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This Famous Chef is Challenging Cooking Trends Thumbnail
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The culinary world is something that is always changing, much like the fashion or media industry what is popular goes through trends and chefs are having to get creative in order to remain current. It is not enough to just be satisfied with your meal and guests are looking to be taken on a journey through their meal, the dramatic appeal of a unique dish is what is going to sell, the weirder the better, as it not only provides your guests with a memorable experience but gets them talking and through word of mouth increases your demand with the public.

 

A very famous chef known for his unusual cooking methods would have to be a culinary genius – Heston Blumenthal, the owner of the Fat Duck and unique meal creator, Heston is the mastermind behind hundreds of weird and wonderful dishes. His dishes range from strange colors, towering constructions, and marvelous flavor combinations all with a hint of classic cooking. His diners describe a meal in his restaurant as a journey, it goes beyond tasting good and provides a real individual experience for everyone blessed enough to have the chance of trying his dishes.

 

Although Heston is known for his scientific, crazy approach to dining he does also own three Michelin star restaurants, his other restaurant is where the magic happens to offer a very different dining experience compared to traditional restaurants. When you think of cooking trends nowadays, a reputable restaurant offers pretty traditional cuisine with small portions and an artsy effect. Heston doesn’t just challenge these trends but he completely blows it out of the water. No meal that Heston has been involved with is basic, from flavor to aesthetic appeal, every aspect of his dishes has been well thought through and included to build an overall amazing trip for the tastebuds.

 

Never has a chef been held in such high regard for his creativeness,  his popularity stems from his breath of fresh air attitude to cooking. His dishes are fresh, new, and completely individual to Heston’s own mind. Nobody can replicate Heston, his work is instantly recognizable as it is so out there and essentially mind-blowing in terms of his creative work.

 

Heston has been challenging cooking trends in a variety of ways throughout his career, there have been many notable moments since his food really took off.

 

Christmas Dinner

A few years ago Heston had his big break in the form of a TV Christmas special, he invited multiple celebrities to come over for a meal to remember. His menu seemed normal but what was presented really wasn’t starting with a soup infused with a full roast dinner and all the trimmings and ending with a dessert that was made to look like cutlery and candles, it was spectacular to watch and this would be one of the first times Heston was introduced worldwide.

 

Since his debut his work has only gotten more elaborate, with his menus just getting more and more strange, Heston is a trusted chef and his opinion and advice are very valuable in the culinary world. Below are some highlights from various shows or interviews he has done over the years with aspects of cooking that he lives by.

 

Don’t be nervous

When stepping into the world of culinary experimentation Heston believes that you should dive in headfirst. Some of Heston’s best work came from his sense of confidence, and without it, he wouldn’t be the chef he is today. When venturing out to the more daring side with your cooking, if you are afraid or scared of messing up then remember this, whatever your making can be remade if things go wrong, you’re not going to create anything amazing if you are too scared to be daring.

 

Filtered water

A stranger piece of advice but one that Blumenthal swears by is using filtered water. Filtering your tap water is a great step to ensure you are getting the healthiest purest water, not only is it better for you but it is much healthier for the environment compared to the plastic waste that comes from bottled water. Why not improve on what is going into your body and help save the planet. The Kangen Leveluk K8 is a great water filtration system to come onto the market, if you are interested then take a look.

 

The weirder the Better

Finally, a piece of advice that you would expect from Heston Blumenthal is to push the boundaries and find yourself some weird flavor combinations. Experimenting with food is a growing industry with innovative restaurants opening all over the world, there is a great appeal because of the fact that you are delving into the unknown. and the weirder the dish then the more likely it is that it’s going to be a hit.

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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.

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Are you someone that absolutely adores food? Not just because you enjoy eating, but because you appreciate the workmanship that goes into taking raw ingredients and making a delicious dish. If you’re someone with a real passion for food then you may be looking for a way to express your passion, without heading into the kitchen and cooking yourself. Being a food reviewer may be the best solution for you as it gives you a chance to improve and share your knowledge of food to an audience of people who want to know what you think. Understandably it can be difficult to know where to start as becoming a food reviewer isn’t exactly an easy process and there is very little promotion of it when you’re looking into what jobs you want to do in the future at an educational level. Even researching the process yourself can understandably be a confusing process and may put you off the idea altogether. But fear not, here are our tips on the right way to get started in the field of food review.

 

Planning

The first thing that you should do is outline how you are going to judge all of the dishes and restaurants that you decide to review. When it comes to food reviews it is important that you keep a consistent outline so that your reviews will be fair and equal for every place that you review. This should be done before you even start to publish any reviews as you want to keep your page as consistent as possible. Make a list of what you think is important when it comes to your food, such as presentation or quality of ingredients. Not only will this allow you to keep a consistent theme going, but it will also make writing your reviews a lot easier as you will have points to follow that will allow you to keep your writing concise and thus improve the quality of the reviews that you are releasing into the public.

 

Variety

You should also visit several different establishments before you even begin to publish any of your work and get a good idea of what to expect from a restaurant that sells quality food. Also know that your reviews extend to more than just the quality of the food, when reviewing a restaurant you should also look at what else it has to offer. This means how the staff work, what the atmosphere is like, and the attention that they put into all of the little details. That even extends to the water that they serve, you are going to be able to tell the difference between some plain old tap water and some water that has gone through an Alkaline ionized water purifier,  you should really visit several places and make notes of these little differences in order to make your reviews stand out from others of its kind. Food reviewing isn’t exactly a popular market and so you need a unique selling point for your reviews to be successful, so make sure you do all of the necessary research in order to gauge what other reviewers are doing in order to be successful.

 

Diving In

Once you feel as though you have everything set up and you’re ready to delve into the world of reviews, you may find yourself stuck on something else, where do you publish your reviews? Setting up a website can be a long and strenuous process. First of all, you need to purchase a domain to run your review website on, which can be a process in itself. Due to the difficulties that can come with setting up your own website, a lot of people choose to use previously made sites as that is a lot more straightforward. One of the most popular options that people use is WordPress, using WordPress is an extremely straightforward process and has a lot of free options. WordPress is also very easy for your potential audience to access. However, there are some aspects of WordPress that you have to pay for and that can be off-putting to some extent. Because of this a lot of people that are just starting out choose to use social media as a platform to share their reviews. This is completely free and everyone uses social media so you are more likely to get attention and grow in popularity a lot faster when using social media. Start on somewhere like Facebook, where there are a lot of users that are more likely to share your content and so get it seen by more people.

 

Most of all it is important to stay patient, your reviews aren’t going to be shared about everywhere when you first start and so you shouldn’t take this as a sign of failure, keep going and understand that this takes time.

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.

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The World Cup is a great event for numerous reasons, as it brings the world together to celebrate and watch the games, with each country rooting for their own team to win and partying together when they do. The tourism that it brings to the host country is undeniably huge and extremely beneficial for everyone involved. Nothing beats sitting in your local pub or bar, the atmosphere tense as everyone watches on the edge of their seats to see which team will score the winning shot, the cheers and shouts when your team scores or the shared disappointment when the opposite happens. Whilst all of these things are one benefit of the World Cup, one of the greatest things to come out of the event is the increased understanding of other countries’ cultures, as people are exposed to new music, new languages and perhaps important if you’re a food connoisseur – new food. Regardless of whether you’re watching the World Cup or just local matches from around the world, something that can easily be done now that  you can watch football online, you are likely to want to learn about these new cultures that you are exposed to. If that’s the case, then here is a list of just a few of the great dishes that can be found locally in the competing countries of the World Cup.

 

France – the winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France is famous for its usually unique cuisine and dishes. One of their most famous dishes, that you are likely to have heard of is Coq au vin, and whilst you may have heard of it before, now might be the perfect time to look up a recipe and give it a try. Easy to make and with delicious flavors, you’ll be happy that you decided to explore this part of a different culture.

Croatia – the runners up of the previous World Cup, Croatia is a country whose culture and famous dishes are slightly less famous and notable, however that does not mean that they don’t have any dishes worthy enough to try. Black risotto, a dish know locally as crni rižot, is made using cuttlefish or squid, whichever you prefer and then an assortment of other ingredients that are easily found online. If you’re a fan of seafood then this is the perfect dish for you, plus it’s fun to eat as it leaves your mouth and teeth black.

Belgium – whilst Belgium didn’t make it to the finals for the World Cup, their huge success in the competition unsurprisingly caught a lot of people’s interest. If you’re one of these people and you’re looking for a delicious dish to try, look no further. One dish you could try is Stoemp, a dish that will make you never want to eat mashed potatoes again due to its superiority to the classic dish. A creamy mix of mash potatoes and a list of delicious vegetables that will leave your mouth watering, this one is perfect with a few sausages.

Russia – the host country of the 2018 World Cup, tourists flocked to each of the host cities, experiencing an entirely different culture that they were then likely to have brought back to their family and friends back home. Taking a step away from the main courses, one of Russia’s greatest dishes is one that you can have savory or sweet – Bliny is a Russian type of pancakes or what we call crepes. They are often rolled or folded with whatever filling you chose in the middle, whether that’s honey, jam or mushrooms, and salmon.

Sweden – this is a country that is hugely popular and well-known for just how nice it is, in a multitude of different categories. The people are nice, the cities are beautiful, the streets are clean, and the food is delicious. One of their most interesting dishes is the Smörgåstårta, or sandwich cake, which is self-explanatory as it is just a sandwich that looks lie a cake. Multi-layered and filled with all your favorite sandwich ingredients, like sliced meats, smoked salmon, lettuce and mayonnaise, all of which you can pick and choose or remove. This is definitely an option to try if you’re ever in the country.