Valentine’s Day Special Vegan Dip

It is often said, ‘You are blessed doublee if you are in love’. So how many thumbs up for this? Valentine’s day is here, express your feeling of love, affection and friendship. No matter how you dice and slice it, food and love are always inextricably tied. What are you planning for the love struck holiday? If your girl is hot, I’ve got something to really heat up your romantic date. Appetizers is a must from small to large scale gathering and even for a date.

Hot Chili Dip

Hot Chili Dip

Hope you enjoyed my last year’s Valentine’s day special recipe, Cheesy hearts. A winning dip or spread can score big at any special occasion. This is a classic hot vegan dip that can be served with almost anything your soul mate likes whether it is crackers, chips or roasted vegetables. Do you really want the good times to roll? Serve her with something sizzling, tangy and spicy apart from your love.

Vegan Walnut and Red Pepper Dip

Ingredients:-

1 cup Water,

3/4 teaspoon Salt,

3 red bell Peppers,

1 small Garlic Clove,

1 1/2 teaspoons Paprika,

1 tablespoon Lemon juice,

2 slices Toast Pita Bread,

Black Pepper as required,

3/4 teaspoon ground Cumin,

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar,

4 ounces toasted Walnut pieces,

2 teaspoons Extra-virgin Olive Oil.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Roast peppers over gas burner till they are black. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Cool for 15 minutes. Peel and discard skin, stem and seeds. Keep aside.

  2. Toast pita bread until crisp. Break into 2 inch pieces and place in a bowl. Cover with water. Soak until soft for 10 minutes. Transfer to a sieve and drain well. Press out excess of water. Keep aside.

  3. Blend garlic and walnut pieces in a food processor. Now add paprika, cumin and reserved peppers and pita bread. Process for another 10 seconds.

  4. Add lemon juice, oil, vinegar and salt. Season with black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate it overnight.

  5. Before serving, bring the dip to room temperature. Drizzle with oil. Garnish with walnuts. Enjoy with any snacks.

With Love

With Love

Happy Valentine’s Day

Food Ideas for Thanksgiving

Hey friends, hope you all had a yummilicious weekend with my recipe Healthy Turkey Mushroom Burgers. Here are s’more food ideas to enjoy the party to the fullest.

Chocolate Candy Muffins

Chocolate Candy Muffins

Turkey Muffins (Chocolate Candy Muffins) – One of the most loved desserts on any occasion is muffins. Simply prepare chocolate muffins and top it with chocolate cream. For the beak, you can use candy corn wings. Candy eyes are readily available in the market. If incase you don’t wanna use candied eyes, make eyes using vanilla cone and set a dot of chocolate, that gives the impression of the eyes. These muffins are my all time favorite. The muffins plate will be finished in no time, that’s a promise.  

Turkey Sandwiches

Turkey Sandwiches

Turk Turk Sandwiches (Turkey Sandwiches) – The simplest and quickest of all the breakfast to be prepared on Thanksgiving is the turkey sandwich as shown. The sandwich filling can be placed with turkey/chicken slice if you are a non-vegetarian, cheese if you are vegetarian and tofu if you are a vegan. All you need to do is show your creativity this way. Place in sliced almonds for the first sandwich and colorful capsicum for the second and third one. You can use black olives or boiled peas to denote eyes. Cashew nuts may also denote beak of the turkey.

Yogurt Honey Dip

Yogurt Honey Dip

Fruity Turkey Wings with Dip (Fruits with Yogurt Honey Dip) – The heavenly blend of yogurt, honey and cinnamon is gonna drive you crazy. Though you can pair any kinda meat (beef or pork) with this dip, I thought of introducing something extra lite for the fitness freaks. For this, I chose granny smith apples and gala apples. You’ll really go gala with the red gala apples. Pretzels sticks denote feet of the turkey. Cutting thin slices of apples and placing in a dish as shown here is a creative idea and a lite appetizers for the people who are really health conscious.

Enjoy the Turk Turk Day

Enjoy the Turk Turk Day

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

S’more Halloween Food Ideas

Join in for the monstrous party ideas, this Halloween with creepy treats and frightfully fun appetizers. Here I share some quick and easy recipe.

Scary Bloody Fingers

Scary Bloody Fingers

Scary Bloody Fingers/Witch Fingers (Cheese Stick with Red Hot Spicy Dip) – Prepare simple baked cheese fingers. Add almond as shown, this would serve as scary finger nails. Huhahaha! You can add in the herbs of your choice. Addition of Red Hot Spicy Dip would give the impression of blood. Since the recipe can be prepared in advance, you can enjoy the Halloween Party to the fullest.

Halloween Brain Gelatin Mold

Halloween Brain Gelatin Mold

Halloween Brain Gelatin Mold (Simple Gelatin Mold) – I decided to combine Peach and Strawberry Flavor Gelatin to make the ultimate blood oozing brain recipe. The recipe is itself scary but a perfect light dessert you and your family can enjoy on the occasion of Halloween. People prefer different jello colors like green, grey, blue, red, brown etc. It’s entirely up to you, which flavor/color to choose. This cool treat is best after hot and spicy appetizers, so enjoy the bloody brain.

Green Vomit

Green Vomit

Green Vomit (Avocado Feta Dip) – A party calls for lot many appetizers. Any party is incomplete without spicy sauces and dips. Enjoy the easy and creamy avocado feta dip with addition of feta cheese, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, cilantro and lime. Serve with Black Bean Tortilla Chips to add in the fear quotient. Presentation is very important. Take a pumpkin and cut it my way, simple and easy. The dip can also be paired with pita chips, veggies, French fries, bread, crackers etc.

Scary Face Burgers

Scary Face Burgers

Scary Face Burgers (Beef/Pumpkin Cheese Burgers) – Hope you enjoyed my post Pumpkin Chickpeas Fritters. They make great burgers as well. If you are in dire need of last minute Halloween ideas, this recipe is a must to be included. You just need to serve open face Cheese Burgers on Beef or Pumpkin patties. You can use the meat of your choice, turkey, chicken, lamb, tuna etc. Juz cut up the cheese to some scary face like the one I have shown and there you are with a scary yet delectable treat.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

What are you preparing on Halloween?

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!