“When you move your Focus from Competition to Contribution…Life becomes a Celebration…” This is my soul mantra and strongly adhere to it……
Whenever I am asked, “What’s your religion?” My prompt reply is “Food!” My world revolves round the food – being born and brought up in a Rajput family and married to the original Mumbaikar, this wedlock between two foodie families resulted in the vibrant blend of cuisines. We celebrate all festivals, be it Diwali or Christmas or Eid. We cook according to the festivals. Our family holidays are mostly based of the food trails and exploration.
I never thought of making a blog, but the ones close to my heart and my instinct made me do this. For many years I have been cooking for my near and dear ones and always got asked to share the recipe. So with all my love and dedication to my daughters Dhani and Raashi and a whole hearted support from my husband Rahul, I started my blog – Nainasrecipes.wordpress.com
In which I share the recipes I develop and I cook ( Nainasrecipes), my cooking sessions (Cooking with Naina), the restaurant reviews, workshops and events I attend ( Food Fiesta) and the cakes I bake (Temptations) for the corporate houses, banks, birthdays and school events.
The seed of “passion for food” was sown by my Ma who is immensely talented and natural when it comes for cooking. She taught me to cook by instincts and not by the measurements of cups and spoons. She always tells, “cook with all your heart and the outcome will be 100% positive.”
A couple of years back I implemented my passion of cooking to the public. I started my own cooking classes wherein I teach as per the menu – Indian, continental, Chinese or be it baking. The motive behind such sessions is to teach cooking and serving of the food in like the fine diners, the glamorous aspect of serving home cooked meals.
Moreover, I am a Director at Prabhat Processed Foods, a part of Prabhat Poultry. One of my task involves giving live demonstrations of our products ( cold cuts and kebabs) across the city, thus introducing the concept of gourmet foods on a mass scale.
My food journey also involves engaging food lovers through a visual narrative. I have, therefore, attempted to display my passion of food through tempting and visually pleasing photography. My Baking blog “Temptations” has also been nominated in several competitions such as the Food Bloggers association of India annual awards and has won an award by the BBC of JW Marriott.
Recently I got the opportunity for working with “The Duhita Foundation” at the Tata Memorial Hospital. We conducted a workshop for the parents of the little fighter bachchas, wherein we showed a few dishes which can be cooked using healthier option and presented to the little fighters in a fancy way. The highlight of this workshop was my Multigrain Churma laddoos, which I had moulded in Mickey Mouse shape. It was immensely appreciated by the parents, the team of doctors and the HOD of the Tata Memorial cancer hospital. We wish to continue such workshops in future.
I was given the opportunity of Judging a Cooking event – “Chrysalis”, organised by the elite South Bombay school, Queen Mary… where different schools all over Mumbai participated. Was humbled to see the talents and clarity of thoughts of the budding chefs.
I would like to thank all the people, especially my close friends who have inspired, encouraged and supported me. Special thanks to the FBAI for giving me this platform and tons of opportunities to grow. I would love to continue my journey with the passion of food and spreading the love.
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Thank you for visiting my blog !!!
Naina Rahul Goregaonkar.