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Growing up, my childhood and teenage years were filled with my parents throwing dinner parties at our homes in Singapore and Kuwait. My mom would plan each event a week or so in advance, come up with a 3 or 4 course menu (running it past my Dad) and then with the help of our maids (& me!) set the table and make sure everything was perfect for their imminent arrival.

I was taught from a very young age how to correctly set a table using special dining sets, how serving plates should be positioned and of course, the correct table manners (soup is a nightmare!) and of course the all important seating arrangement. You wouldn’t want to be sat next to someone you thought was utterly boring for the entire night, would you? No.

Guests would arrive which then made my mom run around the kitchen like a looney while shouting at me to come help her & would not calm down until dessert was served. My mom always wanted to throw the best parties and she did. I’m not just saying that cause she’s my mother.

I’m also surprised looking back that we had enough space with the dining table and chairs. Every time a new Dinner Party was arranged, the amount of people would grow and grow, it started with a couple before growing to 6! Don’t get my started on the Pool BBQs…. that’s a whole different story altogether!

Now I’m a fully fledged adult; I’m morphing into my mother. I love nothing better than cooking during the weekend, experimenting with new food and thinking up in my head how my own Dinner Parties would look. Hey, don’t look at me like I’m a weirdo. It’s the “in” thing… right? I’m addicted to searching for inspiration on how to design my own place (no rush!) and love these designs and layouts below. Very light, airy with lots of room for the mass amount of food!

I haven’t quite reached the “I’m throwing a Dinner Party” stage yet, living in the Suburban Wilderness doesn’t make it easy. Dinner Parties are so much easier living in the City!

Do you throw Dinner Parties? Let me know!

I’m not a big salad fan. I’m pretty sure you can tell that when you look at me. I’m all about the carbs, for my sins! However, there are two salads in the world that I cannot get enough of… Chicken Caesar Salad and Rocket, Parmesan & Balsamic Glaze Salad. Both very simple & very very addictive. The common element? Parmesan Cheese (or Parmigiano-Reggiano if you want to be technical!). Damn that cheese!

I woke up on Saturday craving 3 things; Bruschetta, Rocket, Parmesan & Balsamic Glaze Salad and a good home made burger. So… I made the lot (more recipe blogs to come!). Since then, I’ve ate this salad every single day. Sometimes twice a day. I’m currently at the Obsessive Craving stage that hasn’t arisen since the two week long Chicken Caesar Salad Obsession a few years back.

Yes, I’m weird like that!

& now… I am going to covert you all to the amazingness of this simple simple salad

Ingredients
A heap of Rocket Leaves (more the merrier!)
As much Parmesan Shavings (as you like, lots I say!)
1 cup Balsamic Vinegar (no need to buy a crazy expensive brand!)
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Method
Combine Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar, and Soy Sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

While glaze is cooling, grab your rocket and arrange on a plate, sprinkle over your parmesan and once cooled, drizzle over the Balsamic Glaze.

& eat…nom!

Note: If you are at the height of laziness… you can buy Balsamic Glaze out the bottle from any good supermarket but it’s always better to make it yourself!

Ever heard certain songs which you instantly love and can’t stop playing on loop? Well…. I do! Here are my five favourite songs of the moment which I play in my car, at work, at home and when brushing my teeth in the morning! Turn them up LOUD!

1. Rihanna- Diamonds

2. Rita Ora feat. J Cole- Love & War

3. Kanye West feat. Big Sean & Jay-Z – Clique

4. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin- Don’t You Worry Child

5. Maroon 5- One More Night

What are your current favourite songs? Let me know!