About me



there is nothing about my age that prohibits me fulfilling my dreams


Life begins at 40!
This is a mantra that I have embraced for myself. The roller coaster ride of life so far has been fun and, fortunately, a blessed one and I believe that the rides towards the setting sun will be filled with even more fun, & challenges and even more satisfying and enriching. 


My blog Pearlsofeast was born in 2008 in a cold, hazy, wintery night in Beijing. Soon after I moved from beautiful Sydney in the southern hemisphere, my restricted physical movement because of the harsh weather stormed my brain and led me to a completely new world food blogging.
Blogging in China was strictly under scrutiny but I slipped and crawled to scribble few posts carefully weighing words without having the social cops knocking on my front door. My flow of posts came to a stop soon after I stepped into motherhood with my second one. The Space I once adored and cherished seemed distasteful and became a distant priority. So my frequent visits came to a no through road.

Rose pictures

The blog that I had started had an initial plan to centre around many untold recipes from my native place Odisha, India. But slowly my passion for baking scattered and filled the empty spaces. I had a deep down love for baking and it all started from a no fame vanilla sponge cake that my mum often gladly whisked around without any expectations in my early teens. Her promise to gift an OTG after my HSC was a foundation to an unknown trail that built a passion for getting into professional cake decorating sphere. I have a few creations to compliment my skills and take pleasure in messing my kitchen space with flour, fondant, cutters and tins.
I grew up in Odhisa, India, but Sydney has been my home now for many years. No matter how far and wide I have travelled I still find a pleasure in this Koala and Kangaroo land. Having also lived in many Asian countries I have loved and cherished human interaction and their cultures. I fell in love with Ikebana while living in Tokyo and travelling to islands on days when our life was too hectic in busy Manila. I have loved my bargain hunting days in shopping streets of China and meandering around the labyrinth streets of Hong kong.
A freelance stylist and photographer, I constantly juggle my daily routine with my two adorable boys and caring husband. I credit my eldest boy and my husband for my never ending hunt for new recipes and baking ideas. Their constant and honest feedbacks have always provided me with a room for improvement.I am thankful to my supporters and visitors that stop by my space and their complements and comments have always provided me with a source for betterment. I am thankful to my Odiya friends for adoring my Chenna Poda recipe and making it the most sought after recipes in the blog.
I hope I will keep my promise and my plan to share more Odiya cuisine. Your feedbacks and comments are important to me. So come and join my trail !!!! You can find the latest updates in Social media or join my mailing list…..


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this blog and that you find something that catches your eyes and taste buds.
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For questions and/or business inquiries contact me at Shivsm@yahoo.com
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  • Reply Buna Ashok November 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Hey shibani, came across your blog accidentally Loved it! Your recipes, your photography of them simply awesome! Yet to try out your recipes, will start with the lamingtons. My children come home during christmas iam sure they’ll love it! All the best with your blog spot!

    • Reply shibani November 21, 2017 at 2:27 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words

  • Reply Shaweta Malik January 9, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Shibani, came across your blog accidentally through Pinterest. I am in love with your blog, adore your photography and recipes. Still reading your blog and figuring out which recipe I should try first.
    Love everything about your blog. Good luck.

    • Reply shibani January 11, 2019 at 12:25 am

      Thank you so much…

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  • Reply tamreen December 31, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Hi Shibani, do you have an insta account? I cant find it actually. Theres no age for starting anything, so true. I am turning 28 next year, and still unmarried. Your food styling is beyond words. Would love to learn from you.

    • Reply shibani January 28, 2020 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks Tamreen, Nice to hear from you.. I have a active insta account.. Shibani_Photography ..

      Thanks once again

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