The Basics of Hosting an Unforgettable Cocktail Party at Home

The Basics of Hosting an Unforgettable Cocktail Party at Home

Organizing a cocktail party can be intimidating, especially if you are doing it for the first time. From the drinks to serve to picking a theme to make the event memorable, the entire process can be overwhelming. With this, keep on reading the rest of this post and we’ll give you a quick look at some of the most important things that should be taken into account.…continue reading →
Growing Gardens and Farming Crops: Small To Big Pieces of Advice

Growing Gardens and Farming Crops: Small To Big Pieces of Advice

Growing plants, vegetables, or other crops can be very satisfying, but it's not always easy. There are so many different factors that come into play that it's often the tiny details that will lead to either success or failure. Give yourself the best chance to reach whatever your goal is, you should take as many thoughtful pieces of advice that you can.continue reading →
How To Throw The Perfect Dinner Party

How To Throw The Perfect Dinner Party

Throwing a dinner party is something that many people choose to do at some stage. It’s a rite of passage, an adult thing to do, and it’s important that, when you do go ahead and throw one, it goes just right. You want your dinner party to be remembered for the right reasons, not because something went wrong or you were unprepared. This is why planning is key to the success of your party. If you think carefully about what you are doing first, there is no reason why you can’t have a great time. Here are some tips on how to go about it. …continue reading →
Sharing Your Love of Food with Family and Friends

Sharing Your Love of Food with Family and Friends

Eating is an essential activity that everyone has to take part in just to survive. However, there is far more to preparing food and eating meals than the basic requirement for nutrition. It has become the core of social gatherings of all kinds, from weddings and funerals to parties and business meetings. Almost everything humans do seems to revolve around sharing food, and getting together at mealtimes is an important way to bond with family and friends. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but in truth, it’s the way to most people’s hearts.…continue reading →
Presentation Proves that We Eat With Our Eyes Too

Presentation Proves that We Eat With Our Eyes Too

I know, I know, mums tasked with the job of cooking for biggish families every single day of their lives are probably rolling their eyes so hard right now they’re almost coming loose. It is indeed somewhat of a different story with children and perhaps even hubby, but presentation often proves that we do indeed eat with our eyes too. It’s not so much about how the food looks in isolation, on a singular plate for example, but rather about how it looks when presented with the suggestion that it’s for a group of people who are going to enjoy it as part of a social ritual or event. If you walk into a buffet for example, not much effort is made to have the food looking like it was prepared by a gourmet chef, but there are some subtle visual cues which make it look like food you want to eat.…continue reading →
Xiaolongbao and How to Eat it Correctly

Xiaolongbao and How to Eat it Correctly

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The late Anthony Bourdain went on record saying that one of his main reasons for booking a visit to Shanghai was for the xiaolongbao. He said, "I translate them as pillows of happiness that will scald your tongue and throat if you don’t know what you’re doing…ballistically designed delivery vehicles for pure pleasure…as they’re steamed, the delicious, delicious fat renders into a soup of the gods." Yet be warned that there is a wrong way to eat this dish.…continue reading →
The Secrets to Cooking Nutritious Meals

The Secrets to Cooking Nutritious Meals

At times, I feel like splurging when it comes to food. When I feel that way, I often got to Scarpetta, which, in my humble opinion, is one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. There are days, however, when I would like to save money. Those times, I stay at home and cook my own food. At first, I was struggling to make it tasty and healthy at the same time. It is tempting to load it with salt just to have a distinct flavor. Now, I know better and I will be sharing with you some of the best ways to make your meals nutritious and delicious.…continue reading →