Welcome to my food blog and I’m happy to introduce myself to you.  Meera, that’s how I have been named and called. A native of Southern India and a happy mom of two lovely children. We live in the Northeast US currently.  I’m a vegetarian by birth and choice and I take pride in it.  I have been a foodie ever since I was a little girl and I have always dreamed to have a career relating to food.  Perhaps, I’ll have my dream job someday, but as of today I’m a full time software professional.

My Inspiration

The wonder woman, my Mom.  A very talented person and her interest to learn only keeps growing with her age. An awesome cook who has a rich repository of recipes, all in her mind.  I’m sure she’ll be happy to see them taking space and shape in this blog. She has inherited her culinary skills and traditional recipes from her mother, integrated them with the influences she has had from my dad’s family and perfected them with her own methods and techniques. I’m always amazed by her spontaneity to try out new kitchen gadgets and new ways of using them. Despite the international exposure I have had, I’m hesitant to try a few of them.

My Motivation

My food and fun loving family, my friends and acquaintances who appreciate my way of cooking, people who are interested in my recipes and the rapidly growing food bloggers’ community.  My husband is a big source of encouragement for me. His genuine appreciation and unstinted support makes me strive for better always.  My son rates my food on a scale of 1 to 5 and I always aim at scoring 4 and above on it. Don’t you think it is the biggest motivation ever?  It is too early to say anything about my little girl, but I’m already starting to see her varied/strong taste preferences.

My Sources

A variety of them – family, friends, books, magazines, restaurants, blogs, TV shows and of course my own.  I’ll make sure to give credit to the recipe sources wherever appropriate for I owe my culinary knowledge entirely to them.  Feel free to email me your recipes if you’d like them to be shared as well. I would be much happier to use this blog as a vehicle to make them available to people all over the world.

My Content

Raised in a typical South Indian family and fed authentic Indian vegetarian food all through the day, you’ll kind of know what you can expect out of me. Nevertheless, my travel outside of India and my current living in the US have certainly influenced my cooking style. My interests do extend significantly beyond Indian cuisine and you’ll sure find recipes occasionally that are American, Italian, Mexican etc.  Coming up with fusion recipes that combine one of more cuisines is one of my favorite things to do.

A lot of effort goes in before a recipe makes its way to this blog.  I like to simplify things and make it easier for you as much as possible.  All recipes that you’ll see here are tested diligently in our kitchen.  Although I’m sure that you’ll like every recipe that you are looking for in this blog, I’ll never claim anything to be ‘the recipe’ for the dish. As you all know, there is no one way of making a thing and here’s just one more way of making it :).

Btw, I’m developing an interest in food photography too! So, the pictures that you’ll see here (good or bad) are all mine!

Why did I call it 7 Saffron Street? 

7 is my favorite number and I was born on 7/7 :).  I do not know if it is a lucky one for me though.  Likewise, Saffron is my most favorite spice too. It sure is the most expensive spice in the world, but just a strand of it gives out a very sweet, pleasing and inviting flavor. I was looking for ways to combine these two favorites of mine together and ..pop! Out came the name ‘7 Saffron Street’.

Want to work with me?

Food photography is my passion and food styling comes from my heart. From being a self taught photographer/stylist, I’ve worked very hard in the last few years to turn myself into an expert professional in both these disciplines. My skills can be a strong catalyst in translating your business vision to success. My suite of services include photography (food and still life), styling and brand/product promotions. For more details, collaboration requests, and inquiries, please email me at 7saffronstreet@gmail.com

Copyright Notice

All content including the photographs featured in this blog are the exclusive property of Meera Seetharaman, unless mentioned otherwise. Copying, publishing,  or recreating the content or the photographs is strictly prohibited. 

Your Feedback

I’d appreciate if you could take a minute to let me know your feedback about the blog. I believe that there is no better way to improve something continually than to work on the feedback received.  I respect and value your opinion and I assure that I’ll take it in the right spirit for my own good.  However, as this is a public forum, may I request you to be polite/courteous and refrain from using any negative language.  Appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you.

Happy cooking!

You can read more about me from this interview I gave for Allarsh in Aug 2016. Check it out when you get a chance, I’m sure you’ll enjoy.