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Lounge Butler’s Chocolates with a red dress! Nickie & Nina have launched a special promotion at their flagship outlets in Lahore and Karachi. Buy any red dress from a Nickie & Nina outlet and receive a complimentary box of handmade chocolates from Butler’s Chocolate Cafe. This promotion is valid at both their Lahore and Karachi outlets.

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Loves Special menu for someone special! The Deli, one of Karachi’s most prestigious eateries, has recently launched an exciting Valentine’s Day menu. The menu is comprehensive and a perfect example of fusion cooking. It begins with a serving of three soups mainly roasted bell peppers, roasted tomato and chicken asparagus. The appetizers are unusual such as steamed Vietnamese rice wrappers, prawn and avocado salad with lime chilli dressing, filo tart filled with roasted bell peppers, smoked salmon stack and lime sorbet. The main course includes a variety of options such as lobster ravioli and herb crusted red snapper. The Deli will be giving out red roses to all women who come to the restaurant on Valentine’s Day and red tablecloths will be spread out on all the tables.


Ladies eat for free! Burger Hub in Lahore is launching a fantastic deal on Valentine’s Day! Ladies eat for free at Burger Hub on Valentine’s Day while the men pay for themselves. So girls! Listen up. This is your day! Come to Burger Hub and eat for free. Burger Hub is located at Vogue Towers on MM Alam Road.

The New Food Street- a shahi experience By Injila Baqir Zeeshan Those of you who may be scared to death, like me, of driving to the far end of Lahore to reach the New Food Street, running alongside the majestic wall of Badshahi Mosque, should know that it truly fits the saying, well worth the effort! You have the option of parking your car right where the street begins (the old route to Cuckoo’s Den and Andaaz), but if you have some spirit then leave your vehicle in the parking towards the Minar-e-Pakistan side; climb the horse drawn carriages and let yourselves be enveloped by a short yet memorable ride that takes you through the Lahore Fort. With Jehangiri darwaza towards your left and Hazoori Bagh on the right, you can feel yourself being engulfed into the aura of the dimly lit towering Mughal architecture against the inky blue night sky. Majestic as they stand during the day, these buildings seem to come alive at night reminding us of the glory that once was ours. Step out of the qila into the old shahi mohalla, the New Food Street, where a different world has been constructed or rather renovated, in the age old buildings. A brilliant array of colours greets you here and it takes a while to fully take in all the woodwork, the statues, the filigrees the painted windows and of course the delightful little antique shop on one corner full of items that will bedazzle you. I will get to the food now: some very fussy desi food addicts that I happened to take along, could not help but admire most of the items there such as payaas, tawa chicken, hareesa, all sorts of tikkas and kebabs and then falooda, firni and almond sprinkled kashmiri chai. Tempted yet? Go and experience it, before it gets too hot to eat outside in the open.

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Valentine’s Day extravaganza Ellemint Prêt, one of Karachi’s newest and most hip multi brand stores, is doing a Valentine’s Day extravaganza. M u l t i p l e designers will be showing their red collections while Ellemint Salon will be doing manicures and pedicures in red nail colours. Stop by Ellemint Prêt located at 3-C, 10th Street, off Khayaban-eShamsheer, Phase 5, Defence, Karachi.

‘I swear my love by the owl!’ Krizmah, one of the most well known accessory labels based on Chitrali embroidery, has a special bag for all women looking for the perfect accessory for Valentine’s Day. The ‘After hours’ bag in red is inspired by owls: Nadia and Zainab explain the thought process behind the bag: ‘The ability to see in the dark has elevated owls. Because of their close kinship with the night, owls are also associated with wisdom, magic and love. Young lovers often swear by the owl to profess the love they have for each other which only the been able to see.’ owl has Available at Ensemble Lahore and Ensemble Karachi as well as at Asmani’s in Islamabad.

Make it sweeter! Cinnabon is offering the perfect treat on Valentine’s Day. From 6th to 14th February, get 15% discount on flower arrangement from Candy Bouquet with each purchase of a CinnaPack or a Cupcake box from Cinnabon! You can even order your delicious candy flower arrangements from exclusive Candy Bouquet counters at Cinnabon locations in Lahore!

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Pampering pays! Treat your loved ones this Valentine’s by taking them to Depilex (women) and The Lounge (men). They have introduced packages which include not only hair cuts and styling but also warming oil hair treatment, herbal skin glow, aromatherapy massage and Gilden Tree manicure and pedicure at reasonable prices. These salons are located in the heart of DHA Lahore. These packages for women and men are an ideal gift this Valentine’s. facebook.com/ depilex

Package it right!

Diamonds are forever! By Sahar Iqbal

Valentine’s Day is incomplete without diamonds. Surprise your partner by presenting her with a magnificent diamond ring or a pendant from the collection by Shiraz Sami- fine jewellery collection. These diamonds are imported from Hong Kong and Belgium, and designed into jewellery in Karachi. Their specialty is that they don’t weigh stones in gold which helps save your money. The Valentine collection is available at Afzl Studios off MM Alam road, Lahore near Tabaq.

NN House of Exquisite Packaging, once again, brings you its wide range of gifts without which Valentine’s Day remains incomplete. Whether you want to show your passion by choosing special chocolates, cute teddy bears and hearts, or attractive gift boxes and wrappings, we offer you all this under one roof. Steal his/ her heart away with our special Valentine’s collection. This year you can browse through the complete display of our range at Tehxeeb, Gulberg, Lahore. The newly opened, Sab’s Salon will also be housing an exclusive range of Valentine gifts.

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Fragrances for him and her

Strawberries, chocolates and beautification! Arammish Salon in Lahore has introduced spectacular Valentine’s Day packages, with special treatments such as the following: Rose Petal Manicure and Pedicure with a special rose oil mini facial for Rs3000. Chocolate Delightchocolate body scrub and massage Rs2200. Chocolate kiss facial- Rs1500. Sugar kiss hand and feet therapy Rs1500. The Valentine’s packages are valid from 13th14th February. All treatments come with a serving of fresh strawberries and chocolates! Call to book 0321 4793003.

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Pal Zileri Collezione Privata is an exclusive collection of precious fragrances by Pal Zileri that fully interpret the elegance of the Italian male. It is a compilation of all-time classic fragrances that are presented in a packaging that reveals characteristics of the finest sartorial tradition. Cartier Baiser Volé Eau de Parfum is a creation from Cartier’s in-house perfumer. Baiser Volé, meaning ‘Stolen Kiss’, is the expression of love. It is a story of pure passion told through a strikingly feminine and rare flower: the lily. Both of these are available at Wardrobe, Lahore.


What will it bering or pendant? Valentine’s is the best day to propose your love with a diamond ring. Afzal Jewellers have created magnificent and beautiful diamond rings for you. You can also win your lady love’s heart by presenting her with a diamond pendant.

Win a weekend in Bhurban! Hanif Jewellers celebrates the month of love with the chance for you and a loved one to spend a weekend in PC Bhurban. Purchase a gift for your loved one during the month of February and qualify to enter their online competition via logging on to facebook.com/ExperiencePureArt where you have a chance to share your love story and win!

Knock yourself out! The Knock Out Marker from Color Studio is perfect for Valentine’s Day to make your eyes look dramatic and exotic. The Knock Out Marker is also super handy and can be carried out around in a purse.

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Get a fresh look this Valentine’s Fall in love all over again. Surprise your loved one with a rejuvenated skin glow or a dazzling white smile. Be the envy of others by going for a couple package and looking like the new Pitt and Jolie Couple in Town. Log on to facebook.com/ HalcyonMedicare

Ladies love shoes and bags and this year Charles & Keith has brought fabulous designs of bags and shoes. They are now welcoming shoppers with a wide range of designs in this month of love. Get your hands on the beautiful accessories for your lady love.

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Let the lawn mania begin! Mausummery has never lost its charm with the ladies. Surprise your Valentine with the new collection by Mausummery. The Mausummery lawn collection is a riot of colours and patterns and has something for everyone’s taste. With a total of 19 prints on display, Mausummery offers three different types- chiffons, prints with motifs and embellishments and the regular, daily wear collection. Prices of all the three types begin from Rs1350 and touch the mark of Rs3850.

Spell it out on a card! Everyone needs to hear that they are loved. Let your emotions flow by expressing through Valentine’s cards by Hallmark. They have introduced new photo cards in which you can put your photos as well. These cards are available at Hallmark, Y Block Market, DHA, Lahore.

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Red chiffon for the working woman If you want to look trendy on this Valentine’s Day then grab new tops of the Working Woman of Leisure Club. They have exclusively designed chiffon shirts for you at very reasonable and accessible prices. These are available in all Leisure Club and Kayseria Stores.

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Dress up for Valentine’s Day! Ayesha Khurram has launched a special Valentine’s Day collection which is in stores across the country. This vibrant collection is based on red, orange and pink colours and is perfect for all women who want to make a statement on Valentine’s Day. The collection is available a t Ellemint Prêt, Brands, Just Prêt in Karachi, Labels in Lahore, L’Atelier in Islamabad, Concepteur’s Lounge in Peshawar a n d at the Ayesha K h u r r a m flagship outlets in Lahore and Faislabad.


Fashionista Fatima

From the catwalks of Paris to the Fashion Houses of Milan, walking the streets of New York to the boutique lanes of London, Fatima Khan, fashion stylist, designer, graduate of NCA and The London School of Fashion is a true Fashionista. Her unique esthetic sense, coupled with her experience as a fashion buyer/merchandiser for various Fashion Houses in London has helped to launch herself as a fashion connoisseur par excellence. Meet her every Sunday and learn what’s hot on the high streets in the global fashion village as well as the season’s must-haves and how to wear them.

Royal Romance Well, what would be the best outfit to put on this Valentine’s Day to look smart, stylish, astonishing and impressive is the big question in every woman’s mind. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here are some tips to celebrate this day the Fashionista way. Fashion has a very important role in our lives and when it’s the most romantic day of the year it is very important to look your best. We all know that love should not be based on external looks but the truth is, if someone is especially dressed up for you and is looking stylish, it all adds up. Fashion has gone to a funfair land this year, with the maximalism, bright colours and bold prints all over the runway. Valentine’s Day Fashion Trends are mostly including floral designs and edgy cuts. Floral colours like red, orange and pink are considered to be specially marked for Valentine’s Day.

Runway

Roksanda Ilincic, Elie Saab, Valentino, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, Talbot Runhof, Gucci, Versace, Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel, Akris, Giambattista Valli, Paul & Joe have one thing in common, One word: Impact and that’s exactly what you need. It needs to be sweet, garden-fresh yet chic and edgy. We know, red symbolizes love, life and happiness so what better time to wear it than on the Valentine’s Day. If you want to play safe then you can add red in the form of jewellery and accessories over nude colours. It was all over the catwalks and an investment now will go a long way. It’s time to leave the LBD behind and look for intricate detail that will win you kudos among the fashion cognoscenti. Whether it’s your turn to dazzle at a lunch, or just to make a really big entrance for dinner, a dress that’s up to the occasion is critical. We all love a bit of night time glamour and this winter there is no better way to wear the trend than embracing the super glam trend teamed with super high platforms.

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Fashionista Fatima Red is bold. One thing I always advise people is to know your look. You can’t over do red as it is a loud colour. Subtle is the key. Your makeup and accessories should complement the colour, not overshadow it. Fatima has carried the look with perfection, with a hint of black and killer heels. I have always enjoyed reading Fashionista Fatima’s articles as they are informative and fun, truly a breath of fresh air, this is exactly what our industry needs right now.’ Shahzad Raza (AtherShahzad)

For my Pakistan

There are lots of shades of red, orange and pink around so experiment with what works best with your skin tone. For maximum impact, wear head-to-toe and, for extra wowfactor, choose sequins for a show-stopping look. You can wear for day or night as a new alternative to black but If full-on colour-blocking is a step too far for you, tone it down by investing in a ruby or pink top or accessories in precious shades of tangerine or coral. Team with crisp black separates for day and then autumnal oranges and maroons for a rich evening look. Why not opt for a hot red to really put yourself on the fashion radar? Lace dresses are also making a major comeback, so if you’re looking for a classy, vintage style going out dress opt for one of these lovely concoctions another major trend for going out dresses is that of the maxi dress. This is a great style for more casual nights out, such as to a dinner party, barbeque or for a fancy meal, as they suit most body shapes and are perfect for various occasions.

Beauty - An Array of Reds

Lipstick’s most iconic colour was reinvented this season, proving that there are endless ways to wear a dramatic red. With inspirations ranging from pop art expressionisms at Jason Wu to art deco experimentation at Rick Owens to Betty Draper-style elegance at Dior, it’s a great time to go for rouge.

Key inspirational pieces

Here are some key pieces from international market so you can take the inspiration and translate the upcoming trends into your outfit: A. Halston Heritage dress Dress, B. Top Shop C. Prada D. Dior

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Art

Fantasy, frailty and flowers Ali Azmat is inclined towards figurative painting, but at the same time he has frequently composed his figures with still-life objects

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By Nadeem Alam

e started with the infertility and barrenness of the body and soul, shown on the faces of eunuchs. He also adopted the whole jargon; the eunuchs used, to title his paintings with all possible relationships of love, hate and loneliness that are commonly associated with this part of the society. He was successful in carrying out the depression and anxiety of untold and unfolded sexuality, which is coupled with the unfulfilled specie around the globe. It was a painting show by Ali Azmat, which; he titled as ‘Moorat’, a term itself to elaborate the aesthetical accomplishments of the eunuchs. Later, Ali went on to explore children, a leap from barrenness to fertility. There, he groped the meaning of horror and loss in the diction of innocence. Although Ali used the symbol of child as a physical continuation related to human beings but the metaphorical expression, he used to convey the element of fear and fragility, in connection with terrorism, became more obvious than the character of a child. Very recently, Ali Azmat displayed an array of small frames; comparatively to his previous work, and contrary to his figurative style, which he is best known for. It was another symbol this time, another metaphor and a unique emblem in the lives of the Muslims, the Holy Quran.

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Naturally, Ali Azmat is inclined towards figurative painting, but at the same time he has frequently composed his figures with still-life objects. It is part of a symbolic representation, which most of the figurative artists have been inspired of! Claude Monet composed a woman with parasol, while Vermeer’s famous painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earning’ is also a good example of this practice. In Pakistani Art, Collin David is considered as the pioneer and the chief exponent of figurative painting. He is also found composing figures with everyday life objects. Shakir Ali added some objects to balance his figural compositions as well, whereas

Mashkoor Raza’s pigeons are famous enough for accompanying his nudes. However, Sadequain with his grotesque thoughts, focused on painting crows


alongside his self-obsessed figures. Ali Azmat in his Moorat Series, exploited the cactus to denote hardships and fruitlessness of the life of eunuchs. They were weapons next time when he came up with ‘Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom’ where his main figures were children of various ages; ranging from infancy to adolescence. It was this show where the painter reacted against the instability and vulnerability of human life in Pakistan under the heavy smoke of terrorism. In this very show, Ali adopted the red-dotted handkerchief, in a symbolic way, which is now largely associated with the Jihadists. Later, he went on to paint the fabric and cloth that have some important ties with our socio-religious lifestyles. In her last exhibition, his concentration was on the variety of Quran covers and casings, known as Ghalaf. In this show, the painter presented a range of Quran covers, arraying from the simple to the lavishly o r n a t e ones.

In his compositions of figures with still-life objects, Ali creates a perspective and depth within and across his frames

In the first two shows where the figurative rendering and facial expressions were involved, the painter helped his frames to attain the everpopular ‘humanistic’ element in his paintings, especially of the modern era. With the help of eyes; deliberately painted barren, tearful or sometimes ironic, the painter conveyed the silent message of hopelessness to the viewers! Moreover, as far as the skills of the painter are concerned, in constructing the human bodies of two diverse shapes and environments, the eunuchs and the children, the mastery of portraying various emotions and the dexterity of painting human anatomy is noteworthy. Another important feature of these two shows was the texture. Ali Azmat, in ‘Moorat’ series, took advantage of his topic in articulating diversity of skin tones and textures of a eunuch and his male lover (Girya). While in the ‘Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom’, he seems to enjoy the rendering of wrinkle-less skin and comparatively smooth texture of the young children and the infants. In ‘Sirat-e Mustaqeem’, the third show, we can see the painter entailing the miscellany of texture through the variety of casing or covers for the Holy Quran (Ghalaf). However, in the last show, Ali Azmat’s style of painting seems to curve away from his figurative expertise and looks as if it is absorbing, as far as the size and perspective go, the effects to of miniature painting style. In all of his figurative work, the three-dimensional modeling of the form has been his main skill. In his compositions of figures with stilllife objects, Ali Azmat creates a perspective and depth within and across his frames. On the other hand, where he has painted an assortment of the Quran Casings, there is no visual depth, and compositional aspect in these small frames and the artist has concentrated more on the diversity of the texture. He has composed all the wrapped books in a very similar way and in the same angle, diversifying them from each other by changing the nature and design of the surface or the wrapping or by adding some flowers, grenades, and leaves; the only linkage with his previously exhibited work.

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Books

New Poetry

Three poetry collections, two in Urdu and one in Punjabi, on fresh but familiar themes reflecting the spirit of the age

Naya Suraj Nikalta Hai By Manzur Saqib Al-Hamd Publications, Lake Road, Lahore Pages: 208; Price: Rs.200/-

Khwab Ju By Asghar Ali Baloch Mahkan Publishers, Shadman Town, Sahiwal Pages: 128; Price: Rs.180/-

Rut Asaan Di Haani By Zahid Hassan Sanjh Publications, Temple Road, Lahore Pages: 112; Price: Rs.120/-

By Syed Afsar Sajid

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aya Suraj Nikalta Hai M a n z u r Saqib is a senior poet from Faisalabad. This is his second verse collection in Urdu – after Jugnu Tujhey Talash Karein (2005) – comprising a miscellany of ghazals,

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nazms, qat’at and fardiyat composed by him in the intervening years. Shahzad Ahmad, Amjad Islam Amjad and Dr. Aasi Karnali have written introductory notes for the book. Shahzad Ahmad thinks that Manzur Saqib belongs to the ‘reflective’ school of thought in Urdu poetry as his verse seems to convey a message of humanitarianism and

peace. Likewise Amjad Islam Amjad also takes cognizance of the reflective element in his verse reared and geared by an avid pursuit of perfection. (Late) Dr. Aasi Karnali views this poetry in a contemporaneous perspective with little or no affiliation with any previous poetic tradition, and perceives a broad representation of the contemporary problems and situations in it.


The contemporary literary scenario abounds in poetic collections of sorts by both young and old poets. To pick and choose readable poetry out of the available stuff is a difficult task for the common reader of literature. This review is meant to focus on three such collections, two in Urdu and one in Punjabi, on fresh but familiar themes reflecting the spirit of the age In his preface to the book, the poet recounts his faith in human values and his resolve to stir the human conscience on evils and malaises like hate, injustice, falsehood, deceit, repression, discrimination, poverty, illiteracy, prejudice, extremism, sectarianism, war etc. To him the function of poetry, and for that matter literature, is to wed the truth to beauty and thus provide ‘eternal joy’ to the reader. In the process, the poet also creates an aura of self-composure leading to a zestful life, eventually terminated by a peaceful death. Although the intrinsic moral themes permeating his poetry are quite conspicuous, the poet does succeed in sustaining its aesthetic appeal by virtue of his adept treatment of versification in terms of both content and form. His optimism tends to lend credence and vigour to his poetic accent. Here are some examples: Sitam kay baad sitam tha hamari qismat may/K khushk sehra pay barsi hain barishain kya kya ..... Mra qalam mray logon ki ab amanat hai/Qalam ka maqsad-e-awwal badal gaya maira .... Agar tughyanian barh jaain had say/ To phir kat-tay kanaray boltay hain .... Yun to jugnu bhi madava hai andhairay ka magar/Shab-e-tareek to ek mehr-emunawwar mangay Khwab Ju The book is writer and poet Asghar Ali Baloch’s second verse collection in Urdu – comprising his creative work

in the domains of ghazal and nazm. Prof. Dr. Shabbir Ahmad Qadri has contributed its flap. He opines that Asghar is basically a poet of ghazal relying on poetic reverie and sensation as its prime ingredients. Asghar’s poetic journey seems to be self-explorative inasmuch as he seeks to vent his dreams and fantasies in a purely personalized accent. He manipulates the various rhyming schemes (in short measures) adroitly to suit the tenor and tempo of his verse. The growing polarity between fulfilment and desire is a marked feature of Asghar’s ghazal despite his innate propensity to equivocate his dreams. In nazm, however, he changes his stance to objectivity. On the whole, his poetry is fresh but stimulating as the following lines will exemplify: Tairay mizaj-e-sard ki yakh-bastgi ki khair/Dil kay shajar pay baitha parinda thither gaya … Dhool hoti hui masafat ko/Shahr-e-khush posh ki hawa daina … Apni pehchan hosaki na usay/Yun to woh aainay banata hai … To sun aey khwab-ru lamhay/Mray hathon ki raikhaon may/Taira naqsh raushan hai/Tu mairy band ankhon par/Hamesha dastakein day kar/ Kahan ruposh hota hai? Rut Asaan Di Haani Zahid Hasan is a well known bilingual writer, poet and translator with sixteen other publications to his credit. This book carries his Punjabi verse (nazm) composed during the

period 1997-2009. Wajahat Masood and

Ghulam

Hussain

Sajid

have

written the introductory notes included in the book. The former appreciates the poet’s genius and versatility as an artist whereas the latter analyzes the substance of his verse in the light of the reigning socio-cultural, as also aesthetic, trends in Punjabi verse. Both

of

them

agree

that

the

seminal theme of his poems is ‘birha’ – separation and the concomitant passion, pang and pathos. Ghulam Hussain Sajid goes even further to term his verse as the ‘sultan’ of ‘birha’ a la Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s collection of Punjabi poetry selected and christened by Amrita Pritam as ‘Birha Da Sultan’. The subjects of Zahid Hasan’s poems

encompass

reminiscence,

autumn,

separation, loneliness,

truth, war, passion, pathos, decline, introspection,

wish-fulfilment

and

the like. His style derives force from his command of the native idiom and his expressional skills. In his epilogue to the book, he speaks on the vitals of his poetics. To him poetry is an amalgam of truth, beauty, love, tradition and metaphysics. His poems seem to transliterate his poetic creed into words charged with spontaneity, lyrical grace and insight. Thus the book is a good addition to the extant Punjabi literature (verse).

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Recipe

Valentine’s Treat

Strawberry Mascarpone Crepes By Sadiya Babar Ingredients

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• In a blender, combine the batter ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. • Meanwhile, for filling, in a small bowl, combine the cheese, caster sugar, basil and lemon juice. Gently fold in strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. • For topping, in a small bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, orange juice, essence and salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. • Melt 1 teaspoon butter in an 8 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat; pour about 1/4 cup batter into the centre of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to coat bottom evenly. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 1520 seconds longer. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing skillet as needed. When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels in between. • Spoon filling over crepes; roll up. Serve with strawberry topping. • Makes 8 crepes.

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BATTER: 3 eggs 1 cup milk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 5 teaspoons butter, melted 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt FILLING: 1 cup Mascarpone cheese 2 tablespoons caster sugar 4 teaspoons minced fresh basil 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries STRAWBERRY TOPPING: 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla essence A dash of salt 4 teaspoons butter, divided

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