Strawberry Chia Compote

Strawberry Chia Compote | Playful Cooking

The light was beautiful and I had a plan for next day breakfast, so I decided to just go with the flow. Although it was not the best day to take out my camera as the little man was home, but those strawberries looked gorgeous and I was eager to photograph this super simple compote. And I sure did take a little many shots. Does the world really need another recipe of strawberry compote? I don’t know, but I tell you what, if you haven’t added chia seeds in your compote before, change that! Chia seeds on any fruit compote just make the texture so much better.

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Raspberry Brownies

Raspberry Brownies | Playful Cooking #raspberry #brownie #easy #baking

I couldn’t have showed up on Valentine’s Day without some chocolaty pleasure. So here it is my friend, fudgy Raspberry Brownies. The combination of raspberry and chocolate is heavenly to me. I have paired these two several times before and it’s always a tasty indulgence. This time, I made the brownies especially for my little fella and his classmates. They have the Valentine’s Day celebration in school. I wish I could attend too. Can you imagine, how much cuteness overload it will get with all the little kids singing, “Happy Valentines Day”!

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Lemon Cake With Basil Mascarpone Frosting

Lemon Cake With Basil Mascarpone Frosting | Playful Cooking

Last weekend was one of those rare weekends when we spent both the days at home. We relaxed, cooked a lot and ate cake for breakfast in our pajamas. It was Arvind’s birthday on Sunday and this time, I got a little ambitious with the cake. I layered the cake, covered it with basil frosting and even made candied basil leaves to decorate on the cake. Although the flavor was really nice, the cake turned out a tad bit dry. And as for making the cake look pretty, I have a long way to get there!

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Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Dressing

Romaine Avocado Salad With Anchovy Dressing | Playful Cooking

This is perhaps the simplest salad I ever made. One that needs no planning, barely any chopping and definitely no cooking! I love a big bowl of crispy salad, any time of the day. And most of the weekday lunches, I try to build one. Sometime, it’s with a lot of greens, some raw veggies, lemon vinaigrette and a soft boiled egg on top. And then on the other days, I go bold on the flavors. Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Dressing is one such strong flavored salad.

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Congee With Miso Sauce

Congee With Miso Sauce | Playful Cooking

Does it ever amaze you that how many similar looking dishes are prepared or served otherwise with different names across the world? When I came across Congee, it instantly reminded me of khichdi and risotto. All three dishes are rice based meal. Needs slow long cooking hours. And gives a sheer level of coziness in every spoonful. Rice, being the staple for half of the world’s population, makes numerous such hearty one-pot meals in different delicious ways.

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