Friday, November 01, 2013

7 Useful Kitchen Storage Solutions For Freeing Up Some Extra Space

Kitchen Storage Solutions

Kitchens are like the heart of our homes. Sometimes, it may seem as if our kitchen is not big enough to accommodate all the items and appliances that are essential for cooking. But, with proper utilization of the space and some nice kitchen storage ideas, anyone can have the kitchen of their dreams, no matter how small it is. Have a look at 7 useful kitchen storage solutions that you can implement with limited budget, time and resources.




A backboard occupies the under-used wall-space and free-up some space in your cabinets and drawers. It comes outfitted with books, and is perfect for hanging those small pots, pans and utensils. You can hang it near you prep space, so you will have all the tools at your fingertips.


Corner storage


A well-hinged corner-cabinet can hold your kitchen appliances as well as the baking supplies. Such a unit can eliminate the need of digging through the stored items to reach the back-end of the cabinet.




Pot Rack


A pot rack will free up the cabinet space and also put your cookware within easy reach. It hangs around from the ceiling with the help of chains attached to multiple hooks that are welded firmly to the grate. Your pans and utensils are suspended from this great using metal S hooks. You can find a great tutorial on DIY kitchen pot racks here.




Slender storage


You can get an armoire with deep drawers, and store linens, baking sheets, dish towels. They usually have an upper cabinet with transparent glass door, which is great to store and show off your pretty dishes.


Over-the-door storage


Did you overlook the extra space available above the kitchen’s doorway? Well, you can hang a shelf over there and store those pretty china pieces and other utensils that you use occasionally.


Pull-out shelves and storage carts


By pairing accessibility and storage functionality, pull-out shelves keep your appliances hidden from sight, but you can roll them out easily whenever you want. Along with that, a hidden roll out cart is a nice way to store your items, while also being easy to use for various purposes and to carry around with you in the kitchen.


Try a different idea


If storage space in your kitchen is a serious limitation, and you are unable to get that extra room that you are looking for – you should go for renting a storage unit (like this one in Auckland). It’s a nice idea when you don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort in trying to re-arrange your kitchen by trying out various storage space ideas. In fact, it’s also the perfect solution when you have to renovate your kitchen for better utilization of space, and want to save your kitchen appliances and utensils from damage.


While making use of one or more of the above ideas for properly utilizing your kitchen space, you will not just free up some extra space but also arrange everything in a nice way for easy accessibility. Once you’ve done that, you can use the freed up space for storing your new kitchen appliances, the ones you have been waiting to buy. Now, just get started with some of the above ideas and build the kitchen of your dreams.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Calamity In The Kitchen: Take A Course

Cooking Courses

Most people have one fail-safe dinner party dish that they return to again and again. Whether it’s a spaghetti Bolognese that your friends and family rave about, or that birthday sponge with the buttercream that’s just so good, that one dish works because you’ve carefully perfected it over time.  But if your fail safe dish is toast, or your reading this worried that you’re without a dinner party spectacle, there’s no need to panic, there are courses up and down the country where you can learn from an expert and find that one thing that you can truly perfect – take note!


Sushi Making

The thing about sushi is that it just looks impressive, and if you’re a kitchen klutz, you’ll also be pleased to note that it requires no cooking! You can take a sushi making course at Yo! Sushi and learn how to make four different types. Swig on sake, and get into the Japanese mood by learning how to use a rolling mat. You’ll even be given a short chat on the history of sushi so that you can dazzle your guests with the facts whilst they nibble on your canapés.


Cheese Making

Cheese Making

Who doesn’t love cheese? If you want a snack that you can nibble on whilst swigging back wine, spread over your chips or improve the taste of everything with, cheese is where it’s at. At Denbies Wine Estate in Woking, you can learn every stage of cheese making from separating out the curds and whey to putting the cheese in moulds to set.


With experts guiding you, there’s nothing that could possibly go wrong. After you’ve made your cheese, you’ll need a tipple to go alongside it. Guests are then invited into the winery to learn the art of wine making and sample a selection of in-house wines with an expert. In between courses, you’ll be able to have a tasty lunch of local produce, and you’ll begin the day with Danish pastries.



Italian Cuisine

Italian Cuisine Under The Guidance of Giancarlo Caldesi

If you feel like throwing yourself in at the deep end and cooking an Italian feast, then where better to learn than under the guidance of renowned chef, Giancarlo Caldesi? You’ll learn how to make some Tuscan favourites, such as hunter’s roast or his signature lasagne. He’ll also have you creating a number of side dishes so that your table is always full. The side dishes depend on the season and the vegetables available. You’ll then get to enjoy your meal over a glass of Italian wine, and catch up with fellow students. Bellissimo!       


Learn How to Make a Cocktail


Cocktail Making with Hugo from Made in Chelsea

If there’s still no hope for you in the kitchen, then you can always resort to cocktails. Hugo, from Made in Chelsea, is often seen sipping on the coolest cocktails, and he also knows a bit about their preparation. This experience will give you the chance to hang out with a celeb, even if it doesn’t improve your cocktail making skills. Taking part in the Chelsea crew’s favourite pub, The Phene, owned by Lucy Watson’s dad, you’ll be taught to make cocktails under the guidance of an expert mixologist. You’ll then get the opportunity to catch up with Hugo over his experience in the jungle – and all the latest from SW3.


With so many different courses available, there’s no reason that you should still be having kitchen calamities! So grab your friends together, and take a course that not only teaches you a vital new skill, but guarantees a great day out.


Emily Collins loves to cook and can often be found trying out new recipes.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Hottest Food Trends For 2013

Healthy Eating 2013

Healthy Eating 2013

2013 Food Trends

With a new year, comes new resolutions and promises to eat better and exercise more frequently. Even if you have healthy eating habits, it’s still important to try and eat cleaner and always put variety and new nutrients into our diet.

In the last few years, there has been new information and trends for the public to try that have provided plenty of options on how to lose weight and become healthier. People are now eating once overlooked foods, including kale, quinoa, lentils, sweet potatoes, and flax seeds to reduce their risk of common diseases and easily manage their weight.

Coconut Water

You can never have enough of a variety in your diet and new flavors that create more meals and snacks. This year, there are a few favorites people are trying for a healthier year. Coconut water is becoming increasingly popular for its health benefits and delicious taste. It’s a smooth, cool option for something to drink without any additives or preservatives. Coconut water comes straight from the center of a coconut and has anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic enzymes. Coconut water is also proven to increase digestion and has contains more calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium than other fruits.


Another new, natural diet trend is kombucha, which is a great alternative for sweetened tea. The fermented tea is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast and it contains active enzymes, amino acids, and organic acids. Kambucha is gaining popularity among dieters, and the drink is hailed as a “cure all”. Many kombucha lovers have taken to home-brewing the tea themselves.

Acai Berries

The acai berry is a favorite for many for its delicious flavor and number of vitamins it contains. The acai berry is used in many different forms for consumption, including in juices, smoothies, or for a sweet topping. Its seedy taste can be compared to a raspberry or strawberry and has many benefits with its powerful antioxidants. The acai berry is considered a “super fruit” due to its reputed ability to help prevent diseases like cancer and heart disease. It’s such a healthy ingredient that it’s even used in beauty products, shampoos and conditioners.

Chai Powder

You’ll likely begin to see more chia powder products on your grocery store shelves in the coming year as the chia seed is jam packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a great alternative to granola for use in yogurt and smoothies. Those who love the flavor can use to make energy bars. Chia powder is derived from 100 percent sprouted organic chia seeds and due to its high fiber content, is great for controlling hunger in a safe way. Since chai powder is vegan, kosher and gluten-free, those with dietary restrictions have especially enjoyed using the product in their meals.



is quickly becoming a replacement for spinach in some people’s diets. It’s most commonly used in green smoothies, salads, soups, and casseroles. The benefits of kale are some of the highest for most natural foods. It’s rich in vitamin k, which may reduce the risk of cancer. Kale also contains a high amount of calcium, fiber, and vitamin C, and iron. Those craving a salty treat can also dash kale with sea salt and bake for crunchy kale chips.

By exploring the latest healthy food trends in 2013, you’ll be able to expand your diet and increase your consumption of nutrients and vitamins to make for a healthier, fitter you in 2013.

Jenny Lomax is a freelance dieting and healthy living blogger.


Triple Acai Berry Smoothie

Triple Acai Berry Smoothie

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