We love having people at our place! A weekend spent cooking and entertaining friends is always a good weekend. Considering that I am a morning person, breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day. So we’ve started hosting breakfasts with friends, which I felt was special as we could share and enjoy the food made from some of our best recipes.
By sticking to the three course rule, here is the list of meals you can serve for breakfast. Pick one from each category and have the breakfast menu sorted for your next party:
First Course (served cold):
– Bircher with Strawberry Sauce
Second Course (served hot):
– Quinoa and Lemon Pancakes
– My Mom’s Best Crêpes
– Baked Blueberry and Banana Oatmeal
– Roasted Kumara, Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Frittata
Dessert (served with tea or coffee):
– Sweet Strawberry and Coconut Muffins
– Raw Brownies
– Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies
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People spend a significant amount of time at work on e-mails they send or receive every day. Yet, some people are still unsure on how to write e-mails appropriately. I come across e-mails that are very difficult to read and interpret, which can often lead to miscommunication.
I decided to put together simple rules on e-mail etiquette that I try to follow:
- Include a clear subject
Make the subject line summarise the body of the e-mail. It will set the tone for what you have to say in your e-mail and also make it easier to search for later on.
Keep it concise
Keep messages brief and to the point. Include only enough contextual information at the beginning of the e-mail for the recipient to know what the matter is about.
Use layout structure to make it easy to read
Use spaces and breaks between paragraphs and long sentences to make it easier to read.
Use professional salutations
Even if you work with a friend or partner, only professional salutations like ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ should be used in your work e-mails.
Always use a capital first letter for people’s names and check the spelling
Writing a name with a capital letter shows some respect to the recipient. But most importantly, aways check the spelling. In our multicultural environment, there are so many names that have a particular spelling.
Use exclamation marks sparingly and do not type in all caps
People sometimes get carried away and put a number of exclamation marks at the end of their sentences. The result can appear too emotional or immature. Use only one to convey excitement. Also, typing in all caps can be seen as yelling and shouting.
Be cautious with humour
Humour can easily be lost in translation without the right tone or facial expression. It’s better to leave humour out of e-mail, unless you know the recipient well.
Proofread every message and check attachments
Never send an e-mail without reading, proofreading and checking attachments.
Add the e-mail address last
We rely heavily on technology, but there are many cases when it fails and causes problems. You don’t want to accidentally send your email before having finished writing or proofreading the message. Always add the addressee last and check that it is the right person.
Reply within 24 hour period
It’s polite to reply to emails that are directed to you. It also makes you look efficient. The longer you leave it to reply, the more likely you will forget or have too big a log-jam of unanswered e-mails.
Think twice before hitting ‘Reply All’
It can be very frustrating to being included on e-mails that you hardly have anything to do with. I find it unnecessary when people include all on an e-mail only to say ‘thank you’ to the original sender. It’s a nice gesture, don’t get me wrong, but can be sent only as a personal e-mail. Refrain from hitting ‘reply all’ unless you really think everyone on the list needs to receive that e-mail.
Keep the thread
When replying to an e-mail, use the reply option on the sidebar in your mail. This will keep the message in the “thread”, and make it easier for the recipient to follow.
Allow time for reply to an e-mail you have sent
E-mail messages are not usually required to be answered immediately. Before sending a reminder, allow time for a response, some times even a few days. Not everyone is online 24 hours a day.
Consider different cultures
Miscommunication can easily occur due to cultural differences. Tailor your message depending on the receiver’s cultural background or how well you know them.
E-mail is not confidential
Keep in mind that your company has the right to read the content of your e-mails.
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One of the easiest ways to look professional is to wear a dress which has a simple cut and minimal details. This dress has a perfect fit and colour. I like pairing it with classic nude heels, which makes the whole look polished and smart.
Even though sunday roast is traditionally served at home, there are so many places in Sydney where you can go to enjoy a hearty meal. Here is a list of places that serve a traditional roast which I cannot wait to try this winter:
- Hotel Centennial (Woollahra)
Dove & Olive (Surry Hills)
Lord Dudley (Paddington)
Papi Chulo (Manly)
The Tilbury (Woolloomooloo)