History of English Coffee

Written by Randy Wilson

With English Tea being a very familiar term, English coffee may seem as contrary a term as Arctic bananas; however, England’s impact onrepparttar coffee trade andrepparttar 149698 world of business is undeniable. The history of English coffee began in 1650 at Oxford University when a Lebanese immigrant openedrepparttar 149699 first coffeehouse on campus.

Initially, coffee was seen as novelty and a snake oil, if you will, asrepparttar 149700 proprietor touted many incredible medical claims. His English coffee was said to aid in digestion, cure headaches, coughs, dropsy, gout, scurvy and even prevent miscarriages. Aboutrepparttar 149701 only claim that was accurate was that English coffee prevented drowsiness.

By 1700, however, coffee had become a very popular beverage and there were more than two thousand coffeehouses in London. Coffeehouses occupied more retail space and paid more rent than any other trade. They came to be known as Penny Universities, because forrepparttar 149702 price of a cup of coffee, one penny, a person could sit for hours and engage in stimulating conversation with educated people.

Each coffeehouse specialized in a different clientele. In one, physicians could be consulted. Other’s catered to lawyers, actors, army officers, or clergy. English coffee becamerepparttar 149703 beverage of business and one coffeehouse in particular grew into one ofrepparttar 149704 worlds largest and most well known companies. Edward Lloyd’s coffeehouse catered primarily to seafarers and merchants and he regularly prepared "ships’ lists" for underwriters who met there to offer insurance torepparttar 149705 ship captains. And so began Lloyd’s of London,repparttar 149706 famous insurance company.

Budget Scrumptious Party Spread

Written by Janice Wee

How can you have a lavish party spread when you are on a tight budget?

If you know most ofrepparttar guests are on a diet, are there to socialize and not there to stuff their faces with food, you could create a lavish feast forrepparttar 149697 eyes, with lots of creativity.

Serve tiny bite size portions that allow your guests to taste everything atrepparttar 149698 table. 

Serve everything on beautiful plates and bowls. Food looks more expensive when served in dishes and bowls that look expensive. Sure, they can use disposable plates and cups so you wouldn't have too much washing up to do, butrepparttar 149699 food onrepparttar 149700 table should look beautiful.

Spread outrepparttar 149701 food. Halverepparttar 149702 fish balls and sausages so they look more, yet are in lighter, bite sized portions.

Here are some of my favourite party recipes.

Tuna Crisps

A can of tuna, a lemon, an apple and a box of Ritz biscuits or salty crackers are needed for this recipe.

  1. Remove allrepparttar 149703 salt water or oil fromrepparttar 149704 can of tuna.
  2. Squeezerepparttar 149705 lemon forrepparttar 149706 juice.
  3. Choprepparttar 149707 apple into small bits.
  4. Mixrepparttar 149708 tuna, apple and a teaspoon of lemon juice (More or less juice to your taste) to form a paste
  5. Arrangerepparttar 149709 biscuits or crackers on a pretty dish..
  6. Put half a teaspoon ofrepparttar 149710 tuna paste on each biscuit.
  7. The extra lemon juice can be mixed with other fruit juices and sodas to form a fruit punch.

Here is another version my friend invented. This is our preferred recipe.

you need a can of tuna, a box of ritz biscuits or salty crackers, a can of campbells cream of chicken soup.

  1. Mix that thick condensed soup withrepparttar 149711 drained tuna to make a mushy paste
  2. Put half a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of this paste on each cracker or biscuit.

Pineapple Fried Rice

You don't want your guests to go home hungry right? Fried rice should fill them up.

  1. Slicerepparttar 149712 sausages
  2. Peel and chop uprepparttar 149713 garlic.
  3. Cutrepparttar 149714 pineapple lengthwise into 2 halves..
  4. Scoop up allrepparttar 149715 fruit withinrepparttar 149716 pineapple. Cutrepparttar 149717 fruit into cubes.. Saverepparttar 149718 juice ofrepparttar 149719 pineapple to add to your fruit punch.
  5. Heat uprepparttar 149720 olive oil and fryrepparttar 149721 garlic.
  6. Addrepparttar 149722 sausages and most ofrepparttar 149723 pineapple. Saverepparttar 149724 prettier pineapple cubes for repparttar 149725 cocktail sticks.
  7. Addrepparttar 149726 boiled rice and stir thoroughly.
  8. Add salt to taste.
  9. Takerepparttar 149727 2 empty halves ofrepparttar 149728 pineapple.
  10. Serve halfrepparttar 149729 fried rice in each half ofrepparttar 149730 pineapple.

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