Its been a long time I have been putting away posting this.....I dont know why. But now I have to absolutely do it, coz I feel guilty whenever I think of it.
Before the year ended I had posted the Best of 2007, wherein I had mentioned that I had received a gift from Hotel Choclat....after much hue & cry - I finally got the packet one day.
I was excited beyond words - not that I had never won a competition before, but this really meant something for me.. Cooking is a passion in my life, n me having won for soemthing which is so close to my heart - really really meant a lot to me. N moreover I had soo many people who seemed so absolutely proud of me - my husband, my MIL, my parents, my friends - all of them....& I was gleaming. When I opened the packet I was shocked to see that the packet had been messed with, n there were open wrappers lying in the box. I suspected this coz the box did weigh lighter than the first time it had come for delivery & was given back because of an unpaid Customs Duty Bill from the Consigners behalf. Me being me - was not ready to give up on ethics, n I needed to get the courier guys by the neck to find out where the box went. Then there was suddenly my husband, who very calmly said - "you know what, just let it go - even this one box is very precious & enough for us". I was totally touched & I was left without a word to say....I just gave him a big hug n said "so be it". There were 16 pcs that I got, I honestly kept one pc each for all those who had so eagerly waited for the box to arrive, n the rest (which was very very little) we both shared. I treasure the book - hopefully I shall be able to give some of the recipes a try. My name shows here in the winners list
I will always, always cherish this memory in my heart. No joy can match this profound love.
Pictures are all that I can share with you - my wonderful friends - without whom I wouldnt be doing I what I am doing today with a good part of my day i.e., BLOGGING.
ACCOMPANIMENTS (1) APPETIZERS / SNACKS (21) APPETIZERS / SNACKS - CHICKEN (1) APPETIZERS / SNACKS - VEGETARIAN (3) Awards and Newspaper Coverage (1) BREAKFAST (11) CAKES AND BAKES (18) CHAATS (2) DAALS (5) EASY PEASY (1) FOOD FOR THOUGHT (8) GENERAL (13) HEALTHY WEALTHY AND WISE (1) KERALA RECIPES (1) LIQUID DREAMS (2) MAIN COURSE - NON VEG (5) MAIN COURSE - NON VEG (EGGS) (6) MAIN COURSE - VEG (39) PARTY MENU (3) PICKLES AND CHUTNEYS (1) RICE (6) SOUPS (1) SWEET TOOTH (7) THE FUNNY BONE (1) TIPS AND TRICKS (1)