About

Hi there!

I am Sridevi. I live in a suburban town near Toronto and enjoy gardening, reading, painting, long walks in the evening and of course, cooking. I am from Kerala, but grew in Tamil Nadu, both South Indian states in India. As coconut controls my kitchen and is an integral part of my cooking, it is no wonder I surrender to its spell.

My horizon expanded when I lived in East Africa for 12 years, 2 in Dar es saalam, Tanzania and 10 years in 2 cities of Kenya. I ate fresh food, explored the wilderness and enjoyed all the splendors that Africa offers. It gave me a wide spectrum of experiences that really made me! My kids grew up there and can relate to it as their homeland. I was exposed to the simplicity of ethnic cuisine and learned to appreciate a relaxed life style as the saying goes ‘There is no hurry in Africa’!

Cooking, for me is very rewarding with fun and discovery at every stage. Success or failure, the end result gives a rare kind of pleasure. I am addicted to that joy!

Being a mother, I started cooking out of necessity but eventually, without realizing, I have fallen for it. When the tasters admire the food or show a gesture of appreciation, I secretly gloat in glory.

I love everything about food…its color, texture, variety, shapes and the excellent aroma that fills the kitchen.

Living in Canada, I am exposed to the best of both worlds. I watch different cooking shows, try new techniques and buy a wide array of food coming in from every part of the world.

This is my cook book…as memory keeps messing up with the measurements and ingredients of some recipes I need to look back. You are welcome to peep in too!

68 Responses to About

  1. asha says:

    Hi Sri..I like your blog..have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Please check http://offbeatlounge.wordpress.com/recognition/

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  2. coconutcraze says:

    Thanks. It is a big surprise as I am a new blogger and finding my way in the blog kingdom! I never imagined that I could be nominated for an award. Very encouraging! Big, big thanks!

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  3. Shanthi says:

    hi sridevi, you have a wonderful blog..innovative recipes and awesome presentation…keep rocking…

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  4. Noa Levin says:

    Hi Sridevi! Iโ€™ve nominated you for a Liebster Award:
    http://mamalandisland.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/liebster-award/
    I love your posts, they make me want to try making all these things that I wouldn’t usually, like those beetroot pie. I come for the photos and stay for the recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. jodi stewart says:

    Hi Sridevi, thanks for stopping by knowgluten. I grew up in Canada and went to school in Mississauga. My housemates were from India and I’d totally drool over what they cooked for themselves. Following your blog! Can’t wait to learn.

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  6. jenyjohn says:

    hai Sri, Firstly , Thank you for the visit and like. Secondly, I just toured your blog and you really have a nice and neat blog, with the photographs so beautifully taken. They speak for themselves. I am in hunt of trying to learn and skill myself with the photography and just fell in love with your visuals. Good going and you have got a follower added to ur list….:)

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  7. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you very much! I am in a learning process myself and love to experiment with my camera. You are welcome! I appreciate your thoughts!

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  8. I love living in Canada for the same reasons, and also adore coconut and would love to cook with it more. You have a great blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Hello,

    One of the biggest bonuses of blogging is finding a community of like-minded people with whom I can share my passion for food and from whom I can learn an enormous amount.

    You are one of them. I enjoy going through your posts and look forward to doing so for many more years to come.

    Iโ€™m nominating you for the โ€œVersatile Blogger Awardโ€. You can check the rules to accept the award through the link here โ€“ https://aahaaram.wordpress.com/awards/.

    Aruna

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  10. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you for the nomination. Will figure out what to do and follow the suggestion.

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  11. Daily Chores says:

    Lovely Blog.. I am your follower….

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  12. Namrata says:

    Hi Sridevi, stumbled upon your blog and love every bit of it. I like your writing, the pictures beckon and your recipes lucid and simple. Nice work.

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  13. Dear Sridevi, I love reading your posts and your recipes and I’d like more of my blogging network to discover your blog. So, I’m passing on the Liebster Award to you! Do check it out here: http://sugarfreesweetheart.com/2013/12/19/passing-on-awards/

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  14. apsara says:

    Sridevi, I have nominated you fro the wordpress family award. Please check it out here:
    http://eatingwelldiary.wordpress.com/about/

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  15. Hi Sridevi, you have a wonderful blog with a good collection of recipes. Even i love coconuts as i have this same Kerala and Tamilnadu brought up. Love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Hi Sridevi, I have nominated you for the sunshine awards, please check the link below for details:
    http://shamssblog.wordpress.com/awards/
    Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Hi Sridevi, I am glad to nominate you for the Quintet of Radiance Award. If you wish then participate. Find the details here, http://mykitchenmoments.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/quintet-of-radiance-award/

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  18. nimmiafzal says:

    Hi… I just went through your blog .. It was so interesting and nice!! I even started following your blog.. Im also from kerala, new to this blogging world..so all things around makes me really excited..!! Waiting for more posts and great pics!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  19. Hi Sridevi, I have nominated you for the ‘Writing Process Blog Tour’.
    http://deelightfullyveg.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/writing-process-blog-tour/
    I had been invited for this blog tour and my date was 9th June. Your date would be 16th of June if you chose to participate.

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  20. Lori says:

    So glad to find your blog!

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  21. Lovely blog Chechi ( if I may call you so)…following you!

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  22. coconutcraze says:

    Sure! You have a wonderful blog!

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  23. Lily says:

    Hello fellow Canadian, really glad I came across your blog, looking forward to your future posts:)

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  24. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Lily! You have an amazing blog! Will frequently visit to get more inspiration!

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  25. Hi sreedevi..Happpy to follow u!I see in ur about page that you were in dar,tanzania…Good to hear that coz I am also from Kerala,born and brought up in Tanzania..Did most of my schooling in Dar.Which year were u in Dar?Shannu

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  26. Nice to see someone from south India. Have a wonderful blogging journey. http://www.digitaldimensions4u.com

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  27. itsPotluck says:

    Hi Sridevi

    You have a great blog with some great recipes and a great story. We are reaching out to you from http://www.itspotluck.com a social platform for Indian/Desi food lovers. We are a community of over 300 flood bloggers with thousands of recipes and counting. You might find some fellow bloggers from India and abroad as well on our platform. This platform is aimed at addressing the love for Indian food by creating:

    > A one stop shop for all Indian food related information.
    > Create a democratic platform for home cooks to get noticed, appreciated and rewarded.
    > Share the creative ways people are exploring Indian food – In fact going by number of Indian food blogs itโ€™s quite evident that the real fun in Indian food is happening in the kitchens of Indian homes and not in star restaurants & cooking schools. Therefore, we also want this to be a platform for home cooks to get together and share ideas. We believe this platform would truly democratize the Indian food blogger community and give an equal opportunity for everyone to succeed.

    The current services are just a beginning and we will be adding additional functionalities that will truly make this a global platform for Indian food.

    We hope you like what we are presenting and would join our growing community of Indian food lovers. Donโ€™t wait and join today. Our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/its.Potluck is frequently updated with food related news and some exciting recipes so stay connected via facebook as well.

    If you face any challenges in registering please contact us at comments@itspotluck.com

    Thank you and looking forward to having as part of itsPotluck community.

    Please ignore this email if you are already a member.

    itsPotluck.com
    http://www.itspotluck.com

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  28. Hi Sridevi Nice to stumble upon your blog through Aruna! I am loving whatever I am seeing. ! Best wishes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. What is your favorite dish with coconut? From childhood I like coconut chutni and curd. But now avoiding curd, because of throat problem.

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  30. coconutcraze says:

    Ah, I like many of the dishes including avial, olan, erissery, varathuaracha curries and chammandhi. Cooking would be dull without the use of coconut! Thank you for the nice words!

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  31. thatssojacob says:

    Hello Sridevi! Iโ€™ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is todayโ€™s #5! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

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  32. coconutcraze says:

    I am happy that you visited my blog! You have a lovely blog! Thank you, Jacob!

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  33. mrschoux says:

    You have a really interesting story and a cool blog with lots of awesome recipes. I look forward to exploring it more ๐Ÿ™‚

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  34. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, MrsChoux! You are very welcome!

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  35. Lili says:

    I’ve been to Kerala and it’s a beautiful place with really lovely food!! I’m looking forward to following your interesting blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  36. Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for liking my post. I’m new to the whole blogging world and I really appreciate you stopping by. Your blog looks so interesting and I look forward to reading more ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy cooking x

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  37. coconutcraze says:

    Hi Vanessa, thank you for your visit! You are doing a great job already by committing to Challenge 52. Good luck!

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  38. Lili says:

    Hi Sridevi! I’m nominating you, your enthusiasm and your lovely blog for an award!! If you’re happy to accept the info is here: http://liliscakes.com/2015/03/30/blog-award-fest-with-a-chocolate-and-cinammon-babka-reward/ Congratulatory hugs, Lili ๐Ÿ™‚

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  39. shalzzzzz says:

    You have an amazing blog here. I’m a Keralite myself. Happy to follow your space ๐Ÿ™‚

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  40. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Shalini! Welcome to my blog space! I am glad you liked it. I visited your space and you are doing a great job!

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