tips and ideas on designing your dream kitchen
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top tip for enjoing life here is to take advantage of everything
Penang has to offer.
first big tip: join FoodFriends!
big tip: join the IWA (International Woman
because you are the host, it does not mean that you cannot enjoy
the party too. Cooking and entertaning should be fun for everyone,
including the host. Here are a few simple suggestions to ensure
your party goes smoothly and that you enjoy occasion as much as
your guests do.
a list of all the people you have invited and work out how
many you need to cater for. Check for any dietary requirements.
a theme and issue invitations; this is good for creating ambience.
what you are going to serve, choosing dishes you are confident
a list of all ingredints needed, shop for non-perishables
early and perishables the day before, giving yourself time
to track down any missing ingredients and for preparation
on the day of the party.
you have enough space in the refrigerator for ingredients,
drinks and dishes that need to be chilled. Borrow an extra
cool box from a friend if required.
as much as you can in advance. Include some dishes that can
be prepared or partially prepared the day before.
the day, always leave yourself a little to relax before guests
that special table arrangement, call Boon at Buds
all of the above stresses you out, call one of the 5-star
hotels or other caterers to do the catering for you...that's
what I do. Davina
you are catering for large numbers and need to place your
drinks on cool boxes, call Iceman
at 2281270. He will deliver large
bags of ice and even arrange them in the cool boxes for you.
note after each event. Learn from your experience about what
works, what does not work - however small.
you are planning a special celebration and want no stress,
call Susan from Focal
Concepts, a party planner and she can organise
those special occasions, it is a good idea to hire someone
to take pictures. Call Frankie at
De Santia. It has been hard lesson
learnt over the years seeing friends cry when there was no
film in the camera or, now with digital technology, when the
battery goes flat. Also check the lighting - you may have
to turn up the lights for a brief period to take pictures.
If you have someone taking pictures you can be in the shots
with friends. I did this for my big O party and the pictures
were fantastic - a good investment. Maggie
inviting locals to your house for food, cooking dishes in
your own style will usually be more appreciated than trying
to reproduce local food (except rice!). Be considerate to
culture sensitivities and find out in advance what your guests
will and will not eat.