Meet Padma of Padma's recipes in this week's Super blogger series. She has posted more than 500 years in a little more than 2 years of blogging. Her blog is neatly organised and allows convenient browsing. Her blog covers a wide variety of recipes. Read more about here ...
EC: Tell us something about you
Padma: First of all thanks to "Simple Indian Food" for featuring in their series 'Super Blogger Sunday". I am really honored.
I was born and brought up in Bangalore, Karnataka. Mother tongue is Telugu and native near South Tamilnadu. So was exposed to cuisines from all over these places right at home. I am a home maker with two kids. Cooking is my passion and always loved collecting recipes from magazines, TV Cookery show and noted them down in a book. Later noted down many recipes from mom and grandma. That book was in great demand right from college and was always under circulation. Luckily was able to get them back by the end of college.
My hubby is a real foodie and preferred a lot of variation. I used to cook 3 different meals each day. I am a vegetarian by choice, but cook Non veg dishes very rarely. That is the reason you find very less Non Veg dishes in my blog.
EC: Who and what inspired you to start food blogging ?? Which were the blogs that inspired you initially ?
Padma: Intially I started to maintain a soft copy of my favourite recipes and slowly started to share in a food website as a contributor. After having kids slowed down sharing and my full attention was on them and their activities but was still updating and saving recipes in a soft copy. 2 years back a friend started a food blog and asked me to share some recipes. I immediately sent some recipes and then shared some pictures too. Loved taking pictures and post with recipes and within few days I started my own food blog ( Padma's Recipes) and now my blog is more than 2 years and with 500 posts.
EC: How much technical knowledge does one need for a neatly organised blog like yours ?
Padma: None. If you just know how to open a blog, type in recipes and upload pictures that is very much enough. Gradually you will get know most of the things just like I did. Initially I did not even know how to link a recipe. Now I am able to guide new bloggers with their queries and even reply to them with any help they ask technically.
EC: You have posted 500 recipes now in 2 years..Do you cook specifically for the blog and what are your recipe sources?
Padma: I post whatever I cook for the day. Very rarely I cook specifically for the blog that too to send in to food events. Initially I posted 2 or 3 recipes a day, which gradually slowed down. Now I try to post once or twice a week. My recipe source is always my family. My mom and grandma are great cooks and even now they try out new dishes. May be I got the same interest from them.
EC: Have your recipes been copied anywhere without your permission..How would you deal with plagiarism ??
Padma: Plagiarism should not be encouraged. I have seen many of my blogger friends recipes and pictures been copied and always felt for them and supported their action against plagiarism. Most the times recipes are been copied from one place to another with some changes, but copying of pictures is a shameful act and I am against it.
Recently when I looking at a Tamil Magazine "Mangayar Malar", was shocked to see my picture under a different contributors name and recipe fully changed. I am still in process of how to deal with it?.
EC: Your favourite vegetarian recipe