Then as all Indian children, I joined a college in Chennai to study my Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I was staying in a hostel and it was during these 4 years that I realized the taste of my mother's home recipes. Whenever I went home during holidays I would relish on the food which my mother made. I also used to take some food for my friends in Chennai who were also longing for home cooked food.
At that juncture, some of my friends had rented a house in Chennai to study from there and they were totally clueless about cooking. Even though there are a lot of street food shops in Chennai, many flood the dish with oil or butter and add too much spice to mask the lack of flavor in their dish. So they would smuggle me out of hostel during weekends and I used to cook at their place. It was my first kitchen, I was the head cook, they would cut onions and vegetables for me and I put together a lot of recipes. So now whenever I went home, I started learning the gravies and curries and traditional recipes in South Indian Cooking. Then I would make these dishes during the weekends for my friends. That is when my cooking transitioned from snacks and sweets to preparing a full meal.
I graduated college after 4 years and joined HCL as Software Engineer, again the job was in Chennai. I was staying in a hostel and the mess there was horrible. I was picked up by the company bus at 6.30 AM and I came back home at 8.00 PM. Life was horrible, the food at the mess made it even worse. During all these years, my best friend Raji(who was working in the same company) brought me Lunch everyday. Her mom packed 2 lunch boxes, one for her and one for me. Everyone at the company also used complain about how much they hated the food there and how much they long to go back home to enjoy a good meal. I experienced and understood the importance of home cooked meal.
Two years flew by, I got married and moved to Dallas, Texas. My mother-in-law is an amazing cook. My hubby had huge praise for his mom's cooking. I immediately knew what I was up against. My mother-in-law is a very kind and gentle woman she taught me all her "secret" recipes. I learn't a lot from her. Now I am in Dallas, in my own kitchen where I am the Master Chef. I carefully built by the kitchen selecting every utensil and appliance. My hubby really appreciated my cooking always helped in prepping the food and cleaning the dishes. I also met some couples in our community who were struggling in the Kitchen. We used to invite them during home parties and they were all huge fans of my cooking. They used to ask for every recipe and made notes of them.
That is when my hubby encouraged me start making recipe videos for Youtube. I started my cooking channel in English Classic Masala Hut a couple of months later I started another cooking channel in Tamil Madras Samayal . I was first hesitant about making videos, I was shy and was afraid of negative comments but my hubby encouraged me to go on with it. When I got my first 100 subscribers he presented me a DSLR. I didn't know how to operate it first and then there were lots of lenses for photography. This was all new for me and I had slowly drifted into the world of food blogging.
Almost 9 months later, I had a total of 20,000 subscribers and I was really happy. Many of them would ask for additional recipes or some measurements and that is when Steffi's Recipes was born, to act as a hub for both traditional and western recipes, providing detailed ingredients list and cooking tips.
Traditionally Indian cooking recipes are passed on from mother to daughter, I have learnt several authentic recipes from my mother, grand-mother and my mother-in-law. I have also traveled to various places and tried several cuisines. I enjoy tasting food from street vendors to star-hotels. Each time I taste a different dish, I try to make the dish at home and vary the ingredients. I have made a careful record of these home-tested recipes. I enjoy cooking and tasting food. I have been cooking for more than 15 years. Cooking is my passion and I always enjoyed making new recipes from different cuisines.
I just started this blog a few months ago and so it may not have all the recipes that you are looking for. But I will be adding several new recipes every week and sure the recipes blog will grow. In the meanwhile if you really need any particular recipe. Please mention it in the comments section below and I will post that recipe at a prioritized pace. Once again thank you for visiting Steffi's Recipes and your continued support. Together let's SPREAD THE JOY OF COOKING !!