The objective of this blog is to inspire you to cook and show you how easy it is to cook. Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. As I am from a South Indian Brahmin family, obviously the focus of the blog would be on South Indian vegetarian recipes.
As we all do, though moms let their girls learn basic cooking, still they will try to keep them away from kitchen as cooking would be an integral part or every Indian girl after marriage. Likewise, though I know basic cooking, that was not enough for my husband. He himself cooks very nicely and like all men, he loved his mom’s cooking and want me to make the same food for him :-). So he spoke with his mom and my MIL sent me 40 pages note book with all her day to day cooking. That was the first recipe book I have ever used J. It was a collection of both Kerala style and Tirunelveli style traditional South Indian Vegetarian food like Breakfast, Kuzhambu etc. I started following word by word and started to get kudos from my hubby J. At one point in time my in-laws moved with us from their native place Nagercoil in Kanyakumari District. So, every day I had the privilege to learn new recipes, tips / tricks, cooking methods etc.
In 2010, we moved to Europe. When I was there, for every occasion or festival, I would call my MIL Mrs.Subbalakshmi or my Mom (Mrs.Vijayalakshmi) to know about the traditional festival cooking and follow their instructions to make those wonderful conventional food. Once, during a festival, I called my MIL to know exact measurements about Adhirasam, my hubby suddenly got this great idea of start putting the recipes in a blog that would not only help me but would also help women like me staying abroad. We started taking necessary actions to create a blog. The first thing we both agreed is keeping “Subbuskitchen” as the blog name because it’s all my MIL’s authentic knowledge with which we could even start blogging.
I started publishing the recipes in the blogger. I spoke with my MIL to send me recipes through email. My friend went in person to take all the hand-written recipes from my MIL and he scanned the docs and sent it to me through email. I started putting the recipes in the blog. Initially all posts are without any photos. We just recorded the details like ingredients and methods.
After couple of years we come back to India. With my MIL, together we made many recipes and with a very simple digital camera we took pictures. The pictures were not great. With the work pressure and family chorus, I was not able to concentrate on the blog. Every time, I backup, my hubby was the only one who pulled it together and helped me to keep this blog alive and active till today. In 2012, we again moved to UK on a work assignment and from there my blogging took first seat for me. My hubby got me a DLSR and he made me learn photography techniques through tutorials and videos. I started making better presentations. From 2013-2014, this blog became popular. Many of the recipe started to appear in the first page of google search and we are so happy and it was so encouraging us to keep doing the blogging.
In 2015, we moved to US and since then we are living in Texas. In 2015 August, we jumped into another major area, “Video Blogging”. Instead of presenting recipes in textual way, video recipes had even more good reach with people. I was not confident in front of camera, was feeling so shy to show my face and hence, we started with voice overs. Later the trend was short videos less than 2 mins that became so popular. People in between their work check their social media and these 2 min videos are so good to get their attention. So, we started making short videos. And here we are having nearly 50000+ subscribers in YouTube and nearly half a million followers in Facebook and keep growing. These achievements are not possible without my hubby, my MIL and of course my wonderful followers who believe in my work and give me honest feedback and keep in the race.
About my MIL Subbalakshmi Renganathan
Mrs.Subbalakshmi was born in a small village in the Tirunelveli district called Kallidaikurichi. This is a very beautiful village in the banks of the river Thamirabarani. Her mother was a wonderful cook. Most part of her cooking skills has come to her from her mother and I am sure it’s applicable to every one of us. She used to cook a very tasty food for almost 10+ family members daily with the minimum available things and infrastructure. You can feel the flavor of Tirunelveli taste in our recipes and her birth place is the reason for the same.
She is married for 40+ years now. After marriage, she shifted to her in-law’s house in Nagercoil (Asramam village). Her in-laws were from Kerala origin and this is the reason why you also see the flavor of Kerala taste in some of our recipes. Her mother-in law is equally good in cooking as her mom and she inspired her equally. My FIL worked for state transport corporation and got retried. They have three sons and all of them are married and settled.
We recently migrated our blog to self-hosted server, currently in the process of stabilizing the site. Every day we are learning and incorporating new recipes along with presentation techniques. We will work forward with more traditional as well as interesting recipes to present with you all and I hope we will get the same and even more support and encouragement from every one of you!
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