Business Building Bliss – 5 Ways to Start Your New Restaurant Off Right
Feb27

Business Building Bliss – 5 Ways to Start Your New Restaurant Off Right

If you have dreamt of starting a restaurant in all your spare time for the last few years, it may be the time to finally do it. If you find yourself eating out more than you eat at home, or cooking for others more than yourself, perhaps your true calling is fine food. If you want to take your food appreciation to the next level, read on to see how you can start off your new restaurant the right way. Ensure you have the right intentions Before you even think about starting a restaurant, ensure that you are opening a venue for the right reasons. It’s a hard fact, but many restaurant owners fail because they don’t love what they do, or they don’t want it enough. Opening a restaurant often requires physically hard work, late nights and constantly being on the clock. If you aren’t willing to give this commitment, it might be a good idea to think of another venture. If you live and breathe food, the next step is to think about the sort of theme you want to incorporate into your restaurant, as well as the furniture, fittings, layout and cuisine that’s going to be on offer.   Build a solid business plan As with any business venture, you need to create a solid business plan before you begin. This will set up your course for success and provide you with a timeline that can help you stay on top of your tasks and goals. Outline your competitors, your marketing strategy, your target audience, any relevant market research, as well as a solid budget projection that includes all fit out costs. If you need to check relevant prices of equipment you may need, Norris is a great wealth of knowledge. Select a luscious locale With any hospitality venue, your location is everything. You need to ensure your restaurant is in an area that sees a healthy amount of foot traffic, or that has the potential for growth. However, you of course need a location that fits within your budget, too. Naturally, the perfect spot can be hard to find, like a needle in a haystack – so take your time. Don’t rush into things. Whether you build from scratch or decide to rent a premises, the space you choose for your restaurant is one of the most important decision that you will make. Test your menu You should treat the menu on offer at your restaurant as a culinary weapon. It needs to be sharp, effective, unmatched and creative. Whatever theme you are employing with your restaurant, never scrimp on produce. Ensure that you are...

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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Commercial Kitchen
Feb21

5 Ways to Create the Perfect Commercial Kitchen

“Cookery is a wholly unselfish art: All good cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for.” – Andre Simon If you are in the business of feeding people, your commercial kitchen can be likened to an artist’s den.  Full of creativity, energy and the tools to inspire masterpieces.  Setting up a functional, professional kitchen is not just about your equipment.  It is also about design – for functionality, safety and performance. So where does one begin such a huge project?  Let’s break down the components which go to making up the perfect commercial kitchen.   Equipment   Having the right equipment for the job is absolutely the premium requirement for anyone setting up a commercial kitchen.  Not only is this necessary for safety, it is also attracts professional staff and in the long run, quality equipment will save you money by it’s longevity.  Consider such mainstays as:   Norris dishwasher – a heavy duty commercial washer, built to last Waldorf commercial ranges Trueheat grill Solid stainless steel racks, benches and shelving – regular and mobile Commercial refrigerators and freezers   Stainless steel benches with splashbacks need to be purchased with your kitchen design in mind (see below). Depending on the style of food you’ll be preparing, you may also need to consider prep stations, sauté stations, barbeque grills, pizza ovens, bain maries, deep fryers and salad stations.   Cooking   Commercial cooking ranges must be designed for high volume usage.  Look for designs which are:   Able to be banked together with other ranges or equipment; Have a gas connection on the front or side to facilitate ‘banking’ Specially designed for heavy, high volume use; these will usually be manufactured using thicker gauges of metal and contain more welded components Boast a higher energy output per burner than a standard range.   Ensure you have implemented a suitable ventilation system including an industrial range hood and H-VAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) ventilation. Benchtop equipment such as fryers, tunnel toasters and food warmers need to be suitable for industrial use, easy to be cleaned and large enough to cater to high volume turnover. Storage When selecting a commercial refrigerator and freezer, the design of your kitchen needs to be considered.  How much space allowance do you have to accommodate them? Consider placement of doors for easy access. Another consideration depends on whether your requirements will be larger storage of food longer term (freezer) or short term refrigeration.  The impact of such considerations needs to be decided prior to any purchase of big ticket items such as your cold food storage. Design The layout of your kitchen...

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12 energy-boosting snacks for surviving the afternoon slump
Apr12

12 energy-boosting snacks for surviving the afternoon slump

Before resorting to a caffeine fix, try out these quick and easy, energy-boosting snacks that will help you fight that 3 p.m. fatigue. Raw Vegetables and Hummus Carrot Sticks, asparagus and capsicum – this snack is open to interpretation! Choose your favourite vegetables that will provide you with an instant hit of essential vitamins and minerals and serve with a quarter of a cup of hummus. Since vegetables are the perfect addition to a balanced diet, you don’t have to worry too much about portion size and the protein present in the hummus will tide you over until your next meal. Chickpeas are also said to help lower cholesterol and may even reduce your risk of cancer. Brazil Nuts Brazil nuts are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and most importantly selenium, with as little as two nuts providing your full recommended daily intake. Selenium aids your metabolism for improved energy levels. Green Smoothie Smoothies make for an excellent afternoon snack as there is less digestion required to extract all of the the lovely green goodness they contain. Simply add whatever green veggies you may have laying around and throw them in the blender along with a dash of coconut water. Our favourite contains spinach, avocado, kale, mint, chia seeds and yogurt to give the smoothie a creamy consistency. Not only are green smoothies full of antioxidants, the lack of sugar will keep your energy levels maintained without the dreaded sugar crash later on. Bananas Packed with healthy carbohydrates, bananas release energy slowly and are a fantastic source of potassium which is essential for maintaining blood sugar levels. Protein Bars Not only are protein bars convenient and perfect for those of us with little time to spare, they are also developed by professionals to provide everything we need for that much needed energy hit. Try and find a no added sugar option for guilt free snack that packs a punch. Mr Vitamins offer a delicious range online. Soy Crisps If you’re really craving something naughty and are finding it hard to resist temptation, why not try a healthier alternative such as soy crisps. Soy crisps are a good source of protein and fibre, which should keep you satisfied longer than a regular bag of potatoes crisps. They are also crunchy, salty and delicious which is a big bonus! Almonds As with many nuts and seeds, almonds provide high amounts of energy in a relatively small serving. Almonds also contain protein and fibre that are key in stabilising blood sugar levels and regulating energy. Popcorn Before you rush out to the shop and stock up on microwave popcorn, just remember...

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Tasty and Healthy Ideas For Lunch
Oct18

Tasty and Healthy Ideas For Lunch

After tough and busy day at work, the easiest solution when it comes to lunch is order a pizza or go to the nearest fast food restaurant. But you have to remember that you have to keep your healthy eating regime on the right track. So give up all the unhealthy options, go home and prepare yourself and your family a healthy lunch. In this article we recommend you a few interesting, tasty and healthy ideas for lunch. They are not expensive, do not take a lot of time to prepare and some of them contain 400 calories or less! All you have to do is buy the necessary ingredients and choose one of our recipes and prepare the healthy, energetic lunch that you and your loved ones deserve. Once you start following our recipes and recommendations you’ll get used to the healthy food regime and your family will thank you. Enjoy your lunch! BUTTERNUT SQUASH + SWEET POTATO SOUP recipe via blissfulbasil.com Turkey Con Chilli recipe via www.jamieoliver.com Carrot, Zucchini and Parsnip Frittata Fingers recipe via www.taste.com.au SIMPLE POACHED EGG AND AVOCADO TOAST recipe via pinchofyum.com Mushroom and Goat’s Cheese Omelet with Spinach and Avocado recipe...

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Gluten-Free Recipes You Definitely Want to Cook
Oct13

Gluten-Free Recipes You Definitely Want to Cook

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as rye, barley, wheat, and a cross between rye and wheat called triticale. Usually, a gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. But there are many other people who want and eat according to gluten free foods rules. Initially, following a gluten-free diet may be very difficult and frustrating. But with time, patience and creativity, you’ll find there are many foods that are gluten-free and that there are appropriate substitutes for gluten-containing foods that you can enjoy. In this article we would like to help you and share with you a few gluten free recipes. All you need is to find the necessary ingredients and follow the recipes. You will be surprised of how tasty your dishes will be and how easy would be for you to get used to this type of diet. So check the recipes below and start cooking healthy immediately! Quick Gluten Free Pizza recipe via alifeinfood.com STEAK, POBLANO AND MUSHROOM TACOS recipe via www.gimmesomeoven.com TOMATO BASIL CHICKEN STEW recipe via www.gimmesomeoven.com Gluten-free Apple Crisp with Blackberries recipe via www.brooklynsupper.net Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars recipe...

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Reasons why businesses are investing in food safety and quality.
Oct12

Reasons why businesses are investing in food safety and quality.

The Australian Food and Safety information council is warning Australians about the risks with contracting food poisoning. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that Australians were becoming more vulnerable to food poisoning, which is leading to unpleasant feelings with people’s health. Or worse, it is life threatening. With more than 5.4 million people affected in the last year, the Australian government is urging businesses to do more to combat the rise in dangerous bacteria that is leading to more reported cases of food poisoning. One of the themes in the Australian Food Safety Week which is due to commence in November, is ‘How you cook can make you crook!’. People can often be unaware of how their cooking methods may be unhygienic and lead to health problems for them and for others that they are serving. The aim is to improve the awareness of food safety for businesses. The Australian Food Safety Information Council recommends that you retain control of: How you clean the food. How you cook the food. How you chill the food. How you separate the food. What are some tips to better manage food safety and quality. If a person is sick, do not have them prepare, cook or serve food. If a person is ill, it is best for them to be removed from the environment where food is stored and prepared. Sick workers can spread their virus or disease to the people that are consuming the food. There are foodborne pathogens such as Norovirus, Hepatitis A and Shigella, which are often spread by restaurant workers to the restaurant’s customers through their foods. image via foodsafety.gov There was a case in the US where a restaurant worker was ill with Hepatitis A and exposed up to ten thousand restaurant patrons to the disease. Those that were not immediately vaccinated contracted the virus. Actions that business need to take when it comes to food safety when employees are sick is that the employee must be told to stay home and return only when they are fully recovered. While it may seem that the operations of your business are strained with a reduced labour force, it is a temporary setback compared to your restaurant being responsible for hundreds or thousands of cases of food poisoning that could lead to reputation damage, a reduction in new and return customers and potential legal action. Ensure that you store and chill food items properly. Any perishable items should be kept inside the fridge at 5 degrees Celsius or below. Perishable items oxidise when exposed to air and heat. To maintain freshness, invest in a vacuum sealer that...

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Magnesium, the mighty mineral
Oct05

Magnesium, the mighty mineral

In today’s day and age, it’s never been more important to take care of our health. We all know the health benefits of taking vitamin C and of taking vitamin D, and we know how beneficial it is for us to eat a healthy diet and to ensure that we get enough water, but what about the other, lesser known minerals that are still vital to our health? Do you know about the vast array of vitamins and minerals that you need to take in every day in order to keep your body functioning at an optimal level? There are a huge number of minerals and vitamins that are present in food, and unless you’re aware of them and working to consume the right amounts, you may miss out on something vital and potentially develop a deficit somewhere down the line. Magnesium is one of these vital minerals and while you mightn’t have jumped to the importance of it, it’s responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body ­– although, worryingly, over 55% of Americans don’t get enough magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that affects your nerves, the rhythm of your heart, your blood glucose, your immune system and your bone strength. You might think that you’re doing enough to take care of your bone health by taking natural osteoporosis supplements, but there are other things that you can do in order to ensure that you’re looking after your body. High up on the scale of looking after yourself is ensuring that you’re getting enough magnesium, because it can have a huge impact on your body if you don’t get enough. What’s the deal with magnesium? You would usually be able to get your recommended daily dose of magnesium from a varied diet that included a range of leafy greens, nuts, grains and seeds. Sadly, modern farming techniques have stripped the amount of magnesium that we’re getting from our food; where once before we got enough magnesium from our food, now modern food has fifty per cent less magnesium than before. In addition to this, many foods that we eat are made with refined flours instead of whole wheats, and so many of the natural nutrients (like magnesium) are now removed from our diets. Food manufacturers compensate for this by ‘enriching’ our food with things like iron and B4 vitamins, but this doesn’t replace the magnesium in our lives. How can we get enough magnesium? When you’re planning your diet, it can be helpful for you to ensure that you’re focusing on eating organic foods that are rich in natural minerals and vitamins. Eating over-processed food and non-organic...

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Simple ways to get brighter, supple, younger looking skin for men and women.
Sep28

Simple ways to get brighter, supple, younger looking skin for men and women.

Are you someone who dreams that they can have radiant, glowing skin? It seems like it is only the celebrities and models that can get flawless looking skin. Don’t feel down because there is hope for anyone. It doesn’t matter what your complexion is or whether you are a man or a woman, if you have been suffering from skin conditions, this is the must read for you! What’s the dilemma? There are so many reasons and symptoms as to why people suffer from skin problems. As the skin is the first thing people see and allows us to make our initial impression, it can be soul destroying when skin issues hamper our confidence and force us to believe that our true beauty is indeed skin deep. Some of the common problems people face includes: Acne Oily skin Dry skin Large pores Eczema Crows feet Wrinkles Freckles Dark circles Skin redness Rashes These are a few of the culprits that negatively impact our skin’s appearance. By using the following methods, you will boost your confidence and shine bright like a diamond through your skin as well as through your character. image courtesy www.nutritionsecrets.com                 Look beautiful, striking, hot and pretty by having good skin. Ways to get beautiful, glowing and flawless skin. We will cover a few methods to enhance your skin’s beauty. We are confident that if you follow the advice provided, your skin will radiate with a beauty and glow similar to that of the celebrities. Nutrition – you are what you eat! If you want to really enhance your skin, then you need to manage what you are consuming. If you are consuming trashy food, it will negatively impact your skin. Eating the wrong type of food has been known to cause breakouts in pimples, speed up wrinkles, aging and oily skin. If you aren’t managing each bite or drink that you are consuming, you may be hurting your skin complexion. image courtesy www.nutritionsecrets.com Things you should consider when consuming food and drinks. Consume foods that contain healthy fats such as omega-3. This will help to keep the skin elastic and to boost the skin cells. Consume food and drinks that have anti-oxidants to help your skin block out the chemical reactions that lead to skin damage. Prioritise eating fresh fruits and vegetables and allow the antioxidants from these foods neutralise free radicals and slow down the signs of aging such as wrinkles and crow’s feet. Prioritise eating collagen-building protein to help with the development of skin cells. Avoid consuming refined sugars and starchy carbs such as white bread and pasta. Instead, replace these with...

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HEALTHY DINNER RECIPES FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Sep24

HEALTHY DINNER RECIPES FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Those of you trying to lose weight know how difficult it is to lose the weight that unfortunately can be gained very easy. You have to keep a very strict diet regime, exercise and follow many other rules that sometimes can be really exhausting and time consuming. Now we would like to help you in this weight loss battle with a few healthy dinner ideas that help the weight loss process happen much faster than usual. The best thing about them is that they are super easy to prepare, they are not expensive and their ingredients give you energy and boost your metabolism which contributes greatly to the weight loss. So, you don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to prepare these recipes, but you have to be persistent, respect the rules and you’ll see the results and the changes in your weight and body much sooner than expected. Try these recipes and you’ll be grateful! LOADED SPAGHETTI recipe via www.womenshealthmag.com HALF-HOMEMADE SOUP WITH ASPARAGUS recipe via www.womenshealthmag.com PORK WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES recipe via www.womenshealthmag.com SEARED SCALLOPS WITH LEMON JUICE AND SAGE recipe via www.womenshealthmag.com SLOW COOKER FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE recipe via skinnyms.com SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CHILI recipe...

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FOODS YOU SHOULD EAT TO BEAT STRESS
Jul20

FOODS YOU SHOULD EAT TO BEAT STRESS

Living in a world full with constant rush and stressful situations we all experience anxiety and stress. In order to reduce them and make that feeling of being overwhelmed go away we should follow some simple rules and advices. One of the most efficient ways of dealing with stress and anxiety are ingredients coming from the food we eat every day. We’re not saying that you should consume your typical go-to comfort food, such as mac and cheese or French fries, instead, feed your face with one (or more) of these 9 super foods to feel at ease fast. Below you can see which are the top foods that contains the right ingredients for reducing the unpleasant feeling of stress. Take a look at the gallery and include these ingredients in your daily nutrition starting now! Dark Chocolate image via blog.zipongo.com Nuts image via blog.zipongo.com Oatmeal   image via www.prevention.com Spinach image via www.topinbuzz.com Oranges image via www.hercampus.com Green Tea image via www.hercampus.com Avocado image via www.dailymail.co.uk Oysters image via thelewdshrew.com Bananas image via www.naturehomeopathy.com...

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