Basic Family Restaurant Kitchen Equipment

Family restaurants don’t have to specialize in any particular type of food. That is why starting one can be stressful for first-time restaurateurs. It’s not uncommon to hear owners investing on commercial kitchen equipment that they rarely use and only take up space.

Avoid overspending by buying only quality commercial kitchen equipment appropriate for a family restaurant.

Refrigerator or Fridge

Check your menu when you’re consult a kitchen designer and a kitchen equipment supplier. The variety of ingredients you will use for the food will determine the type of cold storage you will need. Some restaurants in Singapore prefer the walk-in refrigerator for bigger storage instead of the worktop and reach-in types. Sometimes there is a separate freezer for meat, ice, ice cream and other frozen food as well.

Blender

The blender used in commercial kitchens such as those from http://www.alpscreative.com/kv/ in Singapore are bigger and are heavy-duty compared to home blenders. There are two types of blenders to choose from depending on the type of food your restaurant will serve. The handheld, stick or immersion blender is used for mixing drinks, soups, smoothies and soft ingredients like vegetables and fruits. The countertop blender has a jug and are stationary. These are used for drinks, soups, shakes, smoothies and cocktails, purees, chopping or grinding ingredients, crushing ice and many more.

Coffee Maker

The type of coffee maker you will need will depend on the variety of coffee you’re planning to serve to your customers. You will also have to consider the number of customers you’re expecting everyday and if you want it to be a vending type, barista or automatic coffee machine. Commercial coffee makers are usually in the following forms: bean to cup, soluble, combination of soluble and bean to cup, and espresso. Consult your kitchen equipment supplier in Singapore for the right type of machine for your restaurant.

Microwave Oven

What makes a commercial microwave oven different from a home model? A commercial microwave oven does not have a ventilation hood and it can be used to reheat food, steam vegetables, bake potatoes and more. The size and microwave wattage will depend on how long you’re going to use the commercial kitchen equipment within a day. The lightest uses 1,000 Watts and is good for a maximum of 13 hours, while the heavy duty types use 2,200 Watts and may be used for 28 hours nonstop.

Mixer

The mixer is an indispensable commercial kitchen equipment for any type of food business whether you’re serving pizza or cakes and pastries. The size and style will depend on the type and amount of food you will be serving. If your restaurant specializes in pizza, you will need a heavy duty mixer with a high horsepower motor.

Oven

Commercial ovens are more durable and bigger in size than their residential counterparts. Cooking is efficient, consistent and requires less attention because it can be programmed to cook at the right temperature and duration. The following are the types of commercial ovens you might want to consider: standard oven for standard recipes, convection oven for an added air circulation, conveyor oven for pizza parlors, cook and hold oven for slow cooking and heated storage, deck oven for bread, rotisseries oven for roasting meat, salamander broiler for pork chops, steaks and other meat, and cheesemelters.

Slow Cooker

A lot of Asian dishes in Singapore restaurants such as soups, stews, and pot roasts require slow cooking. A slow cooker will save time and money because they are designed to cook food with its even heat distribution without the use of an open fire on a stove. You can cook a variety of dishes using the slow cooker and leave them still fresh and hot for hours. Your staff can use their time to prepare other meals while the meat and vegetable dishes are simmering at a low temperature.

Stove

Commercial stoves or ranges come in two basic types; heavy duty and restaurant ranges. Both can be used at a family restaurant kitchen, but the heavy duty range is designed for maximum volume usage. There are also two specialty ranges for heating stock and stir-frying dishes using the Wok pan. To determine the type of range your restaurant needs, consider how many customers you will be serving everyday, the space in your kitchen, and the variety of meals that need to be prepared.

Toaster

Commercial toasters come in three varieties; pop-up, bun grilling, and conveyor toasters. The pop-up toaster is used for small muffins and breads, but is not ideal for heating large batches of food and thick bread. The bun grilling toaster is used for almost any type and size of bread. It can also accommodate up to 1,600 slices per hour and is ideal for large family restaurants that have a special breakfast menu. The conveyor toaster can be used for heating specialty breads and can also fit 1,600 slices per hour. Its advantage over the bun grilling toaster is that it takes up less space and uses up less power.

Ice Machines

Ice machines are indispensable in restaurants for use in cold drinks, cocktails, shakes and other beverage. The type of ice machine you will need for your family restaurant will depend on the kind of ice you will use for the drinks. The types of ice are cube ice for most types of drinks, flake ice for keeping meat and salads cool, and nugget-style ice. The size of the restaurant’s operation will determine the configuration of the ice machine, whether it’s modular for a cabinet-style storage, undercounter for bars, ice maker or dispenser for creating nugget-style and flake ice.

Slicers

Cutting large quantities of ingredients can take up a lot of time. That is why electric slicers are a better choice than manual food slicers. Electric slicers will cut ingredients to specific proportions using the automatic mode, but can also be turned off for manual use. Your kitchen equipment supplier in Singapore will provide you with options for your type of kitchen.

Women and Cancer: The 3 Most Common Cancers in Women

We are at constant battle with cancer every day, and it is often an uphill battle. The good news is, more and more battles are being won. However, we need to be aware which type of cancers hit women the hardest and what needs to be done to avoid, treat, and even cure them. Here are five of the most common cancers that strike a good number of women in Singapore.

1. Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer any women may face in her lifetime. It can occur at any age, though the risk increases as you age. Because of certain factors, some women are more prone to developing the disease than other. However, every woman should know what it is and what can be done to prevent and treat it.

Symptoms: Early signs of breast cancer can be detected through self-examination. Breast cancer signs may include change in the shape, size, or texture (puckering or dimpling) of the breast, abnormal discharge (with or without blood) from the nipple, a lump in the breast or in the underarm area, and red, swollen skin on the areola or nipple.

Screening: Clinical breast exam (CBE) and mammogram done at an oncologist from Singapore should be done once a year even to women who appear healthy. Remember that the purpose of a screening test is to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage, before any signs and symptoms start showing up.

Treatment: Depending on the stage of your cancer, how far it has spread, and its location, your Singapore oncologist may perform a surgery—breast-conserving, modified radical, mastectomy, or total mastectomy—in conjunction with a therapy—chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or targeted therapy. The therapy will help kill any remaining infected cells that were not eradicated through surgery and help reinforce the cancer treatment.

Reduce Your Risk: Like any other cancer, there’s no sure way to prevent breast cancer. However, there are a few things you can certainly do to lower your risk. For example, physical activity, body weight, and diet are linked to breast cancer, so make sure to manage these factors well to stay in good health and shape. If you have strong family history of breast cancer, discuss with an oncologist Singapore about genetic testing for mutations in your genes that can cause the development of breast cancer.

2. Ovarian Cancer

Often lethal, this type of cancer is hard to detect as it mimics the symptoms of less serious illnesses. Ovarian cancer is more common in women over the age of 50, but can also affect younger women.

Symptoms: This type of cancer shows very subtle symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, backache, feeling of fullness, bloating, and weight loss, so women often don’t go to see a doctor until symptoms occurs more frequently and the disease has spread further in the body.

Screening: The earlier the cancer is detected, the better chances for recovery. However, ovarian cancer is hard to detect when it is in its early stage. Many times, patients with ovarian cancer show no—or very mild–symptoms until the disease is in advanced stage. Currently, there are no screening tests for ovarian cancer, but can still be detected through rectovaginal exam, blood test, and ultrasound.

Treatment: Ovarian cancer is often treated with a combination of treatments, most commonly surgery and chemotherapy. The type of surgery, however, depends on several factors such as the stage of cancer, patient’s preferences, possible side effects, and whether the patient is planning to have children. Take time to learn more about your cancer treatment options by discussing them with your Singapore oncology consultants.

Reduce Your Risk: Taking oral contraceptives decreases the risk of ovarian cancer, especially for women who have been using them for three years and more. Women who have been using (or have used) birth control pills for more than five years have about 50 percent lower risk of developing the disease. Hysterectomy and tubal ligation can also reduce chances of developing ovarian cancer, but Singapore health experts suggest that these operations should only be performed for valid medical reasons—not for preventing ovarian cancer.

3. Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which spreads through sexual intercourse. Most women’s bodies are capable of fighting this infection. However, for some, it leads to cancer. If you smoke, have multiple sex partners, or are HIV infected, you’re at higher risk for developing cervical cancer.

Symptoms: Usually, precancerous lesions aren’t accompanied with symptoms. However, once the cancer has thrived, you may experience bloody discharge and irregular bleeding between periods (although these can also be caused by some other factors).

Screening: Pap tests, tests that will detect irregular cervical cells, must be done once a year with a Pap smear, and every two years with a liquid-based test. If in case you got an abnormal Pap test result, HPV testing must be done.

Treatment: Fortunately, most abnormalities linked to cervical cancer can be detected by screenings and treated before the disease aggravates and spreads to other organs. For low-grade change, your oncologist Singapore may order a colposcopy to examine closely your cervix. If test results show high-grade changes, you’ll undergo colposcopy and your doctor may have to collect a sample specimen of your cervical tissue for biopsy. If lesions are larger, your specialist will likely recommend a cone biopsy, which requires taking of large amount of cervical tissue for in-depth examination. A combination of treatments, such as surgery with radio therapy and/or chemotherapy, may be done depending on how advanced your case is.

Reduce Your Risk: Regular Pap test is essential for prevention of cervical cancer. And of course, HPV vaccines will protect women against the types of HPV that can cause most vaginal, vulvar, and cervical cancers. However, regular Pap tests are still required for women who are vaccinated with anti-HPV.

Cancer is the leading cause of mortality in Singapore. However, if we have enough knowledge about the disease and know how to prevent and treat it, it’s not impossible to recover from any critical situation we may be in.

Just Got Hired? Here’s How to Prepare For Your First Day at Work

 

Changing jobs is part of your career and personal development. It may not necessarily be something you enjoy doing, but it’s far better than enduring a stagnant and boring environment.

It’s a new beginning, so it’s worthy of a little celebration. Sure, there’ll be challenges along the way, but there’s nothing you can’t overcome with being prepared—mentally and physically.

While you’re on your way to success, why not keep these tips to prepare you for your new job.

  1. Get Yourself a New Outfit

Make sure you’re making an excellent first impression by going on a little shopping spree. You do not necessarily need to spend a fortune for a new office outfit, especially if you know where to shop. However, it’s guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks if you dress up in a new, quality outfit, which will add to your confidence level. Let the little shopping serve as a reward for having the courage to start a new endeavour. It may be scary at first, but there’s nothing impossible with a new pair of heels.

  1. Prepare a Pitch

Prepare a 30-second explanation of who you are and where you worked before as colleagues will likely ask about your previous employment. Also, be prepared to explain what you’ll be doing in your new job as there might be people who don’t clearly get your role or just want to start a conversation with you.

  1. Project High Energy

You’ll be observed more during your first days at work from an external standpoint. Your work ethic and attitude are most visible now, since no one has ever evaluated you just yet. Everyone loves to work and be around with enthusiastic and positive people, so let them know that this is exactly what they can expect from you.

  1. Always Remember Why They Chose You

There is a reason why your employer chose you over hundreds of other applicants. They saw something in you that obviously they don’t see in others—remember that the next time you doubt yourself. It’s normal to doubt a little sometimes, especially when starting a new job, but don’t let that hinder you from doing your best.

  1. Prepare Your New Space

Have all the things you need prepared before your first day at work. It is important to have your ‘comfort zone’ set up in your new office, especially when you feel more comfortable to work with these things around. Bring and purchase a few things for your desk, like colourful sticky notes and a small picture frame where you can put a family picture, a picture of your dog or your significant other. Own your new space, and it’ll be easier to function, allowing you to easily focus on work and do your job better.

Above all, don’t be too hard on yourself if your first day didn’t run as smoothly as planned. Though you should be prepared, remember that there’s always tomorrow to make things right.

Tips to Help Your Newborn Sleep

 

If it is your first born, things can be overwhelming. There are times you do not know what to do. This is completely normal that is why you need all the support and help you can get from your mom or friends who have children. The good news is that their smile or laugh is worth it at the end of the day.

If in this case you are having troubles putting your newborns to sleep, you need to know few basic things. Newborns have a difficult time differentiating day and night. This is the reason why sometimes they have short bursts. However, in a few weeks, he/she can differentiate as long as you teach him/her. Here are some sleeping tips that you can consider:

  1. Use light to your advantage

It was mentioned earlier that newborns cannot differentiate day and night. It has something to do with the light. Remember that lights serve as the push button of your newborn. When it is dark, the brain will release melatonin – a sleep hormone. When it is bright, it will keep the baby active. You can help your baby differentiate by making his/her days bright and nights dark. With this, he/she will figure out when it is sleeping time.

When it is day, bring your baby outside for sunlight. When it is time to sleep, you can employ the help of dimmers. To facilitate sleep, lower the lights at least two hours before his/her bedtime to set the mood.

  1. Check if he/she is drowsy

Paediatricians here in Singapore and the world remind the parents to put the baby on bed drowsy and awake. If the baby is asleep, he/she will get used to it. If you put him/her on bed little bit drowsy, he/she will learn to go to sleep on his/her own. When the baby wakes up at night, he/she will learn to self-soothe.

  1. Do not rush to his/her side

It is normal that babies cry in the middle of the night. If you jump hearing squeak, you will only teach your baby to wake up more often at night. DO not rush to his/her side. Instead, wait for a few minutes before going to his/her side. Do not try to pick him/her up. An assurance will do. Don’t engage the baby by meeting his/her gaze because this will mean playtime for them.

  1. Be lean on diaper changes

Your baby cries and you kind of figured out he/she needs diaper change – that is not the case all the time. You will just jostle the baby awake. When he/she cries, try to sniff and you will know when it is time to change.

Understanding Dementia: Things You Should Know

No one wants to be a victim of dementia but it can easily destroy the lives of the patients and leaving their relationships in shambles. This is the worst thing that could happen. With this, it is important that you know things about dementia so you will know what you are facing and how to tackle it in case you have it or your close family.

Dementia is the medical condition characterized by a decline in a person’s mental ability that is serious enough to restrict his/her everyday activities. There are many types of dementia and the most recognized being Alzheimer’s. In fact, Alzheimer’s account for about 60–80% of cases of dementia not only here in Singapore but around the world. It is time that you know many things about it. Here are some:

Symptoms

Be reminded that the symptoms of dementia vary greatly but there are at least two of the following mental functions impaired by dementia: visual perception, communication and language and ability to pay attention and focus. Most cases of dementia are progressive, this means that symptoms begin slowly and then gradually worsen. If you notice any changes in thinking skills of your loved ones, do not ignore them. You have to get professional help. Early evaluation may discover treatable solutions.

Causes

You already know that dementia caused damage in the brain cells. This damage will eventually inhibit the brain cells’ knack to connect to each other. What happens when brain cells do not connect normally? Then it will affect one’s thinking, feelings and behaviour.

Diagnosis

Doctors are urging the people to have their loved ones check as soon as they noticed one or two of the symptoms mentioned above. You have to know that there is no test that will determine dementia right away. Doctors will carefully diagnose based on medical history, laboratory tests, physical examination and other things. However, doctors find it hard to identify the exact type of dementia since symptoms may overlap.

Treatment

The treatment will depend on the case. In the case of Alzheimer’s, there is no cure or treatment that can help slow down its progression however there are certain drugs that can temporarily improve one’s symptoms. As for the future of treatment, more studies need to be made and increased participation when it comes to clinical studies.

Prevention

Risk factors like genetics and age cannot be altered. Researchers are still engaged in exploring other risk factors contributing to brain health and its prevention. For example cardiovascular risk can be reduced through diet and physical exercise.

Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home with Plants

 

It’s always refreshing to see hints of green in your home after a long day at work. Not only will it beautify your space, placing a few pots of plants here and there will also give your niche a calming vibe. If you already have several indoor plants occupying a small space in your balcony or pocket garden, then you might want to explore other ways of doing a complete green takeover in your home that both you and your guests will surely appreciate.

  1. Use Them as Bookends

Is your floor-to-ceiling bookshelf the focal point of your home? If so, take its decorative value a notch higher by using plants as bookends for your book or magazine collection. To do this, repot your plants into small glass jars or mason jars, and fill them with smooth stones and pebbles for an added weight. Once you’re done, you can already use them as bookends for your paperback novels and hardbound books.

  1. Hang Them as Window Decors

Make your windows extra beautiful by using a floating shelf to display some of your potted succulents. Use a twine and recycled wood for a more rustic touch, and display your plants in a white ceramic planters to achieve that elegant look.

  1. Create a Plant Vignette

Another way of decorating your home and capturing the attention of your guests is by placing a lovely vignette of plants and planters in your foyer. Make your plant vignette artsier by using a ladder shelf. Simply fill the shelf with your favourite cacti, succulents and potted flowers, but be sure to choose those with varying heights to add more interest in your vignette.

  1. Place a Tray of Plants on Your Table

Don’t just limit your dining table centrepiece to a jar of cookies or a plate full of treats. Instead, make your dining area extra relaxing by filling an unused tray with a potted plants. You can even add some depth and dimension to your project by recycling an old cupcake stand and using it as the base for your centrepiece. Then, complete the playful and quirky look of your setup by planters working with colourful and patterned planters.

  1. Line Up Your Steps With Potted Plants

Keep the flight of steps in your home pretty and regal by placing a potted plant on each step. You can even add a hint of elegance to it by placing the plants in copper pots. As an alternative, you can use the planters to decorate the walls of your living area.

Using plants to decorate your home isn’t as difficult as you think. All you’ve got to do is show some creativity on how you use them as décors, and you’ll be able to add some calming and refreshing vibe to your nook.