Halloween Party Food to Scare and Satisfy Your Guests

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Are you hosting a Halloween party at the end of October? Spice the event with some Halloween party food that will surely make your guests drool for more. Whether you plan to lay out a buffet table or just serve a few bites of snacks, these spooky foods and beverages are sure to satisfy your hungry costumed guests.

 

  • Halloween Hors d’oeuvres: Treat the live ghouls in your party with these scary but delicious cocktail pieces. Cut out pieces of meat and cheese into creepy shapes. Place the slices over crackers and embellish with dark green lettuce. Put black olives on top to complete the horrifying look.

 

  • Upside Down Witch Cupcakes: You can either download patterns or draw pairs of witch shoes out of black cardstock. Insert them into 2 1/4-inch length striped straws. Place a pair of straw with the witch shoes on your favorite frosted cupcakes. The kids will surely love munching on their cupcake with an upside down witch trapped in it.

 

  • Classic Caramel Apples: Caramel apples always complete Halloween party food. This time use a variety of dipping ingredients such as nuts, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and puffed rice. You can also use other dips available at home.

 

  • Scurrying Spiders: Place melted candy coating in a re-sealable plastic bag. Cut a small portion at a corner. Squeeze out the content to form spider legs on a baking sheet. Put in the fridge to chill. In another baking sheet, use the remaining melted candy coating to form small circles. Get the chilled legs and insert eight of them into individual circle. Place a 1-inch candy truffle over each circle to form the body. Add two pieces of small candies to serve as spider’s eyes. Chill until all the pieces become firm. Your guest will certainly squeal with delight upon seeing your scary sweet creations.

 

  • Gooey Peanut Butter Bloodshot Eyeballs: Combine 1/2-cup peanut butter with 1 cup sifted powdered sugar. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and line them up on a waxed paper to dry. Place a saucepan with melted 8 ounces of vanilla white candy coating over low heat. Stir until smooth and let cool. Dip each of the peanut butter balls into the melted candy coating. Let stand on a waxed paper until the coating becomes firm. Dip a small paintbrush into red food coloring and draw veins on the peanut butter balls. You can place a piece of black grape or draw a large black dot for the pupil. Regardless of the creepy look, the peanut butter eyeballs will look irresistibly fun to eat.

 

  • The Mummy with the Candies: Dress up any candy bowl or plastic bucket with several layers of gauze or paper tissue around. Place two large black balls for the eyes. All guests will be dipping their hands to get the peace offering of the friendly mummy in your Halloween party.

 

  • Taco for a Graveyard Shift: Layer the beans, lettuce, black olives, cheese, and diced tomatoes to mimic a dirty ground with weeds. Position the tortilla shells to look like disarrayed tombstones. Cut out the outline of spooky trees and a menacing cat using black cardstock. See how fast this taco dip disappears before your eyes when guests start digging in.

 

  • Decaying Cheese Balls: These green cheese balls may look moldy, but guests will be racing to taste the unique recipe you’ve pulled off to make them. You may or may not reveal that the mold is just a green herb coating with a special flavor on top of that creepy appearance.

 

  • Eyeball Fruity Punch: Put round slices of fruits and candies in eyeball molds. Freeze them then use as ice floats in your fruit punch bowl. Your guests will have the uncanny feeling of being watched every time they help themselves to another glass of the icy eyeball punch.

 

  • Swirly Snack Mix: Combine equal amounts of pretzels, peanuts, corn chips, and beans in a large bowl. The merry mix of sweet and salty bites will tempt each guest to keep coming back for more.

 

You can amp up the chill factor by decorating the party venue with spooky Halloween décor and scene setters. You can find a wide variety of invitations and Halloween decorations at PartiesOnline.

 

The best thing about all these Halloween party food ideas is that they are inexpensive and easy to prepare yet they succeed in boosting the macabre theme of the event. Try them in your own Halloween party. Your guests will surely love them that they’ll be insisting to be invited in your annual Halloween party.

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Tiramisu Meltdown, cake for all seasons

Aside from the all-time favorite Chocolate Mousse and Black Forest cakes of Red Ribbon Bakeshop, our family has a new desire when craving for a cake. Tiramisu Meltdown Cake is the recent family’s preference. This sweet food is great to serve as a dessert or snack during a family get together or family bonding on weekends at home and even on special occasions.

 tiramisu meltdown

 

The cake’s soft foamy texture is made of two layers – choco chiffon and cream cheese filling with a hint of coffee liquor. It tastes heavenly good and the whole round cake will not even last for long when my two sons started devouring on it, lol.

 

If you also have a sweet tooth then Tiramisu Meltdown is the cake for you

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How Fast Food Chains are successfully Adapting their Menus to Local Tastes

From Pizza Hut Thailand’s ‘Tom Yum Kung Pizza’ to McDonald’s ‘McKroket’ in the Netherlands, fast food chains are adapting to local tastes and expanding their share of the market in a big way.

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The Glocalisation of Taste Buds

“A brand will not lose its identity while adapting to the local environment”, remarked a retail analyst in one of India’s leading brokerage firms and those words of wisdom are proving remarkably truthful the world over.

There’s long existed the need on the part of fast food chains to adapt, or perhaps more accurately ‘tweak’, their menus to local tastes as part of a strategy to woo locals toward foods as characteristically Western as hamburgers, French fries and pizza.

Whilst many people in the developing world have long had a taste for Western style fast food, there are many upon whom it’s never made much of an impression and they’re the people fast food chains are trying to woo with their menus.

This has proven a success in many developing world countries though there are some notable exceptions; take McDonald’s efforts in China for example.

After introducing the rice burgers that proved remarkably successful in other Asian countries, McDonalds found that it wasn’t localised cuisine that Chinese diners wanted but rather its classic burgers, like the iconic Big Mac and their forever expanding range of cheeseburgers.

However, they’ve made a few changes here and there, most notably swapping pickles for cucumbers and replacing ketchup with a spicier sauce on its localised version of the Quarter Pounder, known locally as the ‘Big N’ Beefy’, which ties in with its local slogan, ‘Feel the Beef’.

 

Japan – Novelty À Gogo!

If you weren’t aware that the Japanese have long loved novelties, this should become immediately apparent upon taking a look at the menus at McDonald’s Japanese restaurants.

The Teriyaki McBurger which is accompanied with a bag of Seaweed Shaker fries is a notable example of how the world’s most famous fast food chain has tweaked its cuisine to cater for local taste buds, as is the Ebi Filet-O, a shrimp burger for which McDonalds enlisted the assistance of ‘Ebi-chan’ – Japanese model Yuri Ebihara – to help popularise.

 

India – The Need for More Spices and Vegetarian Cuisine

A particularly notable example of how fast food chains have had to adapt their menus to local tastes is exemplified by the leading fast food chains’ expansion into India in the late 1990’s.

Expecting huge demand from locals, most found the locals rather unimpressed with their Western offerings with most turning their noses up at hamburgers and pizza in favour of traditional local foods.

However, years of experimentation with localised flavours finally paid off and most international fast food chains are doing a healthy trade in India. According to the chief executive of Jubilant FoodWorks which franchises Domino’s Pizza, “The consumers evolved, the tastes evolved; the menus and formats followed.”

What’s more, as fast food chains have traditionally proffered meat-heavy menus they’ve had to make some notable changes when expanding into India.

Roughly 50 percent of Indian fast food menus are vegetarian and as the majority of the population are Hindu, there’s naturally no beef to be seen on any Indian menu.

McDonald’s opened a chain of ‘100 percent vegetarian restaurants’ in religious cities like Amritsar and every fast food chain operating in India has a ‘paneer’ burger – paneer is an Indian cheese – and at least one burger that’s 100 percent free of any animal products to cater for religious conservatives.

 

The Middle East – A Rapidly Expanding Market

Despite the opinions of many people throughout the Middle East regarding the US and the West, fast food chains have done a roaring trade throughout the Arab world and for some time now it’s been possible to order pizza delivery in Dubai or wander into a southern fried chicken restaurant in Abu Dhabi.

Whilst Western-style fast food has long been popular in the Middle East, there have also been many menu changes including local-style flatbreads on pizza chains’ menus and even traditional salads like tabouleh.

As disposable incomes rise throughout the developing world fast food chains will continue to adapt their menus to local tastes – bring on the glocalisation of taste buds!

 

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Lumpiang Shanghai

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Spring rolls or Lumpiang Shanghai is one of the easiest meal to prepare and cook that is well loved by the whole family. It is commonly served in the family table during weekends, parties or get together with friends. Kids especially picky eaters love it, thus it can be included in the weekly menu for our kid’s school packed lunch.

 

Ingredients:
Lumpia wrapper
Ground pork
Salt
garlic, minced
Pepper, ground
Onion, chopped
Parsley or Kinchay, chopped
Egg, beaten
Palm Oil

 

Procedure:
Mix salt, pepper, chopped onion, kinchay, minced garlic, beaten egg and ground pork. 
Put enough amount of the mixture in lumpia wrappers, then roll it.
I use a little water, damp it on the ends of the roll to let it stick or get pasted to avoid also the roll to loosen up.
Fry the rolls until it turns golden brown and crispy. 

Serve while hot with sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy :)
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Easy Family Meal Ideas For Those On A Budget

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Many people are feeling the financial pinch these days thanks to the unfairness of the current system. Food banks are busier than ever before. Desperate people, who are shouldering an unfair amount of the burden to repay debts created by others, must ask for  food donations to feed their loved ones. it is a shocking state of affairs that one of the richest countries in the world should allow this to happen.

 

Now people are looking for ways to make meals cheaply and easily. Doing so doesn’t mean that they cannot enjoy good food; they just need to broaden their culinary horizons to produce fine food easily.

 

Here are a couple recipes my old grandmother used to make that have been handed down through generations.

 

Beef Wellington

People either love or hate beef wellington. It is an interesting meal where a fillet of beef is covered with puff pastry and baked. Some say that the meat is not cooked enough, and others judge it as being perfect. Try this recipe for yourself and see what your family think. Here are the ingredients for my simple version.

  • Two pound fillet of beef.
  • One pound of puff pastry
  • Egg White
  • Seasoning
  1. Place the fillet of beef in a roasting tin with a little olive oil and cook in the oven on gas mark seven, two hundred and twenty degrees centigrade for fifteen minutes.
  2. Roll out about one third of the puff pastry and place it on a baking tray.
  3. Place the beef onto the pastry
  4. Roll out the rest of the pastry and place it gently over the beef.
  5. Seal the edges of the pastry and trim it where they join.
  6. Brush the pastry with the egg white and place it back into the oven for a further twenty minutes until the pastry is golden.
  7. Let it stand for five minutes before serving.
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Lechon Macau Recipe

 

There are various Filipino dishes which had been influenced by the Chinese cuisine and one of them is Lechon Macau.  Lechon Macau is oven-baked pork belly, an alternative to the classic all time favorite lechon or whole roasted pig in most occasions. Because it is oven-roasted it has a moist meat and crunchy skin.

 lechon macau

 

If you wonder why this dish is so crispy, the key is to prick the skin with fork before oven baking. One more thing, the combination of the Chinese five spice powder, pepper and salt rubbed on the pork gives its rich and palatable flavor.

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