Holiday Series: Party Food


Many people go away for holidays. However, for many people, December is the month of visitors and house guests.  Having guests staying in the house can be stressful because of hospitality that needed to be provided for guests. Food is one of elements that can impress the guests. Therefore, planning on what to serve your guests in advance is essential. I recommend serving the food that can be prepared in advance and required short time to prepare before serving. Preparing some party food and freeze them in advance so that it can be heated and served when some friends drop by. By doing this, you will have time to dress up or chat with your guests. Isn't that great? Those food can also be delicious breakfast or afternoon snack for your in-house guests.

 Let's prepare the menu for a cocktail party!


:: Breakfast



This is such an easy gourmet breakfast for your guests that is easy to prepare



Add a little bit of fun with baked eggs in tomato cups by Kelly


:: Afternoon Snack


Anyone loves edamame? Why not try cheesy edamame crostini by Gina at Running to the Kitchen




Let's start with easy bite size Spinach balls from The Kitchen is my Playground



Add a little fancy appetizer to the list. This cranberry pomegranate goat cheese poppers  might impress your guests that love the dish filled with anti-aging nutritious from the pomegranate.


:: Main



 Bloomin' Onion Bread by The Girl Who ate Everything
Fill the room with the smell of warm cheesy bread.




Potato Salad Bites by Betty Crocker
Classic dish with very cute but elegant presentation



Why not add some red of  bite size caprese salad with white balsamic vinegar reduction to the food palette? 



 Wow your guests with this elegant and easy to serve Spinach artichoke lasagna bites.


:: Dessert


Add a touch of home cooking with this apple pie bites



:: Tip
 Even though each baked dish may requires short baking time, all the time needed to bake all dishes can be long. Therefore, do not include several bakes dishes in one meal. The combination of the recipes on the menu should be the combination of some baked dishes ans some cold dishes.





My List: Pumpkin Theme Menu

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We can say that last month was pumpkin month because pumpkins were everywhere. I have found so many pumpkins recipe that I would like to try so I thought why not share them with you.

 Let's imagine that we are creating a pumpkin theme menu for a dinner with friends. 



Let's start with some refreshment.




Beverage ::

Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon





Soup ::

 Pumpkin and Rice Soup recipe from 101 cookbooks






Main ::

Butternut squash lasagne recipe from Laura's Sweet Spot






Main ::

Dorie's Pumpkin, Gorgonzola and Walnut Flan






Dessert ::

Pumpkin spice latte frozen yoghurt recipe from Kerbie's Craving




Guest Post - Style Me: On the Beach with Praew and Sis



Hello everyone!

Do you have any holiday plans for this coming December? I believe that many of you love to go to the beach like I do. I am working on travel related post featuring my beach holiday experience in Huahin & Cha-am, Thailand.  Don't forget to check back later for this fun post. While waiting for this post, Let's see some pictures from one of my beach holidays.

 Last month I went to the beach with my family. We had such a relaxing time on the beach in my favorite hotel in Cha-am district located on the southern part of Thailand. And we also had so much fun taking photos for an outfit post in beach holiday theme for the guest post at Kitty & Buck.

Thanks Shell for having me on your blog.





  Floretta Vest in Zebra Print

Floretta Vest in Chiffon Fabric



Holiday Series: Let's make Crochet Ornaments for my Christmas Tree


Finally, I got time to write another post of holiday Series. Another task on my to-do list of preparation for the holiday month of December is making some ornaments for my Christmas tree. Why not add more exciting ornaments to your Christmas tree this year! I think we can definitely add crafty x'mas feeling  by adding handmade elements to the tree.  For those who loves crocheting like  I do, let's crochet some ornaments. Moreover, it is a great way to use the yarn in my stash. I have found some cute patterns that I would like to share.  Hmm...I have not decided which one to make.   Let's take a look...




This soft Christmas tree ornaments from www.craft-craft.net  are so cute. I love these color combinations. 




 

 Granny square stocking crochet ornament by Allen Williams. This stocking is charming and should not be too difficult to make. 




Mary Go Round ornaments by PetraB. This is a great idea. I think I will try making these ornaments in colorful shades. Colorful 





I think the kids will love these star ornaments by Lucy from Attic 24.



This is an adorable Teacup ornament made by Meredith of One Sheepish Girl. This one we don't have to make because this cute ornament is available for purchase at Meredith's Etsy shop, Sheepish Knit Crochet.

Happy crocheting!


Cooking Journey: Chicken and Liver Lasagna

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Chicken and liver Lasagne

This is my family's favorite dish. I personally love livers especially chicken livers so I decided to add chicken livers to my pasta sauce. My fam loves it. Moreover, I can get my son to eat liver by having this lasagna for dinner. If you don't like livers, you have to try this dish. You will not believe that it has liver in it. 



Ingredients:


Ingredients for Chicken and Liver Lasagne
  •  1 pack of fresh lasagna noodles
  •  250 grams of mined chicken
  •  200 grams of chicken livers
  •  2 - 3 cloves of garlic
  •  half onion
  •  200 ml. tomato puree
  •  2 table spoon of italian mix herbs
  •  2 table spoon of flour
  •  3 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of grated sharp aged sheddar (3/4 cup for cheese sauce, 1/4 cup for the top layer)
  •  Salt
  •  Pepper
  •  Olive oil

Chicken and Liver Lasagne : Step 1

1. Meat sauce: Sauteed diced onions until they become translucent. Then add minced chicken and chopped chicken livers followed by italian mix herbs. Stir them together and add salt and pepper to taste.



Sauce: Chicken and Liver Lasagne

2. Meat Sauce: Turn the heat to medium. Add tomato puree and stir occasionally. Turn the heat off when the sauce start boiling.


Bechamel Sauce

3. Cheese Sauce: Turn the heat to low and add the olive olive and stir in the flour. Add the milk and stir occasionally and bring to boil. Add the cheese then turn the heat off.


Chicken and Liver Lasagne

4. Instead of baking the lasagna in the oven, I use iron casserole and the stove top.


Assembling the lasagna
The bottom layer:  adding 1 cup of milk then add the meat sauce without the meat. (Since we cook this lasagna on the stove, the meat should not be at the bottom layer because it will burn before the whole lasagna is fully cooked.) Then followed by the second layer.
1st layer: meat sauce
2nd layer: cheese sauce
3rd layer: lasagna sheet.
Repeat layer 1 - 3 until you reach the desired height. Make sure that last layer is cheese sauce  and do not forget to sprinkle the rest of the cheddar on the top. Cook over low heat for 20 minutes.


Restaurant Review: Food for You (Chiangmai, Thailand)


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ร้าน Food for You เป็นร้านที่แพรวและเพื่อนๆชอบมาทานมาก เพราะว่าอาหารอร่อย ขอย้ำว่าอร่อยทุกจาน บรรยากาศดี ถึงแม้ว่าร้านจะห่างจากตัวเมืองเชียงใหม่พอสมควร แต่ก็ไม่ไกลนะคะ  และที่สำคัญคือไม่ไกลเกินไปสำหรับอาหารแสนอร่อยที่ร้านนี้ค่ะ
ร้าน  Food for You เป็นร้านที่ให้ความรู้สึกเหมือนได้ทานอาหารแสนอร่อยในบรรยากาศสบายๆเหมือนบ้าน  ร้านนี้ตั้งอยู่ที่บ้านของเจ้าของร้านค่ะ ซึ่งเจ้าของร้านก็เป็นเชฟประจำร้านด้วย เชฟร้านนี้เคยเป็นเชฟอาหารฝรั่งอยู่ที่อเมริกาค่ะ จึงไม่แปลกใจที่อาหารที่นี่มีเมนูที่น่าสนใจมาก อาหารที่นี่มีทั้งอาหารไทย อาหารฝรั่ง และอาหาร fusion อาหารแต่ละจานใหญ่มาก จนตอนหลังๆต้องของสั่งแบบครึ่งหนึ่งของขนาดปกติ ราคาไม่แพงเลย ราคาสมเหตุสมผลมาก

This restaurant is quite far from downtown Chiang Mai but it cannot stop me and my friends from having a wonderful meal there. Food for You is on the top 10 list of the restaurants that my friends and I often have a get together dinner. The portion is huge and the price is super reasonable.  Everything is so delicious!!!

The chef/owner had experience in Western cuisine when he was living in the States. When he moved back to Chiang Mai, he decided to open his own restaurant at his home. The menu is the combination of Western dishes and Thai fusion dishes.
 Despite its remote location, reservation is highly recommended.


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Chinese Sausage Fried-Rice
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Stir-Fried Spicy Seafood
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Spicy Salmon Salad
พล่าแซลมอน
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Assorted Deep-Fried Appetizers

Assorted Fried Appetizers: crab rolls, shrimp rolls and vegetable samosa
ของทอดรวม: เปาะเปี๊ยะปู, กุ้งห่มผ้า, ซาโมซ่าผัก
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Tuna Croquette at Food for You

Tuna Croquettes
โครเก็ตทูน่า
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Crispy Duck at Food for You

Crispy duck with Thai spicy sauce
เป็ดกรอบ
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INFO:

Cuisine : Thai (Fusion)
Restaurant : Foods for You
Location : 28 Moo 5, Bann Sanpranet, Sansai, Chiangmai 50200 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 53-491604

Cooking Journey: Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry



Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry



The month of pumpkin has past. Even I have posted a pumpkin recipe during the past month. As I have seen on many of my favorite food blogs during the past month of halloween,  many pumpkin theme recipes on those blog inspired me to try many of them. So, I ended up buying so many pumpkins and butternut squash. As I result, I have several of them left.  Lately,  I have been quite busy with my work and my baby so I had to cook something that need less time to prepare and cook. After seeing me flipping  through my cookbooks, my husband told me that he wanted to eat Japanese curry. How did I miss that? This is a great great recipe that I can definitely use all my pumpkin and butternut squash. I can make a big pot of curry and the curry will be my dinner for a couple of days. Hooray!!!

Japanese curry is a dish that require short time to prepare. Japanese curry has been long time favorite  dish that I have cooked for my husband since when we were dating back in college. In fact, Japanese curry was the dish that I cooked for the first dinner that I had with his family. My husband's family loved it.

Japanese curry is such a fun recipe to make because this Japanese beef curry can be adapted by using other types of meat and vegetables. Besides the ingredients of regular Japanese curry,  this time the special extra ingredients are pumpkins and butternut squash.




Ingredients:
200 g sliced beef  (shabu-shabu beef)
1 or 2 medium potato
1 or 2 leek (or onion)
carrots 1
3 cloves Garlic
2 tbs rice bran oil
3 tbs Japanese soy sauce
 5 cups water
1/2 brick of store bought curry roux bar






Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry

Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry


Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry

Normally, stewing beef cubes are used in many Japanese curry  However, I prefer using thinly sliced beef or shabu-shabu beef because it takes less time to cook until it reach super saft and tender stage.



Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry



Curry Roux Bar

In order to save time, I use store bought Japanese curry roux. I bought this from my local super market. You can normally found Japanese curry roux in asian food aisle in super market. There are normally 3 level of spiciness. The one I use this time is the hotest  of the brand because I love spicy food.  ( Note: This level of spiciness still mild comparing the Japanese curry at Japanese curry specialty restaurant.  )

And of course, you can make your own curry roux. I will show you next time  I make this curry again. :)



Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry




Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry


Directions:

  1. Peel the carrot but do not peel the potato. Dice the carrots and the potatoes into approx. 1 inch cubes. Slice the leek and chop all garlics. 
  2. Heat the rice bran oil in the slow cooker pot. Then add chopped garlic and the sliced leek to the heated oil. 
  3. Add the curry roux , all diced potato and diced carrots into the pot. Then pour all the water to the pot and set the slow cooker at high.
  4. Bring up to boil then add all the sliced beef to the pot  and simmer for 3 hours.
  5. Add the soy sauce and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.

Happy cooking!!!


Beef and Pumpkin Japanese Curry

Wedding Planner Color Palette for Bridesmaid Dresses


I found this set of fabulous photos on Juliet marries Romeo. What a great color combination.



These purple bridesmaid dresses are so elegant! Photograph from Style Me Pretty.



Another beautiful picture form Style Me Pretty.



I always have a crush on Turquoise. Photograph by Bethany Carlson.


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