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A friend sent me home grown passion fruit, the internet threw up juicing as the first option and I obliged. 
I made a concentrate with  the pulp of 10 passion fruit, gently pulsed in the blender, sieved to remove the seeds and mixed with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Mixed till the sugar dissolved completely and adjust as per the tartness of the fruit. I added a large pinch of salt to balance the sourness. 
Crushed a few Thai basil leaves, put in lots of ice into a tall glass and 1/2 a cup of water. Topped the rest of the glass with the concentrate juice. It was fantastic! Tasted a lot like pineapple juice, but with more depth of flavour, very fruity and I'm just imagining this as a summer drink. Will be an excellent base for white wine sangria. 🥂
Waiting for strawberry season again to make this  classic vanilla strawberry cake. 
Shot by the very talented @mahadevkrsna for @escapadesculinarystudio
The magnificent Hawa Mahal, captured on a cloudy day in Jaipur last month. 
One of the cleanest cities I've ever seen in India, Jaipur is gorgeous, well kept and respectful of it's rich heritage. 
Visit one of the many well maintained humungous forts and palaces, walk down the famous Johari Bazar for silver and precious stone jewelry, or Bapu Bazar (known locally as daku Bazar for being a tourist trap) that will put your bargaining skills to the test is something that will thrill a seasoned shopped. Have a glass of malai filled lassi at MI road or just sit in the spartan Anokhi cafe sipping on some freshly brewed coffee with a slice of  delectable carrot cake, Jaipur has something for everyone. 
#tbt #travel #india #jaipur
My friend @wabisabix shared this picture of her and #sagetales that popped up on FB memories. 
I miss this pup face and cannot believe I didn't smother him nice and proper. #flashbackfriday #goldenretriever #dogsofinstagram
Did I tell you I'm also a cat person? I love cats as much as dogs and growing up we had both, and they got along splendidly. With Sage we currently are torn between bringing home a feline sibling which is recommended for epileptic dogs and giving him all our undivided attention because of his, you know, single spoilt child status. 
Met this tortoise shell sitting outside Cafe mondegars, oblivious to the #mumbai chaos. I stopped to pet him and he was happy to accept neck scratches. 
Bombay is one of the most stray animal friendly cities. Cats and dogs thrive on pavements, markets and store fronts. People walk about peacefully, manoeuvring around sleeping animals. It's not uncommon for guards and store owners to feed and watch over these, like this fellow who was cared for by the cafe owners.
This time of the year is full of pretty walk trails. I love my evening walks with #sagetales. Both of us love meeting people and dogs, the walk is unhurried and the light is magical. Half a day away from him and I'm missing him like crazy. 
#evening #nofilter
I did a 3 day juice cleanse last week. Yes you heard me right. Even though I was scared at the thought at first, I can't even tell you how easy it was. A cleanse is a restricted calorie liquid based  diet. Usually aimed at giving your digestive system a much needed break. It helps make you feel lighter, less sluggish and helps in shedding a few kilos if you're prepping for a special occasion.

N cold pressed juices in hyderabad is one of the latest entrants in the cold pressed juice scene. They have detoxes for 1 or 3 days. 
The juices come neatly packed and are in 400 ml bottles instead of the regular 200-250 ml variants available making it very filling. The ingredients used ranging from bottle gourd to fennel, apples to pomegranate, seeds, nuts and dried fruit are on the pack. All bottles come with the time stamp  and have nutritional information printed at the back to make for easy reference. 
The juices are refreshing with  no mix of flavours, sweet, tangy and sometimes bitter. The 2 pm ones are bitter as hell and I found myself standing over the sink to be able to finish them. 
If you're inclined to do three days, let me tell you, day 1 is a breeze due to the novelty. Day 2 I found is the toughest because you're committed and can't turn back. Day 3 is done even before you can think about it. So hang in there and see the results. 
I've been struggling to see the scale move despite a regular workout and restrictive calorie diet. So I'm happy that the cleanse helped me Shed 3 kilos and a 2 inch loss around my tummy.
A flaky pie crust filled with a mix of spinach, ricotta, caramelised onion and cheddar cheese. One of the four recipes we did in today's Pies and Tarts Workshop at my studio. 
#nofilter
This ( accidentally) vegan banana cake turned out so good, that I posted the recipe on my blog in less than a day after I made it. 
This cake has bananas, ragi, oats, wheat flour, jaggery and coconut milk. It's not overtly sweet and yet has deep flavours and a beautiful soft texture.

Recipe on the blog arundati.wordpress.com
Couple of 'items' such as moru kootan and paal payasam are missing from this picture but this was our lunch today for Avani avittam. Truly blessed to be part of a family that makes it possible to part take of celebrations I otherwise would know nothing of. 
#indianfood #vegetarian #festivalfood
Trying my hand at sourdough baking. This loaf came out nice and soft with a lovely crust but a little too sour for my taste. Topped it with olive oil, some sauteed veggies, fresh basil and mozarella and toasted it for a few minutes. 
#baking #bread #sourdough #bakery #vegetarian #breakfast
Caught this group of kids taking some cool pictures inside the Amer fort at Jaipur. The sweltering heat notwithstanding, Jaipur is such a clean, green and well kept city.