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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Vegan Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce and Veggies

Vegetarians are many, Vegans are few. People are turning towards what we call “Veganism”. Whatever is derived from animals including dairy, egg, honey and even leather, fur, cosmetics, silk, wool and soaps are abstained by vegans. Let’s talk about veganism today. Ellen DeGeneres, the great comedian and host switched her diet to vegan in the year 2008. Her flaunting body has been inspiration for millions. The celeb has read numerous books on diets without meat and animal rights that subsequently encouraged her to turn into vegan. Vegan inculcates in you a total new lifestyle not only relating to the food you take but also to the clothes and accessories you wear.

You can no more use the following:-

  • Leather jackets and shoes

  • Leather purses and wallets

  • Fur coats

  • Woolen cardigans

  • Feather earrings

  • Medicines containing animal products

  • Cosmetics like lotions, perfumes etc. containing animal products

Let’s munch on an exotic Vegan Recipe too. This is Vegan Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce and Veggies

Vegan Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce and Veggies

Vegan Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce and Veggies

Ingredients:-

2 cloves Garlic,

1 sliced Onion,

Salt as required,

teaspoon Nutmeg,

1 cup Pumpkin Puree,

8 oz. Buckwheat Pasta,

1 cup Vegetable Broth,

Pinch Cayenne Pepper,

3 tablespoon Olive Oil,

¼ teaspoon Chili Powder,

3 tablespoon Vegan Butter,

100 grams crumbled Tofu,

100 grams chopped French Beans.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Boil pasta till done. This takes 7 minutes. Drain in a colander.

  2. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Take a skillet. Mince two cloves of garlic. Add to a large skillet along with one tablespoon of vegan butter. Sautee on medium heat for 2 minutes.

  3. Add pumpkin puree plus broth to the skillet. Combine well. Add nutmeg, chili powder, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Let sauce simmer over medium-low. Once boiled, turn off the gas. Set aside.

  4. Take a small wok and add olive oil. In it add onions. When red, add in crumbled tofu and green beans. Cook till done. Keep aside. Once when pasta is done, add two tablespoon of vegan butter to the skillet. Mix well.

  5. Serve pasta on plate. Pour pumpkin sauce over it with added salt if required. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed. Add green beans and tofu stir-fry over the sauce. Enjoy!

Stay fit with vegan food!!

Stay fit with vegan food!!

Relish your vegan treat!

Food for A Soldier on Memorial Day

John F. Kennedy says, “my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. This reminds us of nothing but Memorial day. I was watching this movie Saving Private Ryan and like always, cried. Whenever I watch war movies – though I don’t watch frequently – I feel angry as well as sad. Angry because we lose young soldiers to a war which has no end. Sad because we just lose them forever. Not only here in America, I guess this is the story of most of the countries where soldiers sacrifice their life. However, their death never goes in vain. We feel proud of our soldiers who die for their country so that we can live on to sing songs for them.

Beef and Pasta Salad

Beef and Pasta Salad

We actually do that by celebrating Memorial Day every year on the last Monday of May. This day has become a part of America’s culture with its long history. It is an emotional day as we remember those soldiers who came back home, with the national flag over their coffins. But we humans are so good at getting adapted to situations that we remember them with smiling faces. We adapt, we accept and we survive. This is good, isn’t it? Soldiers leave home for months and sometimes years. They are away from home, family and that “homely” food – I hate stuffing my food love everywhere. Let’s try this simple and healthy recipe for not so simple soldiers.

Steak and Pasta Salad

Ingredients:-

8 ounces Pasta,

1 teaspoon Basil,

2 tablespoon Butter,

1 pound Beef Steak,

2 tablespoons Olive Oil,

1 cup chopped Spinach,

1 tablespoon Soy Sauce,

1/4 cup chopped Shallots,

1 teaspoon minced Garlic,

1/2 cup sliced Black Olives,

1/2 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes,

1 tablespoon chopped Parsley,

1/2 cup crumbled Feta Cheese,

3 tablespoons Sunflower Kernels.

Preparation Method:-

1. Take a pot. Add in water and bring the water to boil. Add pasta and cook till done. When cooked, drain. Then toss with olive oil and keep warm. In the mean time, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat.

2. Broil the rib-eye from both sides. Make sure it is cooked well depending on the thickness of the meat. Remove steak from skillet. Cut into bite size pieces. Melt remaining butter in the skillet. Stir in garlic and shallots.

3. Cook for 12 seconds until fragrant. Then return the steak to the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes till done. Stir in the soy sauce. Cook till steaks are well coated with sauce.

4. Remove the skillet from heat. Stir in the sun-dried tomato pesto, spinach, basil, parsley, olives, feta cheese and kernels. Toss with the pasta. Serve in large family bowl.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Let’s salute our brave soldiers.

Celebrate 4th JULY with Trifle and Salad Recipes

As promised in my last blog, I’ll bring you with great American salads and big berry trifle for 4th July,so here it goes.

Patriotic Trifle

Patriotic Trifle

Patriotic Berry Trifle –  This is a must to savor on 4th July. We use here strawberries, blueberries, heavy cream, cream cheese, pound cake cubes, almonds and lots of sugar. Then we arrange half of the cake cubes at the bottom of the trifle dish. Gently spread a layer of blueberries. Add the cream mixture over them and spread evenly. Again top up with strawberries, evenly. Add the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries. Then sprinkle with blueberries and top with remaining cream mixture. Decorate the top with strawberries and blueberries. Refrigerate for an hour. Enjoy the sweet treat!

Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad – Summer is welcomed by grills. We can enjoy a real healthy treat by combining in grills with salad. Chicken is my all time favorite lean meat. Normally we use chicken breasts in the salads. The rest you can use for curries etc. This salad can be accompanied by avocado, coriander, baked/boiled beans (red and white), tomato slices and lettuce. You can add seasoning of your choice. Hope you also enjoyed Chicken Caesar Salad.

Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon

Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon

Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon –Knowing history behind food, is something what I love exploring and potato salad is no exception. In earlier days, potato salads were made simply by boiling potatoes and adding in wine or a mixture of vinegar plus spices. However the good old fashioned, down home potato salad recipe is made by adding in egg, bacon and mayonnaise with bit of greens and apples.

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad –This is my best picnic meals. Here we use one or more types of pasta, it is usually chilled. This is tossed in oil, vinegar or mayonnaise-based dressing. It may be served as an appetizer or main course dish. You can add in it grilled chicken, fish or summer greens. This recipe can be served warm or cold. Some of the different variations of pasta salads are:-

  • Creamy Pasta Salad

  • Caesar Pasta Salad

  • Greek Pasta Salad

  • Spinach and Pasta Salad

  • Rustic Pasta Toss with Tuna and Tomatoes

  • Fusilli with Herbed Ricotta and Grape Tomatoes

  • Spaghetti with Pesto and Tomato-Mozzarella Salad

Cabo Salad

Cabo Salad

Cabo Salad –Now we have something purely for the vegetarians/vegans, this is Cabo salad. We used here diced tomatoes, diced onions, fresh boiled corns, you can also used small baby corns if desired. Sliced avocados give it a happy, healthy feeling. Sprinkle crumbled tofu over it. Vegetarians can add over cottage cheese. Garnish with coriander. This is very nutritious and really a beautiful salad.

Happy 4th of July 2014

Happy 4th of July 2014

Happy Independence Day!!

FIFA World Cup 2014 Special – Secret behind Neymar’s Built

Hey fitness freaks, how are you? I know you all are over-excited about FIFA World Cup 2014. Isn’t it? I am desperately waiting for the same. I’m sure you are in love with Neymar Jr. the 22 year old Brazilian forward/winger, who came out with flying colors in FC Barcelona. Neymar, also known as Joia,  is now inspiration for many regarding agility, jaw-dropping dribbling skills, unbelievable crosses plus clear overhead shots. Today I’ll be writing about the secret diet behind his fit and fine body plus a healthy recipe.

Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe

Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe

Even I am very fond of Italian delights, especially pasta and lasagna, hope you liked my recipe Spinach and Cheese Lasagna. Let’s check out what keeps Neymar fit and fine. Neymar loves to eat lentils and whole grains. Among the vegetables, spinach and beet is what he likes to consume. He is fond of clams among the seafood. He is fond of pasta as well to consume right amount of carbohydrates. So lets try a brand new ‘Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe’. Well I made it yesterday for dinner and everyone simply loved it.

Neymar's Love For Football

Neymar’s Love For Football

Pasta with Basil and Clam Recipe

Ingredients:-

Sea salt,

1 pound pasta,

1⁄3 cup olive oil,

1⁄2 cup dry white wine,

8 minced garlic cloves,

4 dozen littleneck clams,

4 tablespoons basil pesto,

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper,

1 teaspoon minced red hot pepper,

3 tablespoons minced basil leaves,

3 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley.

Preparation Method:-

1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Add garlic and cook until light brown, for 1 minute.

2. Add wine and clams to it. Cover tightly. Cook until clams open-up, for 8 minutes. Shake the saute pan occasionally.

3. Remove clams as they open, setting them aside in a bowl. Throw away any clams that are chipped or fail to open.

4. In the mean time, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until tender. Drain pasta and add to clam sauce in a pan.

5. Add parsley and basil. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper, red pepper and toss with pesto.

6. Now transfer to a large serving bowl. Arrange the clams on top, sprinkle with fried garlic slices if desired.

FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil..

FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil..

It is extremely sad to hear that Brazilian star, Neymar is out of World Cup due to the injury. Neymar’s injury has left the Brazilians in a state of shock. They are worried about what would happen in the upcoming matches, though the team is headstrong. Will Brazil make it to the Finals and win the match? What do you think?