Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas & New Year Recipes

I feel the Christmas days start with mornings, and it should start with a Christmasy feeling..I know, in Mumbai, we hardly feel Christmasy, as its not cold..agreed.....but, its pleasant and cool, and that's enough to be a reason to celebrate.........
A right morning cup of tea makes a lot of difference, and why have the same tea on such a beautiful day..
The tea recipe which I've given to you, will not only help you rejuvenate but also make your home feel rejuvenated and your home will start to feel christmasy!!
Here in today's blog, I'm sharing with you all some recipes which can be made for any season and any reason .......... and are suitable for any party occasion and apt for christmas and new years...........
Here you go..........

Christmasy Tea:
You will need:
A small stick of cinnamon
A cardommom
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp earl grey / apple flavoured tea powder (u may use normal tea powder - but then add apple essence)
1 orange
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp honey
2 cloves
1 cup water
A pinch of saffron
Cut 1 orange into half and press a clove each on the side of the orange.
Meanwhile boil 1 cup of water, and drop these clove studded oranges in it.
Now, add cinnamon, cardommom & ginger.
Now add the tea powder.
Then add the honey and brown sugar and finally add the saffron.
Strain and Serve hot!
Tip: If you want to serve this tea after dinner add little bit rum to it.

Apple Chutney
You will need:
1 cup Green apples (chopped)
1/2 cup onion (sliced)
1/2 cup cranberry (chopped)
1/2 cup prunes (chopped)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp corriander powder
1 tsp ground ginger
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp honey
In a saucepan, melt some butter add onions, let them carmelazie and then add all the spices.
Then add the apples, and let them soften, later add the cranberrys and prunes to it. (U may substitute it with raisins, sultanas, black currants)
Add sugar, and finally add honey and serve with bread or let it cool and store in air-tight containers. Stays for a week in refrigerator.
Tip: goes well with parathas or spicy samosas as well.

Chicken Jammy!!
You will need:
6 chicken drumsticks
6 tbsp jam (any jam with sweet and tangy taste)
3 tbsp paprika
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup red wine
Salt to taste
Little bit garlic paste
In a sauce pan, mix jam, paprika, cinnamon powder, red wine over low flame.
Once everything is mixed well.
Meanwhile, marinate chicken drumsticks with garlic and salt.
Then apply the jam mixture to the drumsticks and let it marinate well for a while.
Later, bake / roast them in a pre-heated oven.
Serve hot!

Ginger Bread
You will need:
1 cup maida
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
A pinch of baking powder
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1 egg
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp ground ginger
Mix all the ingredients and form into a dough and keep it in refrigerator for at least 30 mins.
Then roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter.
Bake in a preheated oven for 30 mins at 180 degrees.

Christmas Cake
You will need:
1 cup raisins
1 cup currants
1 cup prunes
1/2 cup red wine / rum
1 cup butter (softened)
1 tsp cinnamon powder and cardommom powder
1 cup brown sugar
2 cup maida
2 tbsp honey
5-6 tbsp orange juice
Some orange zest
5-6 tbsp cocoa powder
2 eggs
A pinch of baking powder and soda-bi-carb
In a sauce pan, mix together the raisins, currants, prunes, red wine / rum, butter, cinnamon powder and cardommom powder, brown sugar, honey, orange zest and juice, cocoa powder and melt on low heat.
Once everything is mixed properly remove from heat and add sifted maida, baking powder and soda-bi-carb.
Meanwhile beat the eggs and add them to the mix.
Line a tin and pour the mixture and bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 mins on 180 degrees.
Decorate with edible gold/silver, choco beans / nuttties and golden tinklets.

Quick Chick!
You will need:
6 Chicken drumsticks
12 cloves of garlic (paste)
4 lemon pieces
4 tbsp chilly oil (4 chillies and some oil mixed)
Salt and Paprika to taste
Marinate the chicken in all the spices for an hour and put it all together in oven to bake / roast.
Serve hot!

Jewelled Creamy Yogurt
You will need:
1 cup pomegranate (nice and red)
1 cup yogurt / curd (fresh)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Sugar
1 spring onion (chopped finely)
Mix all the ingredients and serve cooled!
Tip: serve with lachcha paratha, aloo paratha, jeera rice or hot pakodas.. Yum Yum!!!

Mont Blanc
You will need:
Whipped cream
Crumbled biscuits
Dark chocolates chopped
Sweet jam
In a martini glass, put some chopped pieces of dark chocolate and sweet jam.
Then place over some crumbled biscuits and then add the whipped cream.
Top it with a cherry!
An absolutely quick and easy dessert is ready!!!

Rolled Dates
You will need:
Salami slices
Dates (de-seeded)
Cheese slices or Cream Cheese (cheese spread)
Take salami slices layer it with cheese slices (if using cream cheese-spread it over the salami slices)
Place a date and a fig in it and roll.
Tie it with a string.
Brush some oil and fry or roast or bake!
Serve hot!!
Tip: replace date and fig with pineapple.

Sweety Chops
You will need:
6 mutton chops
6 tbsp sweet chilly sauce (chinese style)
3 tbsp sweet soy sauce
3 tbsp cranberry sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tbsp lime juice
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients and marinate the mutton chops in it for 2 hours or so. (U may keep them overnight in refrigerator)
Later fry them or roast / bake them!
U may even barbecue them!
Serve hot!!

Quick Biscuits
You will need:
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup biscuits (powdered)
Mix all the ingredients to form a dough and refrigerate for a while.
Give it desired cookie shape with hands and bake for 10 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.
Decorate with icing if u wish.
Store in an air-tight container after cooling.

Crab Cakes
You will need:
1 cup crab meat (boil the crabs and the remove the cooked flesh)
1/2 cup spring onions (chopped)
3 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp wasabi / mustard paste
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 cup rice flour
Mix all the ingredients (except rice flour)
Form into cakes / pattice ..
Roll them in rice flour and fry!
Serve hot with ketchup!!
Tip: instead of crab meat, u can use prawns or chicken/mutton kheema.. Veggie people try using minced soya.

Tomato Soup with a Twist
You will need:
1/2 cup spring onions chopped
2 cup tomato (boiled and pureed)
1/2 cup sausages (chopped)
1/2 cup kidney beans (boiled)
Little bit butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute spring onions a bit over butter then add sausages, pour kidney beans and let it cook a while.
Then add the pureed tomatoes and mix well.
Season and serve hot with garlic bread!!
Tip: oregano adds a nice flavour to this soup

Simple Christmas Cake
You will need:
1 Sponge cake (round)
1 cup apricot jam
1 cup fruits (fresh, chopped)
1 cup dry fruits
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup icing sugar
Sprinkle some pineapple juice over the sponge cake.
Brush the top of cake with the jam and stick the fresh fruits and dry fruits over it.
Glaze the fruits with some more jam and then dust some icing sugar over it to give it a snowy effect!

Walnutty Spaghetti
You will need:
5-6 slices of bread
2 cup milk
1 cup walnuts (toasted)
1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
4-5 cloves of garlic (grated)
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
Salt, Pepper and Parsley to taste
Saok bread slices in some milk and then blitz in mixer with walnuts until it forms a paste..
In a saucepan, take some butter / oil, add garlic and onions to it.
Add salt, pepper and parsley.
Then add the bread and walnut mixture to it. Add cheese then the boiled pasta to it. Toss and serve hot with some more cheese if desired!

I hope you all will enjoy cooking these recipes..
Wish you all Merry Christmas a fantastic New Year and Happy Cooking
- Amrutha Langs

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