Hello Everyone! Welcome to my humble abode. Now a little something About Me.
I am Arpita, the recipe developer and food photographer of this food blog.
Like every Bengali, I am very passionate about eating and cooking and not to forget talking. Food and blogging has always fascinated me therefore I decided to take the plunge! A former IT professional turned into a food blogger.
I have a lot to share with all you lovely people out there and hope you will all enjoy my recipes and I would succeed in my endeavour of tantalising your taste buds!
Oh btw you must be wondering what BONG stands for in the blogging world. Well you will know that in a short while.
Born in a Bengali family (yup!! Bengali=BONG) and growing up in Mumbai, the most culturally-diverse city, I had a fair share of knowing multicultural food. The kitchen was always the hub of activity, where everyone gathered to talk, eat and share life while amazing food was being created. I am so happy to have you here in my virtual kitchen and hope you will return again and again.
Food and art are an integral part of my life.
Knowingly or unknowingly I have always been strongly attracted to food and cooking. I loved (I still do) and gorged on the lip smacking food my Ma cooked. Have always seen her cook with such passion and speed. She is a brilliant cook and is one of my greatest inspiration. Whenever I used to get time I helped my Ma in the kitchen doing small things. I started experimenting my culinary skills on my parents and some of my close friends who were my testers; my little Guinea pigs.
I am a foodie and my love of food took on a new dimension about few years ago, when another foodie entered my life my hubby. Moved from Mumbai to London after marriage. Both of us love to travel and try different cuisines be it regional or international. We had our fair share of excellent and non edible food experiences. My hubby’s love of food acted as a catalyst for my love for food and culinary experiments. As its said the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I can tell you; that’s certainly the case .
I am not entirely self-taught when it comes to the kitchen and I am still learning as I go through cookbooks, magazines, television shows, the Internet, and a tremendous amount of trial and error. I stopped fearing the unknown and gladly accepted to make mistakes in the process of uncovering secret flavours, new techniques, or just a new perspective on an old ingredient.
Another thing about me
I am passionate about baking. I vividly remember the first time I baked a cake, oh what a feeling it was.. totally ecstatic!!! That feeling really urged me to a venture to take up baking seriously and now I run a small home bakery. My love for baking turned me from an IT engineer to a baker! So you can imagine how madly in love with baking I am!
My goal is to spread the aromas and flavours of my kitchen to yours, spread the smiles that good food bring to us and our loved one. I hope with this food blog I could persuade you to run into your kitchen and stir & whip up what you have seen here, and the confidence to know that you can do it!
SohiniJune 16, 2014
Just across your wonderful blog and thought of saying ”hello” to you.We share love for food and cooking,so I am sure I will get to learn a lot from you in coming times.It is interesting to note that we both are currently based in United Kingdom.I stay in Derby,where do you stay?
Keep in touch,visit my blog website and page in Facebook whenever you can.
Hoping to hear more from you,
The Gastronomic BongJune 17, 2014
Thanks for stopping by… I live in Reading.. So good to hear from another foodie from UK… Keep visiting my blog and hope you like it.. 🙂
Umm Haneefah @The Halal GourmetSeptember 25, 2014
Sorry for this but I am really scratching my head. What does bong mean in the blogging sense? I only have one sense of the word bong if you get my drift. Blog looks very delicious btw.
rasakamaAugust 10, 2015
I just came across your blog. You got an amazing recipe collection and your photos are super gorgeous as well. Just wanted to say a quick hello and I’ll be visiting your blog often.
Best wishes !
A Sri Lankan food blog
Arpita@ The Gastronomic BongAugust 11, 2015
Hii… thank you so much for such nice comments.. 🙂
BIBEKANANDA DASJanuary 28, 2021
Love ur recipes.
ArpithaNovember 23, 2016
just visited your blog and liked it very much.
Lovley food and photos will be here more often. I love to cook too and your recipes inspire me. Maybe you want to visit me on FB.
“What you´ve got to remember about Bengalis is that we´re only really interested in three things: educating our children, reading books and food,”
By the way I´m a bong too and my name is Arpitha Banerji
Bye now and all the best
[email protected] BongMarch 20, 2019
Hey Arpitha!! thank you so much!! glad you like the recipes.. its so nice to connect with you!!
Monica salunkeOctober 3, 2018
Hey hi my dear friend …. Just went across your recipes …. They look so mouth watering … Definitely would try them … N one request I guess you should start uploading videos too…. Love you bye
[email protected] BongMarch 20, 2019
Awww!! thank you so much Monica!! love ya!! 🙂
Mohnish BoseOctober 22, 2019
Khub shundor.. Your style of presentation is simply amazing, and so are the quality of photographs. I love the fact that you are so honest about making mistakes in the kitchen- kore shobai, maane na kyo..! Please keep it up.. Loving this blog
[email protected] BongOctober 22, 2019
Thank you Mohnish for stopping by and for all the kind words. Appreciate it.
LetscurryMay 11, 2020
What a lovely journey from India to the UK. I’m amusing reading every word of you as that’s been my journey too.
Hopefully someday we will cross the paths or bump into each other.
Another former techie from India turned into a food blogger in the UK.
Nice to meet you!
rameshJune 7, 2021
fantastic recipes. good description & simple to follow. good wishes
Farhana Z HasnatJuly 14, 2021
Suddenly I discovered your blog while I was searching for a bong style dim er jhol for my weeknight meal. What a treasure I found through your blog! It is a pleasure to know about you and your recipes. Best wishes.
[email protected] BongJuly 17, 2021
Thank you so much for stopping by Farhana ♥