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How to Select a Wood Fire Oven for Home

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Select a Wood Fire Oven for Home

A wood fire oven can be a great choice in any chef’s kitchen or for use outdoors. The wood brings an extra flavor to foods that are cooked in the oven and which you won’t experience with standard electric or gas ovens. While pizza may be most often cooked in a wood fire oven, you can also cook turkey and other fowls and anything you can fit into a roasting pan. Note a few tips for choosing a wood fire oven for your home. 1. Choose the largest size A wood fire oven needs a certain amount of space for the oven area and the chimney vent, but you don’t want to choose the smallest one available just to save on cost. This is because even a small fire can overwhelm a small oven so that food quickly gets...

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3 Steps To A Cleaner Diet

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Steps To A Cleaner Diet

As more and more people learn about the dangers of eating chemical-laden, processed foods, there’s been an increased interest in eating a clean diet. This simply means consuming foods as close to their natural state as possible, and clean eating comes with a range of health benefits. Ditching the processed junk and eating clean has been linked to improved mood, enhanced brain function and better sleep, so here’s an overview of three easy steps you can take to clean up your diet: Be Intentional When Buying Produce Switching to organic produce will greatly reduce your exposure to pesticides, but eating a 100% organic diet isn’t always possible due to the increased cost and limited availability of a wide-range of organic produce in some areas. One compromise is to use the Environmental Working Group’s list of clean and dirty conventional...

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Planning your party: estimating drinks

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning your party: estimating drinks

When you’re planning a party or function, you need to avoid the embarrassment of running out of drinks. A professional caterer can give you an accurate estimate of how much you’ll need to serve your guests, but if you want to make a rough calculation you can do it by following a few simple rules.  For the purposes of this calculation, assume that a ‘drink’ is any one serving — a glass of wine, a beer or a cocktail. Obviously, these drinks are actually different sizes, but this pattern holds roughly true for all of them. Most caterers estimate that an average guest will consume about one drink per hour over the length of the party. The only exception is the first hour, when consumption is higher; a typical guest will drink two drinks during this period.  Ideally, then,...

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What Should You Leave the Babysitter for Dinner?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Should You Leave the Babysitter for Dinner?

You’ve finally got a babysitter organised so you can enjoy a date night with your husband, and then you realise you need to leave them something to eat for dinner. Here are some options you can consider. Assemble ingredients so they can cook from scratch While this looks like a great idea on the face of it, it has a few flaws. First depending on your babysitters cooking skills, everyone could easily end up with a burnt dinner. Equally in all likelihood you’ll end needing to wash all the pots and pans that get used, which isn’t that much fun after a night out. You also risk your children not eating and throwing a fit over the food. This is a relatively easy option, although you’ll probably still need to plan what you think that they can cook with...

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Have Your Cake & Eat it Too: 3 Ingredient Substitutions to Look for When on a Diet

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Your Cake & Eat it Too: 3 Ingredient Substitutions to Look for When on a Diet

Obesity is becoming a worldwide epidemic and concern, and the rates of Australians that are overweight or obese continue to rise. Shockingly, almost 2/3 of adult Australians, or 63%, are considered to be overweight and obese. Choosing healthier food options and identifying healthier ingredients that can be used as a substitute are key components to weight management and weight loss. If you want to enjoy eating foods like cakes, here are 3 substitute ingredients that you should look for when on a diet. Stray Away from White Carbs & Opt for Whole Wheat Alternatives White carbs are made from refined starches and are high in calories. They basically play the same role as sugar when they are ingested and interfere with your body’s blood-glucose levels. This can cause you to gain body weight. Cakes that are made from whole-wheat...

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