Hosting a frightful Halloween party? It is often said that “All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own”. There is no doubt that the air feels very different on Halloween, Ho-Ha-Ha-Ha. Scared? Don’t be scared, enjoy the thrill and exotic Halloween Party Menu. Hope you loved my last year’s Halloween recipes. Halloween party is incomplete without creepy cocktails. Serve these cool sips and your party would be a deadly success. Halloween gives us an opportunity to be really creative. So show your creativity through these cocktails. Let’s go for Black Magic Martini and Scary Green Jelly Cocktail. When it comes to Halloween party, these two cocktails, as bad as hell, are always ordered among the top drinks.
Black Magic Martini
2 ounces Vodka,
1 ounce Blue Curacao,
1/2 ounce Raspberry Liqueur,
Lemon twist for garnish (Optional).
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve chilled!
Scary Green Jelly Cocktail
1 quart Hot Water,
2 liters Ginger Ale,
2 cups White Sugar,
4 1/2 cups Cold Water,
1 can Pineapple Juice,
2 cans Orange Juice Concentrate,
3 ounce Green Lime Flavored Jelly Mix.
1. In a large saucepan dissolve the gelatin in 1 quart of hot water. Allow to cool.
2. When gelatin is cool, pour into a large punch bowl, stir in pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate, sugar and 4 1/2 cups cold water.
3. Pour in ginger ale just before serving. Serve chilled!
Hey pals, how was your Mother’s day? Mine was really a special one. Hope you enjoyed the Strawberry Layered Crunchy Cake on Sunday. I and my sister gifted mom tiny but an elegant pair of diamond earrings and a red color silk scarf on this auspicious occasion. What did you gift your mother? Both gifts were adored by her. To make the day even more special, I prepared her favorite recipe, Stuffed Apple and Cranberry Pork. The dinner table really looked sumptuous with tangy Pork, mushy Cake, seasoned Garlic bread and blood Red Wine. Here it goes..
Stuffed Apple and Cranberry Pork
For the Pork Loin
Salt to taste,
4 lbs Pork Loin,
Pepper to taste,
1 tablespoon Olive Oil,
2 minced Garlic Cloves,
Sliced bacon as required,
1 tablespoon chopped Thyme,
1 tablespoon chopped Rosemary.
For the Sauce:-
1 cup Vinegar,
1/4 teaspoon salt,
3 diced red onions,
olive oil as required,
1/2 bottle Lager Beer,
1 1/2 cup Brown sugar,
1 teaspoon Cinnamon,
1/2 cup chopped ginger,
2/3 cup dried cranberries,
1 teaspoon Mustard Seed,
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves,
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper,
3 lbs peeled and chopped Granny Smith Apples.
Cut a pocket through one end of the tenderloin. Place the centrist downwards. Don’t slice through the other end. Season in and out properly with salt and pepper.
Mix rosemary, thyme, garlic and oil in a bowl. Spread the mixture over pork. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
For the sauce, heat olive oil in saucepan, add onion and cook until brown. Add ginger and apples. Cook for 2 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients and lower heat.
Allow to cook. Reduce until thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stuff sauce into tenderloin. Wrap with bacon.
Using a roasting rack and baking sheet, put pork into 350 D. F oven. Remove from oven. Don’t remove foil till 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
Green Fritters (Broccoli and Peas Fritters) – These green crispy and quick fritters make a perfect party appetizers for St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Broccoli boosts up the immune system and also helps in preventing cancer. It also maintains the cholesterol level. On the other hand, peas help in managing weight and blood sugar level and cholesterol level. It prevents from aging and keeps the heart healthy. I would love pairing these fritters with my all time fav Cheesy Beer Dip. What would you pair it with?
Green Bars (Creamy Lime Bars)– Green lime bars are made up of simple ingredients. This recipe is quite similar to key lime pie, except that I add in few drops of mint syrup to get that green color for St. Patrick’s Day. Despite of the creamy texture, I find the recipe refreshing and sweet. The best part is that you can offer green bars to your guests at home and also gift the bars to someone special. I couldn’t resist having few bars while preparing the recipe.
Green Chicken (Mint Sauce Chicken) – Having green chicken on St Patrick’s day is definitely a big hit! The idea behind this green chicken is simple. Broil chicken pieces with ginger and garlic paste coated on them. Set aside. Prefer boneless. Prepare a green sauce (this does not require cooking). In the blender, add in coriander, mint leaves, lemon juice, green chillies, salt and pepper. Take a wok and add in broiled pieces. Add the green sauce, toss the pieces and heat for two minutes. Serve at once as bitings on St Patrick’s day.
Hello pals, how are you doing? I would like to share something with you today. I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Awardby Tehzeeb. Just like this warm, fuzzy and attractive name, her blog revolves around Beauty, Food and Fashion which most of the crowd on WordPress love to read. A Delicious ‘Peace’ of Pie, El Chico Guacamole, Sharmin’s Assamese Recipes for Bhogali Bihu are among her most popular posts, which I loved also. Living in UAE and working closely in the media field, she met many interesting people and that is how the girl has grown up very strong. Special thanks to you Tehzeeb.
Rules for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:-
Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking back to his/her blog.
Add Award logo to your blog.
Ask ten new questions to your nominees, they need to answer.
Nominate 7 blogs for this award.
My answers to Tehzeeb’s questions.
Q1. In one word, how would you like your readers to describe your blog?
Q2. Which is your most favorite among your blog posts? Why?
A2. My fav blog is ‘Peach Cake’. I prepared it last year on Mother’s day and it is my Mother’s Day Special recipe. Liked by 58 bloggers, the recipe still has it’s own charm each time I open the page to read it. My mom was glad when I made this cake and I hugged her tightly, emotions blended with tears of joy. The cake is super delish.
Q3. What/Who inspires most of your blog posts?
A3. The love of my pals on WordPress inspire me to write a better and tastier blog each day. As the name suggests, my posts strive to enrich your culinary senses. My blog revolves around Worldwide Cuisine, Festival’s Food, Health Tips, Recipes and Food for Mood. I think this is what the mass loves to read. To add on to this, I have already been nominated for 15 awards because of the love of my pals out here.
Q4. What do you aspire to accomplish this year?
A4. I aspire to keep myself fit and fine, as last year my health had deteriorated a lot. Next, I and my mom are planning to open a small food corner (Fast Food), if we have sufficient fund to add on to our little business.
Q5. What do you aspire to learn this year?
A5. I am a fitness freak but apart from exercise, I am planning to join meditation classes for a peaceful and stress-free mind.
Q6. What is your most favorite book? Why?
A6. The Other Side of Midnight and it’s sequel, Memories of Midnight, a novel written by Sidney Sheldon is my favorite. It’s all about betrayal and relationships.
Q7. What is your most favorite quote?
A7. My fav quote is ‘hope is a good thing and good things never die’.
Q8. What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
A8. I have handled my mother and other responsibilities, ever since my father passed away. I have seen the suffering of my father’s prolonged illness but finally he left the world despite of all our efforts to save him.
Q9. If you can be a superhero, what is your superpower?
A9. If I had been a superhero, I would have hanged all the rapists till death in the public.
Q10. Who is your female role model?
A10. My female role model is my mother. She had transformed me from into a strong person and encouraged me during thick and thin.
My 10 questions for the nominees:-
a. Other than your niche, on what other topic would you like to blog around?
b. What will you do if you win a jackpot of $1 Million?
c. How can you relate food, love and place altogether?
d. If you are granted a wish to transform yourself into a celebrity who will it be?
e. If you become invisible for a day, what would you like to do?
f. What are the points on the basis of which you criticize a write up?
g. Given a chance to change the name of potato and tomato what would you name them?
h. You believe in hardwork or luck? Why?
i. Food changes your mood. Yes or No and why?
j. All that glitters is not gold. Have you been in such a situation that compelled you to say this? Please elaborate.
My Nominees for the sisterhood of the world bloggers award are:-
Mixology in simple words is the art of preparing mixed drinks. The drinks prepared as a result of employing this technique might be alcoholic as well as non alcoholic.
Finely mixed drinks always leave an impression. While even the best variant of your favorite drink might end as a short-term memory, the mystery behind the unusual punch that took you by surprise in the late night party will linger on your taste buds till the morning after. Be it martini, tequila or whiskey, a different mixture of the components each time is what adds the variety to your life.
Mixology is also a good career prospect as they are and will always be fewer in number than bartenders. Social Elite Staffing describes the ratio of bartenders to guests as 1:100 for parties and 1:75 for weddings. Imagine, if in a party with a crowd of more than thousand guests, there is only one mixologist, how much special and demanded he’s gonna be.
What makes mixologists needed
Most people who have tried to unwrap the basics behind making a cocktail would know that the basic components of a cocktail are the base, the modifying agent and flavors and colors. But what after that? Do you all know the various categories of mixes and cocktails, what is the basic differentiating factor between a Daiquiri and Jack Rose?
In today’s party-crazy world, having a good knowledge of mixology can help you a great deal as the person who can take control of the party can take control of a lot of things, and drinks are the trump card.
Mixologists, with more extensive and in-depth training than bartenders, know the most unique things about drink recipes, sour drinks, non alcoholic drinks and a lot more, and can use this knowledge to the best of their advantage.
The art of mixing drinks
The art of mixing is one art anyone and everyone who has a taste for fine drinking would love to possess. As suggested in David A. Embury’s classic cocktail book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, some of the basics that need to be ensured for a quality cocktail are that the quality of liquor should be absolutely top-class, not containing heavy agents. It should also have a good appearance and aroma.
Mixologists would know how to use substituting agents and how small additions can modify the taste and the overall effect of the drink. Icing is another important aspect that will be covered in all mixology courses around the world, because, as you know, people have different preferences for temperatures.
Schools and courses
Some of the popular schools and universities that are imparting education and professional courses on mixology are The Columbia School of Mixology, University of Mixology (California), Mixology Group (UK), Professional Bartending Schools of America (all over America) and Universalclass.com (Online class). Myles Cunliffe, the director of Mixology Group says “Once you’ve completed our course, we believe that we’ve provided you the knowledge and confidence to go out and get a higher profile job. Meaning you can enjoy work more, get better pay and have more time off.”
Myles Cunliffe, Director, Mixology Group, teaching a few tricks of the trade to prospective mixologists.
While studying mixology from these universities, you would learn it from expert, experienced mixologists and bartending experts who have traveled all around the world; with hands on practical teaching, allowing you to make the mistakes. You can also try online classes, which are imparted through videos or video conferencing.
While each school or university has a different course curriculum, the major aspects that will be covered in most mixology-based bartending course would include drink recipes, garnishes, basics of and around the bar, pricing, serving techniques, substitutes, inventory management and of course, the liquor laws.
Whichever school you learn from, make sure your mind is always open to new ideas, from within and from others. Wisdom is one of the key drivers of smartness, and one who is wise can lead the way.
A good knowledge of the various mixtures can help you impress friends, win over dates, win competitions and land a job, or if lucky, a business opportunity. The scope of learning and winning in the field of mixology is infinite, it’s just up to you how you tap your potential.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, across the world especially in Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is marked as public holiday around the world especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. It is a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. The international festival is accompanied by parades, singing and dance performance, special food for the feast, green color drinks and a whole lot of green. It is believed that Saint Patrick had a shamrock, a three-leaved plant that symbolizes Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Wearing shamrock-inspired designed cloths has become the prime feature of the day.
Most popular of all the St. Patrick’s Day Drinks are:-
St. Patrick’s Day Punch
Irish Car Bomb
Irish Cream Pie Shake
Dizzy Vodka Punch
The taste of Dizzy Vodka Punch is doubled by refreshing Green Apple Pucker, which is a type of schnapps for alcoholic drink. Its green color matches up with Day of St. Patrick’s theme. Lime and orange wedges keep up the citrus factor.
Welcome St. Patrick’s Day with the kids favorite vanilla ice cream along with goodness of milk, mint extract plus green food coloring to keep up the spirit of the big day. Good news!! McDonald’s is back with the elusive Shamrock Shake.
Irish Car Bomb Cocktail
This tastes like chocolate milkshake and is great beverage for St. Patrick’s Day parties. With the perfect blend of Irish whiskey, stout beer and rich Irish cream, this heavenly cocktail is a must for all cocktail lovers.
Irish Cream Pie Shake
Irish Cream Pie Shake is inspired by Irish cream pie cupcakes. With the desirable brand of Irish coffee creamer, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream blend, this shake will certainly give an electrifying effect on St. Patrick’s Day.