I, Me, Myself



Hi, I am Dhanya and I live in a beautiful suburb of Melbourne, Australia with my boys. And by boys, I mean Sam, my best buddy/husband; whom I met as a gawky teenager 22 years ago and Adi, my cheeky adorable 10 year old who loves food even more than I do.

I started this blog on a lark five years ago, when I had migrated to Melbourne. Hardly knew anyone here and food was the way through which I embraced this new land, its culture and people. A regular at the local market and food events, I fell in love with the amazing produce and food stories that this country has to tell.

Today, The Spice Adventuress is my alter ego. Through her, I fulfill my desire to put my thoughts into words, explore my restless creative soul and express it through food and photography. Through her, I travel the world exploring cuisines and stories from across borders and bring them home to my plate.

I was born in India, but spent a large part of my childhood in the Middle East. And this has helped me immensely in understanding cultures and food other than mine. 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.

Savoury food is what I like to create most; hence that’s what you will find largely on my blog though there are the occasional sweet treats too. And as the name suggests, spices are a passion and I enjoy using it immensely in my food. Sprinkle some cumin or spice it up with chilli or even better, create a blend that magically transforms any dish. Through the blog, I also like to educate my readers on why it’s important to source spices from the country of origin, the importance of buying local whenever possible and also encourage the use of homemade spice blends.

My food philosophy has always been ‘the world on a plate’. Bringing people together over food bridging their cultural differences is something I believe in truly. Through The Spice Adventuress, I want to encourage people to get back into their kitchens, cook dishes close to their heart, invite friends and family over to share the meal and their stories. Sitting down for a meal with your loved ones is one of life’s most precious blessings and that’s what I would love to celebrate through my space.

I can certainly ramble on, but I will let you discover and know me more through my food. And I certainly love a good chat so feel free to comment on any article or through my Facebook or Insta page (I always reply). Or feel free to drop me a line at






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

    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

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  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!

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    • 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 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:


    • 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


    • 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 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 😊 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


  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… the gesture. Thanks a ton


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