Favorite Colors and Palettes for your Kitchen Repainting

kitchen-728727_1280As a certified foodie, I consider the kitchen my sanctuary. Just recently, a friend of mine asked me about what I think would be the best color for her kitchen re-painting project. I admit, interior design and anything that has to do with it is not really my forte but anyway, here’s my two cents worth.

Choosing kitchen colors

Being one of the most used parts of the house, the kitchen should have an inviting and warm ambiance. The kitchen design, décor, layout and color combinations all play a role in creating a welcoming kitchen. Of these aspects, the color scheme is often the easiest to alter that can result in maximum benefits. You can even DIY the kitchen repainting project. For this DIY job, you may need to look for a quality air compressor from review sites like the AirCompressorJudge.com.

Everyone will have their favorites, but not all colors are equally good for your kitchen. With the thousands of colors to choose from, the selection process can be intimidating. Among the top picks for kitchen re-painting, the colors white, gray, yellow, red, green, and blue simply stand out. Each of these hues brings in unique character for the room, but they all help make it a welcoming and warm space.

  1. White

Most of us start our day in the kitchen, and the color white can give your kitchen that revitalizing energy. A brightly lit white kitchen can give you a great head start. It also makes the kitchen look and feel clean and fresh. White also blends well with other colors and designs, making your kitchen versatile.

  1. Gray

Recently, neutral colors have dominated modern houses. While some see gray as cold, the right shade of gray can work perfectly for your kitchen. It pairs up well with most modern kitchen appliances as well as other furniture. You won’t also have a difficult time blending it with cabinetry and countertop.

  1. Yellow

Yellow can brighten up any room. Like a ray of sunshine, it can create a happy and calm feel for your kitchen. If your kitchen space is limited, yellow can make it look brighter and more spacious. It teams up well with gray and white accents too.

  1. homes-for-sale-326998_1280Red

Red is a very warm color and is thought to stimulate appetite. This property of warm colors makes them excellent for kitchens. Red does not only keep your food cravings up, but is also incredibly versatile. You can mix and match red with other hues, such on odd walls or cabinetry, to create a more interesting kitchen.

  1. Green

Green is a safe and smart color option for kitchen repainting project. There are a number of shades to choose from including yellow green, apple green and mint. These shades pair perfectly with both wood and modern accents. You can also be experimental with the shades of green. This lively color can energize your kitchen, especially when used for cabinets, accent wall, floor or an island.

  1. Blue

Another color that can make your kitchen look clean and crisp, blue is an old favorite when it comes to kitchen walls, cabinets, and even ceiling. Although use of blue, especially the darker shades, can be overpowering, using it sparingly creates invigorating ambiance. When using darker shades, make sure to add neutral tones to keep the room from looking dark and intense.

How Food and Music Go Together

Those of you who have been reading my posts regularly know that the overriding theme is food, glorious food, lots of it. You also know that the website promotes a lot more than just food. It’s a fusion of many cultures, and during my food-expo visits I spend a fair amount of time observing how dishes and menus are put together and how gourmands and ordinary folks like you and me react to the feasts put before us.

No good chef worth his salt likes to see his patrons go hungry. More importantly, he does not like to see them disappointed either.

Food, glorious food

Before I elaborate any further, let me explain this ditty a little more for you. ‘Food, glorious food’ is taken from one of the movie industry’s all-time musical greats. This British movie came out in the seventies and, critically acclaimed, won numerous awards. Oliver was adapted for the screen from the famous English writer, Charles Dickens’ nineteenth century classic, Oliver Twist. ‘Food, glorious food’ is a musical reflection of this scene; The story’s protagonist and dozens of other little orphans, stomachs grumbling, are celebrating the fact that they are finally going to eat.

Porridge and gruel is hardly a meal but these kids were starving. To them, a meal is still a meal. But to you and me, and we are grateful for this, it is much more than that. It is a celebration of life. It is a cultural experience. Invariably, the meals that we prepare for our families are indicative of embracing other cultures apart from our own. Without mentioning any particular dishes, we are visiting countries from around the world while we dine.

Music is on the menu

To name just a few in no particular order; India, China, Italy, France, Germany and England, even Thailand and Vietnam. And because we have embraced our cultural diversity, we have adopted one or two of these countries as our own. Hands up those of you who enjoy Mexican dishes. I have an indelible impression of this nation’s typical restaurant setting.  Picture this then; it is Valentine’s Day and you are out dining with the love of your life.

To add to the culinary and cultural experience, apart from the romance, a talented group of Mexican musicians, resplendent in their traditional costumes, wide-rimmed Sombrero’s, accompanied by the notes of their brass-coated horns and acoustic guitars, are doing the rounds of the tables, much to the delight of the restaurant’s regular patrons. To add to the romantic flavor, a lone musician does his solo right before you, strumming his fiddle. Playing the violin is no mean feat, let me add. Further, Violinio mentions briefly what budding violinists are in for when applying themselves to this instrument for the first time.

Now, the next time you go out to wine and dine, try and locate a restaurant which adds music to the culinary and cultural mix and experience first-hand how food and music go together.

Creating a Clean Surface

Creating a Clean Surface

Some food professionals need to work on a clean surface.

I am no different. Most cooking preparations, such as the slicing and dicing of vegetables, and the cubing of meat cuts are done on rough board surfaces. But when artistic experimentation and a little more creative finesse is required during the creation of a new recipe, it is better to work on a smooth, clean surface. The reasons for this are aesthetic and practical.

Creating the best surface

A practiced culinary artist needs a clear surface on which she can center all her artistic thoughts and make accurate measurements. Recently, I decided to experiment with Japanese culinary art in accordance with my mother’s heritage. I enjoy ancient traditions. Precision and hygiene are part and parcel of the ancient art of Japanese cooking. Again, I asked my husband to help me with creating the best surface on which to work.

Finding the wood posed no problems. But we still needed to create a smooth, finished surface. We came across a website dedicated entirely to wood lathes. This was perfect because this wood turning machine could be used to sand the wood to an ideal texture which meant that while the surface was pleasing to touch, I also had measured control over what I was doing on my board.

Pressed for time, we do not have the skills usually required in dedicated carpentry and cabinet making. So, this wood lathe expert proved to be extremely helpful in finding the right tool.

Finding the perfect setting

Jackson is the founder of this website. His motivation for building it initially had to do with the lack of suitable sites catering specifically to this niche product. This spirited dedication has its roots in Jackson’s own creative passions which he brings to life in his workshop. So, apart from knowing that we have something in common, I also know that Jackson’s advice comes with experience and practice.

This site has information on finding the correct settings related to speed, power and ease of use on the wood lathing machine. But because Wood Lathe Report is focused on helping new users and customers find the most appropriate toolkit for their needs, product review guides are extensive and regularly refreshed. Product reviews are supported with helpful instructions on how to use the machines correctly and easy to understand information on how the wood lathe products’ settings work.

It also explains safety features and advises new users on how to use and maintain the equipment safely. The apparatus is a helpful antidote for doing wood work that the layman (and woman) cannot do. While quality assurance is maintained, the wood lathe also supplements the physical effort required to produce the desire finished article.

The desired effect

I am happy to say that our small project has produced the desired effect. I now have a smooth surface on which to master my culinary art. I am also happy to recommend that you visit Jackson’s site to give life to your own home-based projects.

Framing A Strong Surface

Framing A Strong Surface

Food has always been my passion.

Celebrating life through food is part of a long family tradition for me. I responded to my passion and followed my dream. I studied culinary arts for a few years and now I am happy to share my knowledge and experience on everything related to food. Food is also a cultural event. My latest cultural journey took me to the original Italian tradition of creating new, divine pizza recipes.

Framing inspiration

Because hundreds of recipes have already been tried, tested and tasted, this was always going to be a challenge. But, of course, I enjoy this, so I embraced my new project wholesomely. Fortunately, I did not work alone. I wanted to work as authentically as possible so was looking for a rustic, wooden surface on which to knead my dough and prepare fresh, new ingredients.

My loving husband guided me to an ideal site for finding a framing nailer. The reason for sourcing the perfect nailer had to do with framing my thick and heavy new chopping board, made entirely of wood, to my teak wood kitchen table so that it does not slide about and remains fixed to the table.

My husband introduced me to Nolan. He is a friendly, all-American who created a website dedicated to giving life to inspirational ideas and projects, even if it sounds impossible at first. Framing Nailer Report specializes in finding the most appropriate framing nailers for your particular project. Nolan has taken a lot of time and effort in getting to know these products so all the information, advice and product reviews are qualified.

Helping out

This framing nailer professional is extremely helpful and reliable. All our questions were answered clearly in a way that we could understand. For instance, we discovered that having a compact cordless nailer would be convenient for our immediate purpose. Also, we learned that for our small project we would only need a finish nailer. I am already thinking about new ideas for future kitchen projects for which this type of nailer would be perfect.

Because both my husband and I are still fairly new to the idea of do-it-yourself projects within our home, we still needed to learn how to use our framing nailer properly and safely. The contents sidebar on the website’s home page was the perfect place to start. We already knew where to look for the best product reviews. More importantly, we were able to take into account criteria for choosing and buying the right nailer. We also know how to play it safe with our new tools.

For now, I have what I want

My board sticks perfectly to my table and I am making good progress with my new culinary project. My husband will be returning to the framing nailer pro for up to date information on a new nailer to help him with his fresh idea while I get things done in my kitchen.

My First Time as a Food Photography Judge

My First Time as a Food Photography Judge

I’ve recently been invited to sit as a judge in a food photography contest. While I have already sat as a judge in a number of food contests, I haven’t really tried judging in a food photography contest. I guess, the organizers thought that since food presentation is among the criteria in judging food contests, I’d be a good judge. Well, they were right. Things went well and I enjoyed the experience.

The other judges (two professional photographers, a restaurateur, and a well-known food blogger) were very helpful. They gave me few tips on how to judge food photographs. I learned a lot from them which I can use on my future cooking projects.

As a food contest judge, one of the things that initially catches the attention of judges is the food plating; the same is true with food photography. Food presentation is king and this can be achieved through a close collaboration between the chef and the photographer. It’s actually a team approach. I don’t think you can take a sumptuous shot on a lousy dish. It just won’t work.

In one of the entries, the photographer did a wide aerial shot, several feet above the large plate. I guess, the photographer used one of the quadcopters reviewed on this site. The chef and photographer exemplified teamwork on this project. The dish was plated perfectly, maximizing the rich tones of the table and the background, and capitalizing the space. The plate seems to tease the heavenly gods.

I’ve seen some photographers do sketches and drawings which the chef used while arranging the dish. It’s just exciting how vision turns into reality. The dishes varied in colors, shapes, textures and themes. It was a food fest not for the palate but for the eyes.

Simplicity is beauty. It may sound cliché but it applies even to food presentation. I find overly decorated, busy plates distracting rather than appetizing. In one of the plates, the photographer used the Hubsan X4 H107C (check out this site for its review: http://quadcopterguru.com/hubsan-x4-h107c-review/) to take a very simple, yet powerful photograph. The simplicity of the dish makes it a real stand out.

I was looking for a dish that playfully uses the textures, colors, shapes and ingredients of the dish to create a mouth-watering presentation. The plate should not look too busy that it overpowers the function and flavor. Moreover, the lens should capture and highlight the main ingredient while giving equal attention to the ‘support’ ingredients. Garnishes, especially the greens, are very helpful supporting ingredients.

While I may not know the technical rules of photography (such as the lighting, focus, exposure, etc.), I know how good food looks in pictures. I guess, if the picture looks live and appetizing, then the photography is awesome.

Overall, the entire experience was a refreshing and enjoyable one. The only frustrating part is that I don’t really get to taste and eat the food! I just have to settle with my imagination.

5 Top Reasons Why You Need a Vacuum Sealer

5 Top Reasons Why You Need a Vacuum Sealer

Being the foodie that I am, I enjoy trying out all kinds of new kitchen tools and appliances. There are so many incredible things available to us today that I can’t stop admiring the technical progress, which made all of this amazing stuff available to us. Using all these fancy tools makes cooking a delicious meal an easy task, and you can use them not only to make foods but to store them as well.

I recently discovered a truly magical tool that changed my outlook of food storage completely. I am a happy owner of a vacuum sealer now, and I couldn’t be happier. If you don’t know what this tool is, check out http://vacuumsealerhub.com/ to learn all there is to know about various kinds of sealers and where to buy the best one of them.

Once you start using a vacuum sealer, you will wonder how you managed to go without one before. At least, this is what happened to me. I took it upon myself to experiment with this machine as much as possible to discover how many practical uses it actually has. I’m pretty sure I will come up with some more ideas as the time goes by, but I’d like to share what I came up with so far.

  1. Food storage.
    Obviously, this is the first thing that comes to mind as the device is actually designed for this purpose. I use mine to seal away freshly frozen veggies. It works beautifully for anything that is not pureed. I also sometimes seal away leftovers so that I have a quick meal always handy when I don’t actually have the time to cook on weekdays.
    The benefits? When you open up a vacuum-sealed pack of peas, they aren’t a huge frozen block, so you can take as much of the produce as you need and neatly pack away the rest.
  2. Dry canning.
    We all know that buying in bulk is cheaper, but storing dry goods in your pantry for months can be quite a challenge. It won’t be so if you have a vacuum sealer to help you. Be sure to buy one with a jar sealer attachment so that you can safely store dried fruits, spices, or flour in jars.
    Speaking from experience, I can say that storing flour and other powders is much easier if you vacuum seal the item in its original paper storage bag.
  3. Resealing bottles.
    The shelf life of open wine and vinegar bottles isn’t really long, but you can extend it using a vacuum sealer with a special wine stopper attachment. It’s perfect for those who make homemade wine.
  4. Protection from corrosion.
    It’s not only food that can benefit from being sealed this way. You can also use this little handy device to preserve the polishing on your table silver. Just be sure to cover precious cutlery with a piece of cloth before you package it.
  5. Resealing cracker and chip bags.
    Junk food is bad for you, but sometimes it’s so hard to avoid it. And once you open the pack, you just have to finish it as the food will be ruined after you unseal it. A vacuum sealer will solve this problem and keep your crackers and chips crisp and dry in your pantry.