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Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer

Refreshing Lemongrass, with zingy ginger and some fresh basil leaves, together with brown sugar, makes a delicious syrup which can uplift any drink. Pour some sparkling water and hydrate yourself or use it in a cocktail. It takes 15 minutes to make the syrup and then the Lemongrass Basil Spritzer is all about adding ice cubes, some lemon juice if you like and sparkling water.

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Tomato Garlic Confit

Tomato Garlic Confit with some fresh basil on top is a super easy and uber delicious appetizer. It will take less than 5 minutes to prep and 40 minutes in the oven. You can toss Tomato Garlic Confit with pasta, top it on risotto, rice or enjoy with grilled meat and fish. We finished it with some crusty sourdough bread, pretty much wiped the plate clean with the last slice of the bread.

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Lemon Cake With Basil Mascarpone Frosting

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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Tomato Tart with Basil and Paneer

Some weekend starts on a very lazy note with a cup of hot ginger tea at ten in the morning followed by zero plans to implement. It doesn’t happen often but whenever it does, Arvind takes every opportunity to make the day as unproductive as he can and at times, I tag along with the flow. We order takeout, be a couch potato and watch movies back to back while sipping some wine or beer in between.

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Vegetable Tartlets with Pesto Sauce

I love puff pastry! Be it sweet or savory, it manages to win my heart each time. The buttery crunchy bite is so amazing that it always makes me ask for more. Swirl them or fold them, make a knot or stuff them, these light flaky warm bites have always been one of my favorites. The smell of a freshly baked pastry is so comforting that it can instantly switch my mood from sad to happy :) Making puff pastry at home was out of the question until I saw the pastry sheets in the frozen section of the grocery store..…