A very warm welcome and thank you to visit this CARNIVAL of COOKING.
I am Dhwani Mehta, founder of this CARNIVAL!!! I was born and brought up in Gujarat (State in India) and currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, USA with my hubby and a lovely kid. I belong to Jain religion and strictly follow Vegetarian diet. I did MBA in Finance but never thought of pursuing my career in Financial sector. In fact, I have almost forgotten by now that I have such education background, but no regret!
I am of fond of eating variety of food. Whenever I see/eat new dish, first thing that come to my mind is – ‘How this dish is prepared; what would be ingredients; how can Imake it at home’. Brainstorming starts for everything going in my mouth and by the time I finish the dish, I am almost ready to cook it at home. Having said this much, I state that I have special interest and influence in EATING and COOKING. My inclination towards this hobby got huge boost after my marriage when I gradually realized that every member with whom I shall be spending rest of my life were equally and similarly interested in delicious food. My hobby of cooking became full time job as I chose to be a homemaker. Over a period of time, knowingly or unknowingly, I was involved in the field of cooking and started enjoying this journey of my life. It may not be out of place to mention that my late father-in-law who passed away in 2008, always inspired and encouraged me in my world of cooking. He had exceptional ability, quality and sense of understanding taste which I have not seen in anyone else so far. Everyone in our family as well as our friends respected his ability. At this juncture I can boldly state that it wasa God gift and it cannot be learnt or developed by anyone. He could literally give a 100% accurate feedback for any dish just by taking aroma of it. There had always been challenges for me to win his accolade on any dish prepared but at the same time it gave me an opportunity to improve my skill and help me to achieve perfection. Though he is not with us physically, he shall always remain in our heart and memory. I dedicate this blog as well as all my work to him and wish his blessings shall always be with us.
I aspire to do something special in the world of cooking, change the way people look at this art and serve community by presenting inexpensive ways to prepare and enjoy national and international dishes. And here I am presenting my DREAM with – CookingCarnival.com.
I am not a storyteller and unfortunately cannot write or talk too much outside of topic. You would experience what I say while going through my recipes. I would write only about what is needed, what is to be followed and what will be the outcome. Someone may find it better while others may find it boring but that’s how it is and bear with me if you do not like simple plain text straight to the business. I have prepared hundreds of dishes so far but never had written about any of them. I like to do experiments and apply innovative ideas in day to day cooking. Never require to follow any book and everything I prepare stays in my brain and heart. I can talk about cooking and recipes for hours together and that is my strength. However at the same time I am lacking interest to document it and that I came to know while started working for this blog. It is easy for me to prepare and serve any item on the plate but difficult to put it on paper, though getting used to it gradually.
My goal : To simplify the process of cooking and to prove that ‘Any Body Can Cook’ by simply following certain steps with right amount of ingredients. Of course you need such interest. Any dish you see at restaurant/outside can be prepared at home. Enjoy delicious food not only over the weekend at restaurant but all 7 days at home and live healthier life. Do not get nervous by looking at highly designed Kitchens and equipments in cooking related TV Shows. They are nice to have but not necessary. Majority of the recipes do not require special equipment or utensils. There are several alternatives if you are committed to achieve your desire to cook and serve.
My promise to the community: There are thousands of dishes people enjoy around the world. There is almost no end to varieties of food you may have. I would bring them to you, resolve any questions and ‘Spice Up Yours and Your Family Life’ all the time. The only thing you need to do is to remember and check this blog periodically!! Leave rest of the things on me….
Special Thanks: No endeavor is possible without support of Family. I am grateful and lucky to have caring husband, charming son, supportive and encouraging mother-in-law and my parents without whom this would not have been possible.
What are you thinking? Surprise your loved one by serving any dish you find here and see their reaction. I am sure you will feel proud and privileged like me when you would see bright smile on their faces and love in their eyes….
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