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Fresh Fig and Goat Cheese Tart Recipe

Fresh Fig and Goat Cheese Tart Recipe

‘Tis the season of figs, in most parts of the world, (all you Aussies out there, fresh figs can be enjoyed down under in March, April and May), and there’s no better time to enjoy this delicious fruit. Just knowing that it’s a seasonal fruit you can find fresh only a couple of months during the year, makes any recipe with figs all the more special. Combined with goat cheese and complemented with herbs and spices, figs are the key ingredients in this delicious tart. The sweet juicy taste of the fruit blends beautifully with the soft and tangy cheese together making a memorable dining experience. If you’ve always wanted to try this popular dish but somehow never did, here’s the recipe that’ll change that forever.  Ingredients: For the crust: 1 1/4 cups flour 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1/2 tsp. salt 1 to 2 tbsp. ice water For the filling: 300g goat cheese, at room temperature 12 large figs, cut in quarters 2 eggs 1⁄8 tsp. cayenne pepper Salt and black pepper, to taste 1 tsp. fresh thyme Honey, for serving Balsamic vinegar, for serving Method: To make the pastry, fit an electric or a hand mixer with a dough beater. In the bowl of the electric mixer (or in a large bowl, if using a hand mixer) combine the salt and flour, and beat on low speed for about 15 seconds. Add the butter and continue beating until crumbs start to form, in about 30-45 seconds. Add half a spoon of water at a time and keep beating until the dough comes together. Put the...
5 Instagram-Worthy Recipes  You Will Instantly Fall in Love With

5 Instagram-Worthy Recipes You Will Instantly Fall in Love With

The Internet (read Instagram) changed the way we experience food. However good you tell us it was, we won’t believe it until we’ve seen it on Instagram, all filtered up, shot from a nice angle, tempting us to try it too. We won’t try your patience with tricky dishes, fancy decorations, or effects you can only get with pro equipment. You can get those Insta likes with a photo you’ve taken with your phone, on your kitchen bench top, with a few props you have at home. So let’s cut to the chase, and get you the list of super-easy Instagram-worthy dishes that taste just as good as they look. 1. Pear Pancakes Ingredients: 1 cup flour, self-raising a few sticks butter 1 cup milk, semi-skimmed or to taste 1 egg 1 pinch of salt 1 pear fat-free yogurt , for serving honey or maple syrup, for serving Method: In a mixing bowl put the milk, flour, salt and egg and whisk until smooth. Grate in the whole pear and stir it in with a spoon. In a large pan on medium heat, put a stick of butter. Once it melts, slowly add the batter to the pan. Cook your pancakes for a few minutes, until golden, and flip over to cook the other side. Once golden and fluffy, serve them warm with a dollop of yogurt topped with some honey (or maple syrup). Tip: Have fun with the recipe by switching up the fruit. Go for apples, blueberries, blackberries, bananas or strawberries. How to make your food look good on Instagram: Serve in a single colour plate. Stack...
Spinach, Chicken and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Spinach, Chicken and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Not feeling too inspired by good ol’ Cesar salad, but still want to boost your raw greens with some protein? This spinach and chicken salad, jazzed up with pomegranate seeds can be anything: a great entre, side dish, or a light, but satisfying meal. Rich in potassium, vitamin C, B group vitamins and magnesium, pomegranate is one of nature’s super fruits. You can have it fresh when in season, from November to March, but you can easily find freeze-dried pomegranate arils and enjoy it all year round. Their vibrant colour will make your plate festive and fun and freshen up your day. Here’s how to prepare this week’s yummy treat. Ingredients: For the salad: 4 chicken breasts 200g baby spinach ½ red onion, thinly sliced Handful of pomegranate seeds 1 avocado, chopped For the dressing: 2 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin if possible) 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp honey Salt and pepper to taste For the marinade: 2 tbsp juice of a lemon, freshly squeezed 1 tsp garlic, minced 1 tsp oregano, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Method: In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the marinade and coat the chicken breasts on both sides. Put the meat in a shallow dish with whatever is left of the marinade and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours. (If possible, let the meat marinate longer. This will give it a more intense flavor.) Place chicken on a grill pan on medium-high heat and grill each side for around 5 minutes, or until cooked through. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, red onion, avocado and pomegranate...
How to Plan a Successful Corporate Event in Few Easy Steps

How to Plan a Successful Corporate Event in Few Easy Steps

Corporate events are a great way your business or the company you work for to showcase its products and services, as well as its accomplishments, boost the team spirit of employees and foster the relationship with current and prospective clients. One-on-one face time with colleagues, executives, and clients can do wonders for employee morale and creativity, get everyone on the same page, foster workplace inclusivity and improve productivity on the job. Corporate events take all shapes and sizes. The whole company may come together for some fun time and socialisation, a weekend of training and team building, or education on sales and business techniques. Depending on the purpose and activities, options range from a casual party to a posh corporate gala. Planning a corporate event can be a daunting task, but following a few distinct steps will help you get through the whole process with minimal stress. Here are some event planning tips and tricks to help you pull a successful corporate event. 1. Planning and Research The initial phase of event planning requires a lot of research. This is the time you’ll need to make a lot of decisions, so it might be a good idea if you plan the event as a team or gather ideas from your coworkers. Start with the type of event you want to organise and who makes it on the guest list (clients, employees, investors, etc.) and decide on the event goal. Determining whether your event aims at increasing sales, building relationships or promoting corporate culture will make choosing the right time and venue much easier. After you’ve set your budget (or...
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Cauliflower. Sounds uninspiring, but seasoned and roasted this bouquet-like plant tells its own story.  With its brown and caramelized edges, it will introduce you to a whole new buttery taste that will sure have you asking for seconds! Need something quick and tasty? Who cares you can’t cook or just can’t be bothered? This side dish goes well with any meal, and it requires no cooking skills. It’s practically the king of lazy recipes. All you’ll need is a few ingredients you can easily find in a grocery store or at the farmer’s market, a decent knife, an oven, and about half an hour’s time. Here’s how to deliver this tasty cruciferous veggie to your table. Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, separated into florets (or 5-6 cups) 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced (or 1-2 tablespoons sliced garlic) 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (1/4 cup) 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or about ½ lemon) 2 tablespoons parmesan, grated (1/3 cup) salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, chives, or any other herbs and spices to suit your taste Method: Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a large bowl mix well the cauliflower florets, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Make sure all florets are well coated and seasoned. Place cauliflower florets in a roasting pan and put in the oven. Roasts for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning the florets to make sure they’re cooked evenly. Remove from the oven and top with Parmesan. Garnish with parsley, chives or any other herb to taste, and serve warm. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale radish, etc.) are packed with nutrients....
Thai Cuisine Menu: 6 Easy-to-Cook Recipes

Thai Cuisine Menu: 6 Easy-to-Cook Recipes

Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, with dishes well-loved by travelers, food enthusiasts, chefs and all those new to the South East Asian mix of flavours. Variety and balance are of the utmost importance, and the lightly prepared dishes are made complete with strong aromatic ingredients with a peculiar Asian piquancy. Thai dishes are a simple, but clever combination of different influences that taste like a party in your mouth. Sweet, bitter, salty, spicy and sour work their magic together giving every dish an edge. Well-known ingredients pop out with a whole new tang that will excite your taste buds. Most Thai dishes feature vegetables, herbs and fish or sea food. Due to the Buddhist background, it’s unusual to find a recipe with large meat quantities, but modern Thai cuisine boasts plenty of recipes with chunks or strips of meat flavoured with spices and herbs.  Traditionally grilling, stewing and baking were the usual cooking techniques, but the Chinese influence introduced frying of food which is how some of the classic Thai dishes such as Pad Thai (fried noodles) or Khao Pad (fried rice) are prepared. Thai on your dinner table looks bold and exciting. Treat your palate to an exotic culinary journey and don’t be surprised if you fine yourself a new favourite dish. 1.  1. Tom Ka Gai (Thai Coconut Soup) Serves: 8 Ingredients: 4 cups chicken broth 2 teaspoons red curry paste 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 tablespoons fish sauce 3 cans coconut milk 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 200g fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced 500g medium shrimps, peeled 2 tablespoons fresh lime...