In the past, I have met talented food bloggers because they reached out to me and this happens mostly when we discover each others blogs. Taruna Deepak from Easy Food Smith was the one who attracted my attention after having read her very well thought through and smart comment on my blog (and I do really treasure such thoughts!). I love to just relax and discover food pages that are new to me, so I would take five to travel to another persons mind, look around the page and maybe gain some knowledge on the way. At Easy Food Smith I ended up 30 minutes on my first visit and those were undoubtedly some of the best spend 30 minutes of my live!
Taruna’s food blog has style. It literally enthralled me back then and it still those each time. The photography is always tiptop and each of her food shots are begging to be tried. I came, saw and called the Easy Food Smith my new little favorite hot spot, adding countless recipes to my recipe box while sucking in some useful knowledge from Taruna’s point of view.
Taruna lives in India and after more than eight years of a demanding corporate job, she hung her boots to raise her daughter and that is when a friend suggested food blogging since food had always been her passion. And thus began the journey of Easy Food Smith.
She explained that holding a corporate job in an Indian metro city isn’t easy, it left virtually no time for herself and her family. Therefore, when she began blogging, her deliberate attempt was to keep the recipes easy, simple yet flavorful.
I call them the ‘no-fuss recipes’- making not much dent on time and mostly effortless – which actually is my cooking motto. And hence the name “EASY FOOD SMITH” (just as gold smith or black smith)
Her food is very Indian, however, at times she completely surprises us with her own refreshing creations. While tweaking and experimenting, the foremost thought that plays on Taruna’s mind is to try and retain the flavors and nutritious values of a dish; although, occasionally you will find a recipe that may call for indulgence. Some time back she explained that her mother never chronicled her recipes and all that she has of her culinary experiences is from her memory and a few that she happened to jot down post her marriage.
The rest is the taste that still lingers in my mind…
Taruna perceives her blog as an attempt to keep a journal of dishes that were passed on to her by her mother and also those dishes that were attempted and experimented by Taruna in her kitchen.
I would like to think of this blog as my food legacy to my daughter J
Blogging gives Taruna immense satisfaction. It helps her utilize her free time doing something she absolutely loves and it further results in something fruitful. Taruna told me that she abides by one advice that her Mom gave her while entrusting her culinary experiences to Taruna and I think these are some of the wisest words you will ever need when preparing gorgeous food…
“It is the love and passion with which one cooks the food that makes all the difference”. So my advice to everyone is – cook with passion and serve with love!
As an Easy Food Smith fan I can say that you are in good hands if you want to learn Indian cooking and especially if you are into North Indian food. Taruna has already shared popular must try classics such as the Indian flat bread, which is better known as Naan or tasty snack time treats such as Samosas, sweet and irresistible Gulab Jamuns and a recipe for a hot Kashmiri spiced aromatic tea. Soon I am going to try her Saffron Chicken Tikka (because I am a tandoori fan!) and I want to tackle Taruna’s Indian five spice Tomato relish.
Something you might treasure as well are the basic recipe posts such as the homemade clarified butter post or Taruna’s detailed explanation on how to make homemade butter the traditional Indian way. Also if you want to learn more about Indian spices check out the Easy Food Smith’s Indian Spice Series (Part I & Part II). It’s very detailed and informative, I learned a lots in these posts and I believe you are going to as well!