February 08, 2017

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Thinking of a homemade Valentine's Day dinner? Pica LéLa have some ideas for you

You might have already prepared your Valentine's Day present for your loved one. (If not, still not too late to login to our Pica LéLa website for shopping:-)

http://www.picalela.com/collections/my-valentine )

Having a headache trying to book a table for Valentine's Day dinner? Why not consider to prepare a homemade meal?  The Pica LéLa team have selected some homemade dishes below for you to try!

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi Homemade Valentine's Day Dinner

Photo source:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/19508/shrimp-scampi/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%202

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) pack angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Prep: 15mins   Cook: 10mins   Ready in: 25mins

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in pasta and return pot to boil. Cook until al dente. Drain well.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and shrimp. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in wine and pepper. Bring to the boil and cook for 30 seconds while stirring constantly.
  4. Mix shrimp with drained pasta in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

You can also buy some fresh prawns and make a heart shaped prawns dish as the entree.  Cute right!?

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Photo source (left): http://www.faktwerk.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/shutterstock_245672263_bearb.jpg  (right): https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/shrimp-white-heart-shape-isolated-40408644.jpg

 

Filet Mignon Steak with Rich Balsamic Glaze

Filet Mignon Steak Valentine's Day homemade dinner

Photo source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/30578/filet-mignon-with-rich-balsamic-glaze/?internalSource=hn_carousel%2003_Filet%20Mignon%20with%20Rich%20Balsamic%20Glaze&referringId=1401&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&referringPosition=carousel%2003

Ingredients:

  • 2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine

Prep: 5mins     Cook: 15mins  Ready in: 20mins

  1. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper over both sides of each steak, and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place steaks in hot pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add balsamic vinegar and red wine. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, basting with sauce when you turn the meat over.
  3. Remove steaks to two warmed plates, spoon one tablespoon of glaze over each, and serve immediately.

 heart shaped steak Valentine's Day homemade dinnerheart shaped steak Valentine's Day homemade dinner

Photo source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=w8Centrd&id=B62B50E30210ADFC4B7BFB6360CD1817B6382347&q=heart+shape+steak&simid=608046372648256161&selectedIndex=13&ajaxhist=0

Here are some other heart shaped dishes for you too!

Heart shaped salmon & pizza

heart shaped salmon Valentine's Day homemade dinnerHeart shaped pizza Valentine's Day homemade pizza

 

Photo source (left): http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H6b8IerCY8o/TzcaWYLNeKI/AAAAAAAABmI/SytayVPaLlE/s320/Fish+is+good+for+you...it%27s+that+simple.jpg

(right): http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=dnkiZwdH&id=07150C10D55C91928B908F93C1EAD1C025F325AD&q=heart+shape+pizza&simid=608023690914630910&selectedIndex=30&ajaxhist=0

Heart shaped fruit skewers:

heart shaped fruit skewers Valentine's Day homemade dinner

Photo source: https://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2013/2/fruit-heart-arrows.jpg

 Wishing you all a great Valentine's Day next week :)

Recipe source: http://allrecipes.com

 

 

 

December 29, 2016

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Celebrate 2017 & the Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year, also called the Chinese Spring Festival holds the most significant position amongst all Chinese festivals and holidays, a chance to celebrate the year gone by and welcome the upcoming year. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday the 28th of January, initiating the Year of the Rooster.
Year of the Rooster 
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December 22, 2016

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10 Tips on how to de-stress this festive season from Pica LéLa

10 Tips on how to de-stress this festive season from Pica LéLa

As we have now well and truly arrived in holiday season and Christmas Day looms ever closer, a lot of people would agree that the festive season brings strain and stress along with the cheer and joy.  So take a little time to read our tips on how you can reduce the added burden of dealing with stress this season.

destressing during the holiday season

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December 07, 2016

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Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas

Once you have finally done your Christmas shopping it’s time to wrap your presents to keep them a surprise! 

For decades, we have been using massive rolls of printed paper wrapping to hide our presents. Yet, it only takes a few seconds to unwrap a gift and all that shredded paper will then go to the bin! In the interest of reducing waste and protecting our environment, Pica LéLa is sharing with you some creative and sustainable ways to wrap your holiday gifts.

Fabric Gift Wrap

Fabric is perfect reusable material for wrapping presents.  Look around your house for festive tea towels, pillow cases, sheets or hand towels that are the right size for your gift.

Fabric can be pinned or tied with a ribbon. After the present is opened, the fabric can be folded and stored for next year.

eco gift wrapping

Photo source:https://flourishnow.files.wordpress.com

 

eco gift wrapping

Photo source:

left: http://simplynaturalmom.com

right: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/14777505001125938/

Newspapers and Paper Bags

There are lots of large sheets of paper available in our everyday lives, for example, newspapers.  Start saving up a week’s worth of newspaper for your holiday wrapping needs (the newspaper comics make for the most colorful wrapping, but even classifieds will do!). You can even opt for paper bags at the grocery store!  Use scissors to cut to the size you need and put some stickers and ribbons on for added decoration.

 eco gift wrapeco gift wrap newspaper wrapping

Photo source:

Left: http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com

Right: https://organizingmadison.files.wordpress.com

Old Calendars

Calendars are another source of relatively large sheets of paper and colourful to boot!  Many have funny or beautiful images within so instead of tossing away, keep them around as convenient wrapping for holiday and birthday gifts.

eco gift wrap calendar gift wrapping

Photo source:  http://ilustris.co.uk/

Gift bags have long been preferred among earth-loving gift givers because they involve no tape or folding, and they’re easy to re-use next year. If you’re very careful, even the cheap paper gift bags available at discount stores can be preserved for several years.  

eco gift wrap reuseable gift bageco gift wrap reuseable gift bag

Photo source:

Left: https://wanelo.com/

Right: http://www.made-in-china.com/

Happy gift wrapping!

November 09, 2016

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Pica LéLa's Top 5 Christmas Holiday Destinations

It's just 6 weeks from Christmas, yes 6 weeks away!  We all look forward to the holidays and spending time with families to celebrate this festive season.  So now's your time to start planning!  We have compiled our 5 top destination ideas to share with you.  White Christmas? Sunny beach? It's up to you.

Christmas in Australia

 

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November 08, 2016

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Pica LéLa launches their 2017 jewellery collections at the Tax Free World Exhibition, Cannes, France

Pica LéLa launches their 2017 jewellery collections at the Tax Free World Exhibition, Cannes, France

Pica LeLa Jewellery at TFWA Cannes France

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November 02, 2016

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Planning for the weekend? Pica LéLa can recommend Sculpture By The Sea at Sydney's Bondi!

 

 Are you like the team here in Sydney at Pica LéLa and like to draw inspiration from the world around you?  If so then we have a great activity for you!

sculpture by the sea , bondi beach, pica lela

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September 13, 2016

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Have an enchanting journey with Pica LéLa

Our latest Pica LéLa collection Enchanted is mesmerizing passengers all over the world as it flies high on our home airline Qantas along with other much loved airlines including Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Eva Air, Silk Air and Air Macau.

Pica LeLa Jewellery Enchanted Collection

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July 06, 2016

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Winter Wanderlust

Soak up the warmth and chase away the cold weather with these top vacation destinations.

malta 

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May 18, 2016

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TFWA Singapore Exhibition In Review

TFWA Singapore Exhibition In Review - The Tax Free World Association exhibition is one of the biggest in the travel retail and duty free industry, bringing together brands and buyers from all over the world.  This year we were excited to launch our latest Enchanted and Utopia collections. View full article →
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