Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Impress that special someone with an easy to cook meal

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If you're single and ready to mingle, one of the best ways to impress that special friend is to invite them over to your place and make it really special by cooking a meal for them. Of course playing soft music, dimming the lights (to set the mood) and laying the table out really nicely, with some candles and wine  (preferably) would most definitely win brownie points.

If you're married (and whether or not you have kids), you could perhaps do the same, for a nice surprise for your spouse. Send him/her on an errand and cook a meal in a jiffy half an hour.(If you have children, later send them out or put them to bed. ;-) heh heh)

Even if you haven't made anything other than Maggi and a cup of tea before this, the following suggestion is simple enough. I usually do not post recipes, but this was too good to not share and it takes less than 15 minutes to make.
I had earlier posted a recipe for 'Golden fried babycorns' (click on coloured words to read)  which got a lot of response asking me to post more recipes. So I thought of sharing this one with you.

 

To make it you need to buy a packet of Macaroni which is available easily in any grocery store/Supermarket in India. I used this one.

Then put a  large vessel of water to boil. Add some salt to it. When it nearly starts boiling, add some macaroni and reduce the flame. (keep it on sim) Boil it for about 8- 10 minutes. You will see that the macaroni has become soft. Now strain it in a strainer or a 'channi' and run some cold water on it. (so it does not stick)

Now heat some  butter.(remember to keep the flame low). If you are not calorie conscious add lots of it :-) When it melts add some freshly ground peppercorn.(or just use pre-ground pepper, but freshly ground gives it a better taste). Add the macaroni and toss it well.Check salt and add if needed.  Switch off the flame.( It should not take you more than 2-3minutes.on the stove)

Squeeze some lemon juice on it. If you like Oregano add that as well. (Tip: Save that tiny packet from the pizza you order next  time.They give lots of it anyways :-) )

Ta-da..It is ready! If you like cheese, then you can add some grated cheese on top.


Buy some vanilla ice-cream and use chocolate sauce/syrup (you can buy that as well) as a topping, for a very simple but delicious desert. Use anice glass to serve it and stick in a fancy wafer as well. :-) A  lot lies in the presentation.



There you go--Golden friend baby corn for starter. Butter-pepper-Macaroni as main course and Ice-cream with chocolate sauce as desert and a lovely ambience created with candles, music ,wine and dim lighting. Personally this is one of the songs I'd play :-)

The result:  A very impressed date/a very happy spouse.

Sweet, ain't I, to share all these tips? :-)

Go ahead, thank me, thank me! Of course, I like to be acknowledged :-D

16 comments:

  1. aaaaahhhhh....yummmyyyy....Ice cream presentation looks sooo tempting!!!

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  2. That is ONE easy three course meal idea....must try, must try... :)

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  3. This is a great idea..Its nice way to make ur spouse happy :) I am gonna try..

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  4. Wow !! The picture with candles , wine perfectly depicts the mood created and its too tempting !!

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  5. Very sweet indeed:) How I wish these worked on my hubby;) Only Konkani food works with him and nothing can be cooked in less than half a day( bit of exaggeration)

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  6. ahem ! since I am single and ready to mingle perhaps I should try it this weekend :-)
    seems easy enough even for someone like me who hates to cook !

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  7. the pic of the macroni lokks so tempting . ;)

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  8. hey preeti! the idea is too good ;) as it is said "a way to the man's heart is through his stomach!" keep on posting such ideas :)

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  9. No Thanks. Have no intention of wasting energy on impressing anyone, special or otherwise, by sweating in the kitchen! Ugh !!!!

    Same impact, with much less effort in driving to Medici ........

    Unfortunately can't even enlist S in the gang - the guy loves to cook !!!!!

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  10. Know what I tried it and I luvvv it.. An amazingly simple recipe (for someone like me who knows to cook only Maggie) that tastes yummy... I tried the baby corns too sometime back but dint pan out as beautifully as in your post :(. Will try again sometime :)... Thanks for posting!!! And BTW love your new header!!!

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  12. Hey your page has a new look.....Like it a lot!! GOod day!!

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  13. that's one of my easy to cook macaroni recipe too..and i save those lil packets which come with dominoes pizza :)

    you changed the look here...nice, nice

    *and i hope this comment goes thru...the one i posted on the last one didn't :(

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  15. I had loved your Golden-Fried babycorn... I will definitely try this one too. I like they way you simplify cooking in your own words. It helps a lot, specially to me who is not much into cooking...

    So, keep cooking and posting!

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  16. Sweet! Presentation is the sure the key to a happy moment, especially that ice-cream, it looks yum-yum! :)

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