Cooking hasn’t been one of my strong points ever, and after getting married to a family whose cuisine was completely different to mine, I was lost. Since most of the dishes prepared in my husband’s home are unique, their recipes were pretty hard to find online as well. That’s when I found Thasneen Ansi’s blog “Cooking with Thas.” Almost all of mother-in-law’s signature recipes, like steamed plaintain cakes and layered crepes, were available to me. I became an ardent fan of the blog, especially because she got down to basics, and included pictures of every step in her cooking process. Not to mention, it immensely helped me in impressing my in-laws.
A Muslim Malayalee born in Trivandrum, Kerala, and now working in Ontario, Thasneen Ansi’s knowledge of Malabar cooking astonished me. With 12,000 fans on her Facebook page, and ranked 17th in the friendsEat list of best food bloggers of 2011, Thasneen is a celebrity in her own right.
In an email interview, I also realized she is down-to-earth and witty. Shared below are excerpts from the interview. [Read more...]