Cooking Diary by Shruti Agrawal 64

Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession

That is exactly what Shruti Agrawal did!! Meet the young baker who loves to bake and cook a yummy and delicious variety of food and desserts that will make you want to eat more. Shruti Agrawal is a penchant food and recipe blogger and owns the site well known as www.cookingdiarybyshruti.com.

Though Shruti completed her post graduation, her desire always remained in starting something on her own and be her own boss. However, she knew the value of education and hence wanted to finish her master’s hoping her education may help her in providing guidance to start and lead a successful business. bb

Creativity is allowing yourself to do mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep

Which perfectly applies to Shruti as initially, she tried various other things to find her true interest. Such as the fashion industry, online store, family business and few other, none of which could win her mind and heart together. But she realized that baking and cooking is something she loves to do.

Cooking and baking came naturally to her as Shruti’s mother was also an excellent chef around her kitchen and Shruti learned many things at a young age. She started experimenting recipes since the age of 12.

My mother is the biggest inspiration to me and all that I know today is something I have learned from her. I will be the happiest when I cook as good as she does.

– tells Shruti with all the love and fondness to her mother who inspired her to reach where she is today.

One cannot learn an art without making mistakes, and Shruti also faced a few accidents in the kitchen like burning her cupcakes or over roasting. Well, that’s part of learning because when you make a mistake you learn what to do and what not to do, isn’t it?

Sometimes when opportunities come, it knocks our door in the form of love by our family. Little did she know that one day she will own a cooking and food blog where people would look forward to what she writes and shares her recipes. In the year 2014, her sister Kirti encouraged her to start a blog with all her food recipes and share the idea with people who have similar interest and Kirti was adamant till Shruti started it. Until then she had no idea that she had it in her to turn her passions into a way of living.

As a teenaged girl, Shruti always watched the Nigella Lawson on TLC and aspired to become like her one day. However, she could not give much attention to what she truly loved to do as much of her time went into the preparation of her graduation and post graduation in marketing and advertising sectors.

When her sister forced her to start the blog, she was secretly excited too as she always loved writing. She decided to share her recipes through her blog. She did not know how to start one though. Hence, she researched and learned the basics of using a WordPress and started her blog.

She still remembers when she started the blog, the first post she wrote was about chocolate muffins. Prepared the muffins, took photos from her Samsung Note-2 and wrote a lengthy recipe. She was a novice in writing a food blog and was not as good in food styling and photography then. She kept the post in draft for about five days until she cooked up some courage to post it on the blog. She kept visiting her draft blog making sure if there were no errors.

When you do something out of heart, people always accept it gracefully and with love.

– claims the charming Shruti remembering her experience of her first post.

The love and appreciation she got from people in the form of comments and likes pushed her to work harder. People truly loved the idea of making a complicated recipe easier and upon that it was eggless. Since then there was no turning back. Shruti began to cook and bake the foods. Also took photos of them step by step to make a different post for every recipe. The process taught her to excel in other skills and fine tune her abilities in photography, food dressing, and styling.

For me, baking is Therapeutic. It makes me feel happy, calm and peaceful.

– says Shruti being content and happy with what she is doing.

Cookingdiarybyshruti is a food blog which is all about baking, cooking, food photography, food styling, and its trends. The blog concentrates on making different complex food items from scratch and breaking it down into easier recipes. The blog also features foods with gluten free, sugarless delicacies. Shruti likes to explore baking food with fruits, new ingredients, alternative flours and mainly most of it is eggless.

A visual appearance of food holds the same love for a food, as it takes for cooking it. Hence I love to take photos of all the food I prepare with exceptional skill on photography. I love to dress the food and take pictures of them before I post my recipe for my readers.

– conveys the young food inventor who also loves writing.

Shruti is also a writer in various e-magazines like Polkacafe.com, Foodkraft, TheUrbanSpice, and few others. Love for writing and baking has given a space where she has built a career that she loves the most today.

I believe if we love our work and have a passion for what we do, nothing can go wrong. All we have to do is dream and believe in what we do.

– tells Shruti, the strong believer with a voice of confidence.

Shruti also conducts baking workshops in Delhi. Her previous contracts for the workshops was with some of the well-known food companies such as the Epigamia Yogurt,

Shruti also conducts baking workshops in Delhi. Her previous contracts for the workshops was with some of the well-known food companies such as the Epigamia Yogurt, Wishq India, Frontier Biscuit, and Paper Design Company. Readers have followed her from blog to her workshops to learn her style of cooking and baking which talks volumes of her skills.

The love my readers have shown by coming again and again and asking me to share more of my recipes keeps me encouraged. The love and response they show keep me going and growing. My vision is to take my blog to bigger heights than it is today and bring more people together with similar interests. I also want to open a CDBS kitchen studio where people can learn baking and cooking different things with a difference. I want to create a community where each one of us could inspire one another in our culinary adventures and conquer the oven. I believe in making my passion my paycheck.

– says Shruti thanking her readers and all the people who stand by her appreciating her talent and skills in writing and baking both.

When you follow your passions there is no stopping you from leading the ladder of success. Shruti Agrawal is truly an inspiration for women who think all they know is only cooking because just cooking can be a hugely successful career, isn’t it?

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Most Annoying Habits of a Husband!! 3593

Talking about the husband and in-laws is one of the common topics for most women because, hey! In a way they are part of our world, aren’t they? But seriously, when the talk is about the husband, after the sweet things like how romantic he is or what all the good things he does to make us smile or feel lovely, there comes the annoying things they do, which is actually on a daily basis that constantly keeps us irritated.

Trying to change them is certainly an impossible task. We women are not perfect either and probably we too got some things that might be irritating to the husband, but here is a wife perspective.

Habit 1- chewing food with mouth open and making sounds

I am sure no women raises her son to become a cow when he grows up, although I wonder why some men just cannot get rid of the habit of making those annoying sounds of chewing while eating their food. Do they really do not realize that how annoying it can be for others who are also trying to eat the same food sitting next to them or is it simply the husband do not care?

Habit 2 – Mixing up the order of arrangement

Asking your husband to help around the house is like asking a kid to help. My husband helps a lot around the house, but what I dislike is the mixing of the order. Not that I am suffering from OCD however, I still like to keep certain things in its place which makes it easier to reach out the next time. For example, different clothes in different shelves, kids clothes another wardrobe, orderly arrangement of spice boxes in the kitchen etc. The other day I kept looking for a dress of mine for more than half an hour in my shelf and realized it was my husband who folded the washed and dried clothes. So knowing him, I looked for it in my kid shelf and found it. Things like this can be really annoying when you do not have the time and the patience.

Habit 3- Pretending listening to you while he watches the TV

Most husbands think their wife cannot differentiate when they animatedly shake their head to something she might be speaking while their eyes and mind both are on the TV. Here’s some news for all married men! Your wife knows when you are being inattentive and if you want to avoid problems and arguments later on, better you listen to her while she is really trying to make a conversation.

Habit 4 – Forgetting important things

I believe most husbands have a temporary Alzheimer. Because at least more than once they tell their wife that they forgot to inform something important and can remember only when asked about it. Why I wonder? Or is it something deliberately done? What do you think ladies?

Habit 5 – Sleeping in unmade bed

It drives me nuts when I see anyone, not only my husband but anyone sleep before making the bed. My husband argument is, why waste so much of energy in making the bed neat just so you can spoil all of it again? It’s simply impossible for me to get some sleep even if the bedspread is crumpled.

Habit 6 – Not bathing in the weekends

It’s a ritual for most men. If it is a weekend, all they think of is watching TV, sleeping entire day and then they do not shower. I just do not get it why do you have to skip shower though?

Habit 7 – Keys and wallets are in wrong place

In our house, I am the one who can find all the things that everyone misplaces. Though we have a key stand to put all the keys as soon as one enter and each of them have a separate shelf to keep their daily belongings like ID’s, wallets etc. Yet, they go on keeping them all around the house except not where it needs to be kept.

Habit 8 – Using laptops, mobile or newspaper while sitting on the commode

My husband carries his laptop even when he uses the bathroom. Nothing is more annoying when you are actually waiting to talk about something and the husband is busy using the bathroom for more than 20 minutes. If not a laptop, some have a habit of playing games on mobile or checking out the minute news app or even read a news paper. Talk about not wasting even a minute!!!

Do these habits seem familiar? It’s not only women who do odd things, but also men. Women and men are different species who are born to annoy each other and hence they are perfectly paired. Though the husband may irritate us in so many ways, the love and care always stands up, isn’t it?

Comment if your husband got any other habits that are not listed in the list and share the article to have a good laugh with family and friends.

I wonder why women feel pride in being a ‘Doing it all’ type? 176

Years back, I came across a certain whats app forwarded message saying how great a woman is, that she can be a photographer, a cook, a gardener and so on, meaning playing different roles all at the same time or was it a home maker or I suppose it was about a mother. Whatever it was, It actually spoke about the multi tasking skills of a woman. How a woman can pull off various works and can handle all in a professional way. When I read the article (it was an exceptional piece of an article with well-defined emotions) it touched me in ways that I could not explain and immediately I sent it across to all my friends and anyone who needed a boost in life.

As time passed, I kept reading such posts, plenty of them in fact. Time then and now, there are so many various articles written and images are drawn that one quick keyword mention, you will find them all in the Google search. However, I realized my feelings have changed. I wonder why we woman have to feel pride in being a multitasker? Is it an evaluation we should undergo to survive and to be happy?Do woman need to do everything? Why can’t her work be shared?

I remember, watching a scene in one of the movies, not really sure which one though. A wife spends all her day doing all the household chores as well as some of the outside works such as paying bills etc. She gets totally drained by evening and the husband comes home and just lays down on the sofa. He see’s the wife cooking the night’s dinner and he knows that she is tired too. So what he does is, goes to her, looks at all the dishes she has prepared for the dinner and compliments her profusely. He tells in various emotions, that how truly lucky he is to have her and she is a super woman who manages everything and she is his rock and the usual Blah…Blah…returns back to the sofa picks up the remote, switches between the channels and relaxes. The wife mood is all cheerful and her confidence is lifted up until she could drop down again being all tired.

Do you see a pattern here? What I am trying to say is a woman of course like compliments for her work, but what she actually needs is a helping hand.

Dear women, as long as you convince yourself that you are a superwoman and you can manage everything, no one will ever recognize that you do need help. Reach out to your families and speak about your limits. Most people are ready to help when they are asked, as some do not realize until then. Be it a husband, in-laws or any one in the house, when you are unable to continue, ask for help. Sometimes, your family needs help from you to understand how they can help you too. Stop doing it all just because you can, just because you are taught to be a superwoman. You don’t have to!! Be firm in what you could do and what you cannot, as some do not like to help and are much happier when there is someone else to do all their works.

Why does a woman have to be a superwoman with multitasking skills? Let’s not push beyond her limits with false hype and we all can live a life for what we are born for. Let a woman discover her potential and become something on her own, provided she can give time to herself. Like how men do not cross their limits, women need not have to as well and if one does, then it should be out of choice and not out of force. Women are much bolder and educated these days but emotions and love can be really tricky some times.

Next time you see the picture of that woman with many hands by holding a baby in one hand, cleaning brush in another, laptop in one of the other hand, cooking in another and so on, I recommend, you toss it off instead of being proud. Because there is no one telling you a ‘Shaabash’ on your back and giving you a break for all that you do. What you could do, is ask a family member to take care of the baby while you cook, ask someone else to shop the groceries while you have to attend a meeting. Hire help for cleaning and any other purposes, if you can afford and so on.

Let’s help one another by reaching out, asking for help, sharing and dividing work.