Friday, October 10, 2008

ABOUT RIA MATHEW

Moi

I am Ria, an accidental food blogger from Kannur, Kerala.I had no clue what I was getting into when I opened up a blog to share some recipes with my cousins.And now, it's been 5 years since that happened.I love to cook and bake whenever I am in the mood. Otherwise, some fried chicken would be my best friend.

We, Jobin,Our Baby & Myself live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Our condo is small but spacious enough for the three of us to live and for me to set up my stuff to photograph all that you see on my blog.
Creamy Tomato & Coconut fish Curry

I come from a family of home cooks.Everyone takes their recipes seriously and spend a good amount of time discussing new recipes whenever we meet up.Everyone in my family bakes cakes, cookies, pies etc. So, growing up I was never intimidated by it.When people ask me (trust me, so many ask me this!)how I got into baking,intially, I wondered what made them ask that. Later, I realised that baking was not one of the methods of cooking practiced widely in India.Luckily, I was born into a family that baked for all occasions,sweet & savoury. I am blessed!
Devil's Food Cake

Food blogging is a happy part of my life and I am so happy to have had so many opportunities open it's door to me just because of it.I am a food writer now. I write the dessert column for a Bi-Lingual Malayali Magazine in the United States,the first of it's kind.I am a cooking instructor too at one of the best Cookery School's in town. I teach people how to cook Indian food in a simple way, mostly one pot meals.I mean, I never even dreamt of such things 5 years ago.I am happy the way things are unfolding for me and I am even more happy that you all have been a part of it too! Thank you for reading this little space of mine and for the continuous support that you all have given me all these years!

Ian's Birthday Cake
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1.Did you design your blog or did a third party do it for you? Could you help me designing my blog or tell me the secrets?

Yes, I did all what you see here with the template Blogger provided me with. There are no secrets,I did it by reading tons of articles online, spending a lot of time understanding each of them. It is highly time consuming therefore, I will not be able to assist you in creating/designing a blog of your own.

2. Do you eat all what you cook and bake? How is it that you remain healthy and in shape?

Yes, we both eat all what I cook and bake.He runs every morning but I don't :-) I usually halve or sometimes even quarter the recipe so that it serves us just once and doesn't hang around in the house for a long time.

3.Why do you use different types of measurements for different recipes? Could you give us the conversions for each?

This is a personal foodblog and I write the recipes the way I make it at home.If you want to convert any of the recipes from cups to grams please use any of the tools that you can find online for conversion. I don't think I can write a recipe  two ways as it takes up a lot of time.

4.Can we suggest recipes/ Can we request recipes?

You can definately do that but I cannot guarantee you that it will be published.

31 Comments:

Happy Cook said...

Loved reading aobut you.

RV said...

Good Read.. Nice to know more about you Ria..

zareena said...

so gud to know more abt u......howz the count down goin???

Ninu said...

Love reading this..

Nags said...

you are 5ft10"??? wowzaaa!!

M D said...

It was nice knowing you through your blog. You have done a commendable job with this blog. Hope you continue to inspire all with your cooking, musings and of course good photography!

suchi said...

Hai Ria,
Happy to find your blog, Great recipies inside, thsnk you so much. I really wanted to have some different chicken recipies and found it in your blog. I love your blog. My native is also kannur, Brought up in Kochi, now at Bangalore. I love cooking, but its hard to find and store the different ingredients, so stuck with same old recipies!

Thanks
Suchitra.

SriRosh said...

Hi Ria,
Good to know people from kannur are accomplishing alot... i'm from kannur too, living in bangalore though..went through ur blog.. its very classy as well as infomative..
good going..
keep up the good work

regards
Sridevi

Smita said...

Hi Ria,
It was nice reading ur profile..u sound like a very energetic & fun-loving person. I'm from Kerala too & graduated from JNC,Blr.
U have a great blog...

sowmya's creative saga said...

beautifully written..and are you really 5'10''!!!!

Nachiketa said...

It is with me wherever I go!!!!!... couldn't agree more... my point-n-shoot is an extension of my fingers... :)

The pictures in this post are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.....

You're so talented girl... very proud of you :)

Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

Rookie Qookie said...

Hey Ria. Nice reading ur blog :) searched for Ramekins and landed on ur page..now I will search Commercial street..thanks for the info..God Bless..Keep blogging.

Rinku said...

Hi Ria
I am Rinku Naveen. Have been taking cooking classes from your Mom since 2 weeks and I am enjoying every bit of it. Now looking forward to read ur blog recipes too.

All the best!
Regards
Rinku

Kulsum said...

You are so talented Ria. Loved your photographs specially on this page. Just found you and I'm sure I'm here to stay.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

loved reading this Ria.. :)

jemy said...

Hi Ria..I m Jemy Boben...currently I m with my family in UAE...v hail from pathanamthitta in kerala...njoyed reading every word in ur introduction...i am sure i will be an addict of ur blog...enjoy ur 1st xmas in US..WISHING U A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON

cmorgenstern said...

Hi Ria,
I loved reading your description of yourself and it sounded very similar to what I would say if I could write as well as you can. I am a Gemini, love cooking and baking in particular and photography, but my main area is painting. Now I find it is all connected. I love your blog and will visit you again. My challenge for this month is to take part in your "Chocolate Extravaganza". Off now to bake and take pictures. Glad I found your blog.
Greetings from Germany
Christa

Neelima said...

dear ria,
hope u remember,,, i m neelima... ur neighbour ..i cannot stop writing in here tat like ur beautiful blog u too r person nice to be with,,, bubbling with energy n a person enjoying life ........ every moment in ur own way...using every second........keep it up dear.....


god bls u

Karishma said...

I think girls from the North Malabar area have always been adept in cooking/baking/needlework/artwork...Iremember my grandmother, grand aunt and many of my aunts too were experts in all these, even if they had full-time jobs...Really glad to meet you here, though online...loved your blog, the pictures, the recipes...excellent! Looking for a series on photography from you...take care and I will be returning to your blog for more!

Karishma, from Mahe

mithun said...

mind boggling blog! ritch sent me the link..i must say ..u hav a real TASTE in photography n cookin!!! \m/ more!!

rose said...

Hey Ria sweetie......

Ur blog looks soo lovely and lively.Just Amazing!I shud admit,Im soo impressed Ria!
I should start trying out your recipes!!!!
I really envy you Ria,though I would love to,i dont even have a bit of passion for cooking!!!I keep on repeating the same stuff over and over again!How much I would love to be like you!
Hey but slowly,gaining inspiration from you,i will start trying out new food!
Will keep you updated!!!!If my attempts are successful,im gonna give the credit to you.

Waiting to hear a lot more from you!!!!
Regards to Jobin.

Lots of love
Applu

rose said...

Hey Ria sweetie......

Ur blog looks soo lovely and lively.Just Amazing!I shud admit,Im soo impressed Ria!
I should start trying out your recipes!!!!
I really envy you Ria,though I would love to,i dont even have a bit of passion for cooking!!!I keep on cooking the same stuff over and over again!How much I would love to be like you!
Hey but slowly,gaining inspiration from you,i will start trying out new ones!
Will keep you updated!!!!If my attempts are successful,im gonna give the credit to you.

Waiting to hear a lot more from you!!!!
Regards to Jobin.

Lots of love
Applu

Renu navin paliwal said...

Hi ria... came across your blog today and was browsing thru it.. yummy recipes and wonderful clicks.. i am sooo proud that a keralite is doing.. am also from cochin and now settled in dubai... new entrant to teh blogging world.. one line in your intro has given me alot of confidence.. i aso feel teh same when i see other blogs..i am like "ohh my good will i ever be able to cook/bake like this?"..but then great bloggers also started small.. thanks for being an inspiration....:)

Ria Mathew said...

Renu, nice to meet you! :)

I am from Kannur and not Cochin even though we visit Cochin every now and then. I used to wonder what all people could do with food in terms of food photography :) I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog and I wish you all the best with your food blog :)

sharika nv said...

Hi Ria , jus read some stuffs in ur blog, interesting and beautiful. I feel iam very much like u.. cooking stiching and photography, all are interesting .. all the very best

Bins said...

This site is a treat for the eyes. Very well presented. All the best to you.

Nimmy Raghu said...

Hi Ria,
You have a lovely space and nice collection of recipes. Good to know about you. Iam Following you...I am a food blogger too. Has a small space. Check my blog http://nimmyskitchen.blogspot.in/ If you find interesting, would like your support by joining me.

Harisankar said...

Hi Ria,

Exceptionally brilliant blog..loved the content as well as the love you pour into your food, blog and photography..Keep rocking.

Hari.
www.the-wannabe-archives.blogspot.com

Usha Nathan said...

Hi Ria, nice knowing u. I just started blogging and love ur blog so much. its very creative. I like your Q & A session a lot. I gonna visit ur blog frequently.

Jyothi Mallya said...

Great blog! Love all the recipes..
I am from kannur too...Did u go to St Teresas? which year did u pass out ?

Ranjani Raj said...

Happy to know more about you Ria...

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