The FoodFlavor.In FAQ
Namaste, Hello ! Thank you for your interest in finding more about us.
1 What is FoodFlavor.In ?
FoodFlavor.In is the result of our love for food and the process of making it. I have collected recipes and made these great tasting food for many years, even when I was a teenager. Lucky to be born in the immense culture of Indian Cuisine, once you start, it becomes a lifelong enjoyable process of learning. I have more than 800 recipes in my notebooks and clippings but, I still feel like a toddler in the Indian cuisine.
Earlier last year (before we married) my husband insisted that I blog about these recipes. Initially I just wanted to document my recipe collection (so you will see some of the recipes do not have pictures) and I kept writing them on this blog. But once you start on this path you realize there is a whole ocean lying out there, with thousands of recipes and hundreds of methods that you can try.
Food tastes better if shared with others. I believe the same goes for food recipes. Most of my learning has been in the moments when I shared my recipe with someone, and they shared their opinion with me. Every time I shared a recipe with someone, I got much more back in return.
And so , this blog is trying to put what I know, in front of you, with the hope that I will learn much more.
2. So how did you learn to cook?
I had the best culinary teacher – My Mother. I had a co-teacher in this process – My Father. Beyond that I have no formal education in culinary arts or sciences. I am more of a self-taught, foodie who loves to cook, eat and share the food.
3. How do you find inspiration for your recipes?
The inspiration comes from many sources:
- Friends and family
- Food Magazines and news papers.
- TV programs
- Other blogs
4. What is your process of posting a recipe here?
Once I have a recipe inspiration, I look for how others would have made it. What variations exist in other cuisines, cultures and countries? This is the most enlightening part. For example did you know that the credit of bringing Pulao to India goes to Alexander the Great? And there are around 50 countries (in south East Asia, South Asia, Middle east, Central and Eastern Europe) that have rice delicacies named(and prepared) similar to Pulao (e.g. Pilaf, Plov ) .
Once the method is finalized I get down to writing it and planning the ingredients, the equipment and time. At this point I also research on the techniques and methods.
after that, I think about what pictures would be required. Do i do a step by step picture or just a header picture.
Now comes the most fun part: making the recipe. It’s amazing to see something tasty take shape in the kitchen.
But sometimes that doesn’t happen, the dish doesn’t turn out as good as I had thought. In this case, I make the recipe again.
While the recipe is being prepared, I keep taking notes about the aroma, the colors, the texture and the taste. Oh, and I am also clicking pictures throughout the process.
Once the food is ready, I draft the post, while my husband reviews it.
5. How long is this process?
It typically takes 2-3 days from Idea to plate.
6. How many times do you make each recipe?
Generally Twice. Once to build the basic recipe, and second time to try the variations of spices. But sometimes I am lucky to get it right in one attempt. and sometimes it takes 3-4 attempts.
7. Wow, what happens to all that food?
We consume it. 🙂 We are blessed with a great set of friends and family, who enjoy food as much as we do.
8. Why doesn’t your recipe work for me?
I wish I knew. would you please let us know in the comments under each recipe? We would be happy to work along with you on making it great for you too.
9. Can you post a recipe for _____________ ?
Try searching the blog to see if it already exists. If not, just drop us an email and we will let you know if we can post it.
10. How do you take the recipe pictures? What camera do you use?
We use our smartphones ( Samsung Galaxy note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5). Then we make minor adjustments in SnapSeed or PicMonkey. Some day we wish to be better food photographers. We take food photos in Natural lights.
11. Why some recipes do not have pictures?
As mentioned in the FAQ above, I started with just documenting my recipes as a hobby. Never thought I would become so passionate about it. We are working on creating these recipes again and posting them with pictures. However, It will take long to get pictures for all the recipes.
12. Where do you live?
We are Indians (I am from Kolkata , and My husband is from Delhi) based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bustling capital city, of a beautiful country.
13. How do I contact you?
See our About page.