Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Perfect Baby Shower Food

You want everything to be perfect at your baby shower party. And no one can blame you. It’s your first ever celebration for the most awaited person in your life as of this moment: You just want everything to be perfect. Food and drinks is always the number one concern on the list. What’s the best food and drinks to serve at a shower anyway?

Of course, you want the food and drinks to be easy to prepare, not that costly and yet full of fun and flavor! You want everything to be tasteful. When planning for a baby shower, you need to consider many things like how many people are coming; what time is your baby shower; what’s your theme for your shower party; who are the people coming to celebrate with you; how much time do you have left and if you are going to have a lot of help with this preparation.

If you have more than 15 people coming over, then you will need all the help you can get to prepare your baby shower food and drinks. You need some extra hands to help you prepare the finger foods, appetizers and others.

For your baby shower foods, you can make appetizers like tortilla roll ups, shrimp cocktail, heavenly fruit dip, vegetable dip, nacho dip and fruit pizza. You could also prepare salads and sandwiches. Chicken oriental salad would be a good choice or Mandarin Orange spinach salad would impress your guests. Broccoli cheese soup would totally complete your entrée. For your dessert, you could prepare a delicious trifle or an éclair. Sounds fancy, right? You could even make your own shower party punch as your beverage.

Wedding Food and Drink

One of the highest things on a wedding guest’s list for a great wedding has to be the food and drink (second of course to watching the lovely couple get married!). It goes without saying that you want to enjoy the food and drink at your own wedding too – and it can be a very special and memorable aspect of your day.

Firstly, have an idea of how much you have to spend – catering options can appear extremely expensive, but there are always options to cut down on the costs, like avoiding ‘wedding’ packages (which often have an immediate mark up) and going for local or mainstream companies and deals. Find out what’s included in the price: for example, waiting staff, crockery and glassware, seating arrangements and VAT. Many drinks companies offer free glass hire along with your order, or a ‘sale or return’ option which means you can return any unopened bottles of wine after the wedding and get a refund. Another way of cutting down costs is to serve the wedding cake as dessert – choosing a different flavour for each tier gives a nice choice for your guests, too.

Think about matching your food and drink to your venue and wedding style – buffet-style finger foods or a hog roast would go well at a laid back country wedding, but not so much at a large, traditional wedding! Have fun deciding what you’re going to serve – take the opportunity to share your favourite foods with your friends and family, or dishes that mean something special to you and your partner.

Buffets can be great for a sunny afternoon outdoor wedding, allowing guests to pick and choose at their leisure, while you all mingle and enjoy the sunshine – perhaps with a live band to serenade you! Sit down meals are best when they are kept simple – if you are offering your guests options, keep them to two or three at the most to prevent overcomplicating things and reduce the risk of mix ups and confusion on the day.

Think also about canapes and snacks – there can be periods of waiting around for your guests, such as the time between the ceremony and the reception, when the bridal party may be off having photos taken. Providing a drink or two and some nibbles will keep everyone happy!

If you can’t afford an open bar, then choosing good quality wines for the meal will be well appreciated by your guests. Another option is to ‘buy the first round’ and give each guest a drinks voucher at their table setting.

Don’t forget about special dietary requirements and children, too. Ensure your catering and serving staff know who is eating what, and think about providing a kid-friendly option for the little ones. Make sure everyone is well fed and watered can make a wedding a true success – after all, the way to most people’s hearts is through their stomach…

Food and Drink in Kenya

Drawn from diverse ethnic cultures and traditions fused with tastes absorbed from foreign countries, food and drink in Kenya are in a league of their own. They are also central in consolidating the collectivist nature that Kenyans are known for by bringing family and friends together.

The way foods and drinks are prepared and presented in Kenya greatly attest to the long-standing links and contacts Kenya has had with Arabian, European and Indian settlers. However, the Kenyan flavors are not eroded, with each of the 42 local tribes boasting of their own traditional cuisine.

Common Kenyan Foods

An agriculturally fertile country, Kenya is not short of all sorts of vegetables and fruits. Although when visiting certain restaurants, the menu may read like an international menu featuring foods such as French fries, hamburgers and macaroni and cheese as well as rice, pizza, chicken nuggets and fish fingers.

The more traditional foods of Kenya include:

    • Irio – Also known as ‘Mukimo‘ or ‘Kienyeji‘, a dish originally from the Kikuyu tribe. It’s a combination of maize and beans, mashed with cooked bananas or potatoes.

    • Ugali – Corn cake made by stirring boiling water with grounded maize flour until it is hard to the touch. This is perhaps the most common staple food across all the Kenyan ethnic groups. Cooked vegetables, fish, fried chicken and beef are the main accompaniments.

    • Githeri – Common across the Kenyan tribes, it is a mixture of boiled beans and maize. Peas are sometimes used in place of beans to enhance the taste.

    • Wali – A dish from the coast, white rice cooked with coconut milk

    • Ingoho – A popular dish among the Luhya tribe, Ingoho is fried chicken cooked with traditional herbs and spices. Usually served with Ugali (the corn cake).

    • Biriani – A favorite dish on the coast consisting of white rice cooked with cinnamon, parsley, garlic, onions, chopped carrots and tomatoes, beef or chicken and raw paw paws. Mashed potatoes and vegetables usually accompany the dish.

    • Chapati – Often eaten with stew, chapati is pancake-like bread made on a griddle.

    • Kachumbari – A very common side dish: a mixture of sliced raw tomatoes, parsley, green pepper and onions.

    • Nyama Choma or Nyam Chom – Perhaps the local favorite, nyama choma is charcoal grilled meat (beef or goat) and eaten as party food or a meal among friends during weekends and night outs. Kachumbari (the side dish made from tomatoes) is the most preferred accompaniment.

    • Maandazi – These are golden brown doughnuts served with drinks, especially tea.

  • Samosas – Often taken with tea or kachumbari, these are triangle-shaped, deep-fried dough filled with minced meat.

Kenyan Coffee

Coffee is to Kenya as wine is to France and vodka is to Russia country’s symbol.

Cultivated, harvested and processed in mass production, coffee in Kenya, especially Arabica coffee, is perhaps the best quality grown worldwide. Although international coffee brands such as Nestle have significant market share in Kenya, Kenyan coffee dominates the local market.

The majority of Kenyans are torn between coffee and tea given that both products are high quality and easily available. For coffee, the preference is to take it black (“kahawa chungu”) and it’s often mixed with ginger and a small amount of sugar.

Despite many years of using Kenyan coffee beans to make their signature coffee in its shops across the globe, Starbucks has not set up shop in Kenya. High-end coffee is sold at supermarkets and for those who savor its great taste outdoors, they go to shops such as Java and Dormans.

Kenyan Drinks

Although modern drinks such as fruit juices, canned energy drinks and international soft drinks are accessible and affordable, there are traditional drinks that are served in Kenya.

    • Uji – Porridge made from grounded millet or sorghum. Grounded amaranth, groundnuts, pumpkin seeds, fish fillets etc., are mixed in to enhance nutrients and taste.

    • Mursik – Originally from the Kalenjin community, it is made from fermented milk mixed with ground charcoal and special roots.

    • Madafu – Fresh coconut milk. Popular at the coast.

    • Wines – Often imported from- France, Italy, Chile, South Africa

    • Beer – Other than international brands, there are numerous local brand of beers, the most popular being Tusker beer.

    • Spirits – Local and international brands.

  • Local Brews – Popular in rural areas and among the urban poor, local brews include Mnazi; made from sap of coconut trees, Muratina; made from honey, Busaa; fermented barley, millet and maize, changaa and Mongare.

Ludlow Marches Food and Drink

There is nothing I like better than eating and drinking so the Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival is quite possibly the ideal weekend away…but it’s the last place to go if you’re watching your waistline! Named England’s Finest Market Town by Country Life Magazine some years ago, Ludlow has a long tradition of selling quality local foodstuffs from the regular market.

Whether food is a part of your working life or you just appreciate good food and drink this is the place for you.

Set in Ludlow, Shropshire and held between the 7th and 9th of September this year, the Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival celebrates everything that is great about eating and drinking.

The first festival was held in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

The timing of the festival means you can usually count on great weather and Shropshire is home to some of the UK’s loveliest countryside.

The festival’s objective is to celebrate the quality and diversity of the independent food and drink producers in and around Ludlow and the Marches.

Industrially-produced products do not feature in the festival, this is all about real food and drink and you’ll get the chance to buy and sample some of the best.

The festival is run by volunteers and therefore always has a great atmosphere. The people here love food and love what they do so you’re guaranteed a smile from everyone.

For something a little different and to get the chance to indulge your passion for food and drink the Ludlow Marches festival is the ideal summer trip.

Field Marketing Within the Food and Drink

Are you a supplier within the food and drink sector? You should realize that your success could depend on how you market the products you sell to prospective or potential customers or consumers. You do not need to be a full-time and seasoned expert in marketing. Your core skills in product development and manufacturing would be particularly important and useful. You could begin looking outside or beyond your very own business or company to be able to effectively field market within the industry.

If you are not that confident about your own level of field marketing capability within the food and drink industry, you should not worry in any way. There are currently several field marketing agencies that are operating to offer and provide the specific type of service that you and your business requires. You could use such to optimize your own opportunity for success. Do you plan to take such a service? Here are the most important factors that you truly should take a closer look at especially when selecting a company that would deliver your success. Take note of each of the following.

Capability and experience in multiples, wholesale, impulse, and cash/carry sectors. This feature would surely enable you to take the opportunity to broaden the range of your own products’ influence to the widest possible extent.

Track record in putting up or setting standards through becoming a results-driven group or organization. This could be in terms of sales turnover and market share growth. When doing so, do not miss to look very carefully at your business’ current clients as well as their success stories.

Extent on how to utilize full-time sales specialists. Most agencies are using their part-time personnel for this purpose. In general, the service providers should intend to manage your company’s brands to comply with agreed upon development strategies so that maximum exposure could be ensured. Thus, sales potentials of your food and drink products would be possibly achieved. This could require full-time attention and focus on the side of the service provider or agency.

The agency should use effective information systems, offline or online. This could ensure that your food and drink business would be kept up to accelerate on rate of sales, effectiveness of marketing/promotional tasks, stock controls, and latest market trends. Thus, this could be a core differentiation factor, especially with the rising availability of Internet systems and the emerging mobile technologies.

Typical services that you should expect from the field marketing service provider for your food and drink business are as follows: assurance that your food and drink goods are consistently stocked across all key stores; monitoring of sales rates, capacity, and shelf space for optimum stock levels; conversion of available warehouse inventories into shelf stocks; monitoring of stores that could carry out agreed upon or target sales promotional programs; presentation of new products and marketing initiatives throughout important regional decision makers; provision of target support for brand activities; and creation and implementation of sales tactics and opportunities for your food and drink brands.