Am I the only person in the food blogging world who didn't know about Aarti Sequeira? Aarti is a contestant on The Next Food Network Star (which has a permanent series recording on my DVR) with a lovely, sunny personality and she puts Indian flare into many of her recipes. She's so cute, so pleasant, and so different than any of the previous contestants. She's my pick to win, but even if she doesn't make it to the end, I'm now following her blog, Aarti Paarti.
Not only does she have a blog, but she also does a series of web-based cooking episodes on YouTube. It's even cuter that these episodes are produced by her husband. I just finished watching Episode 33: Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding (below), where she makes this yummy coconut milk and rum-soaked fig bread pudding concoction topped with whipped cream. She throws in a silly song in the middle and she reveals that she can't even eat the bread pudding because she's allergic to gluten. I like her small kitchen, international perspective, creative look, and her keep it real attitude.
Anyway, I'm enjoying Aarti on The Next Food Network Star (which, by the way is some good television during this dead summer season). Check her out: