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Ashmita Sengupta is a young woman who likes to believe she has a pronounced taste for all life’s small pleasures. Like immersing one’s foot in the sand on the beach, taking a walk in the rain, caramelizing onions or smelling a newly purchased book.

She is all of 27,  an MBA graduate with a Civil Engineering Degree & 4 years of work experience and absolutely zero Kitchen-Aid stand mixers (which was always her true life-long dream). Although she did recently get married to her best friend, so she can’t really complain. 

Cooking is a late revelation in her life. Origin of this sudden passion to cook is a tad bit surprising since she grew up running away from the kitchen, as it would perennially smell of fried fish, as any other Bengali house. But in the throws of adulthood, she suddenly grew very fond of cooking. The bliss in trying out new recipes, in creating something from scratch, and experiencing the glee in taking the first bite herself, or watching her family and friends enjoy it, is what she cooks for. Even though those moment lasts for a few seconds.

Like Julia Child puts it perfectly, “Non cooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.”

There is no limit to what she will, or won’t cook. One day she will decide to flip some Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Pancakes , and then turn her back and toss a Chicken Caesar Salad  the next hour.

But if you really are what you eat, she would be a big scrumptious chocolate chip muffin.

The Heavenly Hearth is her online cooking journal. She stumbles upon, she wonders, she chops, she sings, she cooks, she photographs and then she documents. Presence of unpremeditated song lyrics,trivia and bits on life amongst recipe measurements are known to be her forte.

She sincerely wishes that the events in her  kitchen inspire you enough to whip up something on your own, and have fun in the process as well. Else, she’d recommend just sitting back with a bowl of caramel popcorn and enjoy her absurd obsession to keep a record of the cooking endeavors in her heavenly hearth.

She hopes you’re around a while. Really.

21 comments

Samata Joshi March 20, 2011 - 3:50 PM

This is what I have been waiting for.

P.S What a brilliant job on the photography!

I lou you. πŸ™‚

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Vinit March 20, 2011 - 5:40 PM

Even i believe in simple pleasures like ‘Like immersing one’s foot in the sand on the beach, taking a walk in the rain, caramelising onions or smelling a newly purchased book.’ id like to add one more taking the late night train back home.

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Kajari Sengupta March 20, 2011 - 7:56 PM

Your hearth is indeed heavenly.What beautiful photographs, mouth watering recipes and such a light hearted language!!!!!!! I entirely fell in love with it .After all , i am and will remain a big fan of yours.

love
tani

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ashmita March 26, 2011 - 6:04 PM

Thanks tani! That means a lot πŸ™‚
Lovely cousin you are.

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Shreya May 27, 2011 - 7:17 PM

Hello!
Pratap led me here. And I am glad.

I am a fledgling food blogger. I think I’ll have more to say later but I really cant think of anything now, except, I like how your site looks!

Shreya

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ashmita May 27, 2011 - 8:46 PM

Thanks Shreya!

I’m still a newbie in this avenue. So any criticism and kindness is welcome, especially from veteran food bloggers like you πŸ™‚

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Shreya May 27, 2011 - 10:04 PM

i am in no way a veteran. Only about 5 months in the running.

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Shridhar November 29, 2011 - 4:17 PM

Excellent blog Ashmita. Hadn’t read it before. The clarity in your recipes is brilliant.

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ashmita November 29, 2011 - 4:34 PM

Thanks Shridhar πŸ™‚
Do keep reading!

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Aditi December 22, 2011 - 3:38 PM

The way you write reminds me of my Chocolate chip cookie-and-Roald Dahl days! =)

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ashmita December 23, 2011 - 12:27 AM

That is super good to hear πŸ™‚
Do keep reading!

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maitreyi January 19, 2012 - 5:52 PM

just landed up here while surfing the net and I must say, I LOVE your selection of recipes. keep it up! i’m a 21 year old girl living in Delhi and have been meaning to start a blog myself but keep putting it off but you’ve totally inspired me! love the step by step photo style! shall be back to try out your recipes!

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ashmita January 19, 2012 - 7:25 PM

Super to hear that you liked the style. Do try out the recipes, I’d love to know how they turned out to be.:)

Though it’d be even better if you start blogging as well. Do drop by a link if that happens!

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Arpana June 26, 2012 - 3:48 PM

Wow, your chock let brownie recipe is most perfect, very easy to make and awesome results.

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jaya sengupta July 22, 2012 - 10:35 AM

hi ashmita this is jaya i was doing a net surfing today that i fond your site.
its amazing i loved your all receipes. they all look awsome. i wrote some in my notepad and looking forward to cook them. i must appreciate your way of writing very simple but have something special ,your photography is excellent n thanks for sharing these receipes with all of us. THANK YOU

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RUMA CHOWDHURY October 10, 2012 - 12:09 PM

THIS IS THE BEST FOOD BLOG I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS…. SO VERY USERFRIENDLY …COUPLED WITH AWESOME PICS TAKEN BY U I AM SURE….U CAN ACTUALLY VISUALISE EVERY STEP BEFORE U EMBARK INTO THE FOODY JOURNEY ….U R WRITE UP OF THE RECIPES ARE COMMENDABLE AND UNIQUE … KEEP IT UP AND BLESS U .

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Rashmi Das April 14, 2014 - 5:21 PM

Superb and great work.Just saw ur blog and just enjoyed going through all your recipes. Awesome pictures taken of all the mouth watering recipes.Superb way to explain each and every step of the recipe,
Keep up the good work.

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ashmita April 18, 2014 - 11:24 PM

Thanks Rashmi di! I’m glad you liked it. Hope you keep dropping by more often πŸ™‚

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Aditya June 14, 2015 - 12:10 PM

How long were you just 23?
But what lovely food and the photography!

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aditto April 18, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Reached here late, but I’ll subscribe!

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aditto April 18, 2016 - 9:06 PM

^^ That was funny

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