When it comes to breakfasts, there is often not one meal that fits all. Some people need to eat different foods for breakfast than others. In the UK we often skip breakfast or have something very little, a larger meal for lunch and then the biggest meal of the day in the evening but this may not be the best idea. Your breakfast will set you up for the day ahead and should kick start your metabolism. For some, a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast gives them plenty of sustained energy, but if you find after a couple of hours (or less) you are feeling hungry or even tired then it probably means that your breakfast was not right for you. We should have a lot of protein for breakfast and ideally greens and oily fish. A good idea for a breakfast would be, eggs with spinach and salmon. This gives you a good amount of the foods needed and the protein will help keep you full. You need to ensure that your blood sugars Keep reading
Preparing meals may not be something that you really enjoy doing but taking the time to meal plan and even batch cook can mean you get in to better eating habits. Often one of the reasons that we end up eating junk food is lack of preparation, We may not have something in to eat of haven’t allowed enough time to cook it and therefore order something in as it is less hassle. This is ok occasionally but it shouldn’t be something that you do on a regular basis as it probably is not the healthiest choice. Before you do your food shop, make a note of 6-7 meals that you want to eat that week. This will then allow you to check what ingredients you already have and what you need to buy, meaning you don’t double up or forget something. Doing this can also save you a huge amount of money on your shopping bills. Try and cook meals from scratch as much as possible as this way you know exactly what is going in Keep reading
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
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.