Mother’s Day Tea Party | Feat. A yummy spread & recipes!

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Hi loves!

I realized, that I never made a blog post about our Mothers Day celebration we had at my home (but it’s better late then never right?). I invited my mom and dad over for Mothers Day and I knew I wanted to do something different then the typical ‘bengali styled lunch’ which usually includes, biryani, a cucumber salad, some raita and another dish consisting of veggies or meat. I wanted to do something different, that I know she would appreciate.. so I whipped together a really cute Indigo/Kate Spade/Stephanie Sterjovski inspired tea party.

The spread included, delicate cucumber sandwiches, a cantaloupe boat with fresh black berries and mint, mini quiches, samosa’s, veggie pin wheels, a special blueberry & watermelon juice and of course, tea! You wont believe how simple each of the dishes were to make and you’ll find that the common ingredients are: cream cheese, dill, mint and fruit. What I like about this spread was that I was able to do use one ingredient on a couple different items which made my life and grocery list inexpensive and easy.

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For the recipes of each dish, please see below 🙂

Recipes: 

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Cucumber Sandwiches:
1. White bread
2. Cream Cheese (softened)
3. Dill
4. Cucumbers
5. Salt & Pepper

Cucumber sandwiches are super easy, tasty and delicate. All you do is spread cream cheese (make sure its softened!) on both slices of bread. Sprinkle each side with some fresh dill, salt and pepper. After slicing some thin cucumbers (and letting them soak out their water on a kitchen paper towel), neatly distribute them on one slice of the bread. Put both sides together and cut off the crust using a serrated knife. (These sandwiches were a huge hit, especially with my dad! lol)
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Cantaloupe Boat:
1. Cantaloupe
2. Berries of your choice (I used blackberries)
3. Mint
4. Icing sugar or regular sugar

This is a super easy dish and only takes a few minutes to make. I made it the night before and just refrigerated it over night. First, cut your cantaloupe into slices and present them on a platter. Grab some berries of your choice and place them nicely around and in between the cantaloupe. Next, slice up some fresh mint from your garden and sprinkle over top. Lastly (and you want to do this moments before you serve the item) – dust over some icing sugar which will give your fruit platter a beautiful touch. I unfortunately did this the night before, and my icing sugar dissolved.

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Mini Quiches:
1. Phyllo Dough (1 box)
2. 12 Eggs (Feel free to use less)
3. A dash of heavy cream
4. Mozzarella Cheese
5. Chives
6. Sour cream
7. Lemon Zest
8. Dill

They sound fancy, but trust me it was the EASIEST dish to make (also made the night before). In a bowl, mix together your eggs, heavy cream and salt and pepper – whip it up and leave it aside for a moment. Using a cupcake tray, line your THAWED phyllo dough and make little cups. Fill the bottom of each cup with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and then transfer your egg mixture into each cup, sprinkling a handful of chives on top. Now bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the eggs are golden brown and puffed up. While this is cooling, in another bowl whisk together about a cup of sour cream, the zest of one lemon and a handful of dill. Once your eggs are out of the oven and have cooled, apply a doll up of the sour cream mixture on top and garnish with some fresh dill. VOILA!

Pin Wheels:
1. Colorful tortilla bread
2. Softened Cream Cheese
3. A variety of veggies (I used red/green/yellow peppers and onions)
4. Salt & Pepper

Spread softened cream cheese on your tortilla bread. Sprinkle your favorite veggies on top and add salt and pepper. Roll very tightly and cover with aluminum foil (or you can cut it into pieces and serve right away). I covered it with the foil, put it in the fridge and cut it into bite size pieces in the morning.

As for the samosa’s, they were bought but absolutely delicious and added that bengali touch to the tea party. Additionally, I just grabbed some blueberry watermelon fruitopia and added frozen fruits and lots of ice for a cool, cold drink. I hope you guys enjoyed the recipes and pictures!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Love,
Anisa

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Eid? Cheesecake?!

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Hey friends!

Well my excuse for not blogging right away is because it was Eid this past weekend… well week. Now that we’re married, we celebrate Eid one day at my parents’ house and one day at his parent’s house #firstworldproblems. So a lot of you have been asking about my cheesecake recipe! Well it’s your lucky day because I am going to share it with you! First off, unfortunately it’s not my own home made recipe (thanks Laura Vitale) BUT I changed it around a little so it’s more so my style. Let’s get started!

For the graham cracker crust (the best part), you will need:
– 1 ÂĽ cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs (If you want a chocolate base, use Oreo’s crumbled up into fine    pieces)
– 6 tbsp of butter, melted
– ¼ cup of sugar

For the cheesecake, you will need:

-5 8oz packages of Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature (seriously let this sit out for hours or the recipe will not work)
-1 cup of sour cream (not necessary at all unless you like the tangy taste)
– Zest of 1 BIG lemon (or no lemon if you do not like lemons)
– A pinch of salt
– 1 tsp of Vanilla extract (the real kind!)
– 2 cups of sugar
– ¼ cup of All Purpose Flour

For the topping , you will need (heres a few options):

A) Berry topping
-3/4 of a cup of Raspberry Jam
-Fresh Berries (I used raspberries and blackberries but you can use whatever you have at home)

B) Oreo topping
-Chocolate Sauce (you can melt your favorite milk chocolate on the stove at a very low heat)
-Oreos! Decorate them however you like!

C) Strawberry topping
– Âľ of a cup of Strawberry Jam
– Fresh cut strawberries that you can slice all over your cheesecake

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
  2. Using cooking spray, spray your spring form pan all over (you can use butter too, but I think that’s pushing it)
  3. Set it aside while you make the graham cracker crust. Pour all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix it together until you get a sand like mixture. Pour the mixture into the pan and evenly spread it out using your hands. (It doesn’t have to go up the sides of the pan, just at the bottom)
  4. Grab your mixer… put ALL the cheesecake ingredients into the bowl and mix on low speed. Do not over mix or you will get air into the filling. Mix it just until you have a smooth texture.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan and evenly smooth it out. Put it in the oven for an hour and 20 minutes to be exact. When you take it out, let it cool for at least 3 hours. Pop it into the fridge overnight.
  6. The next day, take your cheesecake out of the spring form pan and put it on your serving platter. It is now time to decorate!
  7. On low heat, put your raspberry jam into a pan for about a minute. The purpose of this is to get it to be a little runny and easier to spread. After you let it cool for a few minutes, pour it onto your cheesecake and then top with all the berries in the world!

I dont have the best picture posted but I hope you guys love it! Check out Laura Vitale for other recipes, she’s seriously my number one fave! Show me pictures of what you have made and comment below!

So it’s my first blog…

So it’s my first blog,

A lot of friends have told me I should start blogging and sharing with you guys, my recipes, make up tips, wedding advice and everyday stories. So here it is, my first blog!

My name is Anisa and I just got married! (clearly not over it yet). Within this blog, I plan to add various stories and experiences about being newlyweds, various recipes (some great, some… a fail), fashion tips, and even home decorating tips! I do hope that I can keep up with my blogs and improve with them over time.  One thing that you may question is.. “What is neeture?”… Well, Neeture is a nickname that started up a few years ago.. How do you pronounce it? “Nee- tur”, not “Nature” (Yes I’ve really gotten that one before).

Anywho, now that you know a little bit more about me , lets start this blog off right! Glad that you could stop by! Please feel free to leave me comments about what you would like me to talk about! Can’t wait to officially start blogging.

Life with Neeture
xo
Anisa