Sunday, 19 January 2014

A bloggers Meet and some awesome food.


I have been blogging for almost five years at my food blog simply.food. Through blogging, over the years I have made many blogger friends and I have had the opportunity to meet some of them in person at blog events, pr events, blog summits and also at various meets we have organised amongst ourselves. There are a few bloggers that I have particularly formed a bond with and now we have become firm friends.We chat on the phone, meet up for create, cook and click sessions and generally have fun together.On Saturday I had arranged to meet one such friend Mina Joshi from Give me some spice. Mina is a very down to earth and easy to get on with and I really enjoy her company. She is an established blogger and what I find most endearing about her is that her personality shows through her blog. I love the simplicity and care she puts into each and every post with detailed photos and instructions.

Mina lives in a beautiful town in Cambridgeshire called Ely. It has a beautiful cathedral there and a lovely riverside. The drive to Ely from London is somewhat long, it is almost 2 hours, although I am sure you can do it in less time if you were familiar with the route. I arrived at Minas and she greeted me with open arms and a lovely welcoming hug. Over a hot cup of masala chai (tea), we chatted about food, food and more food. Mina recently started teaching cookery classes so it was great to learn some tips and tricks from her. You too can learn to cook from Mina if you live in Cambridgeshire you can book the classes at Ely College. After fueled with tea we went for a lovely walk around Ely, we saw the amazing cathedral and the small produce market. Ely is very picturesque and pretty. The weather although was chilly was in our favour a we had a glimmer of sunshine to enjoy too.

We returned home after a refreshing walk and Mina served a late lunch of Puri ( puffed spiced Indian bread), tangy spicy Chole aloo (chickpeas and potato curry) and Ondwo a savory baked  lentil cake with some delicious green coriander chutney and her special carrot chutney.


Stuffed to the brim I did not think any more food would pass my lips when Mina tempted me with her scrumptious Gajjar Halwa ( carrot dessert) with lashing of cream. It was delicious and despite feeling so full I managed a generous helping of it. You can see the Mina's Gajjar Halwa recipe here.Whilst eating we chatted non stop about everything and nothing and where time flew we were not even aware.In hind sight I think I feel a little guilty as we probably bored Mina's other half totally in the process with our excited chattering.


Soon the day was drawing to a close and it was almost 6.00 o'clock. I had to force my self to leave as the drive home was going to be lonely and long through the countryside. I was surprised  even more by Mina when she presented me with a goody bag of  some lovely gifts of Carrot chutney, Ondwo, Carrot halwa, A lovely cakey calender, notepad holder, a pretty little cushion and a citrus chopping board to match my blog logo very apt !!



I am sharing some photos of all my gifts. All the food in the photos was prepared by Mina Joshi.  If your mouth is watering at the sight of this yummy food you can check all her recipes out at her blog "Give me some Spice." I had a wonderful time and I hope that  next time Mina will visit me so I can reciprocate the hospitality.




25 comments:

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    1. Yes cute pressies my fav is the lemon chopping board it matches my blog logo perfectly.

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  2. So much lovely looking food! Glad you had a great time!!

    Shannon x
    Fangirls&Foundations

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    1. Mina is a brilliant cook so I got to eat all her wonderful dishes.

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  3. Looks like you had a great time! Ely is beautiful x

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    1. Yes Ely is very beautiful I got some nice clicks of the cathedral.

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  4. Such lovely food, it looks like such a great day out :)

    xx

    www.forevermissvanity.com

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  5. food looks so nom! i haven't been to anywhere in cambridgeshire and it looks beautiful

    yukluistyle

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  6. What a lovely day out. I wish we lived closer :(

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  7. I used to live near here ( a little further East, in Norfolk). It's a fascinating part of the country!

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  8. Always meant to visit Ely, it sounds like an attractive town. Looks like you were spoiled!

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  9. What a wonderful time you had and I LOVE Ely and it's cathedral too!

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  10. Sounds like you had a lovely day in Ely Nayna. And what a thoughtful friend you have. Those gifts look awesome.

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  11. That's so sweet! The carrot Halwa looks fascinating, I'm off for a nosey at the recipe...
    Janie x

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  12. would love to do a bloggers meet up here in durham but they always seem to be miles away and we have spectacular town and cathederal too x

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  13. That all looks lovely. I love Cambridge too, it is near to where I grew up.

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  14. Glad you had a lovely time. The cathedral looks lovely and the halwa delicious :) xx

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  15. This all looks lovely. As does the Cathedral!

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  16. That chutney looks amazing, now that is right up my street!! Carrots... *yum*

    Looks like you had a fantastic time, it is so nice to have lovely blogger friends!

    Georgie xx

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  17. The food looks amazing!! Carrots are amazing and I think I'd like to try that dessert! :) xx

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  18. very cute gifts and such a warm welcome and great food !Ely is a beautiful place.

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  19. Sounds like a great day. I haven't met another blogger yet, but looking forward to meeting some this year.

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  20. Must have been an enjoyable day meeting bloggers and discussing various things.

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