When I decided to renew the charm of the Arusuvai Friendship chain little did I know that it would become so popular. Within the first week itself we had several interested bloggers to the list and till date everyday I open my blog I see new entries. Right now we have 36bloggers from India and 4-5 interested bloggers from abroad, whom we plan to link in the chain at the last stage of Arusuvai.
Bharathy and Srivalli both warned me of the difficult job of co-ordinating the whole system of linking up one blogger to another. And truly it’s a huge task of contacting the interested bloggers, collecting all the information, co-ordinating the chain and keeping track at each and every step. But all thanks to our wonderful participants whose co- operation made it all so easy. Above all I always know that Bharathy and Srivalli are there to help me out with everything. They always encourage me and share experience at each and every step.
Right now the chain is in the fourth link of the chain and am glad that every participant is pleased to have taken part. Every day it brings smile to my face when I read their mails conveying the message as how much they like to meet and make friends for life through this chain. That’s the reward for my effort. Here is a glimpse of the chain so far…
Sayantani of ‘A Homemaker’s Diary’ sent mustard powder to Bharathy with which she made a traditional Kerala style Banana stem pickle called Vazhapindi Achar.
Hema of 'Chef Hema' received dried green peppercorns from Sayantani and she whipped up two mouth watering dishes. Green Peppercorn Rice and Green peppercorn garlic kuzhambu
Kajal of 'Kajal Dreams' got a lovely Valentine themed package from Shalini. She got poppy seeds and made delicious Potato Curry and Poppy seeds Halwa.
|Archana of 'The Yum Factor' received Active dry yeast from Veena and she baked wonderfully light Pesto and Sun dried Tomato bread. The braided bread surely is a winner.|
Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen also received her mystery ingredient from Veena, and she was puzzled to guess the agar agar she received. She prepared a very light but refreshing dessert, Agar agar pudding with praline topping.
Veena Krishnakumar of 'Veg Junction' received Barley from Gayathri and she prepared a very healthy Barley Uthappam.
Santosh of Santosh's Kitchen received black poppy seeds from Nivedita and what a innovative way she used it to prepare Cake rusk with black poppy seeds. A must check recipe.
Jayasree of Kailasa Kitchen received a packet of dried Apricot from Veena. She prepared a delicious bowl of rose hues Beetroot and Mewa Pulao.
Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen received an unusual ingredient called 'Gondh or Gum Arabica' from Veena, with which she prepared a Mediterranean flavoured Rose, Pistachio & Cardamom Ice-cream With Gum Arabic
PJ of 'Seduce Your Tastebuds got a packet of Mangodi or Moong Dal
(yellow lentil) wadi from Archana and she prepared a lip smacking Rajasthani delicacy called 'Mangodi ki Khadi'.
Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen got Ajwain or carom seeds from Nisa. This was one ingredient which she never cooked with, so she paired it with the humble potato and prepared Ajwain Potatoes.
Saee of 'My Jhola' was elated to get her mystery package from Rachel as she sent her couple of Organic Vanilla pods. Without wasting any time she baked a delicious batch of 'Cashew and Vanilla Bean Cookies'.
The very talented Sanjeeta of Lite Bite prepared a scrumptious stack of Healthy wheatgerm pancakes with the cornflour she received from Nivedita.
Rituparna of 'Chocolates and Dreams' received cornmeal from Jaysree and she prepared a delicious batch of Cornmeal Strawberry Muffins.
Rajani of 'Healthy Slurps' got a very less known ingredient called Rajgira atta or Amaranth Flour from Jaysree. She very creatively cooked an one dish meal called 'Raj Conito'. If you are curious to know what that is please head to her blog.
Our very talented Nithya of 4th sense cooking, received very rarely found lavender from Simran and she very lovingly baked and decorated a lovely batch of Lavender Linzer Cookies.
Monika of Sin-A-Mon Tales baked Baked Ajwaini fish with carom seeds she recieved from Nisa.
Sharmi of Neivedyam was busy with her shifting still she managed to dish out a healthy bowl of Muesli with the Organic dry grapes Aparna sent her.
Richa Priyanka of Ambrosia received flaxseeds from PJ and she stuffed this power packed seeds in some sattu filled buns.