With the festive season just around the corner, it’s that time of the year to start thinking about inviting friends over for dinner. To help you ensure that your occasion is stress-free and enjoyable for you, here are our top tips:
Like the chic black cocktail dress, there are some old-fashioned cocktails that never go out of style. The retro-drink culture is definitely in vogue today. From speakeasy-style bars and celebrity-style clubs to popular TV shows like “Mad Men,” old-fashioned cocktails have once again taken centre stage. Some of these popular cocktails originated up to 200 years ago and often serve up an ice-cold taste of history.
Meat Free Monday is an international not-for-profit campaign which encourages people to go without meat for one day a week to improve their health and the health of the planet. It’s a simple way you can reduce your ecological footprint and reconnect with food that is nutritious and good for you.
With summer almost over, it’s time when many start planning a holiday for the winter months to escape the cold. I myself am in the process of planning a month in Europe – it’s been a while since I’ve planned such a complex trip. The past couple of weeks have been busy researching and booking accommodation, planning my itinerary, organaising travel insurance and a hire car. I’m looking forward to having my bags packed, passport and tickets in hand and having some fun!
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for many reasons – parties, summer, gorgeous food, holidays and a great excuse to catch up with friends. If you’re playing host and want to avoid unnecessary stress that is often associated with entertaining, a little forward planning and organisation will leave you free and relaxed to enjoy the fun of the festive season.
My food blog, which has just celebrated its second birthday, was created to inspire its readers to entertain at home, so they can experience the joy associated with having guests. In the past 2 years, entertaining made easy has provided its readers with a myriad of recipes, tips and hints, ideas and articles – all designed to take the stress and guesswork out of entertaining. Reflecting on the past 24 months, I felt it was time to take a step back and talk about the basic elements of entertaining – the keys to making your occasion as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests.
Pasta comes in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from tagliatelle and tortellini to penne and pappardelle. Matching pasta with a compatible sauce is instinctive for someone that has grown up eating pasta as a staple, but for the rest of us some guidelines are necessary to attain the best complement of flavour and texture.
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a food lover’s haven – the region is blessed with top quality produce and gourmet products grown and made with love by dedicated local farmers and artisans. The fine climate and fertile soil provides ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of produce and foods.
Until last weekend I had zero experience in making a child’s themed birthday cake (probably because I don’t have children). I hear from my friends that do have kids just how highly competitive childrens’ birthday parties can be. It seems that all the parents are trying to out-do the other parents, particularly when it comes to the cake.
Today is officially the last day of summer, but in Australia our climate allows us to enjoy barbequing most of the year round. Everyone loves a good barbeque: less fuss, more fun and flavour, and great for entertaining. Barbequing has come a long way since the days of overcooked steaks and charred sausages. But surprisingly, even in our barbeque-obsessed country, many people are still intimidated by outdoor cooking. Here are a few tips that will have you the master of the grill in no time: Continue Reading →