About Me....

Hi There,

First of all thanks so much for visiting my adobe! I am known as PJ in blogosphere (my real name is Prajakta Gudadhe) and I am your host for this site. Ginger & Garlic is a web recipe catalog of my experiments in the kitchen and it comes to you from South SF bay area, California.
(photo is a bit older, I certainly don't look as young as this now ;( )

I believe in cooking simple, healthy and delicious dishes from the seasonal and fresh ingredients. I am a big fan of the local farmer's markets. It's just so much fun roaming through farmer's markets on weekend mornings and picking up fresh produce that appeals to you. Then I like to craft my weeklong menu revolving around these fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. I try to cook seasonal as much as possible, but not always do I succeed. For the times when my cravings get the better of me, I have learnt to rely on my freezer or the pantry to save the day :)

Being Indian my cooking is heavily influenced by Indian flavors, but now and then I just love to go out and explore a new vegetable or a new spice or a new whole grain and make it mine.. the global pantry is out there, inviting and so very tempting and the odds always favor the adventurous, don't they!

I am not the person who does precise measurements or follows a recipe step by step (that explains the lack of baking talent!) but I try to give as precise steps in the recipes that follow. I own a ton of cookbooks and rent the rest from my local library but rarely do I follow a recipe from start to finish. I instead take inspirations from the recipes and then try to make them my own by adjusting the spices to what suits my family's palette and substituting ingredients based on what is at hand. I suggest that you use the recipes from this blog the same way; spice measurements are approximations at best so please adapt to what tastes the best to you.

I think cooking is an exploration of creativity fueled by our hunger for good food that's also delicious! My recipes, like most other recipes, borrow a lot from my culture, the awesome cooks in my family, TV shows, food magazines and cookbooks and most of all the greatest treasure of online recipes that comes from the fellow food bloggers! Whenever appropriate I try to give the credit to the recipe source but my sincere apologies if I do miss to acknowledge the source once in a while.

The rest of me:
I am a software engineer by profession and have a day job that I absolutely love! When not in kitchen or huddled in front of my laptop looking up recipes, you can likely find me writing operating system device drivers or some such stuff.

Reading is my biggest hobby (fueled by the mild insomnia that I carry). I also love yarn crafts like knitting and crocheting. Landscape painting (acrylics) bug has caught me recently, too early to say if its here to stay though. 

Here is a link to my Google online book library (orphaned now).
Here is a link to my arts and crafts page from ages ago!

Thanks!
So much for the self, now lets talk about you! I love hearing from you. If you want to suggest a variation to a recipe I posted, have a question/comment about the ingredients or the process, or just want to stop by and say a hi, please feel free to use the comments section below each of the post. You can also use the contact form here to contact me or just write to me at GingerGarlic.blog@gmail.com. Either way, I love hearing from you so keep those messages coming!

Thanks again for stopping by and hope you have a good time browsing this site! Have a great day. 
--PJ
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This page and all of its contents is copyright of Prajakta Gudadhe. All rights reserved.

This is a web catalog of the recipes that I have tried and tasted in my kitchen. While these recipes and instructions have worked well for me, please use all the information and the recipes from Ginger and Garlic at your own risk.