya April 30, 2014 at 9:08 am Reply

      lovely to hear that….looking forward to your comments


  19. Aruna Panangipally April 14, 2014 at 5:01 am Reply

    Happy New Year!


  20. mmmarzipan April 13, 2014 at 10:01 pm Reply

    afracooking sent me your way! great guest post 🙂


  21. apsara March 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Hi Vanya, I found your blog today, and very glad I did! Love your honesty, and your creative recipes.


  22. Cooking Diary by Shruti March 21, 2014 at 4:47 am Reply

    I felt the need to shower you with some warmth and shine, so I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award!! Congrats! Participation is optional however if you may choose to accept the award please click on link



    • vanyadhanya March 21, 2014 at 6:03 am Reply

      lovely…its double celebration. I have been nominated twice…wow!


  23. feedingthesonis March 20, 2014 at 11:59 am Reply

    Hi sweety..(do i hear you say oh no not again lol)…well my dear I felt the need to shower you with some warmth so I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award!! Congrats! Participation is optional however if you may choose to accept the award please click on link http://feedingthesonis.wordpress.com/award/


    • vanyadhanya March 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm Reply

      lol…thanks dear, I will never get tired of awards. I saw this message on 21st so will take it as my birthday gift


  24. afracooking March 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Hey Vanya, it took a while in coming, but I have my guest post ready. I just find your email back…Could you mail me at afracooking@gmail.com. That is if you would still like a my contribution 🙂


    • vanyadhanya March 2, 2014 at 11:47 pm Reply

      oh sure…eagerly waiting. I will mail you soon. and thanks a ton.


  25. feedingthesonis February 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Hi Vanya I consider you as part of my WordPress Family so I have nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. Check it out http://feedingthesonis.wordpress.com/award/ 😊 hugs!


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    • vanyadhanya February 12, 2014 at 11:24 am Reply

      Could you give me more detail on how exactly does this work? I did look at your website but I would like more information


  27. annie thomas February 6, 2014 at 4:56 am Reply

    Loved being on yr blog!! Fabulous!! Stay blessed!!


  28. feedingthesonis November 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Hey Vanya you are awesome!! I have nominated you for a Dragon’s Loyalty Award!! Congrats! please check it out. Participation is optional however if you may choose to accept the award please click on link http://feedingthesonis.wordpress.com/award/


  29. Shalzzz November 17, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    Hi.. Your blog is so fabulous that I nominated it for The Liebster Award. Happy blogging!


  30. Shalzzz November 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Lovely Blog!! Keep up the work!! Bon appetite 🙂


  31. feedingthesonis October 21, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

    Hi Vanyadhanya I have been following your blog and love it. I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award for all the hard work and effort you put into your blog content and pics. Well deserved Congrats! 😀You can collect your award from the following link:


    • vanyadhanya October 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm Reply

      that’s so wonderful of you…..love the gesture. Thanks a ton


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