A tribute to a special lady: Selma from Selma’s Table

‘Life is too short’ … ‘live your life to the fullest and have no regrets’. All these words we have heard many times before but when you hear of an unexpected demise, these same words suddenly mean so much more real and make you realize the undeniable and harsh truth of life – that it is indeed too short.

Well this weekend I heard of the passing of a co-blogger Selma from Selma’s table. Selma was vivacious and so full of life! And such an accomplished cook! Just browsing through her recipes on her blog will prove that. But even more than that, she was an extremely kind and compassionate woman as could be seen by her interactions with other fellow bloggers and in her posts. I had the privilege of once co-hosting Fiesta Friday with her and boy, she sure had great energy! Since we were going to be co-hosting, I suggested if we should work out a way to divvy up the other posts so we both need not do all. To this Selma replied, ‘no worries, indu …you can do as much as you are able to but I shall mostly visit all of them …I just love to!’ Such was her enthusiasm and I would never have guessed that she was a woman battling cancer.

I am sure Selma is smiling from up above and also visiting all the posts even today! May her delightful and kind soul rest in peace. This tribute is also linked to the special tribute that Angie is hosting this week for Selma at Fiesta Friday

I am sharing some of her outstanding recipes here below that I really enjoyed!

Lemon and Semolina Saffron Cake



Chermoula spiced Eggplant



Masala Chai Banana bread with coconut cream frosting


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  1. Great job with the multiple recipes here! The cake looks especially tempting to me, even though I am more of a savory person and I could easily eat the whole plate of chermoula eggplant! Thank you so much for joining the tribute!

  2. Thank you for being here, Indu. Selma indeed had a very positive outlook in life and so full of energy and happiness that you’d never guess if she’s going thru something.

  3. What a beautiful tribute and such gorgeous looking food and recipes. It is amazing that she left this huge legacy behind through a cooking blog and that she made food and sharing and cooking the focus rather than illness. Thanks for doing this.

  4. What a wonderful experience you’ve shared on this great tribute to Selma. She was so special to so many people, and I am so happy that so many Fiesta Friday bloggers showed up this week to share. This is such a special group and Selma helped make it so. Thank you Indu!

  5. So nice to hear your memories of Selma, Indu – it’s so nice to read everyones’ posts – and you have picked out some great posts of hers as well. There are so many I want to try.

  6. You’ve said it all and so succinctly Indus, a wonderful tribute to Selma. She was one of a kind wasn’t she? I do like the dishes you chose from her blog, I want to make everything on her blog now, I was one of her great followers, she had so many tips n’ tricks on almost anything. Thanks for the tribute, it was pretty emotional reading all of her tributes and also writing 2 of them myself, but it is a great way for the blogging community to come together in her name. Long may her spirit live in each one of us. xo

  7. You know I bought semolina so I could make that saffron cake, bought a bench scraper so I could make her sourdough bread, planted Romanesco broccoli since she introduced that new veggie to me, etc. Selma definitely motivated me to do things. But I never told her, and that was my regret. Thanks for the wonderful tribute, Indu. XOXO

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