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Foccacia Bread with tomatoes, rosemary and preserved lemons, sliced and stacked up!link to Focaccia Bread with Tomato Rosemary Lemon

Focaccia Bread with Tomato Rosemary Lemon

This Tomato Rosemary Lemon Focaccia bread is for your carb indulgence. It’s crispy on the outside, chewy inside and packed with robust flavor. I added cherry tomatoes, fresh rosemary and few slices of lemon rinds from my preserved lemons. Focaccia bread is a great bread to enjoy with soup on the side, slice and use as sandwich or even with some cheese and wine.

Fennel and Rosemary Butter Biscuits : Playful Cookinglink to Rosemary and Fennel Butter Biscuits

Rosemary and Fennel Butter Biscuits

On certain lousy days, there are two very specific things I like to do. Make a huge mug of coffee and laugh with FRIENDS back to back or put on an apron and surrender myself to flour. As I sift, mix and blend flavors, I build up this expectation that when the hot oven starts spreading the fresh baking aroma, it would change the crappy-me to happy-me. The kitchen is definitely a mess by then, but the effort works most of the time, unless of course what comes out of the oven looks worse than my state of mind. In that case,…

rosemary walnut cake 5link to Rosemary-Walnut Loaf Cake

Rosemary-Walnut Loaf Cake

The cake, a book and some hot tea; joy in simple pleasures! I grew up eating a lot of home-baked vanilla flavored cake with no frosting. We didn't have a cookie jar to dig in after school but we had a cake box that would hardly be empty. Ma didn't need any special occasion, she just needed some free time in hand and our lunch box would definitely have a piece of cake in it.

berry jam 1link to Mixed Berry Jam

Mixed Berry Jam

“Jam on a winter took away the blue devils. It was like tasting summer.” - Sandra Dallas Most people make multiple batches of jam in summer and preserve it to enjoy in winter. And here I am, posting a recipe of mixed berry jam on a cold winter evening. Anybody in my club on this? I doubt! All jams begin with delicious fruits and my plan was to wait for summer to make a fresh batch until my eyes fell on these gorgeous looking berries. I know it's not the right season but they were so pretty, juicy and very…

rosemary garlic oil 5link to Rosemary and Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Rosemary and Garlic Infused Olive Oil

There are two things I mostly use in my savory dishes.. Fresh Herbs and Garlic. My cooking starts with smashing, peeling and chopping some fresh garlic and ends with some handful of fresh herbs sprinkled for garnish and color. It amazes me that how just a hint of something can lift a dish to a whole new level. There are some dishes where you don't even need to add those garlic or herbs.. just infusing the oil with these ingredients can fill the dish with so much flavor. You can use them for pasta, salad, flavored rice dish or even…

couscous and sausage 7link to Couscous with Italian Sausage

Couscous with Italian Sausage

I heard about couscous for the first time in 'Top Chef', one of my favorite cooking show. There was this chef (I am horrible at  remembering names) and she would cook couscous in every other challenge. It always looked delicious and I used to wonder about the taste and texture. I didn't had any luck finding couscous in India. As soon as I saw it in the shops out here, I knew I had to give it a try. 

rosemary parmesan cookies 4link to Rosemary and Parmesan Savory Cookies

Rosemary and Parmesan Savory Cookies

Most Indian kitchens would always have a spice rack with zillion colorful spices, multiple containers with different types of lentil, a huge container filled with wheat flour and definitely a white rice container. Typically! When it comes to utensils, you would always find a pressure cooker or two! Pressure Cooker might intimidate a lot of people but not an Indian wife. They have some kind of love towards them. My Mom has three of those.. different sizes and uses them almost every day. There is one in my kitchen too, hiding somewhere in some counter. I could never like those! Tough to…