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Malpua (Sweet Pancake) Stuffed With Ricotta-Coconut Rum Cream

Malpua(sweet pancake) stuffed with Ricotta-Coconut Rum Cream |foodfashionparty|

“Alcohol and desserts are pretty great on their own.  When combined, the results are often epic”. – Ash

Diwali is right out the corner.  Colors, lights, fireworks, clothes, family, friends, parties, dancing, and, of course, we can’t forget about the food.  There is so much food and sweets.  I love the spirit of this festival.  It has the spirit of coming together, laughing over mugs of coffee and tea, snacking, and just relaxing.  One of the specialties of Diwali is the snacks that are prepared days before the actual festival…

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Appetizer, chickpea, Dinner, Entertaining, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, International Cuisine, Party Ideas, Spicy, Starter, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan)

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Fritter(pakoda) TACO with Spicy Mango Sauce and Red cabbage Slaw(Vegan) |foodfashionparty|

The love of food the four of us shares is quite intense.

We all love to try different things, quite tough critics, and we might enjoy one more than the other.  We enjoy a good hearty Lamb chop meal as much as we enjoy a loaded salad with some dressing.

Trying to balance out the carnivore loving boys with a lighter fare which suits our taste is a challenge I take on happily and love.  I try not to fall into the routine of recipes and when variety is there, it makes it so much more fun.

This was one such thing.

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Appetizer, Dinner, EGG, Entertaining, Entree, Fusion, Indian, Party Ideas, Spicy, Starter

Garlicky Spicy Egg Fry – Egg Masala Bruschetta

Garlicky Spicy Egg Fry - Bruschetta with egg

There are some dishes we make when there’s nothing in the refrigerator. There are some dishes we make when you have no time at all.  There are some dishes we make that are purely comfort food and remind you of home.  This  dish is all of those things for me………

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Almonds, Breakfast, Christmas, Christmas Cookies, Dessert, Entertaining, Party Ideas, Sweets

Almond-Cardamom Cream stuffed Apple Tarts

Almond Cream- Apple Tart |foodfashionparty|

I wonder how the days were when there was no puff pastry in the freezer.

Making a puff pastry is an art, an art of being patient.  The dough is breathtakingly soft and pliable.  There is an aura of romantacism while you handle the dough and roll carefully, quarter turns  and striping/dotting   The ingredients are just a few, but so many small details go into making the dough.  I had little clue until then about the process, and  how amazingly flaky, pure buttery it would be. The first bite I took after we baked one batch just blew my socks off. I instinctively remember closing my eyes and tasting the butter, the flakiness and the gazillion layers so thin and crispy.  The effort paid off. Continue Reading

cocktail, Dessert, Drinks, Entertaining, Party Ideas, Party TIPS

Melon Noodles-Blueberry Sorbet Float

Melon Noodles-Blueberry Sorbet Float |foodfashionparty| Sweet, slightly tart and fancy. So Delicious.

Do you bookmark and pin a lot of recipes to try?

A few days ago, I saw an Indonesian Melon drink posted by the very talented Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella.  It looked so fancy, simple and so different, I couldn’t wait to make my version and  it went right on top of my ‘to-make’ list.  I am sure most of you know her by now, if not please do check her out, you will love her.   I am always amazed at how much great food she puts out on her blog.  Apart from her fabulous food, I admire her sense of humor and she is such wonderful person.

I am a big fan of fancy looking food, which requires less fussing around and this cocktail/dessert  is just that. So here is an inspired float.  Simple, stunning and bombdiggity, if I may say so myself:).

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Christmas, cocktail, Drinks, Entertaining, Party Ideas, Pomegranate, Simple Syrup

Pomegranate-Ginger Syrup – Pomegranate Vodka Fizz

Pomegranate-Ginger Syrup- Pomegranate Vodka Fizz

Happy December my friends!!!

We are less than 4 weeks away from 2016.  Really, how did that happen?!! I don’t know if we say this every year, but for some reason this year seems to have flown by a little bit too quickly.

Lets raise our glasses to cheer a good year. I am sure we all have had our good days and not-so-good ones, we all went through that and we are here.  Glad for that.

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Appetizer, Entertaining, Entree, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Party Ideas, Party TIPS, Salad, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized, Vegan, VEGETARIAN

Endive Boats with Beet-Carrot-Fennel-Pear in Asian Dressing

Endive Boats with Beet-Carrot-Fennel in Asian dressing

I’ve always been picky about my salads.  I will eat a salad only if it is spicy, crunchy, and made with some peanut butter dressing :).  Well, it changed.

I was invited to a clothing boutique opening a few winters ago.  That’s when I fell in love with these endive boats after avoiding it for about 20 minutes.  As we walked in, our coats were taken.  The wine was served and the conversations were on full swing, when a very prim and proper server walked by us bringing these beautiful salad boats.  I excused myself politely to walk across to the left of the room where the cocktails and desserts were.  After a few minutes, the guy comes again with this beautifully arranged platter of these boats, and I picked out a boat just to be nice to the guy.  He smiled because I had been avoiding him for at least 20 minutes.  I stalked him for the next 15; I am sure I would’ve eaten at least 10.

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Appetizer, Cheese, Christmas, Entertaining, Fusion, healthy, HEALTHY COOKING, Jams and Chutney, Party Ideas, Party TIPS, Salad, Snacks, Starter, Thanksgiving, VEGETARIAN

Bruschetta with Persimmon Chutney

Bruschetta with Persimmon Chutney

Happy November!!

There’s something about the cooler weather, twinkling stars as early at 6.00 p.m., and all the festive pumpkins and persimmons in the grocery store.  Everything screams of holidays, parties and food. Everyone gets in the mood of perfecting their pies, the sides and their birds.

The appetizers are some of the last to be remembered.  Don’t you think?

I have a great one for you.  Just make a lot of it and have some bottles of chutney ready to go for your guests, they’ll want it.

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chickpea, CURRY, Dinner, Entertaining, Fruits, Fusion, Gravy, International Cuisine, Non Vegetarian, Party Ideas, Soups, VEGETARIAN

Vegetarian Khow Suey – Lightly Spiced Coconut Milk Curry with Noodles and Condiments

Vegetarian Khow Suey- Lightly Spiced Coconut Milk Curry with noodles and Condiments

It’s October, it’s Autumn. To me, it’s the start of a lot of baking, cooking, festivities and entertaining. I hope everyone’s as excited for Fall, Pumpkins, Warm Spices, and Soups.

All of that can get overwhelming at times.

But, sometimes, even too much of a good thing is really good, like this soup!

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Dessert, Eggless, Entertaining, Mango, Party Ideas

CASSATA ICECREAM with EGGLESS CAKE

CASSATA ICECREAM with EGGLESS CAKE

I am immensely grateful for the chaos that happens when you have two boys who keep everyone busy around here.  Our Valentine’s Day is spent with the baby bears, which gives them ultimate contentment.  Everyday is a special day when we are with our loved ones, right?  That said, I do like to make something special on the 14th.   It’s a quiet day, with just the four of us.

This layered ice cream, with a crunch and some cushiony cake in between, is quite special.  This dessert has a story, and I always love making this one at home.

All the Glassware and the beautiful Tray is from Z Gallerie.  You can get everything here on www.zgallerie.com.

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