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.

Fruit and Yogurt Lunch Salad

Fruit and Yogurt Lunch Salad

Adapted from “Mojito” Fruit and Yogurt Plate Vegetarian Times, Could 2008.

1 1/2 cup fresh new pineapple, cubed
1 1/2 cup fresh new strawberries, sliced
1 medium D’anjou pear, cubed
1/2 c fresh new blueberries
twelve c fresh new raspberries
1 (six oz.) container extra fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 tsp. flax seeds
Floor cinnamon to flavor

Merge the fruit jointly in a big bowl. Divide fruit among the specific bowls. Major with a dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle with flax seeds and cinnamon.

Posted by maryeb2 on 2008-06-thirteen 20:34:21

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