Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Communicooking Salad- with love to Feta

One year.
I didn’t realize that my blog has turned one.
I missed a True Anniversary. That ought to have been celebrated.

My first post was on August 22 last year, when after a late night baking session, and many conversations about why I should have a blog, Ak decided to not wait for a yes from me, but instead go ahead and just do it. Yes, he thought of the name (of course, we discussed it), setup the blog, and even clicked the photographs, while I was baking. All I had to do was to write, and of course, cook. Those were the good old days! Sigh.
I have come a long way since then. Today, I cook, and then suddenly remember that I want to click as well. I rush to get my camera, and then realize it’s late.  I am a true believer in ‘process’ and then, I realize that I had to shoot before the last mixing step. Or had to capture a shot of the fancy ingredient before I decided to add it to the bowl. Or that I had to capture it without mixing it with another ingredient etc. And then there are times when I realize after the complete documentation of the process, that I have served the dish without documenting the ‘final product’. Yes, it has been a learning all the way, and yes, I am still discovering.

Since the inception of the blog, I have almost always, been sheepish about it. Including the times when someone at work told me of a moment when they discovered me/the blog on Google images- accidently, or each time, when someone much older/experienced appreciates my cooking skills, when I become a part of the Bloggers Table or the fact that I get called to judge a cooking competition at a school. I am still very shy- yes, and each time I wonder, Really? Me? So much so, that I only updated the 'Me' section very recently. 

But with any luck, I will learn.

Parenting, we all know is a tough job, and this blog baby was not planned. Hopefully, I will get better at it, and with all the late nights and the managing with work life balance, I hope to not disappoint you Communicooking in its growing up years. Thank you Ak- for being the Guinea pig to all my experiments, for always encouraging me, for withstanding all my anxiety about this blog and making me take that one extra step- forward. For making me do this.

A celebratory recipe is due.

This recipe was yet another test that Ak was subjected to- with my love for Feta, this is my version of a Twisted Greek Salad, inspired by one of Martha Stewarts' here. I am sure like all mothers, both of ours  would think of him as  a tormented child, being fed something that doesn’t quite suffice as a meal- He as usual was a sport, and his love for salads was hopefully not compromised. I served it with Special Seekh Kebabs and bread. Given the occasion, all that was missing was some wine J
50-75 g Feta Cheese, crumbled
50-75 g (15-20 sticks) Green Beans. Steamed and Sliced into halves
1 Red onion, Sliced
1 Tomato, Chopped into small pieces
1 Cucumber, Chopped into small pieces
Black Olives
12-15 Pistachios, roasted and chopped
Some Lettuce leaves, chopped (optional)- I didnt have lettuce, so I used Cabbage instead
Rocket Leaves

For the Dressing
4 Table Spoons of Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Coarse Pepper
1 Teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Honey

Toss the Ingredients in a bowl. Add the dressing just before serving. Mix well - and serve!


  1. Congratulations on your Bloggy birthday! Hope there are many many more to come :)

  2. Lovely. Absolutely my kinda salad.

    Isn't it a great feeling your blog is being appreciated in so many ways? Congratulations for all of this :-)

  3. Congratulations! Great going Tanya. So fun

  4. Bee-yoo-ti-fully expressed Tanya, so evocative and touching! I almost feel like it's my baby too...almost! You write really well, and am so glad you are part of our table! That salad is SO GOOD , and am certain that Ak enjoyed it {what is it with men & meat ... he got seekh kebabs too!!}
    Congratulations on this special milestone!

  5. Congratulations Tanya...i drool on salads...and this one looks too good.


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