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Recipes to Boost Focus in Meetings: Crème Brûlée Maple Apple Tart


Pitching to a hungry audience is shooting yourself in the foot, so bring along some tasty treats - preferably sugary stuff - to boost focus and mood. It WILL make a significant difference in the success or productivity of your meeting. This week’s #RBFM sugar spell: Crème Brûlée Maple Apple Tart.


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By Fausto Mendez

    Crème brûlée maple apple tarts are some of the best dessert tarts that I’ve ever tasted, and this recipe, courtesy of Sugar for the Brain, certainly hits the spot if you’re a fan of such delights.

    It’s a relatively easy recipe if you have the crust ready to go, but I tend to be a fan of from-scratch crust. Below, I break down your shopping list for the grocery store.

The Grocery List

+ Two Cortland apples, peeled. Cut the apples into eight wedges. 

+ Eight cups of sugar.

+ Six egg yolks.

+ Third cup maple syrup.

+ Half teaspoon maple extract.

+ One and one fourth cups of 35% cream.

+ Half teaspoon vanilla extract.

+ Two tablespoons powdered sugar.

+ One shortcrust pastry (store bought or from scratch).

Step 1: The Setup

+ Lay your crust over a 14” x 4” pan. 

+ Lay the apples over the crust. Fit them in how you like. Sprinkle sugar over all of it.

+ Then, bake the crust & apples for 40 minutes.

Step 2: The Filling

+ In a medium bowl, mix together the egg yolks and maple syrup. Whisk and whisk.

+ Throw in the cream. Drop in the vanilla. Then, pour the concoction over the crust & apples. 

+ Bake for an additional 15 minutes. 

Step 3: The Finishing Touch

+ Sprinkle sugar over the tart and caramelize the sugar with a gas torch. Alternatively, a quick broil in the oven can achieve a very similar effect. 

+ Sugar for the Brain recommends to eat it cold, but I think it’s better hot. It’s up to you. If you’re going to chill it, let it cool down to room temperature. Then, put in the fridge. 

Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Emeril’s “Kicked Up” Tuna Melts #BYOL


Every week, we suggest a fascinating, delicious and not-so-unhealthy dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Emeril’s “Kicked Up” Tuna Melts.


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By Fausto Mendez

    This week, we feature a delicious tuna melt, straight from Emeril’s brain and ripped out of the pages of Martha Stewart's website. If you plan to take these to work, don't add the tuna mix to your sandwich right away.

    Keep the tuna separated from the bread until you’re ready to eat, then add the cheese and tomato, and heat it all up in a mini oven. A microwave may also suffice, but you’ll have to be very careful not to overcook your sandwich (as microwaves often do). Below, we summarize the recipe in an easy step-by-step guide.

The Grocery List

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+ Four cans of solid-white tuna in water (drained)

+ Third cup of mayo

+ One tablespoon of lemon juice

+ Four slices of provolone

+ Four slices of crusty bread

+ One teaspoon of ground pepper &  half teaspoon of salt

+ Fresh herbs & veggies: quarter cup of red onion, eight slices of tomato, four teaspoons of rinsed capers, quarter teaspoon of dried oregano

Making the Tuna Salad

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+ Mix tuna, mayo, onions, salt, pepper, oregano, capers and lemon juice. Stir, stir, stir.

Prep the Sandwich

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+ Don’t prep the sandwich until you’re ready to eat. This is to prevent soaking the bread.

+ Add a small amount of mayo on two slices of bread. Add tuna on each slice of bread.

+ Lay down one or two tomato slices and a cheese slice.

+ Heat until cheese melts, but be careful not to burn the bread.

OK, Let’s Eat. 

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+ But don’t stop here. Next week, we’ll post another delicious dish.


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You’re Doing Fine. Slow down.

By Fausto Mendez

    Everything will be OK. Thanks to Jashua Noom for the original photo. We’re rather impressed with it’s modern but very homely, calming feel. 


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We Made It Through Another Monday!

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By Fausto Mendez

    We made it through another Monday. More importantly, I think we’re just about recovered from the weekend hangover. Bring on Tuesday!

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Bring-Your-Own-Lunch Recipe: Mini Spiced Chicken Burgers with Mint Greek Yogurt #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Mini Spiced Chicken Burgers with Mint Greek Yogurt.

    I’m a sucker for Greek foods and interesting burgers, so this recipe for mini spiced chicken burgers caught my attention right away. Just look at that photo! I can’t take it anymore; let’s hurry up and cook one or two. You can thank Aapplemint for the original recipe, and below, we post the Bizz’s short & easy version. 

What You’ll Need: The Ingredients

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+ Chicken Mince, 250 grams

+ Fresh Veggies, Spices & Herbs: Two chopped red chillies (seed removed), three chopped garlic cloves, one finely chopped red onion, one handful of chopped coriander, one teaspoon of red chili, some leaves of crunchy lettuce, one teaspoon of cumin, one teaspoon of kafta, salt (as much as you prefer), chopped mint, one sliced Lebanese cucumber (skin on).

+ Greek Yogurt

Next, Prep the Patty

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+ In a mixing bowl, mix together (with your hands): the mince, spices, coriander, chillies, garlic and onion. Form multiple flat patties.

+ Fry the patties in a non-stick pan or skillet over olive oil. 

Finally, Assemble the Burgers

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+ In a separate bowl, whip the Greek yogurt, mint and salt. 

+ If you’ve ever assembled a hamburger, the rest of the process is rather straightforward. Warm up the pita bread and stuff everything inside. Delicious!

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