why are we offering Christmas present

If the popular tradition is that gifts are given on December 25 that has not always been the case. Christmas was not always synonymous with wrapped packages, from the gifts the Romans offered themselves, as we know them today, through the orange or the lump of coal.
Every year, young and old stop in front of the showcases of the big brands to admire automatons and carefully staged scenery. But this has not always been the case, and the tradition of giving gifts is actually quite recent.
It was at the end of the nineteenth century that the «Christmas gift» entered into customs. Encouraged by Haussmann’s work and the arrival of department stores, he became increasingly popular among aristocratic and bourgeois families. The practice is that on Nativity Day presents are offered only to children, as the Historia magazine recalls, and that adults exchange gifts on New Year’s Eve instead. The practice of buying Christmas presents dates back to ancient times, when the Romans celebrated the winter solstice and the arrival of a new year. One offers oneself Strenae (in Latin) wishing oneself a prosperous, happy and healthy year under the good guard of a goddess of health Strenia
An orange for wise and deserving children
The arrival of department stores and “the rise of the triumphant bourgeoisie have made Christmas one of the family’s great annual gatherings, gradually disguising the religious feast as a profane celebration,” explains Point Martyne Perrot, author of the Christmas present. Story of an invention (1). The child becomes heir to the family lineage and Christmas is the occasion to celebrate it.are offered to boys and girls. Lead soldiers or a mechanical train for one, sewing kits or a fake stove for the other. To these objects is added the notion of gift paper born also at the end of the 19th century – and with it, surprise and impatience at the sight of colored paper.
For children from more popular backgrounds, however, the gifts are more modest: cookies, gingerbread or small crafts toys. The wise and deserving children are fortunate to receive an orange, an extremely rare and expensive fruit at the time. The less wise receive a lump of coal.

Stories to wait for
Before Santa Claus took the role with flying colors, the families celebrated, according to the region and religion, Santa Claus (among the Protestants), Father Janvier, loaded with gifts in his winemaker’s hood, or the fairy Arie, deprived of baguette, according to Historia. All are supposed to come overnight to drop off the gifts to the children and are figures of benevolence and generosity.
Santa Claus, in his reindeer-drawn sleigh, was first sketched by an American pastor, Clement Clarke Moore, in 1823. The bishop’s mitre worn by Saint Nicholas is replaced by a cap and its handle trocked against a stick of barley sugar. His red costume was designed by illustrator Thomas Nast in 1860.
However, it is only at the beginning of the 20th century that Santa Claus will be a global success, to the great displeasure of the Catholic Church. Faced with the frequent confusion between the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus, an official warning was issued in 1952 by several bishops. A replica of the one the Americans call Santa Claus is even burned on the square of the church of Dijon. Since then, we know thatChristmas of Gifts has largely triumphed.

dark chocolate, a guilty pleasure, not

What do dark chocolate, broccoli and almonds have in common?
They are good for the heart, along with healthy essentials like soya bean and wholegrains.
While a balanced diet should also cover heart-healthy nutrients, there are some variations to watch for.
Natural sources of soya, such as tofu, tempeh and natto, are better than textured soya protein, said registered dietitian Ujjwala Baxi, founder of nutrition consultancy Poshan – Cure thru Diet.
Natto tends to be genetically modified and made from soya beans which have been stripped of healthy fats.
Soya beans, which are packed with polyunsaturated fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals, have been shown in studies to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. It also helps to lower blood pressure.
Meanwhile, wholegrains contain antioxidants, such as phytoestrogens, that protect one against coronary heart disease.
“Try to include soluble fibres like oatmeal, barley, beans and red rice as they help to lower LDL,” said Ms Ujjwala. “Pick rolled oats over quick oats, and coarser broken wheat over refined versions like couscous and semolina.”
And while nuts can help lower the risk of heart disease by 29 per cent, according to a study, be wary of salted nuts as they may raise blood pressure, she said.
The common refrain that vegetables are good for you also applies to the heart. And leafy greens rich in chlorophyll, like broccoli, spinach and kale, may be especially beneficial for those on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, she said.
This is because the medication can interfere with the production of a molecule called co-enzyme Q10, and chlorophyll can help to regenerate it. Co-enzyme Q10 is an important antioxidant that fights against heart disease, she said.
Chocolate, on the other hand, contains flavanols. Research has shown that flavanols may potentially benefit vascular health, such as by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow to the brain and heart.
But dark chocolate trumps other varieties, such as milk and white chocolate, as it boasts a higher concentration of flavanols, as well as less sugar and fat.
This is because of its higher cocoa content. Dark chocolate contains 30 to 90 per cent cocoa, while white chocolate has only about 20 per cent.
For non-chocolate lovers, there is a wide variety of other options – cranberry, apple, onion, tea and red wine are also rich in flavanols.
Some foods to avoid are butter, sour cream and mayonnaise, which are high in saturated fat and can raise bad cholesterol levels.
“Chips and fries are among the worst foods, according to research,” said Ms Ujjwala. “They contain saturated fat, which causes your gut to expand and puts your heart in the danger zone.”
It is also wise to lower salt intake, which can elevate blood pressure.
One simple way is to use lemon juice instead of adding another dash of salt.
“Do not add salt to boiling water for pasta or vegetables while cooking. Instead, add it to the dish as its impact will be stronger.”

Poon Chian Hui

how to order birthday cake online

 

During the past few year making cakes, I had time to observe what s make a birthday party successful, be the birthday cake, the delivery, the crowd and all unexpected and unwanted think you may wish for your birthday celebration, here I share some insight to have your birthday party successful.

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Which cake to choose for the birthday party?
First avoid if you can the cheap one from the supermarket, if the one you destine the cake for is a gourmet, get him a descent cake, there’s nothing worse than an impersonalized cake from the grocery store. It may give the impression than you forgot about it, and grab the last one left on shelf. A cheap cake or cheap present will just show how you estimate your guest, it is rude.

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I’m not there should I send a cake ?
I want you not your present!
Well, most of complain we received are when the sender is not there and ask for delivery. If you have been invited to a birthday party it’s because the individual want to see you.
One of the worst case I have seen was when a man send to her lover a birthday cake, he was away, oversea trips so I though would be a good idea to send to the girl her favorite cake for her birthday, it turned into complete disaster. first her mother forgot the cake outside and let it melt, so when she came back from work it was all melted, the boy friend call me and ask for immediate replacement at 7 pm otherwise I will get a bad review, when I reach the girl was in tears, not because of the cake, because she was alone to eat it.
How can someone be so indelicate and insensible? she had no one to share the cake with, it did make her feel more lonely and abandoned, in that case a flower, or chocolate box would have been a better choice, or just wait to be back to celebrate, no one want to celebrate is birthday alone with a cake. So don t send birthday cake to your love one if you’re not there to share it with, otherwise you may lose him or her, then when your back bring him or her a cake and share it together. It’s always better to bring the cake or present yourself than to have it delivered, it’s a mark of respect of attention.
Should I have the cake delivered on is birthday?
NO, have it delivered one day ahead if there no other choice that way the recipient can bring it at work and share it with coworkers, or invite friends at home.
I remember a case where the sender asked the cake to be delivered between 12 to 5pm….. Well you spend the day waiting for the cake, not a good idea.

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How big the birthday cake should be?
You should count 100 gr per person, so a 1 kg black forest cake should serve about 10 pax, more would be difficult,  the slice would be very small. It’s a birthday cake, everyone expect a slice not crumbs, I had a customer how wanted to slice it in 20, just imagine how her guest would feel to receive 50gr of the cake, it like being serve a half cup of tea.
Bigger the cake is better it is, better too much than not enough, if u have 20 guests chose 2 cakes, it would be easier to slice than a very large one, if your cake is too large it may also not feet into your chiller.

Christmas Hampers – 5 suggestions for a deluxe hamper this Christmas

Luxurу Chriѕtmаѕ hаmреrѕ really аrе a special ѕеаѕоnаl gift, whеthеr it be a рrеѕеnt for a lоvеd оnе оr a treat fоr уоur own fаmilу. Thеrе is nоthing better thаn ореning a dеluxе hаmреr and ѕееing all thоѕе luxurious fооdѕ аnd drink, which wоuld nоrmаllу be tоо muсh оf аn extravagance at аnу оthеr timе of thе year.
As wеll аѕ traditional Christmas hampers, whiсh the likеѕ оf Hаrrоdѕ аnd Sеlfridgеѕ are fаmоuѕ fоr, there аrе a widе range оf other tуреѕ of luxury Chriѕtmаѕ hаmреrѕ, so muсh ѕо thаt there аrе nоw еvеn ѕресiаliѕеd wеbѕitеѕ online thаt rеviеw thе vеrу best оf dеluxе hаmреrѕ оvеr a diverse rаngе оf price lеvеlѕ. It does not rеаllу matter if уоu аrе unable to аffоrd a Harrods’ hаmреr, bесаuѕе there аrе now luxury hаmреrѕ available that аrе аffоrdаblе bу аlmоѕt everyone.
Bеlоw I tаkе a look at fives different tуреѕ оf luxurу Christmas hаmреrѕ, аnу оf whiсh iѕ bоund tо mаkе yours or a loved one’s Christmas holiday thаt littlе bit more special.
#1 Luxury chocolate hamper
A luxury Chосоlаtе hаmреr which is the likes of Laurent Bernard chocolatier is a vеrу popular choice, be for corporate client or love one. This iѕ definitely ѕоmеthing thаt needs to bе ѕаvоurеd over the entire holiday, аѕ thiѕ is a luxurу Chriѕtmаѕ hamper. That ѕаid, thеrе iѕ nothing like chocolate аnd сhаmраgnе tо kiсk оff thе perfect rоmаntiс night and ѕо this is dеfinitеlу a gift that guуѕ will соnѕidеr tо bе mоnеу wеll ѕреnt.
#2 Luxury cheese hampers
If thеrе iѕ a luxurу Chriѕtmаѕ hаmреr thаt iѕ juѕt реrfесt fоr Grаnddаd thеn it hаѕ got tо bе thе luxury Chееѕе hamper. Thеѕе dеluxе baskets uѕuаllу hаvе juѕt about еvеrу high ԛuаlitу сhееѕе undеr thе ѕun, ѕuсh аѕ Stilton, Rеd Lеiсеѕtеr аnd of course a ѕресiаl Mature Chеddаr. They will аlѕо соmе with a fine port аnd a rаngе of savoury biѕсuitѕ аnd Sсоttiѕh оаtсаkеѕ, so уоu саn rеѕt assured thаt Grаnddаd is going to be very appreciative оf hiѕ present.
#3 Luxury organic hampers
If thеrе iѕ a mеmbеr of уоur fаmilу thаt iѕ very careful оf what hе оr ѕhе eats and iѕ intо an оrgаniс wау оf life, thеn thеrе аrе еvеn a rаngе of luxurу hampers fоr them as well. A luxury organic hamper will hаvе a range of fооdѕ and drinkѕ fillеd with natural goodness. Teas, biѕсuitѕ, sweets and even organic аlсоhоl will сеrtаinlу put a ѕmilе on someone’s fасе thiѕ Chriѕtmаѕ.
#4 Luxury gourmet hampers
Thе luxurу gоurmеt hаmреr iѕ dеfinitеlу оnе fоr аll thе family and iѕ thе vеrу height оf dеluxе hаmреrѕ. This is thе chance to treat thе fаmilу to аll thоѕе luxuriоuѕ fооd ѕtuffѕ thаt аrе оnlу аffоrdаblе аt Christmas. Fоiѕ gras раtеѕ, handmade Christmas cake, a finе Shirаz, a VSOP cognac аnd оf course a tор of the rаngе champagne аrе all рорulаr itеmѕ thаt mау wеll feature in уоur dеluxе gоurmеt hаmреr.
#5 Traditional Christmas hampers
If уоu аrе a buѕу couple аnd just dо nоt have thе timе to рrераrе thе ѕеаѕоnаl meals, then реrhарѕ a traditional Chriѕtmаѕ hamper is whаt уоu nееd. Cranberry sauces, minсе pies, Chriѕtmаѕ cake, figѕ, rоаѕt сhеѕtnutѕ, ѕtuffing аnd of соurѕе a luxury Chriѕtmаѕ рudding will help mаkе your Christmas fеѕtivе withоut аll thе hassle.IMGP5597