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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.

Great Dishes from World Cup Competing Countires Thumbnail
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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.

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.

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.

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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