About Monica



When I began university in America I was living with just my brother. My mum taught me the basics in Indian cooking before I left and when I got there I wanted to prove to my ma that her ‘good Indian daughter’ was cooking and wasn’t just hauling over to KFC or Maccy D’s for dinner (although it was difficult as they were both within a 2 minute walk!!). I started out emailing photos of my dishes to my Mum and then progressed to cooking over the webcam with her on Skype (as you do). As time went on, I decided to start a blog, a diary if you will, of my recipes and food related thoughts.  I love good food- I always have but since I have started cooking on my own, I’ve grown passionate about getting creative in the kitchen and love experimenting with typical Indian dishes. 

Things since progressed post university and I now run an Indian pop-up restaurant and cookery school in Manchester and Birmingham called The Spice Club!

If you would like to get in contact with me, please email me at monica@spiceclubmanchester.com.


29 thoughts on “About Monica

  1. Your food science background shows up in every meal with the complexity and presentation. Good choice of education between Mum and Talent. I am inspired to prepare a beautiful meal tonight which I do not always do.

    1. Poppa John, thank you so much for your tribute and for your very kind words on your blog! Your salad looks great and I’m so happy that you felt inspired by my blog.

      Much luv!


  2. Hey Monica! long time no see. Just started browsing your blog, awesome awesome job!! I’m already hungry. Too bad I didn’t take advantage of your cooking skills while you were still local in orlando, had no idea your skills were this good. Anyways hope all is well over in england, say hi to your parents and bro for me.

  3. Hello Monica,
    I’m glad I found your blog. As I am living in India now… I really go crazy for Indian food. It’s nice to have a beautiful collection of Indian recipes to try now ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hello Monica,
    Just a note to say what a lovely site you have.
    I love the format you use when writing a recipe ~ it’s exactly how I usually have to edit other sites’ recipes, so I truly appreciate your style ~ and your photos are fabulous!
    Thank you for all you do and for sharing your hard work and expertise with us.
    Barbara in Toronto

  5. You have beautiful recipes on your blog Monica.And you look pretty as well in that picture.Indian food rocks..I m so glad that you are taking it to people through your club.Very nice site & good job.
    I already follow you on twitter so m well versed with the events you organize!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Tanvi! Yeah The Spice Club has been a really fun venture so far-so rewarding when people learn that Indian food is so much more than just “curry”. I think I’ve made it clear how much I love your site ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You are gorgeous and can cook? Now if you dance and sing you are truly the whole package ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with all your endeavors. Ben

  7. Hi Monica, I love your website and feel very inspired! Are you ever in London? If so would love to catch up over a coffee. Kind regards, Priya

    1. Hi Priya,

      Thanks for your comment. I sometimes pop down to the big smoke! If you are ever in Manchester, it would similarly be nice to chat. I’m on twitter @thespiceclub. Monica.

  8. Is it possible to get a link of recepies on your web site? I don’t cook as much as I use to now that I have two young kids, but when I do — I generally look for the recepies and/or ideas on your site as I have been visiting it for over three years now, but now a days have to traverse through the archive looking for something specific I may have encountered a year or more back.

    Thanks. And oh yeah – keep up the good work. I see you have not been blogging dishes as much as you use to in the past — but yeah, people (you never met) are reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hey Monica! Glad to find your blog. It’s really quiet happy to see the Indians still believing in Indian cooking though not in the mainland. I feel honored to follow you.

  10. After several attempts to cook a dal I have finally made one thatโ€™s amazing, thanks so much for an great recipe. I canโ€™t wait to try your other recipes.

    1. Thanks Dawn, I’m so pleased to hear that! Do keep me posted on how you get on with more recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I follow you on Instagram for a while now and this is the first time going to your website! This site is awesome! All your recipes looks so good! I used to love cooking but then I got bored for some reason. Seeing the pictures and the story behind each dish gets me motivated to get back in the kitchen so for that I say thanks ?

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