'Under The Tuscan Sun' by Frances Mayes was the February Book for the BookClub.I had heard neither of that book nor the author.I had almost given up the search when leading bookshops said they had stopped publishing the book in 2004!.A regular routine visit to the library and while leaving I simply enquired whether they had heard of that book and voila! there it was .
On reading it I was transported to the magical world of Tuscany in Italy -a perfect land as per the author.She sings praises and praises about the land and the book is like a dairy by the author who purchases a villa 'Bramasole' there.Some parts of the book to be honest are a bit dragging but on the whole I would say its Perfect. I loved the book and have bookmarked several recipes from the summer kitchen notes as well as the winter ones and I hope to make atleast some of them. One prominent recipe is the Basil and the Mint Sorbet which I had bookmarked.
But I found that my basil leaves were.. well, gone and ready for the disposal. And I was left with just 1 tbsp basil and I sort of adapted the recipe accordingly.
Basil Leaves: 1 tbsp
Mint Leaves: 1 tbsp
Sugar: 3 tbsp +
Water: 4 tbsp + 1 tbsp + 1-2 tsp
Lemon Juice: just a squeeze
Puree the basil and mint with 1-2 tsp of water.
Make a simple syrup by bringing to boil 4 tbsp of water and 3-4 tbsp of sugar. Stir till the sugar is dissolved and then take off heat.Add the herbs pureed and 1 additional tbsp of water.Let it attain room temp.Add a squeeze of lemon and then strain to a steel/anyother container and freeze for atleast 6-8 hours.
Take out and let it thaw for a few minutes and then blend it in a mixer to make it creamy like this..
While I was trying to take pics the sorbet started melting.So finally I had a herbal juice.Lets see what other members cooked up from Tuscany?
One last thought,while reading the book I was thinking,how much do we appreciate the land or the place we live in.I for myself have more complaints about Bangalore but do I appreciate it ? At present ,I am a bit irritated living in Bangalore and no,its not just the power or net problems or 'returning from USA' syndrome, but so many small small and BIG BIG things. May be its just my expectations,Bangalore I had heard of was cooler and a much better and civilised and developed place.Not the one with traffic and road woes,full of flats etc.Only time can tell,whether I will sing praises of Bangalore like its the heaven on earth or something like that.Well,what about you? Do let me know,whether you appreciate the place/land you live in.
Meanwhile enjoy the sorbet.