Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls, Hyderabad

"A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy."

~ Thomas Carlyle

{Updated} - Click here to read all the posts written on Vaidehi Ashram.

Finally the moment is here. The Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram about which I have been talking from past few days begins today. :-)



How does this Fund Drive work and How to donate for the cause?

1. Click on Chip-in button below. (It will take a few seconds to load.)



1 raffle ticket = 10$


2. Contribute: Via Paypal or credit. You can donate any amount. Each $10 donation will give you one raffle ticket towards a raffle prize of your choice.

For Example, a donation of $20 will fetch you 2 raffle tickets which can be used to choose on any of the raffle prizes. Scroll down to view all of them in an table format. You can use all your raffle tickets on one prize (in turn increasing the chances in the lucky draw) or on different prizes.

3. Once the donation process is completed, please forward your payment confirmation message to info(dot)siri(at)gmail.com, clearly specifying which raffle prize(s) you are interested in. Within 24 hours, your name and contributed amount will be added to the 'Fund Drive Supporters List' at the very end of this post. If you want to stay anonymous, please let me know in advance. For any correspondence/questions/queries, use the comment section or the email address mentioned.

To donate in Rupees:


1 raffle ticket = 500Rupees.


Please send an email to info(dot)siri(at)gmail.com for the bank account details where you can do a direct deposit and participate in the Fund Drive.

The event will close on 25th February and winners will be announced on 27th February via a randow drawing by the Ashram kids. :-)

What are the raffle prizes being sponsored?

Thanks to the amazing support from my blogger friends, you have 40+ raffle prizes to choose from, depending on where you live. All the raffle prizes are listed below in a table format for easy reference. For a more pictorial description of each of them - Click here.

The following raffle prizes make great gifts, and each item will be sent to the winner neatly packed and shipping expenses paid.

Please note that each one of these prizes can be chosen by multiple donors. A lucky dip will be conducted with the names associated and a winner will be chosen by the Ashram kids.

Code Name Sponsor Raffle Prize Description Shipping
RF1 Siri of Cooking With Siri  Samsung Hero Music E1232B (Titanium Silver) India
RF2 Madhuri of  Cook-curry Nook 4 slots for her Chocolate Nirvana Workshop in J P Nagar, Bangalore India
RF3  Arundati Rao of Escapades 10 Boxes, one of each lucky winner (1 dozen each) of Home-made Chocolate Truffles India
RF4 Anu of Love & Lentils  Rs.2000 Gift Voucher to the restaurants at Taj Banjara, Hyderabad India
RF5 Madhuri of  Cook-curry Nook  A Box of 12 Assorted Cupcakes - for 10 lucky winners India
RF6 Jigyasa and Pratibha of Pritya Books  Signed copy of Sukham Ayu India
RF7 Preethi of Krya A goodie bag which has great organic products such - organic millets, organic jams, pickles, soaps, and Krya (India's only organic detergent). these are directly sourced from farmers who grow/make them. India
RF8 Chandana of Indian Cuisine  Ice Creams & Frozen Dessets by Tarla Dalal and 101 ways to prepare Curries by Aroona Reejhsinghani India
RF9 Dershana of The Footloose Chef Kitchen Library Eat Lite (Set Of 5 Books) by Sanjeev Kapoor India
RF10 My Mom A gift hamper which has items such as candles, flowers, necklaces etc, hand-made by the Ashram kids. India
RF11 Sailaja (My little Sister) Apple iPod shuffle 4th Generation 2 GB (Orange) India
RU1  Siri of Cooking With Siri Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - perfect for food photography US
RU2  Monica Bhide  Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen US
RU3 Kavita of Tasty Touch Gift basket with Wine and Cheese, For non-wine lovers - Chocolate/Coffee and Tea basket US
RU4 DK of Chef In You Amazon Kindle e-reader US
RU5 Sig of Live To Eat Wüsthof® Gourmet Hollow-Edge Santoku Knife - 7" (OR) Wüsthof® Gourmet Chef’s Knife, depending on winner's choice US
RU6 Sangeeta of Musical's Kitchen Gift Sets from The Body Shop - 2 lucky winners US
RU7 Nupur of One Hot Stove Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker +Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer US
RU8 Prerna of Indian Simmer  Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young + one professional quality print of any of her photographs (winner's choice). US
RU9 Smitha of Smitha's Spicy Flavors Babycakes Pop Maker: CP-94LV - Purple US
RU10 Nags of Edible Garden Oriental gift hamper containing chopsticks, customized wall hangings, and spices. India/US
RU11 Divya of Dil Se..  Rachael Ray's Whistling Tea Kettle(Available colors: Blue, Red, Orange) winner can choose their choice of color. US
RU12 Sridevi of Sreelu's Tasty Travels Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press US
RU13 Usha of My Spicy Kitchen The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks US
RU14 Usha of My Spicy Kitchen Polder KSC-310-28 Easy Read Digital Glass Top Scale, Silver US
RU15  Swati of Chatkor  Atlas Pasta Machine US
RU16 Swati of Chatkor EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale w/ Extra Large LCD and 11 Lb. Capacity US
RU17 Sakshi of Cracked Chronicles  Lilly Bloom Cross Body Handbag. This gorgeous and ultra-cute bag is very creatively made using recycled material. US
RU18 Sangeeta of Musical's Kitchen  Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts: Recipes and Remembrances of a Vegetarian Legacy by Ammini Ramachandran US
RU19 Sangeeta of Musical's Kitchen Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country by Suvir Saran US
RU20 Champa of Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen

4 slots of Weekend Baking Classes (6 hours) at her Philadelphia home
US (Philadelphia)
RU21 Vardhini of Zesty Palette   Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set US
RU22 Padma Fashions Beautiful Jewellery Set from Padma Fashions US
RE1 Finla of My Kitchen Treasures The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz Europe/US
RE2 Padmaja of Spicy Andhra  Chasseur Cast Iron Fondue with Forks, Meringue Satin UK
RE3 Padmaja of Spicy Andhra Philips Imageo LED Rechargeable Candle Lights, White  UK
RW1 Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook An Assortment of Props for Tabletop Food photography Worldwide
RW2 Harini of Tongue Ticklers Two professional prints for two lucky winners (of winner's choice) from her beautiful photo gallery Worldwide 
RW3 Shruthi of Yummy 4 Tummy Simple Indian by Atul Kochhar Worldwide 
RW4 RV of Food for 7 Stages of Life $50 Amazon card Worldwide 
RW5 Valli of Cooking 4 all Seasons  The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread by Susan Russo Worldwide 
RW6 Simona of Briciole Handmade Journal where the paper on the covers is decorated using suminagashi, an ancient Japanese marbling technique. Dimensions: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Worldwide
RW7 Sonia of Seven Spice  660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer Worldwide

All the winners will be notified via Email. The winners have to provide and confirm their shipping addresses. The prize sponsors will then send the gifts directly to the winners. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for the prizes to reach you. 

How can Y.O.U help the cause?

1. Through Monetary Contributions to the Fund Drive. These little girls at the Ashram are in need of all our love and support. Please refer the above section - "How does this Fund Drive work and How to donate for the cause?" for more information.


[Updated on February 14th 2012] - Many have inquired about costs involved in sponsoring education, food etc for the Ashram girls. I visited them again and gathered the below information about various projects currently happening. Please send them an email at vaidehisevasamithi@gmail.com or call +91-40-24075544 (or) +91 9032152105 to discuss regarding the project you wish to sponsor. If you need any other help from my side in terms of coordination, please let me know. I will be more than happy to do it.

1. Adopt a girl for one year (Includes clothing, food, education and other necessities)    [20,000/- Rupees]

2. Vidyanidhi (Education costs a girl for one year)                                                            [5,000/- Rupees]

3. Mangala Nidhi (One time deposit to cover a day's food expenses commemorating any auspicious occasion every year)                                                                                                                [20,000/- Rupees]

4. Smrithi Nidhi (One time deposit to cover a day's food expenses in remembrance of your beloved every year)                                                                                                                             [20,000/- Rupees]

5. Kishori Vikas Yojana Nidhi (Expenditure to run one Centre of Development Project for Adolescent Girls for one month)                                                                                                           [1000/- Rupees]

6. Vaidehi Mahila Vikasa Samithi (One month expenditure to train Unemployed Youth & Women. Also includes cost for food and shelter)                                                                                [10,000/- Rupees]

7. To sponsor a meal for all the Ashram girls:                                                                [2,000/- Rupees]


2. Spread the word.

"I love sharing my story. It's endlessly healing." ~ Ben Vereen

Share about this Fund Drive wherever possible - On your blogs, Facebook, Twitter (with hashtag #vaidehiashram) etc. Let your friends and family know about it. Please feel free to use any images and information posted in the Ashram posts below, to make your voice heard. Any help in any form in making this event a success is very much appreciated. :-)

First Visit to Vaidehi Ashram 
Second Visit to Vaidehi Ashram

Click the "Copy" button on the corresponding widget and paste it on your blog sidebars so that your readers can participate as well. For more widgets with different colours, widths and platforms - Click here.







Fund Drive Supporters List

Note to Contributors: Within 24 hours, if you don't find your name in the below list or regarding any discrepancy with the details mentioned against your name, please do write to me or leave a comment.  Thanks and Apologies in advance. :-)

[Update] - Scroll down the spreadsheet below for the new "Raffle Ticket Board" which has statistics about no. of raffle tickets used on each of the raffle prizes.



Sharing is Caring. Let's us all come together and lend a helping hand to these little girls.
Let them know that We All Care for their bright future..

Read : what fellow bloggers are saying about this Fund Drive.

DK - Giveaway - For a Cause that Matters
HariniFund drive for ‘Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls’ with Siri
NagsSupporting the Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram of Desitute Girls, Hyderabad
Preethi of Krya - Republic Day Raffle
Smitha - Here is what she got to say about the Fund Drive and her raffle prize(s)
Simona - Announcing a Special Fund Drive with Raffle
Sreelu - Giveaway & Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls, Hyderabad
ChandanaSupporting the Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls, Hyderabad
VardhiniFund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram (Hyderabad) - Organized by Siri
KavitaMake a difference in their tiny worlds!!
Divya Giveaway - Supporting the fund drive for Vaidehi Ashram of destitute girls
Richa....And a Fundraiser for Vaidehi Ashram
SoniaA plea for support the Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls, Hyderabad, India
Vani - An Appeal
La Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls, Hyderabad
Jaya - For the price of two lattes
Srivalli - Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram
SrutiFund Drive For Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls
Sig - A Call for Action
UshaRaffle Prize & a Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram for Destitute Girls in Hyderabad
RVYou can make a difference: A fund drive for destitute girls in Vaidehi Ashram, India
Nupur - Talking about the Fund Drive for Vaidehi Ashram
Dershana - Giveaway for a valid Cause
Madhuri - Go the Distance! Make a Difference
Arundati - Hearts in the Right Place and an Appeal for Help
Pallavi - A chance to make a difference


[Updated on February 14th 2012] - Many have inquired about costs involved in sponsoring education, food etc for the Ashram girls. I visited them again and gathered the below information about various projects currently happening. Please send them an email at vaidehisevasamithi@gmail.com or call at +91-40-24075544 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +91-40-24075544      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or +91 9032152105 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +91 9032152105      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to discuss regarding the project you wish to sponsor. If you need any other help from my side in terms of coordination, please let me know. I will be more than happy to do it.

1. Adopt a girl for one year (Includes clothing, food, education and other necessities)    Rs 20,000/-

2. Vidyanidhi (Education costs a girl for one year)                                                           Rs 5,000/-

3. Mangala Nidhi (One time deposit to cover a day's food expenses commemorating any auspicious occasion every year)                                                                                                        Rs 20,000/

4. Smrithi Nidhi (One time deposit to cover a day's food expenses in remembrance of your beloved every year)                                                                                                                                Rs 20,000/-

5. Kishori Vikas Yojana Nidhi (Expenditure to run one Centre of Development Project for Adolescent Girls for one month)                                                                                                          Rs 1000/-

6. Vaidehi Mahila Vikasa Samithi (One month expenditure to train Unemployed Youth & Women. Also includes cost for food and shelter)                                                                              Rs 10,000/-

7. To sponsor a meal for all the Ashram girls:                                                                   Rs 2,000

The money raised through this fund-drive on Cooking With Siri will go directly to the Vaidehi Ashram, Hyderabad. All the transactions, payments, distribution process will be properly accounted for and details of the expenditure will soon be published on this blog. All donations are exempted from I.T Under 80-G and accorded permission under FCRA.

Thank You.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Second Visit to Vaidehi Ashram..

I find myself wondering...
Did I give you your due..
For all that you've done for me
Did I ever thank you?

For all of my childhood memories
For helping me deal with life's stresses
For helping me accept my defeats
And celebrate my successes?

Or for teaching me the value of hard work,
Good judgement, courage, and being true 
The laughter, smiles, and quiet times we've shared
Did I ever thank you? 

If I have forgotten, I'm thanking you now
You taught me right from wrong....
I hope you know how much you're loved and appreciated
I know you instinctively, knew it all along.

Happy Birthday, Daddy. Love you lots.

~ Author Unknown.

Today is my dad's 55th birthday and after many many years, I got an opportunity to spend the day with my parents. My mom made all his favorite dishes and in the evening we paid a visit to Vaidehi Ashram and gave about 3 Kg of Palak Pakodi as snacks for the little kiddos. :-)

Here are some photographs I clicked while I was there..

This quote is from Ashram's office


L-R: Vasavi, Sivasri, Bhuvaneshwari and Samatha on my lap

Children enjoying the snacks..


Her caretaker tells me, Vasavi is one shy girl who rarely comes near strangers..Hope we become friends one day . ;-)

this little girl was so curious what I was upto.  

On the very right is my uncle (my mom's eldest brother) who came with me to the Ashram today..

Kids ready for some play time!

[Updated on February 14th 2012] - Many have inquired about costs involved in sponsoring education, food etc for the Ashram girls. I visited them again and gathered the below information about various projects currently happening. Please send them an email at vaidehisevasamithi@gmail.com or call at +91-40-24075544 o+91 9032152105 to discuss regarding the project you wish to sponsor. If you need any other help from my side in terms of coordination, please let me know. I will be more than happy to do it.

More details on the Fund Drive for the Ashram Girls - Click here.

1. Adopt a girl for one year (Includes clothing, food, education and other necessities)    Rs 20,000/-

2. Vidyanidhi (Education costs a girl for one year)                                                           Rs 5,000/-

3. Mangala Nidhi (One time deposit to cover a day's food expenses commemorating any auspicious occasion every year)                                                                                                        Rs 20,000/

4. Smrithi Nidhi (One time deposit to cover a day's food expenses in remembrance of your beloved every year)                                                                                                                                Rs 20,000/-

5. Kishori Vikas Yojana Nidhi (Expenditure to run one Centre of Development Project for Adolescent Girls for one month)                                                                                                          Rs 1000/-

6. Vaidehi Mahila Vikasa Samithi (One month expenditure to train Unemployed Youth & Women. Also includes cost for food and shelter)                                                                              Rs 10,000/-

7. To sponsor a meal for all the Ashram girls:                                                                   Rs 2,000



The money raised through this fund-drive on Cooking With Siri will go directly to the Vaidehi Ashram, Hyderabad. All the transactions, payments, distribution process will be properly accounted for and details of the expenditure will soon be published on this blog. All donations are exempted from I.T Under 80-G and accorded permission under FCRA.


Click here to read all the posts written on Vaidehi Ashram.

until next time,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekend Breakfast: Lemon Sevai (Lemon Flavoured Rice Noodles)

This was never supposed to be a proper recipe post for the blog (hence only one photograph). I thought of posting it on my photo blog as I hardly published any (apart from some book reviews) since my Project 365 2011 ended. But, I was so happy with my first attempt that I HAD to write something about it here. :-)

During our many phone conversations, I mentioned to my SIL that I never made sevai, so sent me a packet to try. Today, being a Saturday with some extra time on-hand for a leisurely breakfast, I made lemon flavoured sevai, which turned our super tasty. It is very light on the appetite and quick to prepare.

 
Idiyappam or String Hoopers is a culinary speciality of many parts of southern India (especially Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka) and Sri Lanka as well.. Some of my Mallu friends say, it is a common sight to serve these white noodle clusters on a large platter along with side dishes including spiced lentils, kuzhambus and curried meats.

Today am gonna go just basic - boiled sevai with tampering of tadka and fresh lemon juice. Y.U.M!

Ingredients:

3 cups of loosely packed ready made sevai
water
salt
few drops of oil
juice of 1 lemon

For Tadka

2 tsp oil
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of asafoetida/hing
1 green chilli, slit and chopped finely
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt - to taste
few curry leaves

Preparation:

1. Bring to boil sufficient water in a big pan. Add few drops of oil (so the sevai don't stick to each other) and little salt. Once its boiling, add the uncooked sevai to it. With spoon, make sure all the sevai is in the water. Cook for just 4-5 minutes. Drain the water in a sieve or a colander and loosely separate the strands.

2. In a wok, heat oil and add chana dal, urad dal, asafoetida and mustard seeds. Once they start to splutter, add green chillies and curry leaves. Add the cooked sevai to it. Season with turmeric and salt. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice. Gently toss around so that everything is mixed in properly. I used my fingertips to mix.

Serve.

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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~ G.K. Chesterton

I am super excited to let you all know that we have 25 (and counting) amazing raffle prizes for the upcoming Fund Drive (starting on January 26th). Yipeeeeee!

[Update] Remember I announced two giveaways for 2011 holiday season. Nisha won the 75th Anniversary Edition of Joy Of Cooking. Read her post and get the recipe for Herbed Strawberry Lemonade/Limeade. :-)

Cya all soon,

Friday, January 20, 2012

List of Raffle Prizes for Fund Drive (Vaidehi Ashram of Destitute Girls, Hyderabad)

A Big, Heartfelt Thank You to all my blogger friends who responded to my request and came forward with their amazing raffle prizes. Love you all. Trust me, from Ice cream makers to Cookbooks to Amazon Kindle to Gift Hampers, we have it all :-)

Before we go to the list, a brief overview of how the Fund Drive will work -


1 raffle ticket = 10$ or 500Rupees.


1. For Example - If a donor contributes 50$ or 2500Rs, then he/she can avail 5 raffle tickets which can be used to bid on any of the raffle prizes below. One can use all 5 on one prize (in turn increasing the chances in the lucky draw) or on different raffle prizes. At the very end, a randow drawing will be conducted  by the Ashram kids to decide who gets each of the raffle prize(s).

2. Once the Fund Drive kickstarts on January 26th 2012, those of you, who would like to contribute  (Click here for more details about the various payment options) choose your raffle prize(s) and after your donations are complete, please send me an email to info(dot)siri(at)gmail(dot)com with the raffle prize details that you would like to choose.

3. As soon as I receive your email, I will add your name to the Fund Drive Contributors List along with the raffle code names..

4. Random drawing will be conducted and winners for each of the raffle prizes will be announced on Monday, February 27th 2012.

It is as simple as that. If you have got any queries/questions or concerns, please use the comment section or shoot me an email.

Now..Let's have a look at all the exciting raffle prizes being offered for the Fund Drive. Shall we..

Shipping within India Only








Code Name: RF1
Description: Samsung Hero Music E1232B (Titanium Silver)
Sponsor: Siri of Cooking With Siri









Code Name: RF2
Description: 4 slots for her Chocolate Nirvana Workshop in J P Nagar, Bangalore
Sponsor: Madhuri of  Cook-curry Nook
















Code Name: RF3
Description: 10 Boxes, one for each lucky winner (1 dozen each) of Home-made Chocolate Truffles
Sponsor and Image Credits: Arundati Rao of Escapades













Code Name: RF4
Description: Rs.2000 Gift Voucher to the restaurants at Taj Banjara, Hyderabad
Sponsor: Anu of Love & Lentils












Code Name: RF5
Description: A Box of 12 Assorted Cupcakes - for 10 lucky winners
Sponsor and Image Credits: Madhuri of  Cook-curry Nook














Code Name: RF6
Description: Signed copy of Sukham Ayu
Sponsor: Jigyasa and Pratibha of Pritya Books
















Code Name: RF7
Description: A goodie bag which has great organic products such - organic millets, organic jams, pickles, soaps, and Krya (India's only organic detergent). these are directly sourced from farmers who grow/make them.
Sponsor: Preethi of Krya











Code Name: RF8
Description: Ice Creams & Frozen Dessets by Tarla Dalal and 101 ways to prepare Curries by Aroona Reejhsinghani
Sponsor: Chandana of Indian Cuisine










Code Name: RF9
Description: Kitchen Library Eat Lite (Set Of 5 Books) by Sanjeev Kapoor
Sponsor: Dershana of The Footloose Chef












Code Name: RF10
Description: A gift hamper which has items such as candles, flowers, necklaces etc, hand-made by the Ashram kids.
Sponsor: My Mom





Image Credits







Code Name: RF11
Description: Apple iPod shuffle 4th Generation 2 GB (Orange)
Sponsor: Sailaja (My little sister)

Shipping within US Only




Code Name: RU1
Description: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - perfect for food photography
Sponsor: Siri of Cooking With Siri















Code Name: RU2
Description: Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen
Sponsor: Monica Bhide


















Code Name: RU3
Description: Gift basket with Wine and Cheese, For non-wine lovers - Chocolate/Coffee and Tea basket
Sponsor: Kavita of Tasty Touch







Image Credits





Code Name: RU4
Description: Amazon Kindle e-reader
Sponsor: DK of Chef In You

















Code Name: RU5
Description: Wüsthof® Gourmet Hollow-Edge Santoku Knife - 7" (OR) Wüsthof® Gourmet Chef’s Knife, depending on winner's choice
Sponsor: Sig of Live To Eat










Code Name: RU6
Description: Gift Sets from The Body Shop - 2 lucky winners
Sponsor: Sangeeta of Musical's Kitchen















Code Name: RU7
Description: Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker + Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer
Sponsor: Nupur of One Hot Stove









Code Name: RU8
Description: Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young + one professional quality print of any of her photographs (winner's choice).
Sponsor: Prerna of Indian Simmer














Code Name: RU9
Description: Babycakes Pop Maker: CP-94LV - Purple
Sponsor: Smitha of Smitha's Spicy Flavors







Code Name: RU11
Description: Rachael Ray's Whistling Tea Kettle (Available colors: Blue, Red, Orange) winner can choose their choice of color.
Sponsor: Divya of Dil Se..












Code Name: RU12
Description: Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press
Sponsor: Sridevi of Sreelu's Tasty Travels













Code Name: RU13
Description: The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks
Sponsor: Usha of My Spicy Kitchen












Code Name: RU14
Description: Polder KSC-310-28 Easy Read Digital Glass Top Scale, Silver
Sponsor: Usha of My Spicy Kitchen











Code Name: RU15
Description: Atlas Pasta Machine
Sponsor: Swati of Chatkor












Code Name: RU16
Description: EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale w/ Extra Large LCD and 11 Lb. Capacity
Sponsor:  Swati of Chatkor












Code Name: RU17
Description: Lilly Bloom Cross Body Handbag. This gorgeous and ultra-cute bag is very creatively made using recycled material.
Sponsor: Sakshi of Cracked Chronicles














Code Name: RU18
Description: Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts: Recipes and Remembrances of a Vegetarian Legacy by Ammini Ramachandran
Sponsor: Sangeeta of Musical's Kitchen
















Code Name: RU19
Description: Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country by Suvir Saran
Sponsor:  Sangeeta of Musical's Kitchen















Code Name: RU20
Description: 4 slots of Weekend Baking Classes (6 hours) at her Philadelphia Home
Sponsor and Image Credits: Champa of Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen











Code Name: RU21
Description: Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set
Sponsor: Vardhini of Zesty Palette














Code Name: RU22
Description: Beautiful Jewellery Set from Padma Fashions
Sponsor: Padma Fashions

Shipping within India/US Only






Code Name: RU10
Description: Oriental gift hamper containing chopsticks, customized wall hangings, and spices.
Sponsor: Nags of Edible Garden



Shipping within Europe/US Only




Code Name: RE1
Description: The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz
Sponsor: Finla of My Kitchen Treasures



Shipping within UK







Code Name: RE2
Description:  Chasseur Cast Iron Fondue with Forks, Meringue Satin
Sponsor: Padmaja of Spicy Andhra















Code Name: RE3
Description: Philips Imageo LED Rechargeable Candle Lights, White
Sponsor: Padmaja of Spicy Andhra


Shipping WorldWide





Code Name: RW1
Description: An Assortment of Props for Tabletop Food photography
Sponsor: Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook







Image Credits





Code Name: RW2
Description: Two professional prints (of winner's choice) from her beautiful photo gallery
Sponsor and Image Credits: Harini of Tongue Ticklers















Code Name: RW3
Description: Simple Indian by Atul Kochhar
Sponsor: Shruthi of Yummy 4 Tummy








Code Name: RW4
Description:  $50 Amazon card
Sponsor: RV of Food for 7 Stages of Life











Code Name: RW5
Description: The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread by Susan Russo
Sponsor: Valli of Cooking 4 all Seasons













Code Name: RW6
Description: Handmade Journal where the paper on the covers is decorated using suminagashi, an ancient Japanese marbling technique. Dimensions: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.
Sponsor: Simona of Briciole













Code Name: RW7
Description: 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer
Sponsor: Sonia of Seven Spice


Cleveland Amory once said - "What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind." Yes, we are such an army - this amazing food blogger community which I am proud to be a part of. Thanks guys. You Rock!

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My visit to Vaidehi Ashram here.
Second visit to Ashram for my dad's birthday.

cya for now,






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