Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Canape Ideas For Summer


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The summer season is almost here and that means we can get to the beach for some sun, sea and sand, or meet up in backyard garden parties for food  cocktails and lots of laughs. These events are only made more enjoyable and memorable with some choice canape to go around. Here's some you don't want to miss out on this summer. 

Avocado and Prawn Crostini

It's Summer. The sun is shining and you're at a big event. It could be a wedding or an outdoor social gathering. You stand chatting when someone comes round with an avocado and prawn crostini. Your taste buds explode. 

You decide you will have the same canapes at your own event. These are made by smashing avocado and adding some lemon juice. Splash extra virgin olive oil on the toasted French bread and crack on some sea salt and black pepper. Easy. 

Watermelon, Cured Ham and Feta Mini-Skewers

If you like a canapé with some meat on it then you'll love the watermelon, Cured Ham and Feta mini skewers. These give you a mixture of flavour and texture your guests will love. To create the perfect canape meat visit The Aging Room

To make watermelon, Cured Ham and Feta mini skewers dice some watermelon melon like you would a chunk of meat. Skewer it with a cocktail stick and add the feta and cured ham. Once again sprinkle this with Salt and pepper. 

Roquefort and Peach Bruschetta

If you're down at the beach with friends all day enjoying the water and the sun you'll want something tasty to start your evening with as it starts to get cooler and light the fire for bbq. Remember to bring some of these canaps in your cooler. 

The roquefort and peach bruschetta is made with lightly toasted slices of bread. These have a splash of extra virgin olive oil over them. Serve with some roquefort and a slice of ripe peach for a tangy beach favourite. 

Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Bites

If your gathering is less formal, let's say a BBQ with friends or a Garden party, you might want a canape that's a bit simpler to make and serve. That's where the mozzarella, sun dried tomato and basil Bites come into their own. They're both easy and tasty. 

This one is also good for the veggies among you, although it still has cheese, so no good for vegans. Simply skewer the mozzarella ball along with the sun dried tomato and basil. It tastes like pizza on a stick. 

Courgette Curls with Salmon & Cream Cheese

Summer is a great season for eating fish and this canape uses one of the tastiest and most seasonal fish, salmon. You will love the intermingling flavours of the salmon, the cream cheese, and the courgette. Don't miss out. 

Use a potato peeler to strip off some of the courgette skin into curls. Put these onto a skewer, then add a scoop of cream cheese and some salmon. This is a posh canape that works well at informal events too.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tips on Opening a Small Restaurant

 Opening a small family-owned restaurant is a dream for any foodie passionate about cooking and serving quality food. For some, the sheer pleasure of seeing people enjoying their cooking is better than making money from it, but if you're good at it, why not give it a shot. Owning and operating a small restaurant is a fun-filled career path to choose, but it also comes with early mornings, late nights, and a lot of hard work. For some, the idea might sound too far-fetched. But, for others, it might sound like the perfect future; it all depends on you. Everything considered, it's not a bad option, but you need to have some knowledge in the kitchen, and operating an institution like this will require some administration and good planning. Let's look at what you should consider when opening your restaurant. 

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#1 What You'll Need 

Opening your restaurant from scratch will take remarkable research and a decent amount of planning. In order to start, you'll need affordable premises. Your premises' price will be a major influencer, especially right at the start of your operations. You need to acquire all the equipment you need. Although this could be a costly priority on your budget, remember that second-hand equipment works just as well. The second-hand equipment market within the food industry is large, so you'll be sure to find everything you need. Some equipment includes grills, fryers, boiling tables, ovens, cold rooms, and freeze rooms. You also need to ensure you offer customers a hassle-free payment and invoicing solution; many innovative companies provide excellent solutions that can even control your stock and accounting simultaneously. 

#2 Menu and Seating 

To attract as many customers as reasonably possible, start with your food. Most people enjoy having quality great tasting food, set a standard for yourself and your staff, and stick to it. If you have the funding, collaborate with some local chefs and start dishing up their famous dishes, this will also be a marketing advantage when filling up those tables. When you start looking at your dining area, remember this is the image most customers will remember after leaving your establishment. Ensure your dining area is neat, well furnished, and adds up to the quality and aesthetics of the food you serve. Play great music, not too loud, and ensure you have 24 Hour AC Repair to fulfill your clients' expectations. Areas where heating equipment is used for the best part of a day tend to become humid and hot. Ensure your clients are seated in well-ventilated and air-conditioned regions for the best possible experience. 

#3 Starting Capital 

Your starting capital will have a significant impact on the well-being of your establishment. It's somewhat rare for restaurants to open and become fully booked in the first few months. Ensure you have sufficient reserves to cover yourself for some time to allow yourself a grace period in order to establish your business before becoming self-sustainable. 

It's never too late to fulfill your dream. Ignore the naysayers, most successful companies were built by people who also had to overcome negativity before ultimately experiencing success.