Meet Manisha Sharma: Passionate Cook, Nutritionist and Fitness Freak Manisha Sharma July 17, 2012 Cooking & How To views: 5991 It’s so great to be here on Real Reviews and connect with food lovers out there who not only enjoy good food but also cooking it. This is my first time on a public platform where I am sharing my love for food. Until now, cooking has been a very intimate thing for me – it’s been a way to say ‘I love you’, to uncross a crossed sibling, to share myself with my friends and others, to simply say without saying. But to be here and share my recipes and thoughts on food is going to be an exciting journey that I can’t wait to begin. I’m a greedy sort and the more people I can share my love with, the better it is! If you haven’t guessed it yet, I truly believe that if there is one ingredient you can’t do without in the kitchen, it’s LOVE. So you’ll see it mentioned often in my recipes. This love doesn’t necessarily have to be love for a particular person. It could be reliving an old fond memory. It could even be just a longing for love which, when expressed through food, touches the hearts of those who eat it. It’s the best feeling in the world. Trust me on this! Perhaps as an extension of this personal philosophy, I’ve always had a special fondness for desserts from all parts of the world. But as I got around to making them, I would always get stuck because I couldn’t find many of the ingredients in India. Over the years, I’ve managed to find great substitutes that are easily available in India and which retain the original taste and texture of the dish. So get set to learn how to make Mediterranean kanafe, traditional English scones, patesis de nata from Portugal, Italian tiramisu and all your favourite types of cheesecake. You will also learn how to bake breads, yeast cakes, cookies and pies. Don’t be scared. I’ll show you how easy it is! Just one warning though – be prepared to have your house bursting with friends every day who’ll refuse to leave until you feed them something! One last thing – to cook good food, you have to feel good about yourself. So settle down to read my posts when you have some time to spare. By the window as the rain pours down, with a cup of coffee in your hand and a smile on your face. And remember to take that same energy with you into the kitchen when you try out my recipes. And please let me know how well you did and all the praise you got!