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Chef Tips: How to Properly Season and Marinate Your Food Thumbnail
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Cooking can be such a chore, especially when you work so hard and your food still doesn’t taste as good as it should. One of the mistakes you’re probably making is with your seasoning, so here’s a quick guide on how to prevent uneven seasoning when you’re cooking.

 

Flavor with dry seasoning

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when cooking and seasoning your food is adding the seasoning right at the end. This can be a huge disaster! Rather than the seasoning being in your food and having been absorbed during the cooking process, it’s sitting lamely on top in a coating that won’t cover every bite, leaving mouthfuls flavorless and dull. The simplest way around this tragic end to a meal is to add your seasoning during critical moments while cooking. With foods such as pasta or doughs, the seasoning needs to be added while the food is expanding. For pasta, this will be while it’s in the water – add your salt now. Go! Quick! With bread and pastries, it’s making sure your dough is well combined, the ingredients well mixed and any key flavors you want in, to be added before the dough becomes stiff and over handled.

 

Flavor with marinade

Another rookie mistake to make is not to marinate your food properly. Let me be very clear – cold liquids do not marinate. Marinades need to be at least room temperature in order for the food to absorb the flavors. An example I love to give is tea. Have you ever tried to brew a cup of tea with cold water? No, because the water remains clear and the tea flavor doesn’t leave the teabag. This is the exact same with a marinade. Unless you want a soggy coating of flavor, don’t marinade cold!

 

Now go forth with your new culinary skills and make some tasty food!

6 Steps to Ensure your Restaurant Passes its Health Inspection Thumbnail
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For any restaurant owner, one of the most intimidating times of year is when the annual health inspection is due. Even if you think that your restaurant is clean, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the idea that there will be someone in your establishment scrutinizing every knife, fork, and glass. Because of this, it is important that you make sure to take extra care in the days running up to your inspection. If you are unsure of the best ways to do that, worry not. Here are 6 of the most crucial steps that you should take to ensure your restaurant passes its health inspection.

 

Check your fridge

Something that a lot of people forget about before their inspection is making sure that their fridge is as clean as the rest of their facility. Restaurant fridges can get dirty very easily and produce can quickly go out of date and this may affect other foods in your fridge. Health inspectors check your fridges thoroughly so make sure that your food is all in date and properly organized.

 

Clean the exterior of your restaurant

The exterior of your restaurant can be reflective of the cleanliness within, so if the outside of your restaurant is a mess, the health inspector will not be impressed. Make sure that you sweep down the entrance of your restaurant and also ensure that the bins behind your restaurant are tidy, as mess around the back can appeal to pests that may get into your restaurant.

 

Make sure your staff are up to scratch

Not only do health inspectors look at your establishment’s cleanliness, but they will also take note of the cleanliness of the staff. This is because the staff will be handling all of the food that goes out to customers, so if they are in a dirty uniform or have dirty hands, it will reflect poorly on your restaurant. Make sure that you have plenty of anti-bacterial stations around the restaurant so that your staff can make sure that their hands remain clean in between serving customers. Before the start of a shift, evaluate every staff member to make sure they are in a good state to represent your brand.

 

Deep clean

If you know that you have an inspection coming up, it would be in your best interest to give your restaurant a deep clean. We recommend that you hire an external company to do this as they will make sure that the cleaning is completed to a good standard, it will also give you time to focus on other jobs ahead of your inspection. It will also mean that you won’t have to clean some of the more challenging spots.

 

Double-check cutlery

Another area that lets a lot of restaurants down during inspections is the condition of their cutlery. Cutlery is often difficult to clean and so sometimes dirty knives and forks manage to make their way to a customer’s table. This is not acceptable if that table ends up belonging to the health inspector, so make sure that you double-check all of your cutlery.

 

 

Pest control

A huge issue when owning a food establishment is rats and other pests being attracted to your building due to the large quantities of food. Having any pests at all could lead to an automatic fail for your inspection, so make sure that you have your building checked over before your inspection. There are plenty of companies that offer pest control in dixon, california, so make sure that you contact one for an appraisal on your business.

Art In Cooking: How The Alchemist Makes Their Cocktails Thumbnail
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When it comes to artisanal cocktails with a twist, the Alchemist is undefeated. The chain of cocktail restaurants has made a name for itself by serving up some of the most captivating and unique drinks you will find anywhere. And you would be forgiven for thinking a lot of the whimsical mixtures are using magic to achieve such incredible effects.

But as magical as it all seems, it can all be explained by a mixture of art and science. The often unusual and cryptic world meets the logical and scientific in an extraordinary manner. And we are here to break down how it is all done. Be warned, this article will spoil some of the mystery surrounding the Alchemist cocktails so if you would rather not know, click away now.

 

The Mystical Fog

The most common sight you will see from these cocktails is the overflowing fountain of fog. Nothing is more exciting than seeing a bartender pour a small mixture into your drink and watching it explode into a volcano of froth. But how is this done?

The main component is a weaker version of dry ice. They have to manually make ice with an ice maker that is specifically designed to react with the alcoholic mixtures to suddenly expand and melt into this foggy substance. Normal dry ice can’t be used, of course, but this substitute is absolutely harmless.

 

Flavour Changing

Another common cocktail you can experience is a flavor changing one. These are designed to start as one flavor and turn into another after a certain amount has been drunk. And it is seemingly done by magic as the liquid itself looks the same the whole time. So what is going on within the drink?

Different liquids have different consistencies. This basically means some are thicker than others. Some are lighter than others. And because of these differences, they will react differently while in contact. But, being liquid, they will all still occupy the same space.

This is the basic principle being used to create the appearance of a flavor changing drink. In reality, the different flavored liquids are all there, it is just poured in a way that means one is buried under the other until the entire mixture is disturbed enough for it to breakthrough.

 

Colour Changing Madness

These cocktails provide the greatest visual pleasure for those at the bar. They start off as one basic color. But, after adding the rest of the drink, the liquid will start to shift through a veritable rainbow of colors. Spirals of glitter cascade up through the glass and the drink seemingly take on a life of its own.

This is a mixture of the previous idea of liquid consistency mixed with some simple color mixing. It is often just as simple as two liquids of opposing colors will turn the drink into a new one. But the effects are created by the bartender knowing how much of a certain liquid to add, and where to pour it as well. This lets them create the illusion of the color spewing out from a point within the drink.

The glitter effects are simply edible glitter or gold flakes added in and given a stir to create a whirlpool effect. Not the most incredible scientifically, but still a fantastic sight to behold.

 

All of this seems quite simple when said in these terms. But you have to keep in mind this is all mixed with a lot of creative thinking and planning. The way they utilize these simple techniques is incredibly complex. So we will keep some secrets hidden away from now.

 

Why You Need These Gadgets in your Kitchen Right Now! Thumbnail
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These days we are spending more time than ever indoors, which has given us all the opportunity to try our hand at the world of culinary adventure. Trying to cook new and exciting dishes may mean that you need some new gadgets. Here are our top picks of must-have kitchen gadgets that will make your cooking experience way easier, as verified by the guys over at nononsenseninja.

 

Four slot toaster

If you haven’t got a four-slot toaster then you have been missing out. Though this may seem like basic tech, using a four-slot toaster will make your everyday cooking experience way easier. This is especially the case if you are someone with a large family, as you will be able to make lots of your morning toast at the same time. It will save you a lot of time and also means that making the rest of your meal will be much more efficient.

 

Smart fridge freezer

How many times have you had to deal with the following scenario? Unforeseeably your fridge freezer temperature has been far too cold and you have had to deal with your perishable goods housed in your fridge being frozen and then unfrozen, leaving your food items soggy and unusable. Having a smart fridge allows you to keep track of your freezer’s temperatures and means that you don’t have to deal with wasting money on rebuying foods.

 

Fusion food processor

Everybody needs to invest in a good food processor. A good food processor will allow you to complete a long line of never attempted foods and can be extremely useful if you are someone who is often left with a lot of waste product after cooking as you can blend what you have left and create an entirely new dish.

These World Renowned Chefs Reveal Their Secrets For Creating The Perfect Menu Thumbnail
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Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or struggling to put together the right menu for your business deciding on what food you are going to serve can be a monumental task. There are lots of factors to consider such as food allergies and any other food preferences your guests may have. It is vital you offer options for people who may be vegetarian or vegan so they feel included in your menu, if you are planning on hosting some kind of food event I would recommend you plan your menu well in advance and inform your guests of the options you have available, this allows plenty of time for your guests to decide what they want to eat and puts you in a position where you know exactly what you need to make.

 

However, a pre-planned menu is not always suitable as diners visiting a restaurant may not want to decide on what they are going to eat until they visit. This is where an innovative and well thought out menu is required to ensure every dietary requirement is met, here is some advice from a select few of the world’s most renowned chefs as well as some helpful tips on how catering companies in Brisbane select their menu.

 

Think about what you would enjoy eating

As a chef it is important that you have a level of interest and passion behind the food that you serve, this not only ensures a delicious meal is created but also reflects your flair and style of cooking to your dinner guests. The best chefs around the world are all known for a signature style of cooking and their food is instantly recognizable, it is important you find your own style in terms of flavor combinations, cooking methods and presentation as this will be the type of food you not only enjoy cooking the most but also what tastes the best.

 

Cater to every dietary requirement

It goes without saying how crucial it is you have food options for every single dietary issue there is, all it takes is for one person to come into your restaurant with a dietary requirement you haven’t properly prepared for and your professional reputation can seriously be hindered. It would be advisable to take the time and do thorough research into any food deficiency there is and come up with ways in which your menu could be adapted to suit your guest’s needs. Like any business you are going to have a huge variety of customers each in need of a different service, in this case, you need to ensure your menu has a solid meal option they can enjoy.

 

Consider the event and venue

Deciding on the perfect menu can totally depend on the event and venue your food is being served at, if the event is more social with guests standing and interacting with each other then it would be much more suitable to serve easy to eat buffet style food. If your guests want a luxury style service then a seated meal with different courses would be required, a good idea would be to meet with your customers prior to the event and discuss the kind of atmosphere their event will have. Meeting with your customers not only displays a high level of customer service but also ensures you know exactly what they want to eat and allows you to deliver the perfect menu as they have had involvement. Communication is also a key factor when it comes to finding out any potential dietary requirements and allows you to deal with them to the very best standard.

This Australian Food Festival is Changing the Cooking World Thumbnail
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The Ballina food and wine festival is a unique and interesting food event displaying everything that makes great cuisine, its large following has only grown over every year the event is held. Its popularity has grown so much the festival now features two separate events in two amazing locations, held in the summer months you can expect to enjoy great food and wine under the beaming sun with like-minded food enthusiasts. The range of local produce that is available to sample and purchase is unlike any other event in the region, as well as a large array of produce native to Australia, Ballina also hosts food retailers from all over the world so there will definitely be something new for you to try.

 

Location

Set in the modern, picturesque location of the Ballina Jockey club this food festival has a much more unique atmosphere than any other event out there. There is a sense of elegance around the festival with the club hosting a whole range of other prestigious events throughout the year. With long stretches of colorful and well-maintained gardens, this event is the perfect place to find a delicious new dish to sample, pair it with a glass of accompanying wine, and just relax. Where other events can overwhelm its visitors with a busy and sometimes hectic atmosphere, Ballina takes a more relaxed approach to how it is hosted.

 

Charity Support

As well as providing amazing food and wine, the Ballina festival works with a different charity organization every year, the fact that this event works so hard to provide its loyal visitors with a great festival whilst helping to raise money for charity really is commendable. As previously mentioned the Ballina also hosts a second event, the after-hours gala is hosted in order to show off a classier dining experience with live music and entertainment. As if the main festival wasn’t enough the dinner attracts an elegant clientele, with extra charity shows and a raffle with some pretty juicy prizes on offer, a large portion of the profits that are made also go towards charity.

 

Produce

The main focus of any food festival would have to be the food they offer, at Ballina there is no shortage of world cuisines for you to try. Below are just some of the types of food that are offered at this amazing event.

 

  • Mexican street food
  • Indian cuisine
  • Local Australian produce
  • Flavored Cheeses
  • Customizable Chinese noodle boxes
  • Shawarma
  • Artisan baked goods
  • Deli counter
  • Organic fruit and veg

 

That is just the tip of the iceberg and the best thing is they all offer a diverse range of foods at very reasonable prices, Ballina is very supportive of its local Australian businesses and has been inviting smaller retailers such as My Alter Ego Catering Brisbane and Australian Catering Services to come and display what great dishes they have come up with.

 

If you are someone who enjoys good food and good wine then the Ballina festival is the one for you, not only will you find a range of delicious foods but you will be morally satisfied through the fact that the event is supporting local businesses whilst helping those in need through its charity work. The food festival is really paving the way to helping smaller food retailers in getting a solid footing on the market.

 

The food industry can be very competitive and getting a strong reputation can take a lot of time, by providing opportunities to smaller businesses Ballina is contributing to the success of small businesses around the globe and paving the way for the mainstream names in the future of the food industry. The cooking world is constantly changing, from trends in what food is popular and the innovative methods in how different meals are created, Ballina food and wine showcase it all and more!

 

If you find yourself lucky enough to attend this prestigious event then really relish in the opportunity to try some new cuisines, you may not find some of the produce anywhere else so take advantage of the opportunity to try something new, support small businesses and contribute to a very noble cause.

The Absolute Beginners Guide to Fishing Thumbnail
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Fishing is quickly rising to be a popular sport among people once again due to its relaxing yet competitive nature. But it’s not as easy as just casting a line into a body of water and hoping for the best, fishing requires the right equipment and knowledge, as well as a lot of patience. Here are some handy tips on how to successfully fish for absolute beginners.

License

If you’re really serious about starting your fishing hobby then it is important that you get a license. Not many people know that in many towns it’s actually illegal to fish without a license, this law is put in place in order to conserve local wildlife. It also means that people can’t just begin fishing whenever and wherever they please. You can get a licence online for a very reasonable price.

Equipment

Arguably the most important tool of a successful fishing trip is using the correct equipment. If you are just starting out and a little hesitant on whether or not you should sink a lot of money into something you may not enjoy, there are many options out there. For example, if you decide to take a class or instructional course, they will provide you with all of the right equipment- meaning that you don’t have to spend your own money. If you decide that you enjoy fishing but are a little hesitant of spending so much money on gear, there is always the option to buy it second hand. You can easily find second-hand gear on local selling sites, but it’s important to request to see the gear before purchasing it as you want to make sure that it is good quality and not damaged at all. Your goal should be to find a rod with a spinning wheel as your main tool, this will probably be your most expensive initial item but it’s important that you invest in a quality rod as a good rod will last you a long time. If you get a combination rod, it’ll be easier to set up and use as you only really have to focus on the reel. Basic things like fishing rope and hooks are easy to acquire for a small price, you can get them online or at any local fishing store.  If you want to make the fishing experience slightly easier for yourself it would be recommended to get some bobbers as these will help tell you whether or not a fish has hooked on to your line.

Comfort

When it comes to fishing you’re going to be sitting out for many hours on potentially freezing days and so making sure you’re comfortable is something you should prioritise. Invest in some thick jackets, socks and boots as that will make sitting out for hours far more bearable. It wouldn’t hurt investing in a fishing chair either as you don’t want to be sat upon the cold floor for hours. Don’t skimp out when it comes to this as this is something you’ll use for a long time and will make fishing more enjoyable. There’s also no harm in getting a small pop up fishing tent to protect yourself from any cold breeze or rain. Once again, this is quite an inexpensive purchase and will not break your bank, but will make fishing feel more comfortable. Make sure you have the basics too, like a hat and scarf. Many people forget about the importance of basic warmth, especially when you’re so close to sea breezes, this will make it easier to stay out for longer.

Picking the right spots

Unfortunately, you can’t just start fishing in whatever body of water you fancy. There are a number of things to consider before you set up your fishing station. For example, check if the water is privately owned. Most privately owned lakes do not permit you to fish in them for the safety of its ecosystem.  This can be easily checked online. Also check if whatever body of water you choose actually had fish in it as surprisingly,  a lot of manmade water sources don’t have any fish in them at all so you would be completely wasting your time. Look at local fishing forums to really find out the most popular fishing areas near you. This is also a good opportunity to find some fishing groups to share your picks and find out where the most densely populated areas to fish in are. If you are allowed to fish in some areas, check any rules that they may have as surprisingly most fishing areas don’t let you take the fish home with you after catching them whereas some may.

Get to know your fish

Not every fish is the same so you should really get to know what fish are in your area and what are the best ways to catch these fish. If you are looking for advice on how to catch these fish then you should visit the pursuingoutdoors site as they give you lots of useful information on how to attract individual fish. You should look at investing in a variety of bait to attract a number of fish, bait can easily be acquired at local fishing shops as well as local pet shops as key baits like mealworms are actually very popular reptile foods. All this information can also be found in fishing books.

How to Make Delicious Snacks for Your Garden Party Thumbnail
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Summer is right around the corner. And with it comes the return of the garden party. Nothing better than a few friends and their families all enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. But catering the affair can be tricky. So below are a few delicious snacks you can make. So clear out your garden with one of these backpack leaf blowers over at verellenhc. Slap-up the bunting. And prepare for an unforgettable party!

Jelly

Quick, simple and easy to make. Jelly is a fantastic snack that anyone can enjoy. With vegetarian alternatives available as well, no one has to be left out. Simple invest in some gelatin sheets, boil them down in whatever flavor juice you want and then pour them into the container. The only thing to note is this snack requires quite some time to set so it is best to prepare it the night before.

Variety Skewers

Skewers are easy to eat and even easier to make. Firstly decide what you want on them. Are they going to be savory or sweet? For savory considering grilling up some meat chunks or roasted veg. Mixed that with some cheese cubes and some marinade, and you have something solid. Or get a mixture of mini puddings, pastries or chocolate and skewer them through to create a lovely dessert option.

Ice Lollies

A perfect way to beat the heat and super easy to make. First thing you need is lollipop sticks and a mold. Once you have that it’s a simple as pouring in your selected flavor juice into the mold and letting it freeze overnight. For some added fun try throwing in different chunks of fruit to bring out the flavor and refresh everyone at the 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.