by Samantha Warne | Oct 6, 2015
Finger Food Catering
We have all been to one, either a work function, wedding or party and the venue is full of tables bristling with bite sized (or not so) snacks... yes Finger Food. Despite being around for ages Finger Foods have become very much a trend in corporate catering but what must be considered before just putting out some plates and piling them up with food?
Choice and the exception to the rule
It is essential to have choice and variety, people all have different tastes. Because people have different tastes and people are different you need to consider things such as vegetarians or even vegans, allergies especially shellfish, halaal or kosher. It is almost certain that there will be at least one person in any group that is in one of the “other” boxes and with variety and planning these can be catered for and it is recommended to have at least two choices for each group. The best way to overcome this though is to plan and ask in advance if there are any special requirements.
How much food?
You need to know the purpose of the catering, it may be a lunch or dinner that is replacing that meal and thus you will need up to 8 portions per guest but if the event is a corporate function, product launch or something general meals are not so likely to be replaced and the food is more complementary and thus portion are reduced to 3, 4 or maybe 5 per guest.
Hot, cold or both?
Very often there is a variety of both hot and cold food in the finger food buffet and getting a preference from the customer can make planning and preparation easier. Hot food should be warm not scalding hot or hot to the point where it burns fingers and serving should be managed to avoid the food going stone cold before consumption. If you are serving 200 warm sausage rolls for example don’t send them all out in one batch, send them in smaller batches keeping them warm behind the scenes. Likewise with cold items they must remain fresh and cool, there is nothing worse that curled up lettuce or dropping sandwiches.
Often finger food is eaten standing up and the guests may have a plate in one hand and a glass in the other. Finger Food catering is not just about the food and the set-up of the venue plays is big part. Some foods need two hands to eat and often because of glass in one hand and plate in the other a place to set down the plate and glass is essential and incorporating this is essential for a successful finger food party.
Messy, Sticky and dripping
We all do it from time to time and there is nothing worse at a function to have food that drips and dribbles everywhere when bitten into to, being elegant or looking professional is challenging with red sauce on your dress or shirt. The trick is to use minimal sauce with plenty of flavour and even no sauce on the food and rather have small dipping bowls of sauce for the guests to use.
Left to long looks bad
Often venues are not kept at the ideal temperature or the food is served a little later than planned and because of this the food can lose its texture and appeal. Crème fraiche looks nice on crisp bread but left too long goes soggy, if there is a delay in proceedings find out and plan the serving accordingly and during the course of the function replace items that have been sat and are going soggy. Fried foods, springs rolls for example, lose their crunch and even become chewy so don’t serve them too soon or serve them in smaller batches.
Getting the balance of the right food, at the right temperature and looking and tasting good is art of finger food catering and with these few pointers you can do it because we can!
by Sue Watson | Oct 6, 2015
Everyone desires a silkier skin, smooth look, soft touch; we try so hard to eat foods that keep us looking young, applying make-ups to look more beautiful, taking care of our beautiful skin with great concern about the dangers of UV rays that come with early aging signs. A sprinkling of pimples on our faces is never on the list of what we desire not even an imagination that cross our mind; it looks ugly anyway and no one desires an ugly look.
How then can you avoid this ugly look? How do you go about the treatment in case you have acne? Well, research shows that eating too many refined carbs and not having balanced diet raises insulin level which triggers the release of hormones that inflame follicles and increase oil production. People who also take a lot of dairy are at high chances of acne. Having stress will also subject one to having acne as stress hormones such as cortisol increases inflammation levels in the body and stimulate oil glands.
How best can you treat acne?
Several measures can be taken in treatment of acne. Some effective treatments include microdermabrasion which is via an IPL Machine used by a beauty therapist. Ensure that your beauty therapist has had microdermabrasion training with a reputable organisation. Beauty equipment has come leaps and bounds in recent years and is a great alternative to drug treatments.
Aldactone drug that was long known for treatment of blood pressure was found to have double effect in treating acne. The drug blocks receptors of the hormone Androgen helping to minimise chances of Testosterone surges that prompt pimples. During the blue light therapy, the powerful rays penetrate follicles to kill off acne causing bacteria. Use a cleanser with bacteria killing Benzoyl Peroxide combined with Erythromycin. A combination of Retinoids with antibacterial is more effective as retinoids have anti wrinkle properties which also help stimulate collagen production. Tea tree oil from the leaves of a tree native to Australia has antiseptic properties that help reduce acne causing bacteria. This oil is found in soaps, skin washes and topical solutions. Gels, wipes, creams and sprays with Salicylic acid can do you a great deal when used to treat acne.
If you know how to prevent it, you also need to know the treatment just in case it happens to you!
by Samantha Warne | Sep 8, 2015
IPL Laser are two words that should not confuse you. Even though the working mechanism is similar, to some extent they work on different principles. While IPL uses a wide spectrum of light with different wavelengths, Lasers uses selective principle to target the area being treated. The working mechanism is similar in a way that both uses light energy which is converted to heat energy that penetrates the skin during treatment.
There are different types of laser machines with different functions ranging from medical, beauty and aesthetics as well as artistic designs. Some laser machines are designed to read bar codes while others are designed to engrave numeric, pictures and letters.
From the medication point of view, there are Laser machines that are used in eye surgery in reshaping the cornea when correcting eye problems, others are used in spine surgery as an alternative to scalpels while others are used to slice away dangerous tumour n the body.
In cosmetic and aesthetic, fractional Lasers are used for skin resurfacing. On the same note, Hair removal, Tattoo removal, photo rejuvenation and other beauty treatments have different Laser machines that carry out the function. In hair removal for example, the laser machine to be used will be based on the skin type. For instance, Diode lasers are suitable for white skinned people, ND: YAG are best for dark skinned and Alexandrite suits pale skinned complexion.
Advancement in technology has lead to machines that use combined elements bringing up machines that are multi-functional in nature. For example, now we have machines that combine Lasers, IPL, Radio Frequency and lipolysis. Such a machine aims to treat several problems including hair removal, face lift, pigmentation, skin tightening, acne, wrinkle removal, skin rejuvenation and spider vein removal. Such machines are named as E-light and can be used in slimming or fat cavitation.
Depending on what kind of treatment and what skin type, IPL Lasers are the most effective and the machines uses the latest technology to give outstanding performance. The IPL Laser machines are available with the most leading manufacturers and suppliers that are approved. So when you are thinking of investment think of IPL Laser machines.
by Alex Philips | Jul 17, 2015
At laser clinics treatment begins with a thorough consultation with one of the skin specialists, who will listen and assess the skin to be treated keenly before giving advice on the best and most affordable treatment plan to suit the specific needs of an individual. These clinics are easily accessible and well-advertised in the magazines and through the media meaning that the laser clinics are just a phone call away.
Laser Clinics generally specialize in laser hair removal, skin and anti-ageing treatments where they make use of intense well filtered spectrum of light to ensure clients maintain their youthful looks by scrapping off old sagging skin and unwanted hair completely from the skin surface.
The laser clinics are able to perform laser hair removal treatments, which are the most reliable fast and gentle method of eliminating unwanted hair from the skin surface with permanent results on all parts of the body by making use only gold standard medical grade laser machines. Laser clinic hair removal is the ultimate solution to shaving and waxing everyone has been looking for.
Laser Clinics normally employ an experienced team of staff members, who are fully trained in a wide range of skin therapies which include sun damage treatments and pigmentations, laser acne treatments, vascular lesion removal, skin needling to treat scars, sun damage and fine lines plus microdermabrasion which is used as an anti-ageing and deep exfoliating treatment to scrap away dead skin cells from the body.
Laser Clinics have the largest team of injectors who are able to perform all the anti-wrinkle treatments to erase signs of ageing, leaving one looking fresh, younger and relaxed. The experienced team members are also well experienced in Dermal Fillers treatments, to fill up the skin layers thus helping restore the skin's volume loss and wrinkles and give one a more rejuvenated and youthful look.
Laser clinics are relatively much cheaper currently due to the evolvement of technology which has brought out new machines with a broad spectrum and easier to operate thus cutting on cost of the therapy in laser clinics.
Laser Clinics are committed to provide the safest and most effective skin therapy available in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere. They have the experience, the equipment and the training required to provide every one with the best in skin care and unwanted hair removal services.
One may be asking why choose on laser clinics the answer is simply because you will be able to meet experts who can handle all types of skin and know exactly what works best for you specific condition. The specialist also make use of modern, highly researched, medical grade laser therapy machines that covers the entire face while giving extra attention to problematic areas of the skin.
by Emma Saunders | Jun 12, 2015
Many people have a notion of relating beauty to femininity and actually think that women like pampering themselves a lot and that is why women go for beauty treatments. I term this awkward thinking. Long before people realized beauty therapy industry, people only new of hair salons as offering hair services; even with this in mind, didn’t men shave their hairs and beards? Barber services are offered in beauty salons alongside other beauty treatments.
Not only women who like being pampered and groomed; men as well go for beauty treatments. Everyone knows the effective changes beauty treatments creates in the body and the benefits that comes with beauty treatments leaves everyone appreciating beauty.
We are all subjected to hash working conditions and especially men who work long hours a day feel more tired at the end of the day. This calls for a massage to relax the body and help stimulate blood flow.
I understand that women are prone to much stress than men but this doesn’t mean that men are excluded from getting stressed up. Stress makes people grow old early enough. Men are the ones who smoke a lot and this means the level of antioxidants in their bodies reduces drastically and also collagen production reduces.
This subjects their skin to imperfections, skin sagging and wrinkles developing. All these issues gives us reasons to go for beauty treatments irrespective of whether you are a man or a woman. Beauty relates to health; not femininity or masculinity.
Don’t men desire to have a smooth skin? Of course they do; getting a permanent hair removal solution, men’s facial, massage therapy and other beauty treatments will leave your skin glowing and looking as young as ever. No one can stand to claim that men are “real” and women are “made-up” since our skin requires equal treatment for beauty.
So men scrub off the idea that beauty is for women and just know that beauty therapy is for everyone and for a young looking skin, you need to take a step in caring for your skin. Get beauty treatments that will make your skin glow and give you a young looking complexion.