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Easy entertaining: featuring fabulous fruity drinks & a scrumptious moussaka

Written by Nazarina on October 8th, 2009


(old blog www.giddygastronome.blogspot.com)

How to make food look  spectacular  by using simple garnishes and a sense of whimsy!

There is nothing more haunting than the collapse of a souffle, bread not proofing or just any possibility of a culinary masterpiece going terribly wrong at a very inopportune time! Believe me it happens to the best of us and the only thing we can do is to try again. “Try and try again”, a saying only for the patient heart  that loves to cook!

The one thing I have going for me is the inexhaustible will to “mess” with things until a satisfactory parallel is somewhat attained. Because of this remarkable “SABR” (patience) that God has bestowed upon me, any endeavor always seem to congruently “fall into place.” I seem to struggle less and  advertently  get things right the first  time. I  amaze  myself  every time!. With that said I only had one shot at the fabulous moussaka, at least that time,  before my guests arrived! Don’t get me wrong, I do have lots of vulnerabilities, I  just don’t let them get to me!

I love to play with my food and in so doing, armed with an aubergine( eggplant), carrot, lemon, craft knife and a sense of “giddy” carved out  this penguin……apparently its fate ended up in my vegetarian moussaka below!

I told my cats, “If you do not behave then”……..I am just kidding guys!!!!

this image one of the most favorite



I swear this is the most flavorful spicy brown gravy ( i.s.o. bechamel) seeping down the sides of  this spectacular savory vegetarian moussaka made my way! It has four distinct layers…roasted eggplant, umami glazed mushrooms etc……this is a lighter version!


This is yet  another well thought out and executed  recipe in my upcoming book. This book will not disappoint! This is a melt in your mouth, no mastication needed, slightly crunchy, garlicky creation that boggled even the most unsuspecting of  taste buds!


My guests had only the most beautiful interjections for this culinary luxury! They polished off the whole thing….in fact they seemed a bit annoyed with me taking the pictures before they could finally enjoy it!


Easy entertaining!

Simple drinks  with not so complicated garnishes make any guest feel special! BTW, the orange powder on the rim of the glass is all natural and its method is  conveyed to you  step by step in my book.This citrus powder can even be used in cookies .

However,  the recipe for the “fizzy clementine & yogurt ice” is found below.


If you are a lover of refreshing ice tea, then boy! is this drink for you! This is a sweet clementine chamomile organic tea infused with the juice of a clementine,  orange flower water, honey etc…. This sparkling citrussy drink will cleanse the palate and quench a rather urgent thirst! Delicious!

If you had a crappy day at the office, then this soothing drink will definitely take care of you! Bottoms up!


Recipes ( Please use organic ingredients when possible)

Fizzy clementine and yogurt ice drink

Click here for the yogurt ice recipe( I made this last year). However, do use the zest of the clementine i.s.o. the lemon zest.

  • A bottle of sparkling water chilled
  • Squeeze the juice of 8 sweet  clementines plus the pulp
  • 1 t orange flower water ( concentrates the citrus flavor)(I use Mustapha’s Moroccan orange flower water, a cute bottle!)
  • 1 bottle of Italian  orange passion mango sparkling soda chilled from Target

Mix 1/2  of the  Italian orange passion, all the juice and pulp of the clementines, the orange flower water. Pour the glasses  halfway with this mixture, top off with the sparkling water and garnish with the yogurt ice.

Sweet clementine chamomile organic ice tea

Brew 4 tea bags,  and then add only the juice of the clemetines, orange flower water and honey to taste. Let cool. Serve with ice cubes and slices of oranges or clementines.

Thanks for stopping by for dinner!



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29 Comments so far ↓

  1. VegetationNo Gravatar says:

    Awww cute penguin!

    And wow! I want that moussaka!! It looks absolutely divine!

  2. veredgyNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you.
    That drink sounds wonderful and refreshing.
    Alas,I think I won’t be able to visit Target since I live in another continnent.
    Is there any sub.?

  3. dawnNo Gravatar says:

    that gravy sounds heavenly…what goes into that?

  4. Cute eggplant penguin! Your moussaka looks gorgeous like a cake and sounds absolutely delicious, love it!

  5. graceNo Gravatar says:

    okay, that penguin is ADORABLE! i don’t think i’ve ever seen a piece of food turned into something so cute. then, on the other hand, i don’t think i’ve ever seen that same piece of food turned into something so tasty–that moussaka looks insanely good!

  6. elraNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Naz,
    good to hear from you again, it’s been long time….

    Love your delicious looking mousaka!

  7. elraNo Gravatar says:

    Nice new home as well. it’s immaculate!

  8. Jo A. T.B.No Gravatar says:

    Absoulutely scruptous I say! My mouth is watering staring at your vegetarian moussaka. In fact you always keep me on my toes, had to look up moussaka. I never heard of it! The fact that it\\\’s vegetarian appeals to me!

    Your photos are eye appealing as usual, and I\\\’m especially glad you included the tea recipe. I need some new ideas, because tea is my only drink of choice even over water! I like how you garnished with sprigs of orange rind! Very nice, I always enjoy reading your posts, and always look forward to them!

  9. Lori LynnNo Gravatar says:

    Ha! My guests seem to feel the same about taking photos first.
    Eggplant penguin is adorable.

  10. The penguin-eggplant is adorable, not to eat it 🙂 the photos are amazing drooling only seeing them…



  11. SomaNo Gravatar says:

    You are a very very talented lady. That penguin is sooo adorable. I have a book for kids, where there are baby animals made with food! you should publish one of yours!!

    you have the capability of making vegetables look like a decadent cake:-)

  12. KaterinaNo Gravatar says:

    Haha!! The penguin is absolutely perfect!!!!!! Congrats!!!! Nice work!!!

  13. StephanieNo Gravatar says:

    Your penguin is so cute! LOVE it!

  14. KennyTNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Nazarina, wow, you make great food and drinks, that penguin is super cute!

  15. DanielleNo Gravatar says:

    Your pictures are amazing! Great work! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I’ll be back to yours as well.

  16. theUngourmetNo Gravatar says:

    There is so much deliciousness going on over here I don’t know where to begin.

    I love the way you knotted your orange peel. That drink is gorgeous!

    I love the penguin and the love moussaka as well.

  17. zerrinNo Gravatar says:

    I love the way you play with dishes and drinks. Your musakka looks definitely so appealing in a cake shape. Ive never thought it may have a vegetarian version.
    And you made me curious about that orange powder on the rim of the glass. It looks great!

  18. uhhh. I still need to pick my jaw off of the floor.


  19. sophiaNo Gravatar says:

    Holy coW!!!! You are AMAZING! That penguin is super duper cute, and that moussaka! A totally 100% savory iced “cake”!!!! I LOVE THAT! 😀

  20. Lubna KarimNo Gravatar says:

    You are awesome dear….love that eggplant carving….looks very cute…. vegetarian moussaka sounds yum….

    R u there in facebook?

  21. Lubna KarimNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot about those drink….awesome presentation….looks refreshing….

  22. Lubna KarimNo Gravatar says:

    Forgot to mention about those gorgeous looking refreshing drinks…

  23. Typ0No Gravatar says:

    That moussaka looks beyond yummy! And that penguin is adorable. How could anyone eat anything that cute?!

  24. NazarinaNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks you’ll for all stopping by, I wish you could really taste the moussaka!!!!!But as long as you ate with your eyes, I am happy!

    Lubna honey, I am not on facebook.

  25. JulianaNo Gravatar says:

    Your moussaka looks delicious and the eggplant is so cute, not to mention the drinks…what a nice presentation 🙂

  26. ochikeronNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! I missed this post! I love your moussaka! It looks like a cake! Yummy!!!

    I always love your presentation. Yogurt ice looks delicious! I want to be creative like you!!!

  27. ShriNo Gravatar says:

    Absolutely stunning,Nazarina!You are quite talented…Wow!

  28. KatherineNo Gravatar says:

    The dripping gravy and the cute eggplant penguin got my attention!

  29. papawowNo Gravatar says:

    What a great little penguin. Congrats for making it on Tastespotting!

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