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What’s with the name ?

That’s me – Manu Mouse. I like to cook, bake and take pictures. Welcome to our website!

Many of you might know me as “canwehavesomerasam” but we are now  “miceinmybelly”. My husband has been helping me move to the new website and in the process we talked about how “canwehavesomerasam” is often not an easy name to remember or to spread the word with. So, we decided that we needed a name that would be easy to remember and would still capture the essence of the website.

Many years ago, when I was  learning Hindi (India’s national language) as a second language, we did a few lessons on Hindi idioms. Much like English idioms, they are quirky and often don’t make sense right away but if you apply a bit of creativity, you’ll see the connection. I personally thought they were silly but one of them has stuck with me after all these years (nearly 20).

“Mice in my belly” is a derivative of a Hindi idiom that translates in full to “Mice are running around in my belly” and means that one is really hungry. This idiom is pronounced “Pay-t-May-Choo-Hay-Dhaud-nah” (Hindi : पेट में चूहे दौड़ना) and you’ll see this Hindi version in our header. Hoping that the pictures of my food would make my readers (and us) really hungry  was what made us choose this name for our website. Hope the name is a memorable one.

Hope you like the changes we’ve made and will come back for more of my recipes!

The old name is still very special to me

Rasam steals the show at Diwali lunch!
Rasam steals the show at Diwali lunch!

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For those who are unfamiliar with the meaning of ‘Rasam’ or have never heard of it before, it is a Tamil word used to describe a watery yet wonderfully spicy south Indian tomato soup often eaten with rice or drunk as is. I was born and brought up in South India, mostly in the (former) garden city of Bangalore, where this dish is called “Saaru” or “Tomato Saar”. Needless to say, it is very popular in the Indian subcontinent and features regularly at the south Indian table (or the floor). Interestingly, it seems popular enough that Amazon sells it in a pre-mixed form but I will reserve judgement about how this compares to the real deal.

I grew up in Bangalore but in the last decade I have lived in New Zealand, Australia and England. It was in Australia that I met my wonderful husband. Once I knew he was willing to try my experiments with food, I didn’t hold back. Very soon, “rasam” escalated to the top of his ‘most-wanted-food’ list and has remained there ever since.

Now that we live together and I do most of the cooking because I like to, pre-dinner conversation usually involves the question “What shall I make for dinner?” Nine times out of ten, the response I get is “Can we have some rasam?….Please? And a big, adorable smile to go with it.

My husband is the inspiration for this blog, the IT guy behind it and a constant source of love and encouragement in my life. Here’s to him and to Rasam !

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