Cake decorating and catering

Cake decorating and catering is a fantastic business to venture into for all cake enthusiasts. Creating your own business within your own home, can be simple. Once you have set up a business name, you will need to obtain a certificate for food hygiene, this can be done as an online course. Once you are all set up, you can start experimenting with sponge flavours and improve your decorating skills. Cake decorating can cover a wide range of events, including birthdays, christenings, weddings and more. When it comes to cake catering you must be able to calculate the size of cake required for the amount of people at the event. This may take some time, however there are some easy calculation charts available should you require a quick answer. You...

Creating a buffet style lunch for a small business group

In case you have a small business group to organise lunch for, there are some things you need to know. Primarily, the fact you’re catering for a business group often means that they would be hard-pressed for time. Hence food will not be a priority in their meeting or conference. In fact, they may even find it an ordeal to go to the buffet, choose dishes and then come back to sit down and eat their food. This is why you should ensure that you have a simple buffet. It should be wholesome but not calorie-rich food. This is because these people have to go back to work after the lunch is over! This means that you should not have too many choices. If possible, inquire how many are vegetarian,...

Perfecting a Tuna Pasta Bake

The tuna pasta bake is without a doubt the unsung hero of the kitchen when stock begins to get low. With just a few basic ingredients you can whip up a happy and healthy tuna pasta bake but we’re going to tell you how to take it that step further. First things first, get the right ingredients. For a truly authentic flavour, we recommend you include large pasta shells, 1 brown onion, olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, chopped tomatoes, olives, drained tuna, mozzarella and parmesan. Not many people boil their pasta first but we recommend you do, and take it out when it’s tender to drain. Once the pasta has drained and cooled, leave it to one side and start frying the onion and olives. When the onions start to...

Avocado and Eggs – A healthy way to start the day

You can’t get a much healthier breakfast than Avocado and eggs. This simple dish is easy to whip up and it includes plenty of healthy fats and lots of protein. Making the dish is pretty easy, you simply slice the ripe avocado into two segments, remove the pip and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes. Once cooked, simply place a raw egg into the hole where the avocado pip used to be. Go for one egg per segment and then place the dish in the microwave for  around 30 seconds. Once complete, you should have a delicious cooked egg yolk sitting happily in the avocado. Then all you need is a touch of salt and some ketchup or brow sauce as a tangy side. This healthy breakfast can...

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches – You can’t go wrong

Ham and cheese sandwiches are so versatile. You can whip up a hot ham and melted cheese sandwich with toasted bread, soft bread, pita bread or a ciabatta to name a few. There are so many different cheeses you can use too, whether that’s mature cheddar, brie, blue cheese or Red Leicester to name a few. Then there’s the ham, you can choose unsmoked, smoked or ham hock, whilst the salad could include lettuce, pickles, chili, spring onion or pretty much anything you fancy. Then there’s the making of the sandwich, you can melt it in the microwave, heat up the bread and ham and then put the cheese on. You can then melt the cheese and spoon it into the sandwich. There’s so much you can do and that’s...

Sweet Potato Hash Browns – A healthier alternative

There are lots of things you can do with sweet potato, you can mash it, make chips, bake it or even create a sweeter version of hash browns. This is actually a healthier option than deep fried hash browns, and all you need to do is blend flour with chopped onions and sweet potato, pressing the mix down into small patties. Once you’ve made the patties, place them in an oiled pan on a medium heat. These will only take 5 minutes on each side to fry, and you should be looking for a golden brown colour and ever so crispy texture. Serving these with a poached egg over the top is a healthy breakfast option for weekends, and it’ll certainly impress your friends and loved ones. Give them a...

Homemade Chicken Tikka Kebabs

I created my own simple version of this recipe the other day after watching a cooking programme, and it went down a storm. I cheated really. I bought chicken tikka paste out of the jar, and my meat came from the supermarket, not your local butchers. Once I’d cooked the chicken breast and cut it up into bite size pieces, I added onions and peppers to the hob, followed by the tikka paste. Once cooked, I placed it in naan bread and created a wrap, adding a bit of fresh salad first. Then I dashed a bit of sour cream and lemon juice on the top and that’s it. My family was quite impressed, so I’ll probably be making this one again pretty soon. Maybe next time I’ll step it...