A Delicious Hog Roast at our Party in Market Harborough

Over the summer I hosted a 50th birthday party for my husband. The party was in my backyard at my home in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. We invited our close family and friends and the highlight of the party was the hog roast we had catered from The Roasting Pig.

Party Set-Up

The day started out with a bout of bad weather which had everyone worried that we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the garden. Luckily it quickly changed course and the remainder of the day was cloudy but warm.

When the rain let up, we went outside to begin setting up the garden with tables and chairs which we covered in burlap table cloths. I set out candles and flowers on all the tables and hung string lights all around to create a lovely ambiance. We also prepared the fire pit with logs so we could start a fire after dinner.

The Hog

The Roasting Pig came about an hour before the party started to set up their serving space. They provided serving tables with linens as well as everything else needed for the meal. It was an extra cost for crockery and silverware but I felt that it was worth it to avoid the hassle of having to worry about it myself. I started to get excited when they began setting up the buffet with the roasted hog. I couldn’t wait for the guests to arrive so they could sample some of the delicious meat.

The Party Begins

Shortly after all the set up was complete, our guests began to arrive. We spent an hour or so having drinks and toasting the birthday boy. Then we dove right into the food. Everyone was so anxious to sample the roasted hog. The Roasting Pig served their roasted hog with fresh rolls, a sage and onion stuffing, and a sweet applesauce. It was heavenly. All the food was perfect and everyone raved about how moist and delicious the hog was. We ended the evening sitting around the fire pit, telling stories, eating cake and having champagne. All of my guests left pleasantly full and satisfied from the delicious meal of roasted hog and birthday cake. It was a wonderful evening to celebrate my husband’s birthday and it was an event and meal we are sure to never forget, From talking to Steve we found that company also offer Pizza Catering in Market Harborough, which we will strongly consider for another event in future.

My family is still talking about how wonderful the roasted hog was and we are considering doing it again next year when I turn 50!

Gourmet Gift Baskets Make Gift-giving Easy

When you need to give someone an elegant gift, you might have no idea of what to choose. You could easily spend hours walking through crowded stores and getting besieged by sales staff. Instead of having a frustrating day trying to find just the right gift, consider Colorado gift baskets for the recipient. Gift baskets offer fun new products for the recipient to try. They come already put together, and all you need to do is stick a bow on it or put it into a gift bag with some tissue paper on top as a decoration.

Types and Themes of Gift Baskets

There is a gift basket for every person on your shopping list. Perhaps you need to buy an anniversary gift. Consider a gift basket with a gourmet cheese and crackers theme or an elegant option themed around wine. If you need a generous holiday gift for an adult sibling, parent, in-law or employee on your gift list, consider one themed around fruit preserves, chocolate or soup mixes. There are also gift baskets themed around special interests. A Colorado gift basket offers treats and goodies made in the state. You could also select a basket for people who enjoy the outdoors. These include snacks such as trail mix and beef jerky.

Why Gift Boxes Are the Right Choice

When you are pressed for time, choosing a lovely gift basket makes it look like you spent a lot of time shopping for the present. These gifts packed into a thoughtful container such as a vase, reusable rectangular basket, a woven basket or an oversized ceramic mug that the recipient can use again and retain the memory of your thoughtfulness. The gift baskets include items that a person might not have thought of to buy for themselves, and you get the opportunity to help them explore some new tasty treats or snacks. These baskets include enough items for a whole family to share. The next time you need to give a gift, gift baskets offer the simplicity and elegance that you deserve.

Easy Ways To Expand Your Retail Business

Running a retail business takes a lot of work, but there can be great financial rewards if you stick with it. As your business gets more popular, you might want to consider a small expansion plan that would put your business in places people might not normally see it. The brick and mortar store is still very much alive. It just takes some creativity to make it successful.

Get Into The Mall

Most small retail businesses avoid renting mall space because it can be expensive, but what about renting part of the hallway? Mall kiosks are great ways to add another location to your business without adding a lot of overhead. The best part about a kiosk is that you can move it to another part of the mall if you find a spot that gets more foot traffic.

Try The Swap Meets

The local swap meet (also known as a flea market) rents out booths on the weekends to any business that wants one. You should rent one for a few Saturdays at a swap meet that is many miles from your retail store and see if you can attract a new crowd of customers. You can even set up at a swap meet the next town over to see if it might be worth expanding your business into that town.

Community Events

Most communities have events where vendors set up and sell products either for charity or for profit. These types of events usually draw a lot of local people, and many of those people might be unfamiliar with your business. You should try renting a spot at some community events and see what kind of response you get.

There are many retail business owners who are simply not interested in taking their business online. For those business owners, there are plenty of ways to temporarily expand their businesses to reach out to new customers and test out new markets.

Tips for Easy Entertaining

It’s true that the busiest people tend to get the most accomplished. If you genuinely enjoy entertaining friends and family but are scrambling at the last minute, follow these recommendations from the professional party planner to ensure that your event is a simple and stress free as possible.

One of the easiest ways to entertain a crowd is with a buffet. This can be as simple as serving prepared dishes from the kitchen counter and as elaborate as setting up a buffet table for a large group. Either way, commit to keeping it as simple as possible. Make a list of items to be accomplished and prepared several days prior to the event. This will reduce a tremendous amount of stress on the day of the event. Select menu items that can be prepared as far in advance as possible. Consider making items the weekend prior to the event and simply freezing them.  Another option is to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order from the huge dessert selection available at Harry and David. Everyone loves fresh fruit and this will be one less item from your menu to prepare.

Finally, select fresh flower or blooming shrubbery sprigs from your garden for the buffet table to give it a more festive look.  Set up a bar or drink area so guests can help themselves throughout the evening. To keep communications with your guests simple, send out an eVite with detail about the event.  If your guests offer to bring a dish to share, by all means take them up on it. On the day of the event, plan to have at least an hour to yourself to relax and prepare yourself for the event. You certainly don’t want to greet your guests completely exhausted.  Follow these suggestions and your event will not only be as stress free as possible, but you’ll actually be able to relax and enjoy your time with friends and family.

Lumpia Semarang, Extraordinary spring roll fusion from Indonesia!

Indonesian culinary are rich of many variety of food and come from many origin then fusion into unique Indonesian food. One of the most delicious and also the best example of Indonesia chinese fusion food is Lumpia. However, since there are so many culinary culture in Indonesia, almost each area having different way to cook Lumpia. The most popular of all Lumpia version in Indonesia is Lumpia Semarang, derived from the capital city of Central java Province. Lumpia Semarang are unique on ingredients and how to cook them, this lumpia version are using bamboo shoot and cook them without nasty smell and make them so delicious. For you who wants to eat Lumpia Semarang, you can cook on your own Lumpia semarang by following this step by step guide. Read them properly and ensure that you follow each detail to get the best Lumpia Semarang.

In Lumpia Semarang, you should prepare the ingredients, sauce and cook them properly. Therefore, in this guide i will divide into three section, preparing ingredients, then mix the brown sauce and then cook the lumpia and serve them properly.

The first section is preparing ingredients. You will need to prepare ingredients for making Lumpia semarang. You will need to prepare 15 sheets of thin spring roll wrapper for size 215 mm xc 215 mm, you can buy on shopping mall near you. Then, you need 500 g shredded fresh bamboo shoot and 500 g peeled shrimp. Chop the peeled shrimp and make sure to add 2 tablespoon of ground dried shrimp or ebi. Dont forget to prepare 5 cloves garlic, mince them properly. Then 1 tablespoon indonesian sweet soy sauce or kecap manis. Then, prepare 3 tablespoon oil for stir frying.

For the brown sauce, you will need 250 ml water, 6 cloves garlic and 85 g coconut sugar shreeded, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon of tapioca flour. For more kick, dont forget to add chillies, chop them smoothly. Mix them up properly and you will get brown sauce.

Then, you will need to cook bamboo shoot with water, dont forget to add 1 tablespoon of sugar when boil them to remove the nasty smell. Then, stir fry garlic, add shrimp, bamboo shoot, ground dried shrimp, kecap manis, and salt. Add chicken brooth and cook until water evaporates and drained completely.

After that, you will need to place 2-3 tablespoon fillin onthe wrapper and fold over until you get roll. Use brown sauce in the end of roll for gluing the spring rolling. Make sure that the roll are fully sealed and you can do the next roll. Repeat this step until all your ingredients are used up.

The next step is deep fried the lumpia roll until golden brown. Basically, you will need 2 minutes for each lumpia roll for medium heat. However, you can try to improvise and find the best color for your spring roll.

Now, drain oil and grease from the Lumpia and you can serve them immediatelly. Add the brown sauce as condiment and prepare garnish.