Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Frequently Asked Questions
Nobody has asked me these questions before - apart from myself. But I think it makes an impressive title.
What is this blog?
I would call it the Bhappi Lahiri of food blogs. It may not always have something new. However, it may have many ideas lifted from other blogs, which I would like to call ‘inspiration’.
Then why am I blogging?
Because I am just too inspired by some fellow bloggers like Nupur, Shammi, Indira, SaffronHut to not have a blog of my own.
Who am I?
I am a Maharashtrian (born Deshpande – Now how much more Maharashtrian can you get?) married to a Konkani. My cooking is influenced greatly by my mother and my mother-in-law (and theirs by their mothers and MILs and so on…). Which means that this blog will mainly feature Maharashtrian and Konkani dishes. I like to try my hand at international cuisine as well, but my repertoire of that is rather limited, which is also because I am a vegetarian.
More about me
I have a 16-month old daughter, who tries to speak Marathi, Konkani, German and English all at the same time and ends up bringing out noises which cannot be said to be belonging to any particular language. However, she is perhaps the only honest person around me, because she refuses to eat practically everything cooked by me.
Why the name ‘Happy Burp’?
In India, I think, burping is not about feeling guilty. On the contrary, it is about being content with the food that you have eaten and about giving the hosts a compliment. For example, you will always see a smile on the faces of the women in my family, when somebody gives out (intentionally or unintentionally) a nice, hearty, loud burp after a meal.
When used figuratively in Marathi, a burp again signifies contentment (Trupti chi/cha dhekar). This blog is supposed to bring contentment to me and to my dear readers, (using plural already, huh? High hopes!) hence the name. Don't you think it rocks?