Luncheon Parties Need That Special Extra

Ah the need for a good clean kitchen – imperative when certain relatives are on the prowl.  I am not big in entertaining per say, but when it is my turn to do lunch, the food part is only one minor element of a very busy session of me becoming more closely acquainted with the room at the back of the house with the strange cooking implements and large stainless steel sink.

I have got my recipe planning down to a fine art, I have six complete main meals and three alternative desserts which I select from, depending on the season and what I already have in stock.   A rissotto is my default choice, but obviously not too often in case I repeat it in a moment of forgetfulness.   Once the food side is clarified, getting it prepared early on is essential.  I then give my kitchen a really good going over!

Sporting Jam Scones Have To Be Planned For

Ah, just as the sound of leather upon willow conjurs up the tsmell and taste of cucumber sandwiches for me the very name Wimbledon, or as it is now very fashional to do, call it SW19, brings the thought, sounds and taste of strawberries and cream!  There are probably many other very good examples of such food and sport pairings.  This brings me to the subject of kitchens.  Whenever there is any kind of amateur sporting fixture that needs food to complete the afternoon, then someone’s kitchen is going to be needed to bring about this feat of domestic engineering.

With any kitchen related purchase, be it the full remit of cabinets, integral whit goods, thre has to be a proper plan of action before any purchase and fitting is attempted.  Online suppliers offer a tremendous scope for design, installation and fitting – all it takes is a bit of cooking skill and heaven is acievable!

Kitchen Ideas Stimulate Latent Domestic Passions

In a recent splurge of activity I was going around some of the more up market kitchenalia suppliers for ideas to offer a dear relative of mine who is about to reluctantly downsize house – but not her kitchen supplies.  It was a breath of fresh air to me for sure, having not really taken on board a great deal of the excitement surrounding the upsurge of interest in all things baking, master chef-ing, pattisserie-ing etc.  I am a basic down to earth cook but with a stunted imagination.  It was wonderful to look at the kitchens themselves – great shiny gorgeous cookers of all sorts.  An absolutely amazing array of appliances, big and small.  What I really liked was the colour co-ordination going on in most of them.

The sheer joy of the demonstrators was unbridled passion in some quarters.  What happiness can be gained from all kinds of kitchen ideas!

From Advertiser Acorns Come Ideas Like Oaks

Oh for that beautifully appointed kitchen – the object of many a dream.  Perfection in the execution of every kind of meal imaginable.  The confection that could be oozing from the beautifully matching appliance . .  . .  oh yes, the best possible things happen to every family with a decent kitchen, or so the advertisers would have us believe.  It is true to say though that if you have all the right components in useable, ergonomic sensible placement, then this should fire up the thought processes when a stream of mial times is called for.  Not all of us like the idea of delving into the deep freeze for that next box of ready meal.

With the sheer number of fantastic food based programmes about, there should be more really good food put ot there on the collecting meal table! A few ideas online can also be a great mood booster – being able to browse for kitchen design and behavour

Spring In The Step Follows A Spring In The Air

The joy of a new fresh spring arriving cannot ever be over stated!  The long winter season has gradually shifted away, taking with it the grotty dank muddy cold.  Boy hasn’t it been cold too.  Not quite as much snow as the children would like of course, but freezing conditions for many more days in the late season.

Now though, having established that spring is in the air, we turn our attention to the joyfulness of the lighter season.  Firstly we have the Eastertide festivals – family gatherings with lamb and lighter meat meals and rather a lot of chocolate quite probably.  Before that of course comes Good Friday with the ritual hot cross bun eating toasting and eating.  Kitchen appliances are always lovely to have and renew.  Easter seems such a good time to do this, especially with such a choice online.  It is now possible to get anything your kitchen loving heart desires.

Selling Your House? No Need to Go Mad With the Decor!

Many of us will be selling houses this year, either moving up to a larger property, or perhaps downsizing to something a little smaller – something we all have in common though is the thought that we need to get our houses ‘ready for sale’.  This is the process of redecorating in order to get the house looking smart and presentable for the viewing public to decide to purchase.

The issue with this pre-sale decorating is that it is actually completely unneccessary!  Many people when they move into a house actually tear out all the ‘old’ stuff and replace it with their own chosen decor.  This means that all the hard work and money you spend on updating the kitchen and bathroom will have gone to waste in the bottom of someone else’s skip!  Instead of focussing on decorating, why not instead focus on decluttering and getting your own things ready for the big move instead?

Fitted Kitchens for the Future!

Houses never used to be built with fitted in kitchens – sounds mad doesn;t it!  Cupboards used to be more like storage crates, roughly fixed to the wall in a rather untidy manner.  Nowadays, we all have beautiful fitted kitchens, with neat and streamlined cupboards tidily concealing their contents behind shiny doors with slim handles.

One place to buy a nice fitted kitchen is in a DIY store where you can get the individual cupboards, oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge/freezer to fit yourself.  This is good for people on a tight budget, as through doing the work yourself you save money.  The drawbacks here is that you need to be confident to install these items, and of course if you are using a gas hob you’ll need to get it all registered and checked by a professional.

Another way to get a lovely new kitchen fitted in is to call in a carpenter to install stunning storage units with your appliances built in.  This offers a neat way to design your dream kitchen without the need to understand how to build anything yourself.

Kitchens Add Dramatic Value to a Home!

The kitchen is an important feature in a house – the kitchen is often the room that will make or break the sale of a house!  Getting the kitchen right is a clear way to make more money from the sale of your house.

One thing we are often told however, is not to do any work to a house when we go to sell it – this is because buyers basically rip the whole thing out and start again when they move in, so it is wasted money from that view.  The problem is though, how do we maximise our sale value without completely changing the kitchen?

The first way to do this is to make sure you put away or store any non essential kitchen items – keeping the worktops completely clear will make the room seem bigger and more spacious.  Have a bunch of fresh flowers on the table, and ensure your windows/blinds are clean.  Elliminate any clutter from the kitchen and keep it absolutely tidy and clean as much as you can, especially when you have viewings.

Keeping Your Kitchen Looking It’s Best

Kitchens are a main hub of the home, so it is important that they are kept looking their best!  This can be done easily using a few handy tips and tricks to keep your kitchen clean and beautiful.

Firstly, make sure all clutter is put away or thrown away.  This is the number one rule for making sure your kitchen looks tidy – simply washing the dishes and putting them away after you have finished with them will make a big difference to the overall look of the kitchen.

Next, have a good look round at the appliances on your worktops – do you use them everyday? If not, could they be stored in a cupboard out of the way?  This would free up lots of space on the worktops and make the room look much bigger.

Finally, keep your window clean!  It is surprising how mucky a kitchen window can get, especially with cooking steam and oils being used daily.  Keeping your window clean and streak free will make your kitchen look lovely.

Designing the Ideal Kitchen

A kitchen is a fundamentally important room in the home – it is often where guests seem to congregate during social gatherings and it is obviously where we spend a great deal of time preparing food and eating.  It is therefore important that this room is designed with ease of use in mind as well as visually pleasing design features.

First and formost, think about the space you have to use.  Are you planning to fit a table into your kitchen?  A breakfast bar?  If you have the space, it can be a nice idea to have a table within the kitchen as it offers a space to eat the food you prepare without having to take it through to another room.

Try to get your cooker, oven, sink and fridge aligned nicely so you do not have to move too far between each one.  You want a ‘working triangle’ where you can easily get to your different appliances.