With the nights starting to draw in and colder days fast approaching, if you haven’t already, now is the time to dig out your slow cooker. There are a huge number of different dishes that you can create in your slow cooker such as casseroles, stews, curries and even whole joints of meat. This sort of food is most often consumed during the winter months and the dishes are often so easy to prepare. Even if you have never made a stew before, you cant go wrong with a slow cooker. To make a beef stew, first fry off the diced beef. You do not need to cook it all the way through, just browning it off is enough. You can also fry off some onions at the same time which will just add extra flavour to your dish. If you want you can buy a bag of prepared veg which can just be added to the slow cooker raw and then add in your meat. You can either use a shop bought sauce to add to the Keep reading
Children love a birthday party and although there are many venues that offer birthday party packages for children it is sometimes cheaper and more enjoyable to host the party at home if you have the space. The key principle when planning the catering for a children’s party is to keep it simple. Most children will be unimpressed by extravagant displays of food and too many varieties of sandwich, so it is wise to keep to the most commonly favoured choices. It is important to bear in mind that healthy options such as carrot batons and cucumber sticks should be provided alongside traditional favourites such as mini sausages and pizza slices. It is worth checking beforehand whether any of the guests have any allergies that need to be considered when planning the food choices and if there are any children who are vegetarian or vegan. Parents with children with severe allergies may prefer to provide their child’s own food for the party. Jelly and ice cream are a traditional dessert offered at children’s parties but is often messy and Keep reading
Whether you live in a house or flat kitchen counterspace can be limited so it is essential to think carefully about the kitchen gadgets that are worthwhile in terms of cost, space and number of uses before you buy. There are some kitchen gadgets that are undoubtedly worth their weight in gold for instance an air fryer. They are not only a healthier way to cook but also produce delicious homemade chips at a fraction of the price of bought ones. They do take up space on the worktop but can be stored away in a cupboard or utility room. There are however lots of gadgets that are bought, perhaps after seeing an advertisement on the television or online, that are used once or twice and then are relegated to the loft. One such gadget is a bread maker. Many people buy them with the intention of baking their own bread but quickly discover that it is a bit hit and miss how the loaves turn out and that it is actually much cheaper buying bread from a Keep reading
Any commercial kitchen relies on efficiency, productivity and a good output of quality dishes. This is helped by having quality cooking equipment, which leads to better processes and more satisfactory food, in terms of its taste and presentation. It also means you can save a good deal of money by not having to replace your kitchen equipment all the time, as you will be able to get more out of each individual implement or piece of equipment. If you need a place to start, look into commercial kitchen brands and the ranges they offer. Sometimes it works for commercial chefs to have one particular brand that they are used to. In other cases, you will work out which types of equipment work for you and you will find your own preference. The key is in the quality: a better standard of cooking equipment means a better standard of cooking and a better standard of food.
Every diner in a fine dining restaurant expects their food to look just as good as it tastes – but can the same be said for catering? It is in many ways a sad fact that people don’t think of catering as fine dining, but instead, images of sandwiches and buffets and finger food come to mind. Catering can be so much more than this. It’s the fine dining experience without the restaurant. Presenting food beautifully is half the battle. People eat with their eyes as much as their mouths. As a caterer coming in to provide food for events, you need to have your wits about you and know you have all the right equipment for both cooking and presenting your food beautifully. You should consider crockery, cutlery and glassware as well as the food itself. Have as much influence as possible over the whole process, so you can please diners more.