Welcome!

28 Oct

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I founded this site to host a platform for people to share innovative ideas, top tips in starting your own business, passion for staying organised, cooking, travel & planning ideas, and also my personal journey in launching my concierge company – Zentime.

Through this site, you’ll find all the information you need to start your own business, how to stay organised, travel, quick cooking recipes, party planning tips and more!  Sign up for free and join one of London’s fastest growing community of entrepreneurs & professionals.

I hope you may find this site informative, useful and most of all – inspirational!

Christine Stedmann

Former corporate & investment banking professional turned Entrepreneur

Zentime Living Ltd

{Adorable} Blog is now online!

20 Aug

All updates now are on {Adorable} site .  We hope you continue to find inspiration in my journey.  All my lessons learned from forming a new company, working for myself, setting up branding, marketing for a new company, etc. all helped me launch my new business in hair accessories.  It’s been an incredible journey and I hope you find inspiration in whatever you are dabbling into in your business life.  Thank you for following me all these years and I wish you all every success!  Please do stay in touch, check out my new site and tweet to all your friends who you know love unique handmade hair accessories. Thank you in advance and all the best!  Below are just a few samples of this month’s new designs. Please also follow on twitter.

Luv, Christine x

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How to cook Honeymoon fried rice (Yin Yang style)

17 Dec

For all those who have tried and love the tasty honeymoon fried rice at your local favourite chinese restaurant – here is a tasty recipe to make it at home when it’s too cold or snowy outside to visit your local chinese restaurant.

There are two types of sauce: a red, tomato based chicken and onion sauce and a white, prawn and green peas cream sauce. Served side by side on a bed of fried rice giving it the yin and the yang.

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups of steamed jasmine rice (cooled)

3 egg yolks for the fried rice, 3 egg whites for the white cream sauce (both well beaten)

Vegetable oil to grease the wok

1 cup of chicken stock

¼ cup of ketchup

100 grams of fresh cherry tomatoes

¼ cup of tomato puree

2 tsp of corn flour

2 tbsp of whole milk or single cream

¼ cup of frozen peas

100g of raw king prawns (optional)

2 chicken breasts fillets

2 tsp of minced fresh ginger

3 tbsp of red wine vinegar

1 small onion thinly sliced

1 ½  tsp of table salt

Marinade for the chicken:

2 ½ tbsp of light soya sauce

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp of corn flour

A dash of ground white pepper

Instructions:

Heat a tbsp of oil in a wok on high heat.  Put steamed rice into wok and toss until rice grains are evenly coated with oil.  Add beaten egg yolks and salt. Mix well until egg yolk bits are cooked and fully incorporated in the rice.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat a tbsp of water in wok on high heat.  Add frozen peas and ½ cup of chicken stock and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.  Add beaten egg whites whilst stirring the mixture.  Add milk/ cream and stir well. Turn down the heat to medium high.  Add prawns and simmer in the stock until prawns are cooked.  Mix 2 tsp of corn flour and 2 tsp of water together – add into wok to thicken the cream sauce.  Pour the cream sauce on top of half of the fried rice.

Heat a tbsp of oil into wok on high heat.  Add seasoned chicken breast strips into wok until golden brown on one side.  Add onion and ginger and mix well.  Add tomato puree, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, cherry tomatoes and the remaining ½ cup of chicken stock into wok and mix well.  Add a dash (1/2 tsp) of sugar to balance out the sharp tartness of the vinegar and ketchup.  Bring to a boil before adding corn flour solution to thicken the sauce.  Pour red sauce onto the remainder half of the fried rice and serve.

One New Change opens in London!

3 Nov

Last week marked the grand opening of the city’s newest shopping centre.  Located on Cheapside, the heart of the city and also directly adjacent to the historic St Paul’s Cathedral, One New Change is really an amazing piece of architecture.

There were over 2000 people who attended the opening ceremony and listened to Sir Stuart Rose’s opening speech before the red and champagne colour helium balloons floated into the sky.   The shopping centre is fitted with 60 retail shops and restaurants with clean and sleek marble finished floors and beautiful display store-front windows.  Shops include Topshop, Next, Nando’s, H&M, Hobbs, Banana Republic, Reiss, Zizzi’s and Calvin Klein Underwear.  My personal favourites are Dermalogica, LINKS of London and LK Bennett.

One New Change hopes to be an alternative, more impressive shopping destination than the West End or Westfield.  There are also some upscale choices for dining such as Jamie Oliver’s Barbacoa.

One New Change opened it’s doors last week and is open 7 days a week just in time for the Christmas shopping craziness!

Radley now ships Internationally!

3 Nov

To all my online readers from abroad and who love the Radley… Great news!  Radley now ships to over 40 international destinations!  Be sure to add this to your Christmas shopping wish list!

 

 

Getting ready for the Holidays

2 Nov

Hallowe’en has come and gone.  It’s time to get ready for the holiday season.  Have you booked your caterers for your private dinner party?  or for the even more organised you, you may have already ordered your turkey from the grocery store for your Xmas food shopping delivery to ensure a flawless execution of your family Christmas feast.

Plan early to avoid disappointment, especially for those hard-to-find items.  It’s time to buy Xmas cards and compile your mailing list on the computer so you don’t miss mailing deadlines abroad.  Find out mailing deadlines, stock up on stamps from your local post office to avoid queuing up during peak times.

Start creating your christmas gift shopping list and need I remind you to book your tickets for Santa’s Grotto?  Harrod’s is already fully booked from Nov 19th – Christmas Eve.  Your best bet to get tickets is perhaps the Santa express at Selfridges. Or if you’d like to take your little ones to have breakfast with Santa.  Tickets are available at Hamley’s for £45 – includes breakfast for one adult and one child at Hamley’s Toy Store.  There is a minimum age requirement of children aged 3 years +.

Good luck and have a stress-free Christmas holiday season!

x

MePlease is launching on Oct 4th!

1 Oct

I’m very excited and looking forward to the official launch of MePlease!  Receive treats, savings, learn about new restaurant openings and VIP events at your favourite shops across the UK!   TREATS are text’d straight to your mobile.  No paper, no fuss!  Be sure to share with all your friends on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss out!

Fleet River Bakery Cafe

1 Oct

Just found a cute little cafe near Holborn tube station called Fleet River Bakery.  It’s an absolute gem!  AND they have free wi-fi!  The decor is quirky, furnished with vintage furniture with a long list of tasty savoury snacks, scrumptous cakes and my favourite hot drink on a typical Autumn afternoon – the apple ginger drink served hot in a mug.

So the next time you find yourself wanting to surf the internet whilst sipping a cuppa and would prefer something other than Starbucks, give this little cafe a try. There is also ample seating down the stairs.

Here is a photo taken inside the cafe when I was enjoying a slice of their banana-pineapple cake + apple ginger drink whilst writing this blog entry. =)