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Date Night Menu: The Most Romantic Mini-Dishes You Need to Try Thumbnail
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When it comes to showing your partner that you love them and that you are willing to work on any issues you may have within the relationship, communication is key. Issues like losing stamina in the bedroom can be solved easily thanks to products like the thors hammer gel, but if you are not clear about what is causing said issues you may experience some difficulty within your relationship. There are many ways that you can keep the spark alive for you and your partner with the key thing being to remember to find balance and time for your loved ones.

 

Keeping the romance alive within any relationship whilst you are trying to balance your busy lifestyle is no easy feat, making sure that you are regularly putting the effort in to spend time with your partner is an essential part of maintaining a happy and healthy relationship. Whether you have the budget available for going out to fancy restaurants or not you can still show your love and affection by cooking up a nice meal at home, if you are looking for some of the best mini dishes to impress your partner then continue reading for my suggestions.

 

Deli Selection

Putting together a snack plate with all of your favorite salads, cheeses, and other deli snacks is a great way to show that you have made an effort when the dish is in fact very simple. This would be a great starter or even as a main meal if you wanted something light whilst you were entertaining your partner. The great thing about a dish like this is that as long as you select a wide range of high-quality foods to include you are bound to have items that both you and your partner enjoy. There is not much cooking involved with making this dish either so if you are somebody who lives a busy lifestyle juggling work and childcare you will be glad to know that this is something that can be prepared in minutes.

Tapas

Tapas usually consists of multiple small dishes and the concept originated in Spain many years ago, like the deli starter I mentioned previously you can include many different mini dishes within your tapas selection to appeal to varying tastes. Your typical tapas will include small dishes such as Spanish tortillas, spiced olives, baked chorizo, and rice dishes but there really are no strict rules as to what you can include so you have an opportunity to get creative with this meal. This would be perfect for a romantic evening as nobody wants to eat a huge filling meal when you are entertaining guests and are looking to have a more relaxing time.

Chocolate Fondue

The ultimate dish for any romantic evening would have to be this very popular dessert of chocolate fondue, although it looks complicated there is a way that you can cheat things slightly to make the end result much tastier with less effort. Using a basic chocolate cake batter and inserting a few pieces of your favorite chocolate into the center before baking, you will be left with the perfect light sponge with runny melted chocolate inside to really get your taste buds excited. This mini dish would be delicious served with some fresh strawberries and cream and whether you have a sweet tooth or not I am sure you will enjoy it.

Hummus and Breadsticks

Another very basic dish that you can prepare with little time and effort required would be hummus and breadsticks, this dish can be as extravagant as you need it to be and would make the perfect healthy snack for a romantic evening in front of the TV. You could even take this dish further by making your own hummus using fresh chickpeas and serving alongside your favorite crackers and breadsticks. Making your hummus is not difficult with a basic recipe consisting simply of chickpeas and olive oil, you can add whatever seasoning and flavorings you want to create your own unique flavor combinations.

Chicken Wings

For those of you that are looking for a mini dish that packs a bit more flavor, you may want to go for something like chicken wings to impress your partner on your next planned romantic evening. Chicken wings are very versatile and you can do them in many different ways to suit whatever your preference and spice level is. Chicken wings are a great appetizer or can be done in a larger portion for the main meal, they are a big crowd-pleaser but if you are unsure of whether your date likes spicy foods or not I would recommend doing a milder option just in case they are not lovers of spice as this could ruin the whole meal.

Designer Tips for Sprucing up your Kitchen Thumbnail
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The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place where your family can come together and connect every day and where you can serve up delicious meals. There is no doubt that the kitchen in every home gets plenty of use and for that reason, it’s easy for the kitchen to eventually become a little run down. If this sounds familiar, then you may have found yourself in the same situation. Worry not, here are some design tips for sprucing up your kitchen.

A Lick of paint

If you are on a budget but are still looking for a way to spruce up your kitchen, then a lick of paint can do wonders. Your kitchen walls are exposed to a lot of things that could lead to discoloration and stains, which can be extremely unfortunate as this can make your kitchen look drab and unkempt. Trying a new bold color or even just refreshing the color that you already have can completely change how your kitchen looks. If you have a little bit more money to spare, we also recommend looking into some interesting tiling or wallpaper.

 

Minimize Clutter

Getting rid of the unnecessary clutter that is taking up space on your kitchen counters is another great way of sprucing up your kitchen. As time goes on it is natural to accumulate a number of possessions and these possessions can quickly take up a lot of space in your kitchen. Even if your kitchen is clean this can create a cluttered look, so we recommend getting rid of items or storing them away. There are a number of kitchen items that are designed for undermount installation, which means you can move some items under your counters.

Replace old equipment

Something that we can all admit is that our kitchen equipment is rarely updated. After all, once you have a toaster do you really need to replace it regularly? Unless you bought your equipment as a set, then your kitchen equipment is probably mismatched. If you are looking for a quick way to make sure that your kitchen looks cohesive, then we recommend that you purchase equipment that matches. This may seem unimportant to some of you, but having a kitchen that matches is very aesthetically pleasing. Doing this also makes it much easier to decorate your kitchen in general as it creates a style and color palette that you can base your design on.

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 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.

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.

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.

2 Spaces for Wednesday’s Market Dinner Available! Thumbnail
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We’ve just had 2 spots open up for our long sold-out Market Dinner with Kits Daily Kitchen on Wednesday, January 19.

These multicourse, seasonally centric meals take place in Granville Island Public Market, after hours. With each course our sommelier has paired local BC wines to complement the chef’s dishes.

January 19 – Kitsilano Daily Kitchen – Chef Brian Fowke – 2 spaces left!

A fresh approach to unpretentious West Coast Cuisine. Chef Brian Fowke’s ever-changing menu is based on daily visits to the local markets and farms of British Columbia. Well known to Vancouverites (Rare, Metro, Mon Bella), Chef Fowke is always in the season, and local and organic whenever possible. Come and be charmed.

Time: 7:45 PM – 10:30 PM
Cost: $90 per person, plus HST
Price Includes:
– multicourse seasonal meal with paired cocktail/wines
– recipes, photos and the opportunity to interact with the chef
– 15% off everything in the EBC store that evening, and a 10% discount on future tours and events booked that night.

Only 2 seats are available – you can book online, in person at the Retail Store, or by calling our events department at 778.389.8940