Quick and Easy Recipes on St. Patrick’s Day

Hey friends! Hope you enjoyed my St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. Now it’s time to enjoy some quick and easy green recipes. So here we go!

Green Fritters
Green Fritters

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 Lime Bars
Green Lime Bars

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
Green Chicken

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.

Happy St. Patricks Day
Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s day!

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Saint Patrick’s Day and Most Wanted Cocktails

Currently everybody is going gaga over “go green”. There is a place which redefines green, this is Ireland. Long time back Saint Patrick was kidnapped by Irish guys. However he managed to escape just to come back to Ireland (again) and make sure that Christianity prevails out there. Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain Christianity, which eventually became the symbol of Ireland (Green). The three leaves depict-the father, the son and the holy “spirit”. March 17 marks his death and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland leading to an excuse for celebration.

On this day, there is no restriction on drinking, which consequently results in no further restrictions. Over the years, the celebrations spread worldwide. If the fountain at Trafalgar Square in London can go green, Calgary Tower in Canada can turn its light to green (symbol of “Go Green”), Russians can go for a carnival and Opera House in Sydney turns green,  then why don’t you try something green. Since everybody is Irish on March 17, without restrictions on drinks, lets try “go green” drinks. Hope you enjoyed my warm cocktail recipes on Frozen Dead Guys Day. So let’s dance with dizzy fizzy green cocktails.

Minty Green Ice-cream Cocktail

Green Ice-cream Cocktail
Green Ice-cream Cocktail

Ingredients:-

3/4 oz. Mint Cream,

3/4 oz. White Cocoa Liquor,

3 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream,

50 grams Dark Mint Chocolate.

Preparation method:-

1. Blend all the ingredients. Pour into party mugs or glasses, as per choice. Place in the refrigerator to cool for 5 minutes.

2. Top with grated mint dark chocolate as shown. Serve cold!

Green Vodka Cocktail

Green Vodka Cocktail
Green Vodka Cocktail

Ingredients:-

Apple Cider,

1 oz Mint Syrup,

1 oz Citrus Vodka,

2 dashes Lime Juice,

Lime Twist for garnishing.

Preparation Method:-

1. Pick a glass of your choice. Add citrus vodka, lime juice, green syrup and fill with apple cider.

2. Garnish with a lime twist.

Celebration on St. Patrick's Day
Celebration on St. Patrick’s Day

Dance with the St. Patrick’s Day drinks!

Christmas Colors Chilli Fish

Sweet and chilli flavored food is always welcomed on fests and occasions. For many of us, appetizers are the favorite part of the Christmas feast. Isn’t it? And on top of that tangy-spicy appetizer is something you can’t resist. So, I decided to prepare tangy fish. Yummzz! Hope you liked my recipe, grilled fish (cod), it is Cristiano Ronaldo’s all time fav. I am very fond of varieties of fish especially pomfret as it is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B3 and vitamin E. It also helps in fighting wrinkles and skin redness. It adds moisture to your skin.

Sweet and Chilli Fish
Sweet and Chilli Fish

Soy sauce is an awesome ingredient to flavor recipes. It’s the most common in Asian cuisine. Most dishes don’t specify the type of soy sauce that we use, but they vary wildly as per flavor, texture and appearance. I have used a strong one here to imbibe the Asian flavors. I have used homemade green chilli sauce here to add-on extra spice to the recipe. Tomato Sauce that is a bit sweet is recommended.

Ingredients:-

1 cubed Onion,

1 cubed Capsicum,

1 teaspoon Honey,

3 tablespoons Flour,

Olive Oil for deep frying,

1 teaspoon Tomato Sauce,

1 tablespoon Soya Sauce,

31/2 tablespoons Cornflour,

1 teaspoon Green Chilli Sauce,

1 bunch chopped Spring Onions,

250 grams cubed deboned Fish,

2 teaspoons Ginger-garlic paste,

1 teaspoon Black Pepper Powder.

Preparation Method:-

1. Make a thick batter of 3 tablespoons cornflour, flour ,1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste, salt, pepper powder and water. Dip the fish pieces in this and shallow fry in oil until golden brown.

2. Drain and set aside. In the same oil, add the onions and capsicum. When the onions start to turn pink, add the ginger-garlic paste. Stir until fragrant.

3. Turn the heat to high. Add the soya, chilli and tomato sauce. Mix well and reduce heat. Add the fried fish pieces. Again mix well and cook on low heat.

4. Mix well the 1 teaspoon cornflour in 4 tablespoons water. Add to the fish mixture and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the fish completely. Add chopped spring onions and honey. Serve hot with your fav drink.

Santa Wishing You
Santa Wishing You

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Food Ideas

Food ideas for any party is all about smart cooking and great presentation. Isn’t it? Nevertheless, whatever looks good tastes delish. Indulge yourself in the spirit of Christmas with yummy, quick and easy recipes. It is certain that you would like to spend maximum time with friends and families and not in the kitchen. I am going to disclose some swift fun food ideas right away!

Yummy Christmas Wreath
Yummy Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath (Ham-Veggie Crescent Wreath) – Grab some fresh bruschetta from the market, arrange on a plate in form of a wreath as shown. You can also use homemade garlic and cheese bread, if time permits. I prefer cheese and garlic bruschetta bread. Add on it, the topping of your choice. Spicy mayo and honey cream form a great topping. To it add diced ham and roasted veggies. Just bake the bread for 2 minutes before adding the topping. Get an eye-catching and sumptuous party appetizer.

Christmas Muffins
Christmas Muffins

Snowy Deer Muffins (Chocolate/Vanilla Muffins) – Any party is incomplete without desserts, isn’t it? Make the muffins of your choice. They can be simple, raisins or berry muffins. The game here is only the way you present it. Prefer a smooth base and spread chocolate evenly. You can also add vanilla cookie on the top, as shown. Add pretzel to make horns of the deer. Decorate eyes with berries/small candies. Enjoy the cute treat with lots of goodies within.

Mini Pizza
Mini Pizza

X-Mas Tree pizza (Mini Veggie Pizza) – Prepare the pizza base beforehand. You can make variant of shape using special baking cutters eg. Christmas tree or Star-shape. Ah! kids are gonna love it. Just bake with your favorite cheese and veggies. The taste will be doubles seeing these mini cheesy pizza bites. Even a novice cook can master the art of preparing pizza. So let the fun begin with this veggie and cheesy treat.

Cheers to all of you!
Cheers to all of you!

Merry Christmas!

Spicy Christmas Mini Meat Pies

Hi pals! How are you doing? It’s the Christmas month and we all crave to have goodies on the weekends. Isn’t it? So here I present before you, the cute yummy bites of flaky dough stuffed with spicy ground beef/turkey mixture. These are very filling and best to be served with tomato and chilli sauce.

Meaty Treat
Meaty Treat

The best part here is that you can enjoy the meat of your choice. You can also use any kind of low fat cheese instead of cheddar cheese. The hotness quotient (usage of sauce) of this meat recipe can be made flexible. I have only combined the best of rich Christmas flavors to make a pie that both children and adults will adore.

Ingredients

For Filling:-

1/2 cup Chilli sauce,

2 tablespoons Onion Soup Mix,

1 pound ground Turkey or Beef.

For Dough:-

3/4 cup Milk,

1 teaspoon Salt,

1 cup Shortening,

1 tablespoon Vinegar,

3 cups All-purpose Flour,

3/4 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese,

1 tablespoon Sesame seeds (Optional).

Preparation Method:-

1. Cook beef over medium heat until done. Stir in chili sauce and soup mix. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sesame seeds and salt. Add shortening and cheese until crumbly. Mix milk and vinegar. Slowly add it to the flour mixture. Knead the dough.

3. Divide the dough in 2 halves. Make 2 rolls out of the dough, which should be thick enough to hold the filling. Cut circles with the help of a mini meat pie cutter.

4. Top each with a tablespoonful of meat mixture. Cover with remaining circle (dough). Moisten edges with water. Press with a fork to seal. Cut a slit on top of each as shown.

5. Bake at 425 D. F for 15 minutes. Serve hot with tomato and chilli sauce!

Santa Wishing You

Merry Christmas 😀

Healthy Turkey Treat on Thanksgiving

Of all the symbols, relating to Thanksgiving, turkey is the one we associate the most. There are several reasons behind it. The majestic appearance with sharp features and bright hues are really attractive. Turkey is also a native of United States and Mexico. Juz 15 days left for Thanksgiving, and we are all set with a variety of turkey recipes, isn’t it? Since  turkey is the most common main dish of Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to try Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot. Hope you liked my recipe Mexican Chocolate Turkey.

Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot
Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot

Everyone, ranging from diabetic person to fitness freaks can enjoy the dish to the fullest. The best part about this recipe is that you can add in the veggies of your choice and make a real yummy treat. You can also add in extra chillies for a spicy treat if you wish to. I wanted the recipe to be very spicy, so I have added in good amount of chillies. The flexible recipe will really add on to the mood.

Healthy Veggie Turkey Crock Pot

Ingredients:-

2 cups Water,

1.25 lbs Turkey,

1 diced Carrot,

1 chopped Onion,

1 chopped Jalapeno,

1 tablespoon Olive Oil,

3 minced Garlic Cloves,

1 cup chopped Spinach,

2 chopped Bell Peppers,

1/4 cup Taco Seasoning,

15 oz diced fire roasted Tomatoes with Green Chillies.

Preparation Method:-

1. In a large pan sprayed with nonstick spray, brown the turkey pieces.  Drain off any water and pour the turkey into your slow cooker.

2. In a wok, add oil. Put in onions, jalapeno and minced garlic, stir-fry till golden brown. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, cover and cook on high heat for 4 hours along with water.

3. Serve in a large bowl, with mashed potatoes and steamed rice. Sprinkle seasoning over the curry.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy healthy turkey treat!

Celebrate the The Vegetarian Fest with Tofu and Peanut Dip

The Vegetarian Festival of Phuket, Thailand is celebrated each year from the end of September to beginning of October, which lasts for nine days. The largest island of Thailand, named as ‘Pearl of the South’ looks spectacular on this fest. On this fest, the Chinese community considers the event as the beginning of the month of ‘Taoist Lent’, according to which the followers of the Tao, restrict themselves from eating meat and meat products. The main centre where the festival is celebrated is Jui Tui temple. It is the oldest and well renowned temple of Phuket. Highlights include:

  • Walking on hot coals

  • Climbing knife-blade ladders

  • Piercing skin with sharp tools

I thought of making something out of tofu for the vegans/vegetarians. Hope you liked my vegan recipe ideas for Father’s Day special. You can smartly substitute almond with peanuts, for the people allergic to peanuts. Tofu can be deep fried directly or you can have it as follows.

Fried Tofu with Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe

Fried Tofu with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Fried Tofu with Peanut Dipping Sauce

For Deep Fried Tofu

Ingredients:-

1 pound Tofu,

Oil for deep frying as needed,

4 tablespoons Cornstarch or Flour.

Preparation method:-

  1. Drain the tofu. Cut the tofu into triangles or squares as desired. Roll the tofu in the cornstarch or flour. Heat wok and add oil for deep frying. Heated the oil to 350 D. F.

  2. Fry, until the tofu is golden on both sides. Remove with a skimmer spoon and drain on paper towels. Keep warm while frying the remaining tofu.

  3. Serve with Chinese-Style Peanut Sauce.

For Chinese-Style Peanut Sauce

Chinese-Style Peanut Sauce
Chinese-Style Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:-

1 pinch Salt,

2 tablespoons Sugar,

2 tablespoons Vinegar,

7 sprigs sliced Cilantro,

1 teaspoon ground fresh Chili paste,

2 tablespoons toasted and crushed Peanuts.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Take a large microwave bowl to prevent over boiling. In a microwavable bowl, combine sugar, ground fresh chili paste, salt and vinegar. Heat up for a minute or till sugar is dissolved.  

  2. Stir the sauce with a spoon to blend all the ingredients in. Add the crushed, toasted peanuts and top with the sliced cilantro.

Shrine of Phuket
Shrine of Phuket

Enjoy the spirit of the fest!

Celebrate Independence Day with Chole Bhature

India celebrates Independence Day each year on August 15. The country became an independent nation on August 15, 1947. This is a gazetted holiday. The day is observed with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events from different parts of the country. People display national flag on their attires, homes, vehicles, accessories etc. People listen to the patriotic song, watch the patriotic movies, parades on television with the family and friends. Though entire India suffered, North India was in great turmoil, even after independence and contributed a lot for the nation. The land includes freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, and Sukhdev Thapar. So today I’m presenting a popular Punjabi Recipe, called Chole Bhature before you, which is popular in India as well as abroad. Chole are spicy curried chickpeas. Bhature is fried bread. In this recipe, we use a special type of spice powder called chole masala, that consists of bay leaf, cumin, coriander seeds, cloves, mustard seeds, red chillies, peppercorns and pomegranate seeds.

Chole Bhature
Chole Bhature

For Chole:-

Salt to taste,

2 tablespoons oil,

2 cloves grated Garlic,

1 finely chopped  Onion,

50 grams grated Ginger,

2 teaspoons Chilli powder,

2 teaspoons Chole masala,

2 cups Tomato paste,

1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds,

1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder,

1 tablespoon Coriander powder.

2 teaspoons dried Mango powder,

1 cup white Chickpeas (soaked overnight),

1 teaspoon Tea leaves (tied in a muslin cloth).

For Bhature

Salt to taste,

1/2 cup Plain flour,

Oil for deep-frying,

1 1/2 teaspoon Oil,

1/2 cup Potatoes, boiled and grated.

Masala Chana
Masala Chana

Preparation Method:-

For Chickpeas Curry:-

1. Pressure cook the chickpeas with the tea bag for 3 whistles, until they are soft . Drain and keep aside. Discard the tea bag.

2. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the onion, ginger and garlic. Saute till the onions are golden brown. Add tomato paste and cook till the oil starts separating itself. This indicates the mixture is ready

3. Add the chole masala, and all other spices and saute for another minute on slow heat. Add the chickpeas with 1 cup of water and mix well. Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with bhaturas and onion with lemon wedges.

Bhature
Bhature

For Bhature:-

1. Combine the flour, potato, 1½ teaspoons of oil and salt and knead into a firm dough without using any water. Knead the dough very well till it is smooth. Cover with a wet muslin cloth and rest the dough for 10 minutes.

2. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll out into circles. Deep fry in hot oil till the bhaturas puff up and both sides are golden brown. Enjoy the treat!!

Happy Independence Day
Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!

Bullfight Celebration with Special Spanish Omelette and Drinks

Bullfight is AKA tauromachia or tauromachy. This tradition is observed in Spain, Portugal, Philippines, France and few American countries. This year the bullfight is taking place from July 5 to July 13, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. Though the critics call this the blood sport, the supporters say that it is culturally most important tradition. It is a developed form of art that is equivalent to dancing, learning music and painting. It is very enjoyable and lively occasion. And as I always say that any occasion or fest is incomplete without food, let’s throw light on what Spanish people love to eat and drink.

Spanish Omelette
Spanish Omelette

Spain is one of the largest producers of good quality of wine and hence it is an important part of dining. Traditional drinks include:-

  • Sangria(mixture of wine, brandy, juice and fruits)

  • tinto de verano (mixture of red wine with lemonade)

  • Rioja wine (typical red wine)

  • Cava wine (sparkling wine)

  • Licor 43 or Cuarenta Y(wine made up of 43 ingredients)

Sangria
Sangria

Traditional Spanish Omelette is AKA tortilla española or tortilla de patatas. It is very different from French omelette. Basic Spanish omelette is made up of eggs and potatoes only. The recipes has number of variations and I am gonna present a variant recipe to you. This dish is paired with bread. It is accompanied by fried pimientos de padron. Padron peppers are small, bright green peppers. These peppers are fried and sprinkled with sea salt. In some places, it is also served with bocadillo or bocata. Bocadillo is a popular Spanish sandwich.

Ingredients:-

6 Eggs,

1/3 Cup milk,

4 Rashers bacon,

1 sliced Red onion,

1 sliced Green onion,

1 tablespoon Olive oil,

2 crushed Garlic cloves,

1 teaspoon Sweet paprika,

2 medium sliced Sebago potatoes,

1 medium chopped Red capsicum,

1/4 Cup finely grated parmesan cheese,

2 tablespoons chopped Flat-leaf parsley leaves.

Preparation Method:-

1. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and bacon. Cook for 6 minutes. Add potato, capsicum, parsley and paprika. Stir occasionally, for 4 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

2. Preheat grill on medium. Whisk eggs, milk and parmesan together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Now pour egg mixture evenly over potato mixture. Tilt the pan to distribute egg mixture evenly. Set on low heat. Cook for 8 minutes.

3. Now place it under grill. Cook for 5 minutes. Set aside for 2 minutes. Use a spatula and turn onto a plate. Cut into wedges. Serve with bread.

Bullfight
Bullfight

Enjoy the treat!


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