Recipe: Cucumber Mint Yogurt Drink

Start your summer off with a delicious and refreshing drink…chill your serving glasses in the freezer before you start!

Serving size: 2

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Armenian cucumber (or small Persian cucumbers)
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Directions: 

  1. Slice cucumber as thin as possible.
  2. Then dice the cucumber slices into very small cubes.
  3. Add the diced cucumbers to a pitcher
  4. Chop mint leaves (use dried mint if fresh min is unavailable).
  5. Add the finely chopped mint to the pitcher.
  6. Add a cup of yogurt to a medium bowl and whisk.
  7. Slowly add two cups of water to the yogurt while stirring.
  8. Add 1/2 tsp of salt and stir.
  9. Add the yogurt mix to the pitcher and stir.
  10. Chill for 30 min in the refrigerator.
  11. Pour chilled drink into chilled glasses.
  12. Garnish with a slice of cucumber, cut half-way to center and position on rim of glass.
  13. Serve the drink with a spoon to scoop up diced cucumbers!

Enjoy this simple and refreshing drink!

 

Shushan Darzian is the founder and owner of Ladybugs Catering & Events. Her passion for food, presentation and exquisite detail drive her mission to provide outstanding service for her clients. As a former educator, she is committed to life-longing learning and loves to travel. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons.

 

Recipe: Fish Lavash Wraps

This is a quick and delicious oven-baked fish wrap with minimal ingredients.

Serving size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. halibut
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 6″ x 9″ pieces of lavash bread
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • Herbs: parsley, oregano or tarragon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut filet of halibut into four equal pieces.
  3. Season with salt and black pepper and set aside.
  4. Cut lavash bread into four 6″ x 9″ pieces with scissors (or use pre-cut lavash bread)
  5. Lay lavash pieces white-side down.
  6. Place halibut in middle of lavash and add two slices of butter next to each other on top of fish.
  7. Optional: add a sprig of your herb of choice on top of butter slices.
  8. Fold and wrap each piece of fish with lavash, making sure butter side is on top with the weight of the fish holding the wrap together.
  9. Lay wraps in pan and bake in preheated oven for 15 min until golden brown.
  10. Brush residual butter from pan over the wraps.

 

Shushan Darzian is the founder and owner of Ladybugs Catering & Events. Her passion for food, presentation and exquisite detail drive her mission to provide outstanding service for her clients. As a former educator, she is committed to life-longing learning and loves to travel. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons.

 

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower

Here’s a scrumptious, healthy (vegan) meal or side dish in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole cauliflower (medium size) 
  • 1 cup olive oil (add more as needed for larger sized cauliflower)
  • 5 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions:

Dressing

  1. Pour about 3/4 cup of the olive oil into a medium bowl
  2. Add the smashed garlic
  3. Add salt and black pepper
  4. Add ground cumin, curry powder and cumin seeds
  5. Mix ingredients together (sesame seeds and slivered almonds will be added later)

Cauliflower

  1. Cut cauliflower into four quarters
  2. Turn cauliflower over and brush in dressing, making sure to fill in all crevices.
  3. Continue to brush sides of cauliflower, scoop as much of the solid garlic and cumin seeds as possible.
  4. Place cauliflower pieces in a baking pan and brush or drizzle the remaining dressing on top.
  5. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds.
  6. Add the slivered almonds on top of the cauliflower.

Bake

  1. Broil first on low heat until golden (middle rack on low broil) for about 10 min.
  2. Brush dressing from bottom of pan over cauliflower.
  3. Then bake at 500 degrees for about 10-15 min.

Transfer cauliflower to a serving plate and spoon toasted almonds and sesame seeds from pan on top.

The aroma and texture of this dish is amazing…I hope you enjoy it when you give it a try!

 

Shushan Darzian is the founder and owner of Ladybugs Catering & Events. Her passion for food, presentation and exquisite detail drive her mission to provide outstanding service for her clients. As a former educator, she is committed to life-longing learning and loves to travel. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons.

 

Recipe: Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine

Dining in for Valentine’s Day? Try this creamy and delicious Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine with just the right touch of romance!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. shrimp (20-25 count)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 stick butter- 1/4 to sautéed onions-1/4 before flour-1/2 add to the sauce at the end
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika (for sauce)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (for pasta)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for pasta)
  • parsley to garnish
  • 1 pack Fettuccine (follow package instructions to cook)

Directions:

  1. Dice onion and transfer into a bowl.
  2. Chop cloves of garlic and add to bowl.
  3. Add butter to a pan over medium heat
  4. Sauté the onion and garlic
  5. Add more butter to the pan and add flour to thicken the sauce.
  6. Cook pasta per package instructions while sauce is cooking.
  7. Add heavy cream to the sauce, stir slowly and bring to a boil.
  8. Let cream simmer for 5 min.
  9. Add parmesan cheese and salt & pepper to taste.
  10. Add sweet paprika (for a pink hue!)
  11. When sauce thickens, remove from heat.
  12. Cut up small pieces of butter and add to sauce, stir until butter melts.
  13. Add shrimp and cook for 5 min. (or until pink in color)
  14. Add cooked pasta to a bowl.
  15. Top with your shrimp and sauce.
  16. Add more parmesan cheese, paprika and parsley for garnish
  17. Serve with you favorite white wine!

 

Shushan Darzian is the founder and owner of Ladybugs Catering & Events. Her passion for food, presentation and exquisite detail drive her mission to provide outstanding service for her clients. As a former educator, she is committed to life-longing learning and loves to travel. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons.