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Kid’s Party Food ideas

Hey beautiful moms and dads, I am here again with some more plans. As you all know New Year is on the way and every restaurant, every hotel, every hook and corner is busy preparing party items for their guests. I too love eating outside especially when the whole world is celebrating. But most of the time what happens is we forget our kids during the time of celebration. Kids love visiting parties and enjoy the games but sometimes the restaurants do not provide the type of food that kids would relish. So what I planned for my kids is we will celebrate the New Year with the world but in our own way.

I asked my children to invite their friends at home for a New Year party. We will organize a party in the backyard of my home especially for kids during the daytime so that the kids could go with their parents in the evening. I love kids and I always wish happiness for every child in the world. This is the main reason I always organize such kiddo parties at my home. Their innocent and sweet smiles make me smile.

All set for the New Year party. This time I am preparing Chicken and mushroom pie and Blueberry and orange trifle. These two amazing dishes are loved by children. Blueberry and orange trifle is a layer upon layer of fresh cream and vanilla custard with the heaps of orange and blueberries this trifle is really mouth watering.  The next is Chicken and Mushroom pie; this ultimate dish made from thyme and wine is really a favourite of families and kids.

I am preparing both but in this blog I will share only one recipe with you. I will teach you how to prepare Blueberry and orange trifle. I am telling you the recipe for a single trifle. Have a quick look at the ingredients.
• Blueberry muffins - 6
• Oranges - 2
• Fresh blueberries – 200 gms
• Fresh vanilla custard - 250-500 gms
• Grand Marnier or Cointreau - 3-4 tbsp
• Whipping cream - 300ml

How you can prepare it?
1. Slice out the muffins and place them evenly in the serving dish.
2. Grate the rind of one orange and put it into the rind of the other orange. Peel out and segment the oranges and then squeeze the membranes for extracting any other juices.
3. Now mix the orange juice with the Grand Marnier and spread the spoon full of this mixture over the muffins. Scatter this over most of the blueberries and the orange segments. Now mix the finely grated orange with the custard and pour it on the muffins.
4. Beat the cream with soft hands until soft peaks are formed and then pour it over the trifle. Spread it over the remaining blueberries and keep the trifle in the freezer. Serve chilled.

Try this and I am sure that kids are going to love it. Try it once and we will give you some more in the next upcoming blogs.

Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. Hope this year will bring more happiness and more fun to your life.


Christmas is a magical time. It brings smile on everybody’s face. It is the time when everybody enjoys the parties and celebrations. This is the joyous time of the year. Even though I am a grown up lady now but by heart I will always remain a kiddo. I won’t ever let the kid in me die. Whenever you think of a party, you feel like dancing. It gives you a real fun when you add music to your party. It really sets the mood. When you play Booper’s songs for a kid’s party, kids love to dance on the beats. Kids Bops are great fun songs that are sung by kids and make children enjoy the party.

Now let me explain what I have planned for a Christmas party in the evening. I have two kids and they have many friends. My kids and I love to invite guest and celebrate things in our backyard. We were planning for this party since the start of the December. What all we have decided includes three dishes prepared by me, a Christmas cake and orange juice to drink. One of my kids will wear the outfit of Santa and will distribute gifts among the guest children. That is not all; we have organized a fashion show for the kids where they have to flaunt their winter collection. Woopie I am so excited for the party. I think I am more excited than my kids.

Now let me explain you the things clearly, I am preparing three dishes and the first dish is Pita Bread Pizza. This is a really interesting recipe to cook. Here you can show your real creativity. I enjoy topping the pizza and provide my kids with something new and unique every time. It serves as a great stuffing for kids. The next thing that comes is Jelly Pita Bread Sandwiches including peanut butter. This is a new twist with jelly and peanut butter. Kids are allowed to choose their favourite jelly and can design their own sandwich. This is the tastiest dish for any kind of a party. The third one is something sweet i.e. Hab el hab which is known as Cardamom Cookies in general. Which child does not like cookies? These are very easy to make and kids love them. I am preparing cookies in different shapes so that t would look more attractive and tempting to the kiddo gang.

We are also preparing the cake at home. We have decided to prepare a Santa cake i.e. the cake in the shape of Santa. This would look really exciting and good according to the occasion. My kids are helping me in making these party preparations. I am so loving it.

Everything is set; the music, songs, decorations, food and drinks. Now let’s pray for a wonderful party. I am sure that we are going to rock it.  

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a wonderful year ahead! Enjoy and Party hard.


Hello readers. I am here again with a completely new and a hearty dish of the Middle East. Today we will learn how to prepare Lamb shanks with roasted Freekeh. You can also use some other kind of meat if you do not want to have lamb shanks.

The meat you have chosen is first browned and then you have to cook it in water. Use this resulting broth to cook the freekeh. If you want you can also prepare this dish without using any meat into the dish because Freekeh itself is full of all the necessary minerals like iron etc. and serve as a very good substitute for meat.

Major ingredients you need:
  • Lamb shanks or any type of meat - 1 lb
  • Chopped onion- 1 large in size
  • Freekeh - 1 cup
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Black pepper, Cinnamon or any other you want specifically - ½ tablespoon
  • Almonds- ½ cup
  • Pine nuts - ½ cup

Let’s see how to prepare? (Method)
  • Wash the freekeh under tap water and then soak it for some time.
  • Take a pan. Heat oil in it. Fry onion and meat in the oil till they get brown in colour.
  • Sprinkle all your choicest spices on the meat and then dip it under 4 to 5 cups of fresh water and keep this mixture on a sim gas flame. Keep it on the sim flame for 45 minutes or keep it until the meat gets completely cooked and the meat is falling off from the bones.
  • Now remove the meat from the flame and keep it aside. Remove all the bones or any gelatinous part. Take the broth and spread it through the sieve. Press on the onions to extract the onion pulp from it as much as possible. 
  • Drain out the freekeh and heat the tablespoon of oil in the pan. Now fry the freekeh until all the grains get coated in the oil. Now pour this meat broth over the freekeh and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Keep it on low lame and let it cook for 30 minutes or a little more if you feel that the grain has not softened yet. Add a little water if required.
  • Now place freekeh on the plate and then keep the lamb pieces covering the freekeh. Add roasted nuts on the top of the lamb pieces.
So try this new dish at home and tell me how it was. I will wait for your comments. Have a good day!


Kid’s Birthday Party Food

It’s the party time. One of the best enjoyments of parenthood is organizing your kids’ birthday party, surprising your child and capturing the expression on their face. It feels awesome. When you are organizing a birthday party for your kiddo you have to select the appropriate theme, exact location and the type of food that your kid and their friends would love.

Let me give you some tips on how you can throw a successful party for your lovely child.
We will start with the food first. It is better if you serve something familiar. Do not try to serve something new as chances of liking it will reduce. Keep the food simple like chicken fingers, pizza, French fries are okay.

One of the best options is finger food. Children love to eat finger food as they can carry the food stuff along while they are playing games. They do not have to sit for having their party food.

If you are following a particular theme for your kid’s party, then arrange the food that goes with the theme. Try to prepare the food at home like mini pizzas, muffins or any other dish that is easy to prepare and you are good at making it. If you find things difficult you can also hire a Party Catering Services that will serve you the exact food that you want for a birthday party. These services are experienced and well-trained with their preparations. So, if you think that it is not possible for you to make party food yourself, Part Catering Services will serve the best for you.

You will find a number of Party Catering Services in Melbourne for your kid’s party. These caterers are equipped with the most creative chefs and will perform a best job for you. They will be able to provide you any type of services that you want for your kids.

Party at home, especially for your kid is fun but somehow tiring too. You can do everything by yourself or you can hire some services for your party. By hiring these catering services you can save yourself from getting tired. The choice is completely yours.


Before we start discussing the etiquettes necessary for Fine dining, we must know what we mean by the term Fine Dining. It is a complex art. There are a number of things that you should know before you go for fine Dining Restaurant. You have to behave like a well sophisticated person and need to be careful about every move you make, every spoon or napkin that you handle, every piece you take in your mouth. It is not very difficult to behave like a gentleman. Once you are through, it will become a habit.

When you are in formals, in front of everybody, you have to behave like a civilized person. If you do not know how to behave in a public place, you will be called as uncivilized. This could be dangerous to your image. In this article, we will discuss about the manners that you have to manage during your fine dining.

How to handle the spoon and the knife?
Spoon, knife, and forks are the basic tools of dining. They play a significant role in Fine Dining. Always hold your spoon in your right hand and the fork in your left hand. While having your food, always place the fork and the knife back on your plate. After you are done with your meal, place the fork and the knife face down and crossed over on the plate.

How to have soup?
Do not make movements while having your soup. The bowl should always remain at the same place. Dip the spoon into the soup bowl and scoop the soup moving towards the opposite end of the bowl. Do not enter the whole spoon in your mouth. Always place your lips at the edge of the spoon and drink slow. Do not make any noise while having the soup. 

How to eat properly?
Do not start eating as you get the food in your plate. Fine dining always starts after everybody gets served with their food. Do not bite larger, take small bites and chew slowly. Do not open your mouth while chewing. Do not make funny noises while eating and never let any sound come out of your mouth while eating. If you think there is something like stone or bones that you are unable to chew in your food use your forefinger and thumb to remove those tit bits.

How to behave while drinking?
Whenever a toast is raised, you should always raise your glass to join that toast. Do not drink too much while fine dining. Take a sip very slowly and behave like a gentleman. Do not ask for more; let the waiter fill your glass.

If you want to make an everlasting impression click here to read Some important tips for managing a fine dining.


If you are planning to arrange a get together at your home then go for arranging it in the backyard this time. Outdoor dining has always been a great fun. Meeting your friends in the garden area in your backyard with variety of food and wines- what all you need for a wonderful get together!

I am saying all this because I experienced this thing recently. My family was planning to have a small get together with their friends. After we decided that we are going to arrange a party the problem was where we will make arrangements to make our guests sit as our dining room is a bit small and cannot accommodate more than 10 persons at a time. So we decided to have it in the backyard this time.

Arrangements were made. A proper outdoor dining ambience was created. My kids were really excited. But the thing I was still confused with is what shall I cook for my guests? After giving it a long thought, finally I decided to prepare four dishes. My dishes were Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ice Pops, Baked Apple Pie Layer Bars, Spiced Pork and Apple Burger with Maple Dijon, Apple Tortellini Salad with traditional drinks.

With my blog I am sharing one of the above recipes with you. Try this at home. I am sure you are going to love it. Let us prepare Baked Apple Pie Layer Bars. They are yummy, healthy and something that kids like the most.

  • Sifted flour – 2 1/2 cups
  • Sugar - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • 1 cup shortening
  • Egg - 1
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Crushed corn flakes - 2/3 cup
  • Seneca Apple Sauce - 1/2 cup
  • Peeled and Sliced apples - 5 cups
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Glaze:
  • Confectioners’ sugar – 1 cup
  • Lemon juice - 2 tablespoons

How to Prepare?
  • Take flour, sugar and salt and mix them together. Cut some shortening with the help of knives.
  • Put egg yolk in the measuring cup and add milk to it to make it 2/3 cups.
  • Add it to shortening mixture. Mix it properly and give the dough shapes of balls. Roll out the dough into 15 x 11 inches rectangle.
  • Move it to the baking sheet. Cover it with the corn flakes.
  • Now add apple sauce along with the apple slices and add the mixture on the top of the corn flakes.
  • Mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle it over the mixture of apple.
  • Pinch the edges together.
  • Take the leftover white portion of the egg and beat it until it gets stiff and spread it on the top crust.
  • Bake it for 400 degree for 40 minutes in a hot oven.
  • Cut it into desired shapes.   
  • Combine the lemon juice with the confectioners’ sugar to make glaze.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the fresh and hot apple pie from the oven.
This is really great in taste and I am sure if you ever organize any party at your home your guests would love this dish.


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Are you planning to go out with someone special? You have to behave in a very elegant way if you want to make an everlasting impression. Good etiquettes and good manners are the two mantras for an elegant meet. Respect your guests and present yourself in a very descent way to make your dining a perfect fine dining . Some important tips for managing a fine dining:

1.Dress up in a descent way and look elegant: 
Search your wardrobe and select the most beautiful and descent dress that makes you look like a royal person. Your dressing leaves a great impact on your guest. Moreover your dressing builds your confidence. If you think you are looking good you will feel more comfortable and will be clearer with your speech.

2.Make reservations
Always make reservations before going for a lunch or a dinner party. Having a table reserved will add more stability to your fine dining process. You do not have to worry if the restaurant will have vacant seats or not. You have your table reserved. You just have to go and sit on your table. This will also leave an impression of being responsible.

3.Mind Your Manners
Manners are at the top most priority when you are planning a fine dining with someone special. Make sure that you remain polite while you are talking. For men being polite means getting up when a lady wants to move and pulling up their chair out when they return. Do not forget to place your napkin across your lap before starting your meal. Even if you are starving; behave yourself. Do not just start eating, wait and let everybody receive their food and then start with your meal.

4.Understand the order you want to place
You have to be very careful while placing the order for your food. Always order for what you have already tasted. Place order in small amount. Do not order everything in a single go. Order something that is good in taste, delicious and you are sure of.

Unless until you are an experienced wine connoisseur, do not pour in wine to the glasses. Serving wine at fine dining can be a little daunting. If you are not sure about selecting the wine, then ask the person their choice and get it served. If you do not want to ask then choose something that you are familiar with. Do not dare to try something new as this can ruin your fine dining and can leave a very bad impact to your guests.


Takeaway foods are in trend these days. People are so busy with their daily schedule that they do not have time to sit and eat a proper meal. Takeaway food is often cheap and satisfying. But they do not fulfill your daily nutrient requirement. Sometimes they can exceed the amount of salt and fat required by the body. This can cause various health issues like heart disease, diabetes, Low Blood Pressure etc. Some take away restaurants give you the detail of the nutrient value about the food they offer, making it easier for you to select the food with fewer calories.

Given below are some important tips for ordering healthy takeaway food:
1.Selecting Australian Takeaway:
Generally, Australian cuisines are a good choice as they are rich in proteins and carbohydrates. Avoid crumbed and fried dishes to avoid calories. Choose grilled lean meats. If you want to eat chicken, skinless chicken is best for you. One good option is grilled fish with salad. Fish and chips are the most popular takeaways but somewhere you can also find salads in take away foods in Melbourne.

2.    Chinese takeaway:
Chinese cuisines are very tasty and are generally fried. If not fried, the dishes require a large amount of oil for preparation. When you are choosing a Chinese cuisine as your takeaway food then opt for Stir-fries with lots of colorful vegetables. Anything steamed would be the best choice like steamed dumplings, steamed vegetables and buns. Avoid fried food like spring rolls, sweet or sour pork.

3.    Thai Takeaway food:
Thai cuisines are rich in nutrients because they contain fresh vegetables and are a high source of proteins because they serve seafood and chicken.
Whenever making a takeaway choice always take grilled or steamed meats. Try to take the dishes made from lime, chilies and seafood. Do not forget to take the salad as this will add nutrients to your diet and to your body as well. Prawn soup and Thai beef are counted amongst some healthier options.

4.    Italian Takeaway:
Do not order thick pizza base. Avoid pizza toppings that are fatty like salami, bacon and cheese or any creamy based pasta sauce. Include instead a thin base with lots of vegetable toppings and pasta sauce made with tomatoes like napolitana and marinara. If possible go for the whole wheat pizza. It would be the best option.

You can make your takeaway a healthy one by:
•    Adding vegetables to your pizza stir-fries etc.
•    Select whole grain like brown bread, brown rice – they are comparatively more healthy
•    Always add a side salad with your meal.
•    Always opt for low fat variety for dairy products.
•    Choose oil with low Trans fat and saturated fat.

Healthy food is a way to healthy life. It is important to eat a healthy diet instead of eating junk and unhealthy food. 

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Middle eastern cuisine - Zurouna

The Middle East offers you some of the world’s best snacks and tempting dishes. Popular amongst them is Baba Ghanoush. It is mashed eggplant and minced lamb with spices and mint. Israeli lovers take chicken kebabs, falafels with hummus and bagels in warm pita breads. This is just a start. Let us have a look at the different popular cuisines from the Middle East that will relish your stomach.

1.Baba Ghanoush:
This is known as one of the favorite dishes of the people from the Middle East. The main ingredients of this dish are eggplant and tahini. When you taste the dish you will get a smoky flavor with smooth and creamy texture. It is generally served with pita bread. It is completely your choice if you want the fresh bread or the roasted bread. The total time required for preparing this dish is forty-five minutes. Following the tradition you can garnish it with olive oil but it will go better with coriander, parsley and pepper.

2.Stuffed Grape leaves:
This is again one of the popular dishes from the Middle East. It requires a lot of time for the preparation as grape leaves need time to get properly cooked. This dish is full of herbs and is a complete package of a nutritious diet. After the grape leaves are ready, they are stuffed with some special herbs and filling and then wrapped. You will find different types of fillings when you move from the Middle East to the far Eastern side.

3.Hummus with Toasted Pita Wedges:

This is a tasty appetizer for filling your tummy. It consists of toasted pita wedges with hummus. The presentation of this dish makes it different from all other Middle Eastern food items. The best method of presenting this dish is by placing a small bowl of hummus in the center of the plate surrounded with pita wedges.

4.Zucchini Fritters:
Mucver - zucchini fritters look similar to vegetable pancakes. This is a favorite dish of the Turkish people and is served along with hot appetizers. You can also serve this dish with yogurt dip. People often eat it with yogurt garlic sauce. This dish is very easy to prepare and only takes fifteen minutes for preparation.

Satay is a traditional dish from Thailand and it is made from skewers of barbeque pork. Some people even marinade the pork in coconut milk and curry powder before grilling. Marinading makes the dish more crispy and delicious to taste. The pork is served with peanut sauce.

These dishes are just a few examples from the array of dishes prepared in the Middle East. For exploring the total range of Middle East you have to visit a reliable and reputed Middle-Eastern Restaurant to taste the huge number of Middle Eastern cuisines .

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