Thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
Sujitha : Hello everyone.
Basically I’m from Kerala, settled in Bangalore since marriage. I have two wonderful and equally naughty kids – a boy and a gal. Since I was a child I’ve always been so interested in reading and writing. Sometimes my imaginations go wild and I used to even write up some stories, which unfortunately never got finished. I used to keep a personal diary with me in which I used to pen down my happy, sad, angry and exciting moments in life. But later, I stopped all those as I didn’t get enough time and new ‘interests’ took its place. One of them was ‘Cooking’. Though I never tried to make anything, watching cookery shows, taking down recipes and helping my dad or mom was the main thing I did.
After marriage, I thought the basic knowledge of salt; sugar and spices are more than enough to cook up something. But it was not so. I was horrible at even making a cup of tea. It was from there, I began my quest for cooking good food and later when I had a kid, I began to try out more healthy versions of junk food. Soon I started posting pics of my successful attempts in a social networking site, and my friends and family suggested I start a blog of my own. And that’s how “Suji’s Cooking Lab” came into existence.
What makes your blog so unique and why should people read it?
Sujitha : Just like how each person is considered to be unique, my blog is ‘unique’ in its own way. There are millions of food blogs out there, I’ve seen delicious food in many of them, mostly using too many or complicated steps/techniques to get the end result. I appreciate their hard work to do all those, but, it’s too much for me to do. I’m quite the lazy one, so, only simple, easy and quick recipes attract me. And that’s the basic idea of my blog as well. Hence the title – “Easy cook for the Lazy cooks”.
So, for those who don’t have the time or maybe are simply lazy as I am, can check out my blog for easy recipes than can be done in less time and doesn’t require much hard work either.
How often do you blog?
Sujitha : It usually depends on my mood and availability of time. Sometimes I blog twice or thrice every week, sometimes it takes more than that. Nowadays my time flies off in a jiffy as I have to manage a year old girl, who keeps me running around the house most of the time, a school going boy who drives me crazy with all his experimenting and studies, and in between all these madness I have to manage the house work and cooking.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Sujitha : Most successful in the sense of ‘most page views’ – two dishes actually – one is the Bread Dosa and the other one was the Dragon Chicken.
Bread Dosa was an instant dosa made with leftover bread slices and other flours, which required no fermenting.
Dragon Chicken was an easy Chinese dish made with boneless chicken and could be used as a side dish to any fried rice, noodles, etc.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Sujitha : Finding an audience and the time factor.
What are some of your favorite author blogs and why?
Sujitha : I’ve got a very long list. Mostly food related blogs of course. Most of my dishes have been inspired by reading too many of their recipes.
What are your favorite books that you would recommend SIW family?
Sujitha : I’m a big fan of mysteries and horrors. And it has nothing to do with cooking. So I guess I can’t recommend any .
Can we really make a living by Blogging? If yes, how we can do that?
Sujitha : I haven’t made a living out of blogging yet. So I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?
Sujitha : As I have mentioned above, I haven’t yet begun a career out of blogging. But I would definitely like to say an already sung song – “” Do what you love and love what you do””. I love to write and I love to cook, and so blogging has become a part of me now. And it’s so nice to get words of encouragement and appreciation from friends, family and even other bloggers around the world, whom I would have never known if not for my blog.
A very big THANKS to SIW for giving me this opportunity to open up and share my experiences here. As I usually sign off – Happy Cooking N Clicking!!!
Blog URL : watscookingin.blogspot.in
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