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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.

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.

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