Scary Menu for the Halloween Party

Hey pals! Hope you my Halloween cocktails were spooky enough to be on the menu list of Halloween cocktails. I have yet amazing stuff to stuff you with. Check out my scary menu right away.

Deadly Meatloaf

Deadly Meatloaf

Deadly Meatloafs – There is flesh (minced beef), there is blood (tomato sauce), there are eyeballs (mashed potato) and teeth (stir-fried onions) and this is what makes a perfect meatloaf for the Halloween’s dinner table. Take a wok and add in ginger-garlic paste plus red chillies. Now add grated onions and tomato puree. Lastly add in minced beef or any minced meat of your choice. Stir-fry! Cover and cook till the meat is chewy and soft. Present it my way. Rest add in your creativity!

Spooky Fingers

Spooky Fingers

Spooky Fingers – Talking about spooky food, these Halloween fingers are really creepy for all the kids and adult on the party. The process is super easy and the treat is really yummy. Beat sugar, almond and vanilla extracts in a bowl. Add in flour, baking powder and egg. Make a dough. Form into fingers, using forks. Add strawberry jam on tips. Thereby place and press sliced almonds as shown. Bake till done. Serve the spooky, bloody yet tasty and nutty fingers!

Bloody Eyes Pasta

Bloody Eyes Pasta

Bloody Eyes Pasta – Fond of pasta? Boil spinach pasta. Prepare a sauce of basil, chillies and tomatoes. You can add in minced meat too. I always do that for real meaty craving. Scoop crumbled cottage cheese to make eyeballs. For pupil, use black olives. Add saffron threads as shown on the eyeballs. Enjoy the fiery and feary pasta! The kids are actually gonna love it. So what crazy are you trying this Halloween?

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Have a Deadly Halloween. Ho ha ha ha!

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Scary Halloween Cocktails

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

Black Magic Martini

Black Magic Martini

Ingredients:-

2 ounces Vodka,

1 ounce Blue Curacao,

1/2 ounce Raspberry Liqueur,

Lemon twist for garnish (Optional).

Preparation Method:-

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

Scary Green Jelly Cocktail

Scary Green Jelly Cocktail

Ingredients:-

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.

Preparation Method:-

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!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Have a Deadly Halloween. Ho ha ha ha!

Cheers with Beer on Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, the 16 days beer fest is celebrated in Germany annually, for the honor of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage. The vibrant fest stretches from September 19 to October 4, 2015. Let’s revive some facts and yummz.

  • It must not be surprising if I say around 2 million beer gallons is consumed by 6 million people at the fest.

  • Different tents offer different kind of beer.

  • Capacity a tent can accommodate is 10,000 people.

  • The traditional stein costs around $13 (33 Ounces).

  • People with hangover can rest on the beds arranged by the Red Cross society.

  • Best recipes offered on the fest includes:-

  1. Brezn (pretzel)

  2. Wurstl (sausages)

  3. Haxn (pork knuckle)

  4. Hendl (roasted chicken)

  5. Weisswurst (white sausage)

  6. Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles)

  7. Schweinsbraten (roasted pork)

  8. Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes)

  9. Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on stick)

  10. Knodeln (potato/bread dumplings)

  11. Obatzda (spicy cheese-butter concoction)

  12. Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (pickled red cabbage)

Do try my Fried Chicken recipe with Beer Dip. It would pair very well with following Cocktails.

The Eclipse

Strawberry and Blueberry Beer Cocktail

                                                                      Strawberry and Blueberry Beer Cocktail

Ingredients:-

Ginger beer,

6 Blueberries,

3 Mint leaves,

4 Strawberries,

1½ oz. Sour Mix,

1½ oz. Tequila.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Muddle strawberries, blueberries, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add tequila and sour mix. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with beer. Enjoy!

El Ayudacal

Agave Lemon Beer Cocktail

                                                                             Agave Lemon Beer Cocktail

Ingredients:-

1 Lime zest,

1 bottle Beer,

1½ oz. Lime Juice,

½ oz. Agave Nectar,

Lime wheel for Garnishing.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Combine lime juice, agave nectar, and lime zest in a glass.

  2. Add beer and stir gently. Garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy!

Dance with Beer!

Jazz and Jambalaya – Guide to Ecstasy

It’s been two years since I have been to New Orleans Jazz fest. My love for jazz goes long back when I was in college and used to roam around with my huge discman, playing – ‘Hold me close and hold me fast, The magic spell you cast, This is la vie en rose– by Louis Armstrong. I have even mentioned Jazz a few times in this blog too with my cocktail recipes, the Mulled Wine, Peppermint Patty etc. New Orleans has this history of people coming and going. Let it be French, Spanish or African. But thanks to this process of people passing by this city, New Orleans gave birth to a lot of new things. African workers found comfort in music after a hard days work. They used to sit in groups, sing and play instruments and create music – they were creating Jazz. This city has been celebrating this festival since 1970s. But there is a reason why a lot of people pass by this city – its port. Now if you are in a city with one of the largest ports in America, you can expect this ‘port’ on your plate.

Jambalaya

Jambalaya

People pass by but leave their cuisines behind. New Orleans has a mashup of various cuisines and Jambalaya proves this right. Jambalaya is a popular rice dish, especially at family get together or events like this. Even huge quantity of it is simple to make. The best part is that you can play around from seafood, sausages to red or white meat, or mixture of all. There is a small story behind the recipe. Many years ago, a traveler arrived at New Orleans, in an inn, long after the dinner time. He asked the cook to throw in the available ingredients and this gave birth to the famous Jambalaya recipe, which is a staple of New Orleans. Jazz fest begins on April 24, 2014 and this combination of Jazz and Jambalaya might be too overwhelming for you.

Ingredients:-

1 Bay Leaf,

1 chopped Onion,

2 cups cooked Rice,

1/2 teaspoon Thyme,

1 cup Chicken Broth,

2 teaspoons Oregano,

1 teaspoon Hot Sauce,

1 stalk chopped Celery,

1 pound diced Chicken,

1/2 pound diced Sausage,

28 ounce canned Tomatoes,

1 chopped Red Bell Pepper,

2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning,

1 pound cooked thawed Shrimps.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Take a slow cooker. Combine in it, chicken, sausage, chicken broth, tomatoes, onion, pepper and celery.

  2. Now add in bay leaves, thyme, oregano, Cajun seasoning and hot sauce of your choice. I prefer red hot sauce.

  3. Cover it up. Cook on high for 3 hours. Stir in thawed shrimps. Cover and cook until the shrimps are heated thoroughly. This will take around 5 minutes.

  4. Spoon the mixture over cooked rice. Serve hot!

Jass Music Fest, New Orleans

Jass Music Fest, New Orleans

Enjoy the Jazz Music!

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!

Enjoy Frozen Dead Guys Day with Hot Cocktails

Here comes the Frozen Dead Guys Day! This is one of the most unique, funny and quirky festivals in the town of Netherlands, Colorado. The festival is a lively one because of it’s numerous events. Coffin Racing, Costume Polar Plunging, Ice Turkey Bowling, Parade of Hearses, Frozen Salmon Toss, Frozen Dead Poet Slam etc. are the major centre of attraction. The festival encourages participation in many such activities. There is a bunch of activities for the music lovers also. There are over 20 Live bands, Friday The 13th “Superstition” Blue Ball, Theatrical Wu Shu performance etc. to cheer the crowd.

There is no doubt that the vibrant festival has earned the title of ‘Top Five Winter Festivals in the Country’. What my generation prefers (I am not that old) is Montreal Jazz Festival. However, I can’t look at this fest with indifference. This fest is funny in a weird way, which is all good for the young ones. A music fest is nothing without a bit of intoxication. “A bit” is a lot for such fests, which is nice as you need to beat the chill. Where jazz fests are about cocktails and smoothness, this is all about binge drinking. Hope you enjoyed Thandai, which was one of the best among the traditional drink recipes. This blog is a blend of hot cocktails to break the cold!

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine

Ingredients:-

3 star anise,

1/4 cup honey,

4 whole cloves,

2 cinnamon sticks,

4 cups apple cider,

750 ml bottle red wine,

1 zested and juiced orange.

Preparation Method:-

1. Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs. Enjoy!

Peppermint Patty

Peppermint Patty

Peppermint Patty

Ingredients:-

1 cup Milk,

100 ml Peppermint Schnapps,

1 teaspoon Hot Chocolate Powder.

Preparation Method:-

1. Heat milk in a pan. Pour in a glass when hot. Add powdered chocolate to taste.

2. Add a shot of liqueur and top with whipped cream. Serve!

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Coffin Race

Frozen Dead Guy Days – Coffin Race

Enjoy the Fest!

Cheers with Grilled Orange Cocktail for The Battle of the Oranges

Do you know the stories behind the Battle of the Oranges? As per the legend, this festival was started because of the anger of oppressed ones against the ruling class. History says, “he” was someone from the Royal family who was exercising his right to have fun with a commoner. Well, this commoner called “Violetta” knew what sort of fun, this was. Her mother must have advised her to behave properly, but mother was not convincing enough. As he approached her, behind closed doors, she decapitated him. He was the last one to use that right. Since then, people of Ivrea, Italy have been throwing oranges. There are two groups, one represents the Royal family on the cart and other the commoners.

The commoners throw oranges at cart with people portraying as the Royal family, taking out their anger on them. The concept of throwing oranges has a different story too. Violetta might have had skin issues like acne or dry skin. Royal guy must have been honest with her and told her the truth. Being honest with a woman on her beauty cost him his head. She made sure that in future no more heads are decapitated at the cost of skin issues. Since then, oranges are being thrown. Orange reduces wrinkles, acne, dark circles under eye and make hair softer and dandruff free. I love cocktail recipes. So let’s dance with Grilled Orange Cocktail on the orangey day.

Grilled Orange Cocktail

Grilled Orange Cocktail

Ingredients:-

1 Orange,

Few Ice Cubes,

2 Ounces Rye Whiskey,

Dash of Orange Bitters.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat your oven to 350 D.C. Halve the oranges and roast it for 30 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Run the broiler for last 5 minutes.

2. In a glass, combine juice from the roasted orange halves, whiskey, orange bitters and ice. Cover and shake for 10 seconds.

3. Strain in a glass over ice cubes. Garnish with grilled orange slice.

Enjoying Battles of Oranges

Enjoying Battles of Oranges

Let the fun begin!

Cheers with Valentine’s Day Cocktails

A good date’s first impression is as essential as a refreshing cocktail, oozing with love. Whether it is a sit-down dinner date at restaurant, a movie at home, party at bar or more creative ventures, certainly a stimulating cocktail makes the time most memorable. The classic and all-time great cocktails opens way to perfect blend of vodka, champagne, wine etc. These are the drinks that time has refined and enhanced. Happy Valentine’s day to all of you. Hope you enjoyed my last year’s collection of Valentine’s Day Cocktails also. Juz check what I’ve got for you.

Raspberry Treat

Raspberry Treat

Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini – Want a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day celebration? Here I present the perfect blend of Raspberry and Chocolate with a kiss of Martini. The super flavor is made by adding mint-infused simple syrup, chocolate cookies, raspberries, vodka and cranberry juice with loads of ice. All you needa do is fill the mint syrup, place thawed raspberries, add in vodka and cranberry juice and shake it in a shaker. This is the sip of love.

Choco Love Cocktail

Choco Love Cocktail

Hot Chocolate Cocktail – Your loved one may still crave for something warm in these chilling. A warm mixed drink of peppermint schnapps, coffee liqueur, and hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream will keep up the spirit of love forever and ever. This is enough to keep you warm in winter especially on the love-struck day called the Valentine’s day. This is a super fun and flirty drink which brings the steaming love to the par.

My Pomegranate Way

My Pomegranate Way

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch – Break out the punch bowl with this perfect punch recipe. Celebrate a stress-free affair and serve this favorite, make-ahead date drink with a fizzy and fruity way. All you require is to boil the water and sugar in small saucepan. Simmer for seven minutes. Cool the syrup. Take a punch bowl, add champagne, rum and pomegranate juice to it. To this add prepared sugar syrup. Mix lemon slices, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. At last add ice. The recipe is super simple and oozing with love.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Enjoy the date!

Food and Drink at Bestival

From September 4th to 7th, 2014, enjoy the Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport on the wonderful Isle of Wight. The occasion will be accompanied by lotto music from 11 am to 5 am. This  award winning, 4 day boutique, music festival will include pioneering music events and releases of records from Rob da Bank’s, Sunday Best empire. The Events that will be covered include:-

  • Boutique campsite experience

  • Cocktail Bar

  • Wishing Tree Stage

  • Fancy dress competition

  • Landlocked Port

The festival brings with it lotto music, dance, peace and love. Nevertheless, any occasion is incomplete without yummy food. The fest is surrounded by famous food chains, restaurants, popular chefs etc. Let’s have a look at the food highlights.

Italian Food Specialty

Yummy Italian Food

Yummy Italian Food

Pizza and pasta comes to our mind when we think or talk about Italian cuisine. Nevertheless Margherita pizza, pesto, pasta and couscous (with added chorizo) are the centre of attraction for a majority of people on Bestival. Kids enjoy tomato and cheese focaccia and buttery crumpets.

American Cuisine Specialty

Burger Treat

Burger Treat

When you talk about fast, processed or junk food, American food comes first to our mind. Authentic food from US consists of different type of burgers with yummy relishes. Some delectable burgers include Triple Smoke Burger, Tapenade-Filled Burger, Turkey Cheddar Burger, Portobello Buffalo Burgers with Celery Apple Slaw, Chipotle Pork Cheeseburgers etc. Relishes include artichoke relish, jalapeno pepper relish, hot pepper relish, chow-chow relish etc. Apart from this, potatoes with melted Swiss cheese, topped with peppers and gherkins, hash browns, varieties of French fries and seafood recipes attracts crowd the most.

Desserts and Drinks

Boozy Carrot Cake

Boozy Carrot Cake

Any festival is incomplete without the sweet treat, desserts and drinks. People relish authentic chocolate cake and boozy carrot cake.

For Coffee Lovers

For Coffee Lovers

Variety of cream tea and creamy-frothy coffees also form a major part of merry making for the tea and coffee lovers. Cocktails and mocktails keep up the spirit of the festival.

Bestival Festival!!

Bestival Festival!!

Enjoy the Bestival!


Enjoy Germany’s Stuttgart Wine Fest

Stuttgart Wine Village, 2014 (Germany) welcomes you with more than 500 exotic wines from Baden and Wurttemberg. The beautifully decked-up 125 wine arbours will certainly drive you crazy. Not only this, the masterchefs from Stuttgart show their cookery skills through best of Swabian food like Kasespatzle, Maultaschen, Schupfnudeln etc. Kasespatzle is noodle plus cheese blend. Maultaschen are filled pasta squares. Schupfnudeln are potato noodles with sauerkraut. Once you mention the word wine, in Stuttgart, you are there with the list of award winning local vintners and the popular wines produced there. Not to a surprise, by 16th century, Stuttgart served as one of the largest wine-growing communities in the German nation. The best of wines grown here include Trollinger, Spatburgunder and Lemberger.  

Refreshing Trollinger Sprizz

Refreshing Trollinger Sprizz

Trollinger is fruitful and light red in color. It is enjoyed when freshly made and old as well. Limberger is a special variety of red grape that’s grown in the Wurttemberg area, Germany. Spatburgunder stands among the top quality wines with amazing ageability. So lemme start with a refreshing cocktail recipe and Swabian appetizer called Maultaschen.

Trollinger Sprizz

Ingredients:-

80 ml Trollinger,

1 slice Orange,

Rhubarb as required,

250 ml Mineral water,

30 ml Fruity-bitter liqueur,

Aromatic herbs as required.

Preparation Method:-

Blend all the ingredients together. Top-up with ice cubes. Serve with slice of orange. Enjoy!

Swabian Maultaschen

Maultaschen Recipe

Maultaschen Recipe

Ingredients:-

4 beaten Eggs,

1 cup Ground beef,

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg,

1/2 cup minced Onion,

1 pound frozen Spinach,

2 tablespoons Butter/Oil,

Salt and Pepper as required,

1 package Wonton wrappers,

4 Bread slices soaked in milk,

1 beaten Egg with a little Water.

Preparation Method:-

1. Thaw the spinach, squeeze out the liquid and chop finely. Heat butter or oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute the onions. Add ground beef and saute until cooked thoroughly.

2. Mix the spinach and ground beef mixture together in a large bowl. Crumble bread into the bowl and add the eggs, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Knead the filling to form a paste.

3. Place 2 teaspoons of the filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper, moisten the edges with a little of the egg-water mixture. Fold the wrapper in two and press down on the edges to seal. Repeat this with the remaining filling. Lay them on a baking sheet as they are finished.

4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the finished maultaschen and cook for 10 minutes. Drain and serve topped with bread crumbs toasted in melted butter. Or serve in a bowl with a little beef or chicken broth!

Wine-Festival-Stuttgart

Wine-Festival-Stuttgart

Enjoy the Wine Fest!!