I can't tell you how much fun this blog is for me. As someone who spends her life writing for a living, if anyone had told me that after working on a script all day I'd love to just sit down and write about the big mess I made in the kitchen earlier that day, I would have thought they were nuts. When I'm done writing comedy for the day, I want to sit down, put my feet up and watch some dark, depressing Icelandic cop movie. Something about a guy eating a sheep's head for dinner every day, (Jar City) and not just your ordinary sheep's head... this is Iceland, they have take-out sheep's head.
Or maybe I'm, in the mood for a good old fashioned down home cat-fight with the Real Housewives of Wherever. But writing for fun?? Hey, I'm a pro. Do movers like to schlep pianos around after hours for the hell of it? Yeah, you see what I mean? But something happened when I started writing this blog. It went from something that I did to augment the podcasts I was doing for "A Million Cooks," to a big big part of my life.
Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love what I do for a living and count myself lucky in the extreme that I have been able to earn my living as a screenwriter. But screenwriting is only one part of the process. There are directors and studio execs and actors and producers and agents, so it's collaborative in the extreme. Hey, you've seen "Entourage," you get it. The cooking however, is all me. I am the auteur of my kitchen. There is no one telling me "make the cilantro sexier", or "the beets wouldn't really do that in real life, would they? " or "the goat needs an arc. " Well, maybe the goat might.
An actor cannot leave my vindaloo on a plane and I have to get him a fresh pot. No director insists his girlfriend come and chop mangos with me while I'm trying to make chutney. I am the queen of my kitchen, I am the master of my domain.
I so appreciate all the friends I've made while doing this blog, and look forward to actually getting together with some of you one of these days at some of these blog events I'm always hearing about. I'm getting a pair of stilettos all ready since that seems to be required wear.
Anyway, I can't believe another year has passed, and to all who've helped "The Colors Of Indian Cooking" grow, thank you. I don't know where I'm going with this quite yet. But I'm serious about getting there. My friend Paula Wolfert has encouraged me to do a book, and since I'm a writer and I certainly have reams of material, that's something I'm working on.
But on to the prizes.
I have two prizes this year:
One of my favorite and much used source cook books is Mangos and Curry Leaves Culinary Travels Through The Great Subcontinent .
The other prize I have is a new discovery. Organic Coconut Water Vinegar from Tropical Traditions. I use their products in most of my cooking because when I cook, I cook old skool and I want the best most authentic flavor I can get.
So how do you get this stuff???? Here's what to do?
1.) Follow @WorkmanPub and @Troptraditions on Twitter
2.) Follow @kathygori on Twitter or follow my blog The Colors Of Indian Cooking
3.) Tweet about the sponsor and my giveaway or mention it on your blog
4.) Let me know you've done so
The drawing is going to be conducted on Random.org. It starts today July 1st and ends on July 14th. Thanks again to everyone who helps make this blog possible, especially my husband Alan Berger for his great photographs.
Coming up next I go #goaterie ..see what coconut water does to Goat Vindaloo! Follow along on Twitter @kathygori