Fork Spoon Knife is the personal blog of Asha where she chronicles her journeys in food through stories, recipes and photographs. She can also be found doodling and sharing her experiences as below.

 
                        

9.20.2010

{VOTING OPEN} FoodBuzz Project Food Blog Challenge #1: Introducing FSK

Voting is now open until 6PM PST on Sept 23, 2010. Please use this link to vote. Thank you very much! :)

Red Clapp Pears
Red Clapp Pears

Have you aspired to be a star?! I have and I do :). I have always had the ambition and the confidence, but, over my 29 years, the route, the industry and the sparkle of the end goal has been a moving target. Not before a year or so back, did I even think that the food services industry would be one of the paths I would tread on. Well, in this I was urged along by the crash of the Wall Street giants!

Ok, I haven't gotten there yet but I am contending to! Whenever I watch The Next Food Network Star or MasterChef I wonder at my chances. However, in those cases, there are obstacles other than talent and I have been able to do little more than dream. Then, FoodBuzz came up with a real opportunity for me and I jumped on it like a kid on her Christmas gift - The Project Food Blog 2010.

Tomato Bredie
Tomato Bredie

Along with the honor of being judged by Dana Cowin (OMG!!!), I am humbled by the talent of my fellow ~2,000 contestents! Still, I am playing for the win and hope to put my best dish forward! ;-) Today, for the first challenge, in a series of them, I bare my hopes and dreams about me and this blog of mine, which, is my pet project.

I was born into a family of foodies in a maternal line of talented home chefs. South Indians by origin, but, reaching beyond regional constraints, our family table was always filled to the brim, at every meal, with a variety of dishes, meat and vegetables. It is, hence, natural that I imbibed much of that love for good food and not surprising that I had the creative artery pulsing through me.

Zucchini Chocolate loaf
Zucchini Chocolate Loaf

When I first met my future husband at business school, I have to say, frankly, one of the attractions was our mutual love for food, he hailing from another foodie family (actually community!), and, a thirst to discover all the good food joints in Bangalore, India, where we were then, supposedly, working towards earning our MBAs! I have to honestly say, we imbued more street food than business theories..

Since, moving to New York, one of the meccas of food, five years back, we have had the opportunity to discover oh-so-many different cuisines and flavors. For the first couple of years, I was content to look, taste and consume. At home, we cooked mostly Indian and simple dishes from other cuisines for want of time. We both worked long hours and it was all we could do to come back, cook dinner and crash for the day!

Bouillabaisse
Provencal Bouillabaisse

But, a couple of years back, when I, suddenly, had more time on my hands, I started to challenge myself; to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I was itching to recreate what we had tasted and enjoyed in our travels and at home in New York restaurants. Hence, began my learning and this blog was born to document and share.

Accepting the unexpected change, from working 13-16 hours a day in a fast-paced, super-charged environment to listless unemployment, was not easy. No, it was downright depressing. But, this blog is one big reason, I smile today with the hope of a better tomorrow. FSK has been my best friend, mentor and my happy place. It has channeled my energies, provided a diversion; in short saved me from insanity (LOL), all the while fueling my passion and propelling me to further discovery and satisfaction!

Plum Galette
Plum Galette (similar recipe here)

I have no formal training in the culinary arts. But, equipped with an innate love for food, a quest for more and perfection, a passion for learning and much aided by the hereditary culinary talent, I have come far over the last two years. Along the way, I picked up a new hobby, photography, which, has turned into a second passion, thoroughly fueling the first into providing many willing subjects.

I have grown a lot; learnt and perfected many techniques to a point where I am comfortable in making them my own by adding my distinctive flavor twists. Through this blog, my goal is to bring to you my foodie thoughts and scrambles via the medium of great food, tried and tested recipes, inspired flavors and mouthwatering photographs.

Dirty and Gnarled
Organic Carrots from my CSA. First of Fall produce

This year I started a quest to eat seasonal and as much organic as I can. I joined a local CSA and through it support local farmers. For my patronage, I get a weekly basket of fresh, seasonal produce - vegetables and fruits. Inspired by their quality, I created the Farm to Table series with my original recipes for using them.

At this point, I don't know if I made FSK or if FSK made me, but, for somewhile now, we have been in step and I plan to continue striding in tandem. I hope you join me in my culinary journey and walk with me to stardom! :)

I hope you enjoyed the read and I appreciate all your comments and thoughts. I leave you with a slice of tomato tart for your trouble. Voting begins on September 20, 2010. Please do vote for me.

Tomato Tart
Tomato Tart

48 comments:

  1. So well written and bursting with beautiful photos! Definitely your 'story' and love of food comes through loud and clear. Lovely post, good luck with PFB! :)

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  2. Hey Asha!

    I love your post. I think it did exactly what it should - make people connect with you.

    Which, I did.

    You see... I started blogging after I was laid off from an industry I had been working in for the better part of 7 years. It was a good way to stay productive (or so I thought). A work colleague of mine who had success with a healthy lifestyle blog urged me to take the leap, so now I'm here. Blogging about food because I love it, and dreaming of ways to get into my next businesses goal - opening a restaurant.

    And the photography thing? I had no idea what white balance was when I started. I shudder at the photos I used to take. But, it's all a process and a journey, and I have to admit that I've fallen in love with photography. I can stare at blogger photos all. day. long. I'm still workin' with a crappy point n' shoot (y' know, back to that no $$ thing). One day, I'll upgrade. But it's been fun learning how to use what I have. :o)

    Best of luck on the Project Food Blog!!! You have my vote. :o)

    [K]

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  3. Just a great post with a great array of photos... loved the pears!

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  4. Well, I am not going to be original, but it is a great post, accompanied with amazing pictures! It is a pleasure to know a little more about the talented person behind FSK!

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  5. A beautiful post! It was really interesting reading it. I love your beautiful blog and wish you all the best!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. What an amazing journey. You've certainly developed into an awesome and unstoppable talent and I so love to read about your adventures, taste your recipes and admire your photography. Good luck on this competition. I wish you all the best!

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  7. You've also got my vote Asha! Your story is so heartfelt and your passion for food is so evident. I've said it before but will say it again that your pictures are getting better all the time and so inspiring!

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  8. Hey Asha,
    Iam a reular reader of ur posts through email subscription. very well written and amazing photography ! i've become a fan of urs :) and iam anoveice in this blogging field and have just started learning abt photography ....wish during the course i get to improve my pics...... definitely u have my vote ! Good luck!

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  9. Thanks for the tamato tart. So sweet of you! Good luck with the contest. I know you'll do well.

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  10. Asha, this is a very well written post. Your dishes and photos are beautiful. One got to have a dream and I love it that you are attempting to give it a run! Blogging does inspire one to do many things one has never thought of doing... and inspiration- that's really the fuel for dreams... Good luck! You have my vote!

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  11. Tenacity, generosity and sincerity are great qualities of yours. I wish you good luck !

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  12. So well written....really appreciate ur passion...Great going...Keep up.Waiting for the poll to open :)

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  13. Hey,
    Great post that made for a nice read. Nice knowing more about you. A couple of other bloggers I know are also participating in this challenge..I am so excited for you and them. Very best of luck to you.

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  14. Beautiful write up Asha and GORGEOUS photographs!
    Good Luck to you! I'm here rooting for ya :-)

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  15. Asha, your pictures are so breathtaking--so inspiring. Glad to have gotten to know more about you through this post. I see you taking PFB all the way to the top! :-)

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  16. I always love your photos & writing--great to read. It's also nice to know that food & food blogging saved another person from the unhappiness of unemployment. Food really can create happiness ;)

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  17. Asha, I love the picture! this is my kind of thing, I really like the pears against the dark background.
    All the photos are beautiful, congrats and good luck for the competition!
    Dario

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  18. This is truly a beautiful post Asha! I so much enjoyed reading it. Your blog is really lovely and your photos are getting better and better! I love the first pics of the pears. Wishing you all the best!

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  19. Asha this is quite a profound and thoughtful post. I like how you have called FSK your best friend and mentor. It's so true about the growth and reflection that happens when you document your experiences, no matter what the topic.

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  20. A terrific post! And wonderful pictures to feature! Good luck this week!

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  21. I will certainly vote for you and good luck! You have a beautiful blog.

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  22. Lovely read, Asha. Like your passion for food and learning new recipes. Best wishes for the contest.

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  23. Love the story! Great writing! Wish i could have you over for dinner, we sould have lots in common :) You have my vote!

    http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/559

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  24. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!
    Voted for you! Good luck with PFB :)

    I would like to invite you to participate in my giveaway
    http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/08/mini-pistachio-tea-cakes-40.html

    Here is my entry for PFB http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/668

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  25. Saved from insanity mmmm.... Are you sure? lol
    Lovely post Asha!

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  26. Really nice entry post - happy to make your acquaintance. You've got my vote. Good luck.

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  27. Great post, as always! Love all of your photos. They are really, really beautiful. Very inspiring. I voted for you! =)

    Good luck!

    Check out my PFB post: http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/503

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  28. hi :) i saw your blog and love your post :)

    i voted for you.

    if you are interested, check out my pfb post : http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/333

    good luck!

    -sians

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  29. Lovely post and gorgeous photos...Will be voting :) And good luck with the contest...

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  30. Asha, you are a prime example of someone who is able to open a window after a door closes, and look how beautiful the view. You are such a talented person, and one would think you have been doing this professionally for years! You have my vote!!!

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  31. Hello Asha, what a wonderful post and a lovely blog! I just stumbled upon your blog now that I'm browisng thrugh the PFB contestants. I'm a new food blogger and have been inspired by all the awesome blogs out there including yours. Best of luck in PFB!

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  32. You are definitely moving on to the next level! What a beautiful blog, and flowing essay.

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  33. Asha, your blog is gorgeous! I love your cooking philosophy and let's just say I have a lot to learn from you in photographing food. :) I know you're going to do great in PFB!

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  34. Great post - beautiful photos - gets my vote. Good luck
    Sue

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  35. absolutely loved the pears photo..and then i really loved your words...
    voted 4 you...
    if you wanna check out my post here is the link ..good luck
    http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/263

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  36. Gorgeous. The photos, the writing, all of it. Just beautiful.

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  37. Good luck, sweetheart! Don't forget the little people ;-) What a beautiful story and I so wish I had your talent and your patience. One look at your blog and it shows! I'm always blown away when I visit here.

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  38. What a great story! Love the photographs too. Best of luck in the competition.

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  39. You have my vote.. I have not stopped by here before but I am thrilled to make your acquaintance! Megan

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  40. Your photos are so beautifully composed, I can't wait to see more of them. Voted!

    Lick My Spoon

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  41. Love the photos and the way your story is written. You are an inspiration! You have my vote - good luck!

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  42. I'm also a huge proponent of local food. I frequent my local market every week and am joining (and blogging) a winter csa. I love finding other blogs that share the passion. You have my vote, and I hope you'll check me out too!

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  43. What a gorgeously written and photographed post! I'm so glad that Foodbuzz organized PFB, if only because it's given me the opportunity to discover some incredibly talented food bloggers.
    Best of luck to you in the competition. As far as I'm concerned, you've totally got what it takes to make it!

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  44. Great post! And i love, love, love your food photography. I'll give you French lessons if you teach me how to use my camera. :)

    Of course i voted for you!!

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  45. Nice post and great photos. I'm so loving to see every ones photography so I can get some more inspiration for my own blog! Good luck in PFB. Sending you a vote!

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  46. Gorgeous photo, too bad I arrived too late to vote you :(

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