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Snack Ideas for an Over 50’s Football Party Thumbnail
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No matter your age, your hobbies and passions are always going to stay with you, whether that’s going for walks, painting, playing a musical instrument or taking part in and watching sports such as football. Even over 50’s would want and enjoy the chance to get together and cheer on a game played by their favorite teams. It would even be a good idea to have a gathering or a party, especially during large events such as the World Cup or the Euros, which are set to take place this year. Planning a party isn’t always easy though, as trying to decide on décor and snacks can be a nightmare. To help with that here are some ideas for the perfect savory and sweet snacks to serve at an over 50’s football party:

 

Something Savoury?

If you want to serve something a little bit savory, there are a multitude of options to choose from that require very little preparation. If you have an oven available, cocktail sausages are always a favorite, no matter the age of your guests. Other similar finger foods are the best option because it allows your guests to stack up their plates and means no mess while watching the game! Sausage rolls and chicken wings are perfect for meat lovers, whilst there’s always meat-free substitutes made by Quorn. There are also a lot of simple options for occasions where an oven isn’t available to you, such as crisps or peanuts; although its best to ask your guests about allergies before serving. A snack like sandwiches is also a great idea to provide a little variety without requiring a lot of effort as a sandwich could have a range of simple and different fillings, such as ham, chicken or egg and cress. Other, healthier ideas may include popcorn or carrot sticks and breadsticks, served with dips like hummus, garlic or tzatziki. These healthy options are particularly great for any older guests who are more health-conscious, whilst also allowing them to eat some delicious treats whilst watching the football.

 

Something Sweet? 

It is always a good idea to provide something for any guests who may have a sweet tooth. Sweet foods are also often a lot easier to prepare and leaves the host with more time to find the perfect source for their guests to stay up to date with the football matches and scores, whether that’s on sports channels the TV or with this live football stream. Simple snacks that are easy to prepare often also leave the host with more time to have fun with guests and discuss the football as they can be served before the party begins and don’t need to be warm upon serving. Perfect sweet snack ideas to serve at an over 50’s football party could be fruit cubes or marshmallows on skewers, maybe with some melted chocolate on the side. It also might be a nice idea to provide bowls of chocolate treats, such as Maltesers or Minstrels. If the host does have time before the party starts to put more effort into preparing their sweet snacks, it might be a nice idea to make some football-themed snacks. These could include a football designed cake or cupcakes with the logos of the football teams on them. These ideas are great for adding a bit of fun to the party.

 

Whilst you may have many guests with a range of different food requirements, such as vegetarians or people who are lactose intolerant, there is bound to be something for everyone within these options listed above, all perfect for an over 50’s football party.

Which Diet is Best for Serious Yoga Enthusiasts Thumbnail
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Yoga is a fantastic activity that doubles as great exercise for the body and brilliant exercise for the mind. It is a brilliant way to increase flexibility while also destressing and calming you down. Finding its origins in very spiritual places, Yoga is loved the world over. But for those looking to take yoga a step further, diet is a key part of the lifestyle. If you want to take your yoga to the next level and increase your energy and flexibility, then you need to examine your diet and find what works best for you. Remember, always seek multiple sources of information when it comes to yoga and especially diet. Whether it’s from sites like yogajournal, or just seeking diet advice from a doctor, be safe.

Vegan

The vegan diet has become increasingly popular over the past few years. More and more people are realizing the effect it has on their health and the health of the planet. While it isn’t perfect, it is definitely a step in the right direction. And when it comes to yoga, the vegan diet is extremely popular. Many yoga specialists partake in the vegan diet to make sure they are putting only natural and healthy things into their body. And it goes a step further as many yoga specialists are very spiritual and partake in the animal and environmental conservation aspects of the vegan diet as well.

Pescatarian

Cutting out meat from a diet is very good for you, but it can also be difficult to do outright. But keeping fish in your diet is both an excellent compromise and a huge benefit to your health. Fish are rich in Omega oils that are fantastic for your brain and body. Balancing the fish with other healthy food groups and creative ways of cooking is fantastic for your body and joints, which is important when it comes to keeping the flexibility required for yoga.

Vegetarian

Going veggie is becoming easier every year. More companies and restaurants are improving their veggie options. Being vegetarian is fantastic for yoga as your body will be getting all the nutrients and vitamins needed to improve internal bodily function and maintain healthy joints. On top of that, it greatly improves your mood and state of mind which will majorly boost your yoga experience as you completely clear your mind.

The Most Common Food Pests Restaurants Must Deal With Thumbnail
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Nothing can ruin a restaurant faster than a pest infestation. It is a sad truth of our societies that the cities and towns we build are riddled with vermin. It is unavoidable, for the most part. While excellent hygiene and secure foundations work well to counter pests, they don’t always work, and some restaurants are often forced to seek out commercial pest control. Sometimes pests are avoidable. Sometimes they aren’t. Below are a few of the different types of pests restaurants can be expected to deal with.

Rats

The most common enemy of health standards. Rats. They are everywhere. The common myth is you are never more than a few feet away from a rat at any given time. And this means there is a high chance they will try and wiggle their way into an eating establishment and feast. Rats are often only attracted to places they can, firstly, get into with ease, and secondly anywhere that has food available to them. Both of these issues can be avoided. The food issue is resolved by simply maintaining high cleaning standards. No foot or crumbs should be left out, especially not behind counter and shelves. And making sure the building structure and flooring is well maintained will avoid any infestations. Checking on areas around your site that might be home to rats is also a smart idea. Anywhere that is warm, sheltered, dark is a good place to look. Knowing if there are rats near you will help you stay proactive.

Ants

Ants are a royal pain for restaurants. They are small, quick and above all else they are smart. Able to organize themselves effectively and once one of them is in, more will follow. That is why it is so vital for restaurants to stop an ant infestation before it happens. Like all pests, they are attracted to food, particularly crumbs. To maintain a rigorous cleaning regime within the restaurant is vital. Sadly, due to their size, it is very likely ants will be brought into your restaurant by customers, unknowingly. That is why you should invest in small ant traps and place them in key locations around the site. They will attract the ants in and humanely exterminate them.

Flies

Where there are dirt and heat there are flies. They are a nightmare for health standards. Not only is their buzzing annoying and persistent, but they are dirty and can contaminate anything they touch. As with any pest they can be dealt with by keeping things clean. But with flies that isn’t always enough. Most of the time a stray fly will simply make its way into the restaurant. To that end, it is worth investing in some anti-fly measures. Flypaper or a fly zapper is extremely effective to ward off those pesky little pests. Keeping on top of your bins is another way to avoid a fly infestation. They are attracted to bins so make sure you have safe and secure bins that don’t leak or are fragile.

A Healthy Meal Plan for Moms to Get Fit for Summer Thumbnail
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Healthy eating Is a mantra that so many of us wish to adhere to in order to lead a healthy lifestyle however, it can be difficult to find a meal plan that is easy to stick to and really works. When I was a gymnast I had to train hard and eat well, so I learned a lot about healthy eating. Gymnastics by the way is a really great sport for getting fit and I recommend it for everyone. It’s so easy to get started these days since you can get everything you need at Fit2BMom and other great sites like it.. Anyway, back to the healthy meal plan.

 

  • BREAKFAST! It is one of the most important meals of the day which sets you up with plenty of energy to last until lunch. Breakfast is essential to coping with the stressful routine that you mums all experience.
  • Lunch – a great lunch option would be things like omelettes which are high in protein and really do set you up for the rest of the day. Choose your fillings and add some cheese to make for a really tasty meal. Serve with salad for extra nutritional value and voila!
  • Dinner – when it comes to your final meal of the day it can be easy to opt for some hearty comfort food but this can often be full of calories. I would recommend that you make a compromise and make something like a delicious chicken and vegetable pasta. Simply cook off some chicken, add your favourite seasoning, combine with a mixture of vegetables such as onion, tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms which are all very high in nutritional value and mix in with a carton of passata or chopped tomatoes to create a delicious topping for the pasta of your choice.

 

A healthy meal plan doesn’t have to be difficult to stick to and there’s really no reason why your taste buds should suffer at the expense of healthy eating.

How to Cook the Perfect Fillet Steak Thumbnail
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Fillet steaks are a favorite among steak connoisseurs as they are the most tender, although they are usually the most expensive. However, they aren’t too difficult to cook, they don’t have much fat and can be served as rare as you want. Consequently, you don’t have to be a professional chef to cook the perfect fillet steak, all you need is a bit of guidance and some patience.

The Pan

If you are cooking your steak indoors, it’s probably best to fry your steak. You don’t need the worlds best frying pan to cook a great steak, but you do need one that is heavy-duty and thick based if you want to get the best results, although a cost iron skillet or a heavy griddle pan can also be used and you’ll still cook a great steak. This is because these pans will give you that tasty charred finish to the outer layer of your steak due to the fact that they get really fast and retain heat really well.

When cooking you should leave a lot of room in your pan – don’t try and squeeze them all in at the same time!

Seasoning

While some people only like a bit of salt and some pepper to enrich the flavor of their steak, there are some more inventive seasonings that may be closer to your liking. For instance, adding some marinade will add flavor and tenderize your steak. Other options are balsamic vinegar or honey and mustard, as these flavorings will reduce down to a sweet glaze. If you want to be adventurous, some miso or teriyaki marinade will give the steak a lovely Asian aroma. If you are just adding some salt and vinegar, sprinkle a generous amount of cracked black pepper and salt on to a plate and press the steak into the season right before you put it in the pan.

Some cooks also add garlic and herbs like rosemary and thyme while the steak is cooking to give it some subtle flavor that doesn’t overpower the flavor of the steak itself.

How Long to Cook the Fillet Steak (3.5 cm)

Blue: 1:30 mins on each side

Rare: 2:15 mins on each side

Medium-rare: 3:15 mins on each side

Medium: 4:14 mins on each side

To check if the steak is cooked to your liking, simply prod it with your fingers. A rare steak will feel soft, while medium-rare will be a little bit bouncy and a well-done steak will feel firm.

Resting the Steak

After you’ve finished cooking, leaving the steak to rest at room temperature for a minimum of 5 minutes, it will keep its heat for up to 10 minutes. As it rests, the meat’s fibers will absorb much of the free running juices, giving you a moist and really tender steak. Then, simply pour whatever juices remain over the steak before serving.

5 Drinking Games For Your Next Party Thumbnail
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Drinking games are a great way to get your party started. Encouraging high levels of drinking culture in adolescence drinking games have been around for many years.  Many only require one thing and that’s booze. If not it will be household related items accessible to almost everyone. It’s a cheap and easy. Typically partaken by students, dinner party guests and cool kids drinking games are for everyone over 18. The dark side of drinking games is the stepping stone into alcoholism. It can be dangerous, but that encourages the fun. The chance you could end up paralytic on the floor or nicely buzzed. Chances are you will end up on the floor but at least you will have fun doing it.

 

1 – Flip cup

You will need: a cup, alcohol, a table, friends.

A fun favorite is flip cup, a drinking game typically using an American red solo cup.

To participate:

  • get 2+ people and split into teams.
  • Set up a row of cups on the edge of the table for each team, fill will enough alcohol to shot.
  • As you race each other each member on the team must drink, successfully flip the cups a full 360 and land face down on the table.
  • The fastest team wins and the losers must drink again.

The pressure created from the alcohol fueled team game makes drinks go down much faster. It’s a quick way to get drunk, perfect for starting a party or before going out clubbing.

 

2 – Beer pong

You will need: cups, beer, a ping pong ball, a table

Classic beer pong need 2 players at a set time.

To participate:

  • Set up the cups in a triangle, 4 cups at the back moving upwards to 1 cup, similar to snooker ball formation. On opposite sides of the table.
  • Fill the cups with beer and stand behind them.
  • The aim is to bounce the ping pong ball across the table into one of the cups.
  • If a ball lands in your opponent’s cups, your opponent must drink it.
  • Once drunk the cup is removed, if several are removed reformat the cups into a smaller triangle
  • The winner removes all cups and the opponent must drink the winners remaining beer.

The aim of beer pong is to make your opponent drink more beer resulting in less accurate throws. It’s easy to learn and can be played by anyone with arms. Even though the name of the game is beer pong you can easily replace the beer with a substitute alcohol that is more palatable.

 

3 – Drunk Jenga

you will need: Jenga, alcohol, a pen

This is a more creative drinking game, involving tailored challenges created by yourself and your friends.

To participate:

  • Take a regular Jenga set and on each piece write a challenge or dare.
  • Build up the set
  • Each participant must remove a block from the tower and place it on the top of the pile using one hand
  • Each block removed the challenge or dare must be played
  • If the tower falls you finish your drink, pick up two blocks and complete the challenges

 

4 – Never have I ever

You will need: only alcohol and friends to play the never have I ever drinking game.

This is a more communicative drinking game for you and your mates.

To participate:

  • Either using prompts or your own statements, say your statements to the group and drink depending on your answer
  • For example, ‘never have I ever eaten something from the floor’ if you have, you take a drink!

The more embarrassing statements make good ice breakers at a party, gathering, dinner party or pre-drinks. It’s a quick and easy way to get to know your friends and acquaintances.

 

5 – most likely

you will need: drinks and friends

best played with friends and people you know as it tests the mutual knowledge of people’s personalities

To participate:

  • A group of you sit in a circle and each person takes turns to ask, ‘most likely’ questions
  • For example, ‘most likely to commit a crime’ as a group you point to the selected person who is most likely to.
  • The person with the majority votes drinks as many times as the votes they received.

This is a great was to bond with your friends and expose people.

 

 

Local Sweets for your Sweetie this Valentine’s Day Thumbnail
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We’ve brought in some brand new products just in advance of Valentine’s Day – local sweets for your sweetie!

Cocolico Sauces by Wendy Boys
*NEW* Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Old Favorites: Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Burnt Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Caramel
$10.95 +tax

Vanilla Salt Caramels by Wendy Boys
9 Chocolates$15.95 +tax

Valentine’s Chocolates by Chocolate Arts
Crispy Raspberry Heart – A crispy cookie wafer with dried raspberry puree, covered in dark chocolate.
$5.95 +tax

Chocolate Box by Chocolate ArtsA heart-shaped box with 5 little red-foil wrapped chocolates hidden inside. $5.95 +tax 

We also have a number of premade giftbaskets available, or you can customize your own.

Come visit us at our Granville Island Retail Store, or purchase these (and many more locally made artisan foodstuffs) online here.

Now Hiring – Culinary Tour Guides Thumbnail
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Wanted: Culinary Tour Guides for Granville Island Market Tour (part time and casual)

Join our local team spearheading Canada’s Culinary Tourism revolution. Edible British Columbia is Canada’s largest culinary tourism and specialty locavore operator. With a vibrant Retail Store and headquarters located in the heart of Granville Island, we’re immersed in the Province’s vibrant food culture and in front of millions of visitors annually.

With a new culinary centre – Edible at the Market – opening Spring/Summer 2011, we need to hire additional Culinary Tour Guides. Are you passionate and ready to spread the word about the best of BC and Canada’s local food and drink, and the amazing culinary artisans that grow it, harvest it, bottle it, produce it and supply it?

Our signature Granville Island Market Tour provides the opportunity for both locals and visitors to learn about and experience BC’s most visited and best-known market, together with those who know it best. As a Culinary Guide you’ll lead small groups around the Public Market on a 2-hour tasting tour, provide tips on food selection and preparation, and insights into the local culinary scene.

EBC Culinary Guide qualifications:

  • Culinary and food background
  • Be dynamic, interactive, friendly and engaging with the general public
  • Be comfortable, confident and vocal speaking in public to groups
  • Be passionate about food! And drink!
  • Knowledgeable and supportive of the Farm to Table movement
  • Have a flexible schedule (public tours generally run 9am-11am, 7 days a week though private tours can run any time of the day)
  • Culinary Guides should be able to offer at least 3 mornings a week
  • Fluency in a second language is a bonus

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and references with cover letter to: jobs@ediblebritishcolumbia.com. No phone calls or in person inquiries or resumes. We thank all those who submit their applications but only those under consideration will be contacted.

Recipe: Birch Cured Coho Salmon, roast beet, fine greens, hazelnut vinaigrette – by Chef Andrew Springett Thumbnail
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Last week we were fortunate to have Chef Andrew Springett, of Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort, on hand as guest chef for one of our BC’s Best Market Dinners. Chef Springett exemplifies west coast cuisine, and treated the sold out crowd to an amazing evening. We began the multicourse feast with this starter, which we paired with a Pemberton Distillery Schramm Vodka cocktail.

Birch Cured Coho Salmon

roast beet, fine greens, hazelnut vinaigrette

Pemberton Distillery Schramm Vodka Cocktail

Salmon

  • 8# Salmon
  • 2L Water
  • 62.5g Kosher Salt
  • 500g Brown Sugar
  • 500g Birch Syrup
  • 250g Honey

Make the wet brine by adding all ingredients excluding salmon into a 12L insert, mixing and making sure every thing is dissolved

Skin and Pinbone Salmon, cut into ½ inch strips, add to wet brine, cover with cheesecloth

Let salmon sit in brine for 48 hours

Take fish out of brine and set in on wire smoker racks, take your brine and strain it. Then reduce till a syrup consistency.

Smoke salmon on low for 3-4 hours, glazing the fish with the brine syrup every 20 minutes. Fish will be “translucent” once finished

Once smoked, give it one last glaze, put it in fridge while still on the wire racks, uncovered to dry overnight

Hazelnut Vinaigrette

  • 180g Grape Seed Oil
  • 360g Hazelnut Oil
  • 120g Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 30g Sherry Vinegar
  • 30g Honey

Wisk all ingredients together, season with touch of salt

Stephanie’s First Mixology Lesson – by Stephanie Yuen Thumbnail
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For us Chinese, the lunar new year is just around the corner! I guess it’s time to review the past year and make some new resolutions to embrace 2011.

Resolutions? Mine are typical: Eat healthy, exercise more, relax, live well, have fun!  Shall I say, at least 50% of the above can be achieved.

2010 review? Proud to say it was a great year for me!  I was smart enough to make some right decisions, said ‘no, thank you’ when needed to, had lots of great eats, spent valuable times with real friends, started a bilingual blog and embarked on my ‘Vancouver Cooks Asian’ cookbook project.

Oh, I also had my first mixology lesson, at Yew Restaurant & Bar inside Four Seasons Hotel!  Maybe it’s no big deal to many of you, but for someone like me who nods off after sipping only 1 oz. of  cocktail; that was my milestone!

The afternoon was spent in two parts: Learn how to make ‘Molecular Mango Ravioli’ in the shape of a sphere from Pastry Chef Wayne Kozinko and had a blast.  Thanks to Kozinko, who was smart and nice enough to come up with an easy-to-manage recipe so no one made a fool of oneself but had fun and laughter all the way.

The mixology lesson, on the other hand, didn’t go quite as easy.  The mixing part, done mostly by bartender Justin Taylor, was a piece of cake.

It’s the shaking part that required too much ‘fitness’ and even some ‘kungfu’ moves, resulting mostly in panting and sore arms.  But watching Justin showcasing the process of making a delicious drink from scratch as he explained how each element, each flavour and each step bind in together, was priceless.  I would never be able to go behind the bar and start shaking and mixing, but I now appreciate the arts and science behind each carefully measured and mastered cocktail!

For those who would like to play bartender while celebrating Lunar New Year, here is the recipe of this drink I totally indulged in that afternoon.

Maple Brule


Ingredients:


2 oz Rye Whisky
1oz lemon juice
1oz apple uice
1/2 oz maple syrup
3/4 oz pasteurized eggwhites

Garnish:
cinnamon sugar

Method:

Mix all ingredients together in cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake vigorously until foamy
Pour slowly into a coupe glass
There will be a thick layer of foam on top
Dust eggswhites with cinnamon sugar
With a small blow torch, brule the cinnamon sugar until a crisp sugar crust forms.