Ginger Lemonade

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Now that it is actually feeling like summer and memorial day is almost around the corner I want to share this recipe with you. Its my favorite lemonade recipe with a kick of fresh spicy and aromatic – ginger. My memories of Indian summers are hot and lazy days, off from school, hanging out with friends and cousins. Growing up, it was a ritual at my home, everyday, to make a giant jar of lemonade in the morning. We would then serve it to the family and friends that would visit us during the day! No one ever refused the offer of fresh homemade lemonade when they arrived from the scorching sun outside. My mom, always added ginger and for me lemonade always must have fresh ginger. The first time when my husband, Ravi tasted it, he related it to the fresh sugarcane juice in India. Only then I realized that there was something very different about this lemonade. It was the freshly grated ginger, with its aroma and spicy kick, that made it – oh so refreshing and delicious!

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Ginger tamarind brussels sprouts

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Since I started blogging just over a 6 months ago now, I have discovered some amazing food blogs and recipes. I love how each one of us has a unique style. I recently came across a beautiful blog – abrowntable.com– where the author Nik has stunning photography and lovely recipes. One of his recipes that caught my attention right away was the ginger tamarind brussels sprouts. Ginger is my latest love in cooking, for the most part when I see ginger as one of the main ingredients I want to try the recipe right away. One of my recent post – Beet Salad -A celebration recipe also uses ginger and I love the spice and flavor it creates to the dish. I usually roast my brussels sprouts or make a cold salad by shaving it thin. I was happy to see this recipe and the photos made my mouth water wanting to make this asap!

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Homemade Paneer{Indian cottage cheese}

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Back to basics today. I have to confess that it took me literally years before I tried making paneer at home. Still, at times, I use the store-bought paneer, of course only after checking that it does not have any extra additives or preservatives. Homemade paneer by far has the freshest taste and beautiful soft texture. It is super easy to make with just 2 basic ingredients! So if you have time or can plan ahead homemade paneer is the way to go.

Paneer is fresh unsalted white cheese used in Indian cooking, that can be made at home with just whole milk and lemon juice! It has a very mild creamy flavor and crumbly texture that goes well with many curries and desserts!

Fresh paneer can be grilled on skewers for some fun kebabs and also used in sandwiches, wraps and pita pockets! It is a very versatile ingredient to use in Indian curries like Palak Paneer , Matar Paneer or Paneer Tikka Masala. Homemade paneer can also be used in making many Indian desserts, I love making delicious homemade Rasmalai!

Here is a step by step recipe:

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Crispy Spinach, Mushroom and Onion Quesadillas

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Didn’t I say we love festivals? As if Indian festivals that come almost every other week aren’t enough for us, we are always looking for a new holiday to celebrate and to make something special. Like yesterday, May 4th, after a long school-day and a crazy work-day, the boys  and I spent couple of hours right before dinner time, decorating star wars cookies!! May the fourth be with you! It was so much fun decorating and eating those scrumptious cookies. Please don’t ask what we had for dinner 🙂

Today for cinco de mayo, I really wanted to make fish tacos with homemade corn tortillas. I have not made corn tortillas in a while and now that I was ready to make it I could not find my tortilla press. I probably misplaced it during my recent kitchen renovation. So those corn tortillas and tacos will have to wait for now. Instead, I decided to make quesadillas using most of the ingredients that I usually have in my refrigerator – mushrooms, spinach, onions, whole wheat tortillas (store-bought of course) and some pepper jack cheese!

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