LAKSHMI

I’ve been scratching my head for a long time whether to blog or not. I’m a lousy blog reader myself which, I've been warned, is a weak premise for becoming a blogger. I visit food blogs occasionally to boost an inspiration to cook. Cooking is important to me.

I started cooking when we were running a bhakti-yoga centre in northern Greece with my husband, over 15 years ago. However, even before getting my head and heart around kitchen, I had learnt to value cooking skills, as well as eating, while following a monastic order in an ashram for several years. For me, food is related to purity. It nourishes body and soul alike.

Cooking is a reflection of lifestyle and culture. It tells about the qualities we appreciate and adhere to. It is a form of social interaction and a way to share affection and care. It is a primary need that, unfortunately, is devaluated by the modern society. It bothers me. I hope it is a conflict worth of a blog.

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

As a bhakti-yogi, I’m a servant of Krishna and vaishnavas in the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya. It is an ancient school of philosophy and a disciplic succession in the Vedanta tradition of India. With such background, my work lies within the realm of consciousness. It allows me to live simple, sustainable life and make ethically responsible choices. Cooking healthy and wholesome is an exercise of love and goodness. For me, it is an essential yoga-practice.

One of the first things I learnt on the path of self-realization is non-violence. It means not to harm one self, other human beings, animals or plants. Ultimately, non-violence refers to enlightenment about the nature of all living entities. It is a gateway out of ignorance.

In our home, we call food as prashad, mercy. Every spoonful is a gift. It makes cooking and eating an act of devotion. I’m excited, although shy, to offer the visual remnants of these blessings to you. I hope they will encourage you with your beneficial values and lifestyle choices.

FACTS & FIGURES

I currently live in Helsinki, Finland, with my husband. I am 49 years old and run a company that offers vegetarian cooking-classes, consulting and catering. I am regularly contributing to a Finnish yoga-periodical, Ananda. I'm also a freelance photographer. Please, take a look at the portfolio.

All photographs on this site are copyrighted with all rights reserved. Please, do not use them without permission. If you like to license an image for a personal or commercial use, please refer to my Getty Images Account. There is a lot more stock photography available I haven't had time to upload on Getty. All images posted on Flickr can be licensed via Getty. If you are looking for something particular, please contact me by e-mail. I am available for food writing, styling and photography.

ABOUT THE RECIPES

The idea of this blog is to be inspirational. I am a spontaneous cook and often forget to write down  measurements. Please take it into consideration if trying out the preparations.

Some of them, especially the ones with an Indian influence, may appear complicated due to the amount of spices. However, my approach to cooking is simple: the ingredients are common and easily found, and the cooking process is fairly quick and flexible. Feel free to adjust the recipes to suit your taste and requirements.

LANGUAGE

Last but not least, please pardon my English. I'm getting old. Vocabulary and grammar are slipping out of memory even in my native tongue. Bare with me :-).

Thank you for visiting the blog.

Sincerely,