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How to Save on Supplies for Your Ice Cream Store

Ice cream and frozen yogurt shops usually have a low profit margin. This means that you need to reduce overhead every way possible. If you are looking for a great way to save money when buying ice cream spoons and other related items for your venue, consider these easy steps.

Buy in Bulk

Whether you need to need to buy plastic yogurt spoons or other related items, a great idea is to place a bulk order. Many suppliers offer a reduced per unit price when you buy more items at one time. As a side benefit, this decreases the chance of you running low on supplies soon.

Find a Wholesale Supplier

It is also helpful to buy gelato cups and spoons or other necessary items from a wholesale supplier. Retail prices are usually substantially marked up, and this decreases your profit margin. The best wholesale supplier has all of the supplies you need in one location.

Shop for the Best Rates

Even when you shop from a wholesale supplier, such as Gelato Products, and place a bulk order, you may still not be getting the best rates possible. This is because rates vary substantially from supplier to supplier. Some also require you to pay the shipping fees. Compare rates, and also pay attention to shipping fees to find the best deal possible.

It is critical that you find a way to save money on your ice cream shop supplies. The good news is that you can employ each of these tips to more easily locate the best rates on your required supplies.

About Recyclable pizza packaging

The Co-op has announced it will reduce its landfill waste by introducing a new recyclable packaging for its pizzas.

The supermarket chain has replaced polystyrene discs with cardboard ones across its 17 own-brand pizza ranges.

The move will prevent 200 tonnes of polystyrene boards going to landfill, and create almost 450 tonnes of cardboard for recycling annually, according the retailer.

“Pizza discs have been high on our priority list for some time, and we’ve been working hard to find the right replacement,” Iain Ferguson, environment manager at the Co-op, said.

“This change is a major step in our journey to make all of our packaging easy to recycle, and we will be making further announcements on packaging in the months ahead.”

Later this month, the Co-op could set a new target to make 100 per cent of its own-brand packaging recyclable. Its members will vote at the Co-op’s annual general meeting on 20 May to decide.

The supermarket will also be moving from black plastic to card packaging for tomatoes later this year.

In November, Co-op already pledged to make 80 per cent of its own-brand packaging easy recyclable by 2020 on the back of research that found two-thirds of all plastic packaging used for consumers products in the UK is being sent to landfill or incineration.

The UK alone produces more than 170 million tonnes of waste every year with most of it coming from food packaging, according to official figures.

This Crunchy Suppli Rice Balls to Blended Frozen Coffe At Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day – and it shows. No matter how many times you visit Italy’s capital, there will always be something left to discover; be it a hidden corner which has lain hidden for centuries or the latest street art installation.

Despite the slow-paced character often attributed to its locals, Rome is always on the move, bustling with constant innovation in the arts, culture and food, often mixing elements from the city’s characteristics; glorious and popular, stately and genuine, traditional and daring.

Across the city’s streets, the magnificence of its historical heritage lies alongside its underground culture. Fine dining restaurants mingle with the coloured chaos of neighbourhood markets, something that must be seen and experienced for anyone who wants to know the city better than an average tourist.

Rome is a huge, sprawling city, but there are little pockets of culture throughout where you can find fantastic trattorias, dedicated artisans, awe-inspiring artworks and buzzing markets brimming with fresh, vibrant produce. Knowing where to go before you get there means you can get the most out of your trip – as someone who has lived in the city for many years, I’ve done all the hard work for you already.

There is something for everyone in Rome and always the opportunity to get to know a different aspect of the city. It boasts internationally acclaimed art that isn’t confined to gallery walls, popular food markets serving both traditional local dishes, street food innovations and courses that show you how to eat and drink like a Roman. That’s not to mention the city’s iconic landmarks.

Testaccio market

The birthplace of the “five quarters” tradition, where offal was championed by butchers, is now home to famous chefs serving up street food and artisan producers selling local delicacies in different “boxes” (stalls).

The menu at Romeo changes daily depending on what other stalls are selling at Testaccio.

Cristina Bowerman, head chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant Glass Hostaria, chose the beautiful Testaccio market to base her “popular food” shops called Romeo, Cups and Frigo. At Romeo, people can buy or taste all sorts of products from its delicatessen; freshly baked pizza, a tempting selection of ham and cheese and the famous panini gourmet with creative fillings such as octopus, potatoes and squid ink mayonnaise. In the same space, there are also delicious ice creams made with natural and seasonal ingredients served in cups. The menu at Romeo changes daily depending on what other stalls are selling at Testaccio, but some of the usual options include meatballs in tomato sauce, artichokes alla Romana or bean soup.​

Go gluten-free at In Cibo Veritas (Box 57)

Mouthwatering, crunchy supplì (stuffed rice balls), freshly made pasta, colourful salads and earthy soups are among the inviting dishes at this small box opposite Cups. Everything is completely gluten-free and made with quality, seasonal ingredients sourced from the market’s stalls. Every day you will find classic and seasonal supplì (such as the al telefono ones with tomato sauce and melting cheese, or artichoke and pecorino), potato croquettes, homemade focaccia, buckwheat pancakes, seasonal vegetarian soups and ever-changing pasta dishes, including the spaghetti con le vongole (clams) on Saturdays, when the mixed fried seafood dish is a special treat. Everything is served by Luca and his friends (all passionate AS Roma football fans) with a smile.

Smell the coffee at Chicchi e Lettere (Box 43)

Testaccio market has its own coffee shop right at its centre with a nice seating area called Max Caffé in Piazzetta and another on one of the outside corners (L’Angolo del Caffé), but right in between Cups and In Cibo Veritas lies Chicchi e Lettere, a box offering in-house roasted blends and all sorts of coffee-related items such as moka coffee pots and biscuits. While it doesn’t serve hot coffee to take away (market rules, alas) you can pick up a blended, frozen variety that’s perfect when you need to cool off. Follow with a simple yet satisfying aperitivo of a glass of wine and some savoury snacks, salami and cheese.

Eat and drink like a Roman

Enter Roman homes and wine bars to get up close and personal with real local home cooks and learn more about the city’s latest wine trends.

Attend a ‘cooking with nonna’ course

Eating Italy organises proper food tours in undiscovered neighbourhoods around Rome, offering the opportunity to enter real homes and spend four hours with an Italian nonna (grandmother) to learn how they prepare specialities. The recipes – which change according to season but always include a popular antipasto, homemade pasta, meat and dessert – are then enjoyed all together in a friendly and homely atmosphere along with wine.

Enrol at the Folle Casseruola cookery school

Stefania Aphel Barzini is an expert food writer and TV personality who recently decided to open her home – which is not far from the city – to authentic Roman home-cooking. She loves to share her own experiences, anecdotes and considerations about a conscious and sustainable life and way of eating. The Cooking as Romans Do course focuses on specific aspects and ingredients of Roman traditional cooking such as pasta (amatriciana, carbonara, gricia and cacio e pepe), meat (roasted lamb scottadito, saltimbocca alla romana and peas with guanciale) or desserts (ricotta cheesecake, maritozzi with whipped cream and fritters).

Drink wine at Vino Roma

Turkish-born Hande Leimer lived in the US, Italy and Germany before settling down for good in Rome. As a member of the Italian Sommelier Association, with Wine & Spirit Education Trust accreditation, she is happy to share her enthusiasm for Italy, its wines and its food together with fellow sommeliers Theodor Leimer and Maurizio Di Franco.

In their beautiful wine studio in the Monti borough just minutes away from the coliseum, they hold “My Italians” tasting sessions to let people know more about the famous and lesser known regional Italian wines. “Wine and Cheese” classes pair five different wines and cheeses from around the country, too. Don’t think of these as formal classes and intimidating sessions; they are enjoyable, very relaxed experiences all about sharing the pleasure of drinking Italian wine.

Still have time to spare?

The largest branch of Oscar Farinetti’s food retail project, Eataly Roma is one of the main reasons Ostiense has turned into a trendy, popular district. The huge space now contains three floors showcasing the best of Italian food and wine. Each area has a small restaurant where you can taste traditional delicacies.

Set on the slopes of the Aventine Hill, the public rose garden showcases more than a thousand varieties of rose from all over the world, including modern, ancient and even primordial species.

Centrale Montemartini is a unique museum located in a former thermoelectric power station in Ostiense which displays a number of ancient statues, sculptures and mosaics which have been uncovered during excavations in the city. It also hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to specific aspects of contemporary urban life.

Places To Eat With The Locals In Rome

The Eternal City has no shortage of eating options. Italian culture is well known for its family traditions, that almost always focus on food. Your experience in Rome should be no different. But, in case you’re overwhelmed by the choices available to you, or simply want to avoid the tourist traps, we’ve asked the Spotted by Locals team in Rome to recommend some of their favourite options. Buon appetito!

Flavio al Velavevodetto (ristorantevelavevodetto.it) nearly always gets five-star reviews. It’s rightly celebrated for its delicious and traditional cooking, especially its cacio e pepe (pasta with pecorino and black pepper). But, because it’s located on a quiet street on the edge of Testaccio it’s not often stumbled on by tourists (despite its renown). You get the great combination of a local kitchen with local patrons surrounding you.

The Spanish Steps (Paolo Margari)

A popular recommendation from local Ivan is Ginger (ginger.roma.it), a health-focused, organic restaurant located on Via Borgognona, close to the Spanish Steps that will soon reveal their €1.5m Bulgari-sponsored renovation. If you’ve had your fill of pizza and pasta, Ginger offers refreshing palate cleanser – octopus carpaccio with lime mayonnaise or fish with cherry tomatoes, olives, chard and oregano.

Local Daniela admits it can be hard to avoid the touristy restaurants, around the city’s landmarks that try to lure you in with promises of superior cooking or discounts. If she’s near the Pantheon though, she knows she’ll get a good meal if she heads to La Ciambella (laciambellaroma.com). A lot of the dishes that the friendly staff serve you are Roman, made from the best ingredients, for example lamb with fried artichokes.

Ginger (Taryn Visitilli)

Rome sports a great deal of history, astounding architecture and imposing art. However, you don’t often get to sit down among all that grandeur and enjoy a meal. That’s not the case at La Veranda (laveranda.net) though, a restaurant in the Palazzo della Rovere, which dates back to 1480. It has impressive arched ceilings and frescos and you’ll be hard-pressed to keep your focus on your delicious meal. It can be pricey though (main courses cost €26 and might include sirloin steak with asparagus, taleggio, herbs and strawberry salad), so you might want to try its (cheaper) Sunday brunch, which starts at €15pp.

Tips To Make Watercress Gazpacho with Manchego Croutes

Watercress gazpacho with Manchego croutes

Serves 4

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

For the gazpacho

1kg ripe plum tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 spring onions, finely chopped
75g stale crusty bread, chopped
2-2.5 tsps sherry vinegar
50g watercress
2-3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

For the croutes

50g Manchego cheese or parmesan, finely grated
1 small baguette, thinly sliced
Olive oil, for brushing

Place all gazpacho ingredients in a large bowl.Season well with salt and pepper. Mix everything together, pressing down firmly to squeeze out the juices. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or preferably overnight.

Put the mixture into a blender and blitz until smooth. Check the consistency, adding more olive oil if the soup is too thick. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover and refrigerate again until thoroughly chilled. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Make the croutes by thinly slicing the baguette. Brush the slices with olive oil and sprinkle grated Manchego or parmesan on top. Bake for six to eight minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

To serve, taste the gazpacho for a final time and adjust seasoning if necessary. Sprinkle with some chopped watercress, drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve with the croutes on the side.

This Healthy Foods for Daily Consumption

Living a lifestyle of eating healthy foods isn’t necessarily fun. While you will be focusing a lot of your time on fitness, there will be repressed urges that you cannot deny. One of those urges would be food aesthetics.

A lot of dieticians and fitness gurus may recommend sticking to specific “narrowed down meals” for health. While this is necessary, it is not a sustainable position to be in. A person cannot tolerate extended periods of time experiencing the same tastes without variety.

Thus, we believe that is it necessary to give you some options for those taste buds. A wide variety of healthy foods with multiple tastes, will make your fitness commitment more tolerable.

A list of healthy foods for tolerable fitness.
The first item on our list would be citrus fruits. Citrus fruits add a blend of sourness to your diet, where the degree of sour taste differs based on the fruit. You can select many types of foods, starting from the highly bitter grapefruit (if you like strong tastes), to the much sweeter tangerines. Thus, you get to scale your sour experience!

Citrus fruits are also rich in Vitamin C. It is a vital ingredient to help improve your immunity system, while combatting stress in your body. Consume a lot of it while you can!

The second would be a variety of nuts. Nuts are less about taste, and more about food texture. The crunchiness of the nuts when eaten can be relaxing for many. You can try any type of nut you wish. It could be almonds, walnuts, or cashews.

Nuts are highly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are the good type of fats to have in your body. The other available sources of Omega-3 acids would be salmon and liver oil, and those may be difficult to get and eat constantly.

The third would be spices. Spices are necessary to manipulate food taste to your wishes. This especially applies to meals that are tasteless when cooked (like chicken breasts and white rice). Spices to consider includ pepper, cumin, and a variety of curry spices for taste.

Finally, we recommend sweet fruits. Sugar is the only form of taste that we haven’t mentioned here. Fruits that are sweet in taste should be considered by you for consumption. An example of this would be sugary ones like apples and grapes. Of course, when consuming sugary fruits, always do so in moderation.

One more thought on healthy food consumption.
Healthy food consumption cannot be done alone for a fit life. Make sure you exercise too in addition to the food.

The reason is because most people assume that food is all there is to fitness. The reverse is true. Many people assume that exercise is all there is being fit and healthy.

You must balance between both exercising and consuming the healthiest of foods on a regular basis. Doing so, you will definitely maintain a healthy lifestyle that leaves you at optimum energy levels!

About The Different Cake Fillings

People who are into full-time baking do know that frosting like the buttercream will hold up good if exposed to heat. If you are making a cake using such a fondant, then do you think you can leave it out in heat? You might as well not take that risk. Similarly, chocolate ganache too melts if exposed to heat for a long time. This can get even worse when it is a stacked cake as it would all tumble down in no time.

When you are using fillings and fondant, it is important to plan in advance. If you are a professional baker, educate your clients about the kinds of fillings that can be used for various events. One can make fillings at home from scratch or can also be bought from a store. You can use various cake making supplies if you wish to make your own fillings but make sure to keep them refrigerated as they are perishable. Also, never try out the recipes for any new filling just one night before any event.

The Refrigerated Fillings

If you are making a cake for the event that would be held indoors, one can use a filling that is well refrigerated. One can choose fillings like custards, whipped cream, mousse kinds or cream cheese fillings for such indoor venues. You also need to make sure that the cake is kept refrigerated until the time it is served.

The refrigerated fillings make the cakes even more delicious, but there are times when these also turn out to be a disaster. For example, the butter cakes do not taste good when they are served after being taken out from the refrigerated. If the recipes go wrong, the cake can even get dry. Also, cakes that use gum paste or decorations made from royal icing get ruined when they are refrigerated.

The Non-Refrigerated Fillings

The fillings that are got from the store are ideal to be used even at room temperature. The same also applies to the ganache or the jellies. Whenever you are planning to use the fillings from the sleeves, you need to create a thick layer of frosting around the cake’s edge. This will prevent the filling from oozing out once it settles down. You can use various kinds of cake decorating tools in India to purchase the tools needed for decorating your cake.

If you haven’t tried the store bought fillings before, it is always good not to use these fillings just a day before the event. If things go wrong, it can indeed be a disaster.

To freeze or not to freeze a cake with a filling depends entirely on the cake recipe and the filling you are using. One should never refrigerate the cake that has custard filling as the filling can separate. At the same time, any cakes with whipped cream can be frozen but it again depends on the kind of whipping cream that one is using. One can check for the instruction on the container for more information.

Always plan when you are using fillings in your cakes. Just enjoy using the best cake fillings in your cake to take them to the next level, but do remember to remain safe.

Here Indian Dishes and Cuisine Abroad

Indians are unbelievably adaptive in nature and can easily fit into any given environment. In this ongoing age of digital technology, India is one of the major manufacturers of software. To cut a long story short, these days, a large number of Indians live abroad. Thanks to this vast number of non resident Indians, the country’s cuisine is fast growing in reputation the world over. People, of almost every colour, creed and culture, prefer hot and spicy Indian cuisine. As such, excellent opportunity exists for entrepreneurs who are willing to invest into Indian restaurants outside the country.
Entrepreneurs’ aspect
The truth of this statement can be easily felt while one drops in at any Indian restaurant in Prague or anywhere else, on an ordinary weekend evening. Actually, back in 2010, the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) declared that many Indian businessmen are willing to invest into restaurant business abroad. After almost a decade back the report has done justification to its findings.
There are many such investors, in the country, for whom immigration is a major issue in setting up business abroad. However, that is a different issue and will be taken up at the appropriate time. Through this article, it will be more appropriate discuss some of the top-ranking Indian dishes that are extremely popular all over the world.
Rising popularity of Indian cuisine
Indian cuisine is better known for its hot spicy taste. There was a time, when Europeans had much reservation about this range of cuisine. But, those times are now gone forever, as new generations of Europeans just find Indian cuisine lip-smacking tasty. Typical Indian preparations that are famous about foreign nations include, chicken tandoori, potato curries, chicken vindaloo, a vast range of kebabs and eggplant preparations. However, these all are typical north Indian dishes. There are also typical south Indian dishes like idli, dosa that are popular among the masses. Even the seasonal mango lassi and the strongly flavoured ginger cardamom tea have lots of takers from varying age groups.
Some of the most popular dishes in any Indian restaurant praha include the following:
Biryani: It is a preparation of rice and is a typical Mughlai cuisine. It includes pieces of meat, eggs or vegetables. The dish is prepared in varieties and each one tastes unbelievably superb. Unfortunately, it is not easy to prepare biryani in the authentic way to preserve its typically unique taste. Especially, in foreign lands, the task becomes unbelievably difficult. Thus, most restaurants prepare the rice and the meat or vegetables separately. Before serving, they blend the two well and pass it off in sealed pots called handis.
Chicken tandoori and chicken tikka: These are the other two popular dishes from Indian cuisine. These are two variations of marinated chicken, slow cooked in tandoor or the typical Indian grill. These apart, there are various sweet dishes or dessert items that are popular as well. However, most of these Indian desserts, if not all, are directly imported from the country.

Some Sandwiches Recipes

Sandwiches can be either a snack or a meal by itself. People from all over the world, both for children and adults, love this snack / meal without frills. If you are always in a hurry, but want to prepare something quickly from home, a good sandwich is the way to go.

Here we are three must try sandwiches for people that love street food:

French Roast Beef Sandwich

What you need:

2.1 kg thinly sliced deli roast beef
4 hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
8 slices provolone cheese
1 can beef consomme
1 cup of water
Lay out Hoagie roll opened on a baking sheet. In a medium saucepan, heat together beef broth and 1 cup water over medium-high heat. Add the sliced beef in rich beef broth and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Divide cooked beef slices on each hoagie roll and top each one with provolone cheese slices. Cook sandwiches on a preheated oven until the cheese begins to melt, about 5 minutes. Serve sandwiches with hot broth for dipping.

Crispy Veggie Bagel Sandwich

What you need:

1 bagel, halved
4 slices of cucumber
2 tomato slices
2 red onion slices
2 (1/4-inch thick) plays green pepper
1 romaine lettuce leaf
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 tablespoon coarse brown mustard
Salt and black pepper to taste
On the cut side of each bagel, spread the mustard then layer with romaine lettuce, green pepper, cucumber and tomato on a half of the bagel. Season with salt and black pepper before topping with onion, alfalfa sprouts and the other half of the bagel. Serve immediately.

Bacon and avocado Combo

What you need:

2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
1/2 avocado, mashed
3 tomato slices
2 slices of bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
Salt and black pepper to taste
Cook the bacon over medium-high heat a pan for 2 minutes or until almost golden. Add the onions and continue cooking for another 2 or 3 minutes until the bacon is crisp and onions are tender. Spread mayonnaise on both toast. The first toast, spread with crushed avocado and top with tomato slices, bacon mixture and alfalfa sprouts. Sprinkle with salt and ground black pepper and top with another toast. Serve immediately.
Now you can enjoy a hearty and satisfying meal even when you’re on the move – try these amazing sandwich recipes!

Discover Some of the Best Muffin Cakes For You

Making a muffin is not a hard task to do. All you need is the perfect recipe, a little patience and a lot of confidence.

Well, these are the top 6 muffin cakes in town. You can try these cakes at home with flavored and rich ingredients. To perfect skills of baking cakes, you can also enroll yourself in renowned cake-making and cake decorating courses.

Here we go with the trend-setting muffins:

Apple and Cinnamon cake

These are power packed muffins with the goodness of apple cedars and chopped slices of apples along with sprinkled form of cinnamon sugar crunch on top of the cake. These muffins are good for health and are filling as well. The professional cake decorating classes in Mumbai can acquaint aspiring bakers with the latest techniques on cake cum pastry decoration.

Banana muffins

These muffins are perfect for breakfast or can be eaten as sugary desserts too. Ripe and mashed bananas, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, all-purpose flour and eggs go into the making. These delicious muffins are quite easy to make and have a longer shelf life, as well. The muffins deep freeze quite easily and it just takes about 25 minutes for you to prepare them.

Blue-berry muffins

These muffins are made from fresh blue berries. Seasonal berries give a better flavor to your muffins. The fresh blueberry jam swirl melts inside your mouth in a jiffy. You have a sugar coat on top to give you a crunchy bite that you truly deserve.

Chocolate chip muffins

These muffins just take about ten minutes of your time to have them baked. The muffins are baked softer and do not turn crumbly either. The sugar sprinkle and chocolate chips on top of muffins make these ideal desserts for breakfast.

Morning glory muffins

Ingredients like shredded carrots, grated apples, ground walnuts and coconut, crushed cum dried pine-apple and raisins go into the making while these stuffed muffins are prepared. One feels healthier and energetic upon consuming these. For those of you who love having breakfast, these muffins can be power boosters.
You can look for professional cake decorating classes in Mumbai if you want to learn the nuances of a true baker.

Triple chocolate chunk muffins

Chocolate lovers can really rejoice consuming the triple chocolate chunk muffins. These muffins are made from a batter that contains incredible cocoa powder and dark chocolate while chocolate chips are sprinkled on to the top. A true chocolaty delight indeed!

These 6 varieties of adorable muffins can take breakfast lovers to cloud 9. Before you start making any of these, it is important that you master the art of making basic muffin right. You need to make sure you start off with your dry ingredients first and add the wet ingredients after that. It is also important to fold all the ingredients without any lumps, but some experts also suggest leaving in a few lumps to get a nice texture. Once you have mastered making the basic muffin, you can try making some special muffins for your family and friends.

Making a muffin is easy for both novice bakers and professionals and if you wish to master the art of baking, it is time you start taking cake-making and cake decorating courses to enhance your skills.