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Christmas Feast

Christmas Feast

Tis the season for the home food event of the year. Guests enter a stunning scene of almost-like-magic food and gifts before them. Here are two simple but handy tips we learned over 2020 Christmas!  THE MAIN It’s the mantelpiece in between tall, slow burning candles. You want a bold, heavy statement to hold down your table. Two words: whole, and stuffing.  Let it be whole Whether it be a whole turkey, big fish, or ham , leave ends untouched for show. For Christmas this year, I did a whole baked pumpkin as a vegan option. I cut a few...

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For the Seafood Lovers

For the Seafood Lovers

Are you a seafood lover whose eyes pop at the sight of king prawns or squid ink risotto on the menu? Here, we level up with tips on creating for yourself an all seafood menu - the right way.  SMOOTH TRANSITION Start your seafood degustation with raw & light dishes first. Take note of ingredients & cooking styles when planning your menu and sequencing dishes. Even in an all-raw sashimi set, you would eat the fish in order of their lightness in taste. You can judge by the colour of the fish - white fish like cod & tilapia are mild,...

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Picnics and Surprises

Picnics and Surprises

I decided to plan a surprise picnic for my best friend! Picnics and surprises - both wonderful ideas that we often don’t follow through with. Summer is the season for sitting on grassy fields endlessly, when you smile because there’s sun and simple pleasures. As with homemade food & marking an occasion, there is some work involved. Here are some helpful tips to make your picnic easy & enjoyable! LOGISTICS While finding a place off-the-beaten tracks sounds great, but weigh up the adventure with the creature comforts! Our picnic spot was close to our cars, which meant we could unload...

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Dinner Party, Simplified

Dinner Party, Simplified

The dizziness of hosting a dinner party. Finding recipes fit for kings and queens. Tapping our cards for the best ingredients and wine we normally wouldn't reach for. And turning into a foreign alien in the kitchen - manic and suddenly stupefied at the tasks in front if us.    We can try to simplify the dinner party, with an effortless air that can translate to a refinement in dishes and a calmer, more present experience for you and your guests.    1. Try a roast dinner   Like a pot of hot tea, a home-cooked roast dinner is comforting,...

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A Night in the Life of

A Night in the Life of

Michelle Edwards is a personal assistant by trade, and in between, a great writer and artist. One thing I’ve learnt from her is the importance of a creating a beautiful nightscape for yourself. Whether you have it all or not, you can light an oil burner, play some jazz, sip a wine or paint. At the end of the day, beneath our tiredness, we want to feel alive.  While you’ve had many challenges in your life, you manage to turn whatever you have into something quite beautiful. Years ago, I remember a lavish roast dinner you made for us in...

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Deep Dining into Conversation

Deep Dining into Conversation

You've made dinner plans with X. Can you predict where the conversation will head. And what will be said?  Do you find yourself answering on auto, circuiting the same route of words and topics? When was the last time you were truly held in a conversation? When your mind didn’t wander off and you were instead, sparked? Words are beautiful.  We get pleasure from reading novels as we escape and explore life outside us, and equally, as we break to a new, far-descriptive language, sometimes as if learning how to speak again.  And words are inspiring. We line up one...

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