Food on the Titanic

“And it wasn’t until we were in the lifeboat and rowing away, it wasn’t until then I realized that ship’s going to sink. It hits me there.” This was Eva Hart, remembering an event which took place on the morning of 15th April 1912. Eva Hart was seven when she and her parents boarded the Titanic. I read the Titanic Short Story in Seventh Grade and loved it. Every time I watch Titanic – the movie – and look at Jack sacrificing his life for Rose I cry – I cry a lot by the way. Though Jack and Rose were fictional characters played by Leonardo and Kate Winslet, but the sacrifice was not. A protocol of “women and children first” left a number of men on that sinking ship. Titanic was called the Unsinkable. However the start was not smooth enough as it almost collided with a ship after a few minutes of her maiden voyage. Eva Hart’s mother was reluctant to board the ship because of a few ‘changes’.

Brill in Lobster Sauce

Brill in Lobster Sauce

A coal strike during that time canceled a lot of ships. However, Titanic managed the fuel supply and went on with the journey. Eva Hart’s family was left with no option but to buy a ticket for Titanic. Though they boarded the ship, Eva Hart’s mother didn’t sleep at night. I don’t know how but she knew something was not right. She was right. The world can never forget the passengers and crew members who went down with the Titanic but we can’t ignore what an awe-inspiring masterpiece Titanic was. Let it be the Grand Staircase or the gym, the squash court and the restaurant. Restaurant comes up with one more important thing- the food Menu. I was looking out for Titanic artifacts and stumbled upon the Food Menu. There is this one thing in the first class menu which sounded awesome – Fillets of Brill. I am very fond of fish recipes. Let’s try this and remember those who sacrificed their life for a life.

Titanic

Titanic

Brill in Lobster Sauce

Ingredients:-

4 Brill Fillets,

Salt as required,

Pepper as required,

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil.

For Lobster Sauce:-

2 Lobsters,

150 ml Brandy,

Salt as required,

100 gms Butter,

285 ml Fish Stock,

150 ml White Wine,

Pepper as required,

2 chopped Shallots,

2 chopped Tomatoes,

150 ml Double Cream,

1 chopped Garlic Clove,

2 tablespoons Olive Oil.

For Garnishing:-

100g Samphire,

1 Teaspoon of Caviar,

1 Teaspoon Chopped Chervil,

60 gm long chopped Asparagus.

Preparation Method:-

1. Place the lobsters in the freezer. Place it on its back with its claws tied. Hold it firmly by top of its head. Place tip of Chef’s knife on the head just below its mouth.

2. Pierce the lobster’s head downward. Then place knife tip just to the body side of the junction of its tail and thorax and cut through the mid-line. Repeat the same for the second lobster.

3. Put lobsters in salty boiling water. Immediately simmer the heat and cook for 30 minutes.

4. Remove the white meat from the lobster. Chop lobster carcasses into small pieces. Put them in hot saucepan with olive oil. Cook for 4 minutes.

5. Add shallots and garlic. Stir for a minute. Add tomatoes to pan. Simmer for 10 minutes on a medium heat. Pour in the brandy. Flame the alcohol.

6. Once the sauce has settled, pour in white wine. Lower the heat to simmer. Pour in the fish stock/water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Sieve the sauce and return to a plan. Add double cream and bringing back to boil. Take off the heat and set aside.

7. Take another pan and stir-fry asparagus and samphire. Now in another pan, stir-fry the brill until golden brown.

8. For Garnishing, take a deep plate. Add in lobster sauce. On top of it add stir-fried samphire and asparagus. Then add the pan-fried brill. Serve hot!

First Class Lunch Menu of Titanic

First Class Lunch Menu of Titanic

Love is in the air with Titanic!

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Healthy Recipes for Kids Birthday Party

Angela is my neighbor and we spend a lot of quality time together, especially on weekends. Yesterday was her son’s birthday party. Kids await for their birthday party throughout the year. The joy on their face for this special day, makes us forget all the pain and stress in life. Tom turned 11 this year and just as all the birthdays, Angela wanted to make it special for him and so I. Since on weekdays we hardly have anytime, we have to go for quick and easy recipes keeping health into consideration as we all love our children.

Yummy Burrito!

Yummy Burrito!

Burrito – Kids love to pick this Mexican and Tex-Mex food. Whole wheat rolls with tempting filling such as diced grilled chicken, tomatoes, grated carrots and greens make an excellent healthy snack loved by people of all age groups. You can also stir-fry these veggies. Serve it with your favorite sauce. I usually pair burrito with my fav dip recipe, Vegan Walnut and Red Pepper Dip. You must give it a try as well.

Ice Cream Salad

Ice Cream Salad

Fruit Salad with Ice cream – Fruit salad with Ice cream is a good way to make your kids eat seasonal fruits. The recipe is quite flexible. Add in diced fruits (seasonal fruits) like watermelon, mango, grapes, bananas, cantaloupe etc. Take scoops of ice-cream and top on the salad. I usually use strawberry and butterscotch flavor. Serve in ice-cream bowls as shown. The bowls will be empty in no time. Kids will go bonkers over it!

Baked Meatball Curry!

Baked Meatball Curry!

Sweet and sour Meatballs – Ah! Here it comes. I love meat recipes. Do not make this recipe too spicy. You can prepare the meatballs in advance. Prefer baking the balls rather than deep frying them. Also you can fry the paste a day before birthday party. I prefer Italian style of preparing the sauce for meatballs. It consists of onions, carrot, celery, parsley, garlic, tomatoes, basil, black pepper. Enjoy the yummzz!

Vanilla Strawberry Cake!

Vanilla Strawberry Cake!

Strawberry Cake – The classic combination of plain vanilla cake, fresh strawberry and smooth cream never fails. I love bakery products, especially when they are homemade. The aroma of the bake is simply irresistible. Nevertheless, cake can be prepared a day before the birthday to save time, it all depends on our resisting power that we don’t eat it the moment it is cool. Kids love it.

Vegetable Rice Noodles!

Vegetable Rice Noodles!

Vegetable Rice Noodles – Rice noodles is a good way to treat yourself instead of the refined flour noodles. It’s an excellent meal for birthday party. It is gluten-free recipe as well. Mix in the seasonal veggies with bit of Vinegar, soya sauce, sweet chili sauce (kids will avoid chili sauce) and tomato sauce. The bowl of noodles will be over in no time for sure.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Happy Birthday!


Healthy and Spicy Thai Fish Curry

A delectable Malaysian fish curry is cooked with goodness of your fav veggies, infused with lemony fragrance. This curry makes a perfect dinner for the chilly weather. It is spiced enough to prompt a dizzy drowsy appetite and keep you warm. The best part is that the curry not only works with all kinda fish such as snapper, warehou, ling but also with seafood, from crabs to prawns, lobsters etc. For now, I have tried the fish recipe using my fav tuna fish.

Spicy Thai fish Curry

Spicy Thai fish Curry

Fish sauce provides the essential savory flavor that is typically found in traditional Thai cuisine. I just love the aromatic amber-coloured liquid. I have also used homemade orange sauce. Believe it or not, it can be made in a jiffy using few ingredients. I’m sharing my homemade sauce recipe too. Coconut cream is similar to coconut milk. It contains less water. It has a thicker and paste-like consistency. This is a lite recipe with very low calories. I have therefore chosen it to get rid of heavy meals, that we had in abundant on Christmas and New Year holidays.

Ingredients for Fish Curry:-

3/4 cup Water,

1/2 teaspoon Salt,

Handful Curry Leaves,

1 teaspoon Fish Sauce,

3/4 cup Coconut Cream,

3 chopped Garlic Cloves,

500 grams firm Fish Fillets,

1 teaspoon Orange Sauce,

Handful Coriander Leaves,

1 tablespoon Tomato Paste,

2 tablespoon Grated Ginger,

3 tablespoon Extra-virgin Olive Oil,

Red pepper and Mushrooms (Optional).

Preparation Method:-

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add onion, garlic and cook over a high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to brown. Stir in grated ginger and cook for 2 minutes.

  2. Add the fish sauce and orange sauce. Cook, stirring for another minute. Add tomato paste, 1/2 cup of water, the coconut cream and salt to taste. Mix well. Allow the sauce to come to the boil.

  3. Stir in the fish cubes into the sauce. Then cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked through, adding the extra 1/4 cup of water. Remove from heat.

  4. Take another pan and add oil. Add curry leaves. Sprinkle them over the curry just before serving. Also add coriander leaves. Enjoy with steamed rice or tortillas. 

Tangy Orange Sauce

Tangy Orange Sauce

Ingredients for Orange Sauce:-

3/4 cup orange juice,

2 tablespoons sugar,

1 teaspoons olive oil,

1 teaspoons cornflour,

1/4 teaspoons lemon juice,

2 teaspoons orange squash.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Take a pan. Add oil. Add orange juice, squash, sugar and cornflour. Cook until thick, by stirring continuously. Allow it to cool.

  2. Add the lemon juice. Now mix gently.

  3. Taste the sauce before you use. Enjoy!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Cristiano Ronaldo and Grilled Cod Affair

Hi guys, hope you are enjoying the FIFA World Cup 2014 with Shakira’s World Cup Anthem “La La La (Brazil 2014)”. I personally love this song. Any discussion over football is incomplete without mentioning the name of a great Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo. He has a great fan following and many nicknames like Ronnie, CR, The Sultan Of The Stepover, Cris, C. Ronaldo, Ron, CR7, Rocket Ronaldo. Well, who can forget his link ups from Paris Hilton to Kim Kardashian, over the past eight years. Nevertheless the Real Madrid star and his list of sizzling and steamy affairs included number of hot and sexy women. He is even among the highest paid football players in the world.

Grilled Cod with Garlic and Chillies

Grilled Cod with Garlic and Chillies

The Portuguese sensation is undoubtedly super sexy and he has one of the greatest bodies in the sport. So lets check-out what the celeb loves to eat. CR7 is very fond of Portuguese food and gastronomy. He loves to savor the traditional food from his homeland, Madeira. Rocket Ronaldo is very fond of fish, especially swordfish, sea bass, gilt-head bream etc. He loves taking fruit based diet and natural juices such as pineapple, pear and apple. The Portugal Forward player loves the grilled cod that his mother, Dolly makes. So lets add something more to our summer grill recipes along with Rocket Ronaldo’s favorite grill.

Grilled Cod with Garlic and Chillies

Ingredients:-

Coarse kosher salt,

4 whole garlic cloves,

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil,

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper,

3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley,

8-ounce black cod fillets (about 1 inch thick).

Preparation Method 

1. Lightly brush fish grill basket with oil. Set barbecue to medium-high heat. Add coarse salt and pepper on both sides of fish.

2. Place fish in grill basket or directly onto the grill rack. Keep the skin side down. Grill fish until opaque in center, 5 minutes per side. Transfer to the platter.

3. Heat 6 tablespoons of oil in small skillet over high heat. Add garlic, saute until it’s light golden, for 1 minute. Add crushed red pepper and stir for another 15 seconds.

4. Immediately pour garlic, chilli and oil over the fish. Add BBQ sauce, if desired. Serve!

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Enjoy FIFA World Cup 2014 🙂