A heart filled with gratitude…..

I am giving a lazy start to the New Year, as always, it takes me forever to recover from a vacation. Even before 2013 ended, I pledged that my very first post in 2014 will be the expression of gratitude to my fellow bloggers who have showered me with their kindness, support and awards. Every award made me float in the air, inspired me and motivated me. Strawberry Lentils is my first ever blogging experience, and I owe it to all my friendly bloggers here to have made it a very pleasant experience. I have immense respect for every one of you and I am a big fan of all your writings , photographs and of course, the yummilicious recipes. Even though I did not follow through with any rules, I hope you will kindly accept my heartfelt thanks…..


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My very first award came from Charanya of VeganRecipesOnline. Charanya has an amazing collection of vegar recipes from various cuisines. One of my favorites is her Vegan Thai Curry (http://veganrecipesonline.wordpress.com/category/thai-curry/). Thank you Charanya for the “shine on” award and your kindness.

Thank you Aruna of Aahaaram for the Versatile Blogger Award“. Visiting Aruna’s blog is like visiting home for me. All those wonderful recipes of yummy comfort foods, I am a huge fan.  Her collection of Andhra recipes is  such a treat to spice lovers like me. Here is one of my favorites, the signature Andhra Pesarattu recipe (http://aahaaram.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/mla-pesarattu-or-pesarattu-with-upma/). Thank you Aruna for your support.

Another Versatile Blogger Award from Sugarfreesweetheart’s Priya . Thank you Priya for your kindness. Priya’s blog features diabetic friendly healthy recipes, which are good for everybody, diabetic or not. Contrary to the popular belief of diabetic diet being lackluster….her collection of recipes are so yumm and colorful and flavorful, here is one for sample : her gorgeous looking Bisibelabath (http://sugarfreesweetheart.com/2013/11/25/moms-bisi-bele-bhath/). I have to thank Priya again for her generosity to have nominated me for “Dragon’s loyalty award“.

Thank you Namrata of MyFoodTapestry  for the “Liebster Award“. I am a huge fan of Namrata’s blog not just for her unique recipes, but also for her interesting style of writing and beautiful photographs. Even those who are not foodies will enjoy Namrata’s blog because of her witty writing. If you are a foodie, then her posts are such treats , as they always come not just with a recipe, but exploring all possibilities for that dish…it is such a pleasure reading her posts. I have self declared her as my bread guru, as she whips out those flat breads and paavs with so much ease and perfection. Here is one of my favorites, her post on paav that left me in awe …http://myfoodtapestry.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/mumbai-special-pav-bhaaji/

Thank you FightForTheBite for “I’m part of WordPress Family” award. I enjoy the love of chocolate expressed in these recipes as I share the same love. Check out the awesome marbled cake recipe here http://fightforthebite.wordpress.com… There are many more droolworthy recipes here.

Thank you Tanusree for the WordPress Family award. How wonderful will it be to have delicious recipes certified by a nutrition expert ??? well, thats what we get in her blog. Her recipes are so yummm, they almost overshadow the fact that they are also so healthy. Here is a sample : her awesome carrot halwa recipe http://tanusreeroy.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/low-calorie-gajar-ka-halwa-carrot-pudding-ayurveda-recipe/.

Thank you Anne of TalesAlongTheWay for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I enjoy Anne’s travelogue, reading her thoughts on Indian politics is very refreshing. When I read her posts , it makes me feel as if I am travelling with her. And if you think you know India so well, then challenge yourself by taking her quiz at http://talesalongtheway.com/2013/11/12/how-well-do-you-know-india-take-a-quiz-and-find-out/ My scores…… I am keeping it a secret 🙂

Thank you Chintal of ChinsKitchen for the Liebster Award. If I can make up my own award I will present Chintal with “The Queen of Innovation” award. Every single recipe of hers promises her unique approach to it, and it always leaves me wondering “how come I never thought of that”. She combines things that are never put together before and make them work magically. Shrikhand as your frosting or gulanb jamuns in  cheesecakes.. there is always novelty in her recipes. Here is a recipe of hers that was a huge hit with my kids : The Makai Paka (http://chinskitchen.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/makai-paka-hors-doeuvres/)

Thank you Pavithra of Eat,Live,Burp  for passing on the “Sunshine Award“. Along with awesome recipes, Pavithra also gives product and restaurant reviews. Be sure to check out her reviews before testing out a new TraderJoe’s product or visiting a new restaurant in British Columbia and Washington Areas. Here is a sample :http://eatliveburp.net/2013/03/01/eat-your-way-through-vancouver-bc-and-an-exciting-update/

Thank you once again to all the above mentioned bloggers for graciously passing on awards to me.

I also would like to mention  few other bloggers whose posts I greatly enjoy.

  1.  Honk if you’re Vegan http://honkifyourevegan.com/
  2. Anjana at the corner of happy and harried http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/
  3. SimplyVegetarian777 http://simplyvegetarian777.wordpress.com/
  4. This is Thirty http://andthisisthirty.com
  5. Chef Mimi http://chefmimiblog.com
  6. FoodBod http://foodbod.wordpress.com
  7. Shivaay Delights http://shivaaydelights.wordpress.com
  8. Lisa’s Project Vegan http://lisasprojectvegan.com
  9. VegCharlotte http://vegcharlottenc.com
  10. The Novice Gardener http://thenovicegardener.wordpress.com
  11. Cooking with SJ  http://cookingwithsj.com

My sincere thanks to all my fellow bloggers ,followers and my friends for your continued support and kindness. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 ! And a very happy Pongal/Sankaranthi to those who are celebrating…

Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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