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DEC
06

Roasted vegetable quinoa salad with griddled halloumi

Roasted vegetable quinoa salad with riddled halloumi 2016

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put the beetroot, squash and red onion in a large roasting tin. Cut the top off the garlic bulb (the garlic is for the dressing) and drizzle with a little of the olive oil before wrapping in foil and adding to the tin. Season the vegetables and pour the remaining oil over them. Roast for 40-45 mins, turning the vegetables halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, put the quinoa and stock in a medium saucepan over a high heat. Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins. Drain and return to the pan, off the heat. When the vegetables are roasted, set the garlic bulb aside and stir the remaining vegetables through the quinoa. To make the dressing, carefully squeeze the roasted garlic from the bulb into a small bowl. Add the lemon juice, oil, honey and seasoning and mix.
  3. Put a griddle pan over a high heat. When it’s really hot, add the halloumi and griddle for 45-60 secs either side (you may need to do this in batches). Spoon the quinoa and vegetables onto plates and top with the halloumi and dressing.
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02

Tasty Junior is at it again, this time they're whipping up a lovely root beer pie and it is just to die for!

Recipe: Root Beer Pie

Tasty Junior is at it again, this time they're whipping up a lovely root beer pie and it is just to die for! Here's what you will need:
Yields: 1 pie * 8 oz heavy whipping cream
* 12 oz root beer
* 1/4 cup milk
* 1 box vanilla pudding mix
* 1 graham cracker crust Directions:
Mix the root beer, milk, and pudding mix until thick. Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, and fold into the pudding mixture. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust, and freeze for four hours or refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
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OCT
15

20 Tips for a Better Kitchen

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  2. Eliminate wasted steps.Think about how and where you use items. Store breakfast foods and bowls near the breakfast table. Keep wraps and plastic containers in one handy spot near a work surface for wrapping leftovers. Locate dishware and flatware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading.
  3. Design wide walkways.Paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. When planning, adjust kitchen islandsand peninsulas accordingly.
  4. Direct traffic.For kid-friendly kitchen designs, keep the cooktop out of traffic areas so children don't catch handles and cause spills when running through. Also, make the refrigerator accessible to both passersby and people working in cooking and cleanup areas.
  5. Stay clear of corners.To make cabinet and appliance doors fully functional, plan space for the door's clearance and swing direction in your kitchen design. Keep appliances away from corners, and make sure doors won't bang into each other if open at the same time.
  6. Find the right height for the microwave.The correct height and location for a microwave oven may vary depending on the chef or the kid-friendly character of the kitchen. For adults, 15 inches above countertop level is a good microwave height. For kids, a below-countertop setup may be safer and more suitable.
  1. Eliminate wasted steps.Think about how and where you use items. Store breakfast foods and bowls near the breakfast table. Keep wraps and plastic containers in one handy spot near a work surface for wrapping leftovers. Locate dishware and flatware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading.
  2. Design wide walkways.Paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. When planning, adjust kitchen islandsand peninsulas accordingly.
  3. Direct traffic.For kid-friendly kitchen designs, keep the cooktop out of traffic areas so children don't catch handles and cause spills when running through. Also, make the refrigerator accessible to both passersby and people working in cooking and cleanup areas.
  4. Stay clear of corners.To make cabinet and appliance doors fully functional, plan space for the door's clearance and swing direction in your kitchen design. Keep appliances away from corners, and make sure doors won't bang into each other if open at the same time.
  5. Find the right height for the microwave.The correct height and location for a microwave oven may vary depending on the chef or the kid-friendly character of the kitchen. For adults, 15 inches above countertop level is a good microwave height. For kids, a below-countertop setup may be safer and more suitable.
  6. Determine the island's function.When it comes to kitchen islands, form follows function. If you want to cook and eat on kitchen islands, plan enough space so the cooktop is safely separated from the dining area.
  7. Plan landing space.When designing your kitchen, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and refrigerator. Landing space is also important near the microwave.
  8. Consider the countertops.Chefs who like to cook require more counter space -- ideally between the range and sink -- than those who cook infrequently or who prepare simple meals. In addition, incorporating two countertop heights makes baking easier and helps kids who are involved in meal preparations.
  9. Double up.A second microwave oven and a mini refrigerator or refrigerator drawer positioned at the edge of the kitchen work center can keep snackers out of the cook's way. Add a snack bar with stools for an after-school spot for the kids.
  10. Arrange the range.Place a shelf beside or behind the range to keep cooking oils, utensils, and spices handy. Place S-hooks on the side of the range hood to hang frequently used pots and pans.
  11. Fill it up. Tired of lugging water-filled pots from the sink to the cooktop? A swing-out tap -- also called a pot-filler -- installed near the cooktop fills pots near where you heat them. Or you can install an extra-long hose attachment on your main faucet to fill pots on the cooktop.
  12. Be sharp when storing knives. Hang knives on a magnetic strip tacked to the backsplash. This makes it easy to spot the right knife for a job and keeps dangerous items out of children's reach.
  13. Make recycling easy. Equip a cabinet with separate containers for glass, plastic, and metal. A spare drawer could hold old newspapers.
  14. Think short. Put kids' favorite dishes and snack foods on shelves they can reach.
  15. Add a message center. Establish a message center near the kitchen telephone. Put a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard on the wall, and store a calendar, notebook, and writing utensils in a nearby drawer.
  1. Fill it up.Tired of lugging water-filled pots from the sink to the cooktop? A swing-out tap -- also called a pot-filler -- installed near the cooktop fills pots near where you heat them. Or you can install an extra-long hose attachment on your main faucet to fill pots on the cooktop.
  2. Be sharp when storing knives.Hang knives on a magnetic strip tacked to the backsplash. This makes it easy to spot the right knife for a job and keeps dangerous items out of children's reach.
  3. Make recycling easy.Equip a cabinet with separate containers for glass, plastic, and metal. A spare drawer could hold old newspapers.
  4. Think short.Put kids' favorite dishes and snack foods on shelves they can reach.
  5. Add a message center.Establish a message center near the kitchen telephone. Put a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard on the wall, and store a calendar, notebook, and writing utensils in a nearby drawer.
  6. Plug it in.Install multiple outlets along the backsplash and on the island so you'll have electricity wherever you need it.
  7. Cut cleaning time.Careful design decisions make cleaning easier. Glass refrigerator shelves catch spills that wire shelves let through. Flush-set or undermount sinks don't have a crumb-catching rim to worry about. Matte finishes don't show dirt as much as glossy ones do.
  8. Break up cabinetry blocks.Avoid boring, heavy blocks of doors and drawers by adding interesting details such as glass doors and display shelving. Or try wine storage or windows.
  9. Use light colors in a small kitchen.Dark color schemesshrink an already small space and make it less inviting. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a small room.
  10. Find a focal point.Splashy tile, fancy floors, sizable range hoods, bright kitchen cabinets, and busy countertop patterns give the eye too much to look at. Pick one focal point in your kitchen design and complement that area with a few other quieter, eye-catching details.
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OCT
11

13 Steps to Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel

 

Kitchen with Central Island

You have your plan in hand, you’ve hired a contractor and now the day for beginning your remodeling project is quickly approaching. You need to clear the kitchen and organize the contents. If this seems overwhelming, follow these steps to simplify the process.

    1. Gather supplies. You will need boxes, newspapers, packing materials, packing tape, masking tape, quart size and gallon size plastic storage bags and markers.
    1. Pull out items that you use every day such as the coffee maker, tea kettle, pots, skillets, mixing bowls, can openers, vegetable peelers, cooking utensils. During the course of the remodeling project you will need these essentials. To make life easier, use disposable cups, plates and dinnerware. Set aside storage containers for leftovers, food storage bags, foil and plastic wrap. Also, make sure that you have cleaning supplies on hand.
    1. Pack canned and boxed foods in categories such as breakfast food, canned goods, sauces, pastas, spices, baking supplies, drinks, pet food and cooking oils. Use low-sided open boxes to keep items organized and at-hand during the construction activity.
    1. Collect items you use infrequently such as holiday dinnerware, specialized bake ware, punchbowls, platters, etc. Pack, mark and store these items in a closet or basement.
    1. Keep like items together when clearing out your cabinets.
    1. Set aside things you don’t use anymore for donation. Make a list and estimate the value before you take them to your local donation center. Throw out anything broken or unusable like old plastic storage ware. This is a great time to reduce clutter.
    1. Reorganize cookbooks and recipes. Create a computer file for your favorite recipes.
    1. Pack eating utensils in the gallon size plastic storage bags. Use a bag each for knives, forks and spoons. It will make it easy to unpack these items once the kitchen is finished. Do the same with cooking utensils and small gadgets.
    1. Pack glassware and dinnerware carefully. Even though you are packing these items for a short period of time, things can get broken in the process of storing them. Wrap fragile items in newspaper or bubble wrap to protect them and seal your boxes with tape. Mark the contents on the outside of each box.
    1. Take down blinds, curtains, rods and wall decorations. Place the hardware in plastic storage bags and label with masking tape or directly on the bag is there is a place for writing contents. Clean and dust these items if you will be using them again in the remodeled kitchen.
    1. Cover computer and electronics to protect from dust. You may also want to cover furniture in adjacent rooms that may be affected by dust from the construction area.
    1. Take down valuable pictures and wall hangings in adjacent rooms that can be knocked off the wall or damaged during the remodeling process.
  1. Protect your pets. Keep them away from the work area.  Dogs and cats can be a danger to themselves and the work crew if they are underfoot. The best option is to keep them in a closed room away from all the work. You can also hire a pet sitter to look after your pets during an extensive remodel.
Do you have any tips to share about preparing for a remodeling project?
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02
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AUG
12

7 Kitchen Trends That Will Help Get Your Home Sold

Making these kitchen upgrades could move your house faster—and for more money. Marni Elyse Katz Full-on kitchen renovations don’t always result in high returns, but strategic facelifts can lend significant boosts. Homebuyers love these on-trend features that turn the kitchen into a stylish place to live, not just cook. Kitchen Trends Home Value: 2011 Ultimate Beach House  Photo: Tria Giovan; Stylist: Heather Chadduck

1. Take the Subway

Save that intricate backsplash of your redesign dreams for your forever kitchen. According to a recent Zillow Digs analysis, homes on the market that feature subway tiles sell for as much as 13 percent more than expected and about 60 days more quickly than homes that trumpet less classic designs.

2. Try Two Tones

Two-tone cabinets are a trend buyers can get behind. Gray and white or navy and blue are popular pairings, as are other neutral tones mixed with wood finishes. Paint the lower cabinets in a dark, grounding hue and uppers in a lighter hue. White Kitchen with farm sink  Photo: Annie Schlechter

3. Farm It Out

Swapping a stainless steel sink for a spiffy apron-front farmhouse sink creates an immediate focal point and offers the illusion of a higher priced kitchen overall. In fact, Zillow reports that homes with farmhouse sinks can sell for nearly eight percent more than those with more humdrum styles.

4. Counter That

Zillow also found that listings touting the word “quartz” corresponded with a six percent sales premium. Granite countertops saw a boost too, though a lesser one at four percent. Still, homes with granite-topped counters sold 38 days sooner than those with less coveted surfaces, especially laminate.

Related: Beautiful Backsplash Ideas for Your Kitchen:

5. Store More

In surveying 4,300 homebuyers last year, the National Association of Home Builders cited a walk-in pantry as a feature desired by 80 percent of homebuyers. Kitchens that are outfitted with custom cabinetry for stores cutlery and gadgets were also on the wishlist. Dining nook with palm-leaf print banquette seating and modern table  Photo: Kim Cornelison; Styling: Jennifer Berno Decleene

6. Eat In

Along the same lines, almost 70 percent of homeowners surveyed by Houzz are planning or recently completed kitchen renovations that incorporate a place to eat, with 25 percent adding an actual dining table. Removing a non-load bearing wall to accommodate a table and chairs can be a cost-effective upgrade.

7. Open Wide

Last year’s Kitchen Trends Survey by Houzz found that homeowners prefer seamless transitions between living spaces and the kitchen. Almost half of renovating homeowners are opening up their kitchens to other interior spaces and 18 percent are opening them up to adjacent outdoor areas.
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JUL
29

Boerewors & Apricot Sosaties

sosatie
Preperation time: About 40 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Servings: Makes 15 – 20 Sosaties
Serving suggestion: Try as many combinations as you’d like – add onion, green pepper or really spice it up with chillies

Ingredients 500g Boerewors of your choice
250g of button mushrooms
250g dried apricots
1 sachet of Royco Spare Rib Marinade
Wooden Skewers Method After preparing your Royco Marinade, let your mushrooms and apricots rest for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, let your skewers soak inWATER for 20 minutes.
Cut your boerewors into smaller chunks (whichever way takes your fancy) and start threading your ingredient onto the skewer; Boerewors. Apricot. Mushroom. And repeat!
Place in an ovenproof dish and grill for 15 minutes.
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JUL
28

10 Coolest Kitchen Gadgets Everyone Needs In 2017

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JUL
24

This beef trinchado potjie is one of my favourite Portuguese meals on the fire!

Beef trinchado

How to make beef trinchado potjie

Serves 6 to 8

Beef trinchado ingredients

  • 2 kg steak cubes
  • 2 tots soy sauce
  • 2 tots olive oil
  • 2 tots butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • ½ tot cayenne pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ tot salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • A big handful of pitted black olives
  • 250 ml tub cream
  • Grated rind of a small lemon
  • Cooking instructions

    Toss the steak in the soy sauce, then fry in the olive oil and butter. Once browned, add the onions, garlic, cayenne pepper and bay leaves. Fry for about 10 minutes until the onions are soft. Add the stock, brandy, wine, salt and pepper. Heat until it starts to simmer, then cover and cook for an hour until the meat is tender. Stir in the olives, cream and lemon rind. Bring to the boil and cook uncovered for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Let it stand for a few minutes before serving in bowls.
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    18

    44 Creative Kitchen Gadgets You Probably Don't Know Exist

  • Whether you’re an infrequent kitchen dweller or an experienced chef there are loads of kitchen gadgets you can use to get tasty, healthy meals quickly and simply!

    1. Sushezi

    Japanese food may be healthy, delicious and filled with vitamins but it can be tricky to make. That’s why any sushi enthusiast needs the Sushezi tool that makes sushi incredibly easy to make!

    2. Chef’n Bananza 


     

    If you want your slices of banana to be equal every time, then you need to get Chef’n Bananza!

     

    3. Hamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich Maker

     

     

    As someone who was impressed by any film that contained a contraption that could make breakfast at the tug of a string or push of button, I find that the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is a miracle!

     

    4. RSVP Herb Scissors

     

    If you love preparing dishes with fresh herbs the RSVP Herb Scissors are a must have!

     

    5. Amco Rub Away Bar

     

    Many of the best ingredients often tend to be a bit… smelly. Instead of scrubbing your skin off trying to get rid of the smell, use Amco’s Rub Away Bar.

     

    6. Food Huggers Silicone Storage Cover

     

     

    Sick of left over fruits and vegetables getting chucked out because they won’t stay fresh? Then get these amazing Food Huggers and you’ll have fresh food for much longer.

     

    7. Chef’n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller

     

    Perfect for summer days and quick desserts, the Chef’n Stem Gem is a great tool to keep around.

    8. Bella Cucina Donut Maker

     

    If you love donuts then you’ll love Bella Cucina Donut Maker!

     

    9. Cuisipro Apple Corer

     

    Get rid of apple cores quickly and easily!

     

    10. Copco Chip Cap

     

    The days of having to either eat an entire bag of chips or waste half of the bag are over.

     

    11. Portion Control Dressing Cap

     

    Never soak your plate with salad dressing again!

     

    12. Cracker Containers

     

    Keep those crackers fresher for longer.

     

    13. Flour Keeper

     

    You could also use this marvellous contraption to store sugar.

     

    14. Compact Food Prep Set

     

    Perfect for anyone living in a small home!

     

    15. Microplane Herb Mill



     

    With the same basic function as a pepper grinder, the Herb Mill will supply you with fresh, ground herbs whenever you need them.

     

    16. Water Bottle Ice Cube Tray

     

    So simple!

     

    17. Fridgepad For iPad

     

    Either I’m playing music or reading a recipe, I’m using my iPad in the kitchen all the time! If you do too, then this is a perfect kitchen addition.

     

    18. In-Drawer Knife Organizer

     

    Organisation meets safety: perfect for anyone clumsy!

     

    19. Citrus Sprayer

     

    Great on deserts or seafood, this Citrus Sprayer will save you a lot of hassle when you want lemon juice.

     

    20. Flameless Marshmallow Roaster

     

     

    Sleepover with s’mores anyone?

     

    21. Marinade Infusing Meat Tenderizer

     

    Softens AND injects marinade, gimme!

     

    22. William-Sonoma Professional Multi-Chopper

     

    The easiest way to chop veggies!

     

    23. Tabletop Oil Mister

     

    Control the amount of oil you put in your cooking and on your ingredients.

     

    24. Onion Holder

     

    Not only do you avoid having to touch the onion, you already get a good guide of where to cut.

     

     

    25. Party Bowls On Ice


     

    Keep your dips fresh and cold throughout the party.

     

    26. Julienne Peeler Blade

     

    Prefer thin, julienne style slices? This is the tool for you!

     

    27. Easy Pineapple Slicer



     

    Easiest way to get the good bits out of a pineapple!

    28. Clip-On Pouring Spout

     

    No more mess or rogue, run-away vegetables.

     

     

    29. Rinse Bowl And Strainer

     

    Perfect for rinsing fruit!

     

     

     

    30. 2-in-1 Silicone Whisk

     

    Use it as a whisk and then to scrape out any leftovers!

     

    31. Zipzicles

     

    Make DIY ice pops with any ingredients you want! Fill Zipzicles with fruit, juice, yogurt: anything you want and you’ve got yourself a tasty, healthy snack.

     

    32. Over-The-Sink Strainer Board

     

     

    Wash and slice all in one place!

     

     

    33. Corn Zipper

     

    Get those kennels quickly and easily!

     

    34. Cake Batter Dispenser

     

    Cake lovers! This is the tool for you!

     

    35. Dip Clip

     

    The Dip Clip is the organised and efficient persons dipping companion!

    36. Double Dish

     

    For food with throw-away bits, these bowls are inspired!

     

    37. Flexible Measuring Cups

     



    Pinch and pour and clean with ease!

     

     

    38. Fold Flat Grater

    Finally, a grater that doesn’t take up an inexplicable amount of space!

     

    39. Vegetable Grill Clips

    Stop your vegetables from becoming part of the grill with these Grill Clips.

     

    40. OBOL Never Soggy Cereal Bowl

    If soggy cereal is the bane of your life you need the OBOL cereal bowl.

     

    41. Kitchen Safe

    When you get a craving for sugar, the Kitchen Safe will make it harder for you to get your hit. It’ll also keep out any unwanted fingers or kids looking for snacks.

     

    42. Trudeau Pot Clip

    Stop your spoon from being lost in the pots and pans by attaching the Trudeau Pot Clip!

     

    43. The Pasta Pot

    The Pasta Pot might be the best thing ever created for people who love to make pasta or noodles!

     

    44. Spaghetti Measure

    Never make too much pasta ever again!

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    14

    Slow-cooked Karoo lamb shank recipe

     

     

    Slow-cooked Karoo lamb shank recipe

    Serves six

    Ingredients

  • 6 Karoo lamb shanks
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 1 litre red wine
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 stalk rosemary
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 small onions, peeled
  • 4 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 150 g tomato paste
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • Cooking method

    1. Turn oven to 160° C. Sauté onions, carrots, leeks, herbs and celery with oil in a large pot.
    2. Add tomato paste and brown sugar. Cook for a few minutes and then add stock and wine. Bring to a boil.
    3. Season shanks well and, in another frying pan, seal them off in a few drops of oil until golden brown.
    4. Remove shanks from the frying pan and place into a deep roasting tin.
    5. Pour over the sauce, cover with tin foil and place in the oven.
    6. Cook for three hours until the meat is soft and almost falls off the bone.
    7. Remove from the oven and move shanks from pan to a serving dish.
    8. Strain the sauce and reduce to a thin jus in a saucepan.
    9. Serve with roast vegetables, roast potatoes and spicy grape and tomato relish.

    Spicy grape and tomato relish

    Makes about three jars

    Ingredients

  • 500 g chopped tomatoes
  • 250 g sugar
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 150 ml white wine vinegar
  • 100 g raisins
  • 2 g chilli fl akes
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 20 mm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cups of fresh grapes, halved and pips removed
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • Cooking method

    1. Place the tomatoes, apples, onions, sugar, vinegar, raisins and salt into a large pot.
    2. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Add the rest of the ingredients and cover and cook for a further 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer until the relish is thick.
    5. Remove from heat and store in sterilised jars.
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    13

    Questions to Ask Before All Kitchen Remodels

    5 Questions to Ask Before All Kitchen Remodels

    1. What is in the Kitchen Remodeling Budget?

     

    Just like remodeling a bathroom or any room in your home, the first question you MUST ask yourself before remodeling your kitchen is what’s in the budget? http://www.weizter.co.za/index.php/en/kitchen-cupboards That is a lot of money to some. Therefore, it is imperative to plan wisely and come up with a budget for your remodeled kitchen. A budget keeps contractors and homeowners on an even keel to ensure their heads or aspirations are not getting any larger than their pockets. Kitchen remodeling costs get extreme, but budgets ensure that homeowners stay within their means when it comes to remodeling one of the most popular rooms in the home. Before you pick up a tool, pick up a pencil and calculator first.

    2. What do I Like about Other kitchens or my Current Kitchen

    Inspiration can come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it is your neighbor’s pantry or your current kitchen setup, there are always tips and deigns you can steal from elsewhere. Before starting the design of your remodeled kitchen, you should have a few concepts and ideas for your dream kitchen. Many homeowners still love the concept of the work triangle, but the needs of Americans and beyond have changed. More people are cooking at home and need the extra counter space. Maybe you saw concrete counters that would be perfect for home chefs. In case you didn’t know, concrete counters are not as expensive as you think.  On the other hand, maybe you and your significant other don’t have time to sit down for a lengthy dinner every night. A couple of stools under the island would be perfect. Sticking with the food theme, you may love the walk-in pantry you saw at your aunt’s house, but if you are only feeding three mouths in the next five years, does it make sense to waste all that space? Gather design inspiration from anywhere you can and then ask yourself if that strategy is right or needed for your dream kitchen.

    3. How will I Use this Remodeled Kitchen?

    People use their kitchens in different ways. Some families eat out a lot and have little use for kitchen space. Other families need open layouts and large islands to host dinner parties. If you have children and plan to cook a lot, the layout is an important factor. Open layouts are perfect because you can watch the kids as you prepare dinner. Additionally, large islands are ideal for families because it gives the children extra space to complete their homework. 5 Questions for Kitchen Remodel - Large Kitchen Island On the opposite side of the spectrum, islands are also great for hosting because it encourages guests to stand or sit on one side, keeping them away from the cooking area. Those of you who don’t host many get-togethers and are cooking for two or less may enjoy some privacy in the kitchen. Therefore, you probably don’t need large entryways and can dedicate more space to counters and updated appliances. This would also give you more freedom in choosing the location of the stove or sink.

    4. How Long Can the Family Function Without a Kitchen?

    Depending on the size and/or expected work of your remodeled kitchen, many contractors will ask the family to move out of their current residence. Construction for any kitchen remodel can get loud and dirty, especially if you work from home. In turn, your life can become very uncomfortable and stressful.


    We have heard of many families trying to weather the storm, eating out every meal and staying away from the remodeling process. Later on, after the remodel is complete, many wished they had moved out. The good news is that most families could actually save money by leaving the home. You are giving the contractor more freedom and space to complete the project faster. It eliminates a lot of cleaning they would have to do if you were occupying the home. Once again, this answer depends on how you use the kitchen. If you love to cook and eat at home, this might be tough for you and demand a shorter remodeling schedule. Those families or couples that eat out a lot may give the contractor more breathing room. Nonetheless, before jumping into a kitchen remodel, you must figure out how long your family can function without the space.

    5. What is my Five-Year Plan?

    Without a crystal ball, it can be hard to look into the future, but you must keep your five-year plan in mind when planning for a kitchen remodel. First and foremost, you need to know if you plan on staying or selling in the near future. This can play a key factor because certain design aspects you love may not go over well with the popular opinion. Likewise, you may have moved into your first home with your significant other. If you plan on having kids in the next few years, you need to make sure you can make your kitchen kid-friendly. Nowadays, many homeowners are installing multi-level islands for children and adults. Just like everything else in life, emphasis must be paid to your future plans and remodeling a kitchen is no different.
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    12

    My favourite oxtail potjie recipe

    There’s nothing better in winter than an oxtail potjie. Here’s my favourite recipe for this South African dish. Oxtail potjie – the South African classic.

    Ingredients

    Serves 4 – 6
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 kg oxtail pieces, as lean as possible
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small butternut
  • 1 tin cherry tomatoes or whole peeled tomatoes
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 1 litre beef or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp course ground black pepper
  • 1 sprig parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbs chives, chopped
  • Cooking method

    Put flour, salt, paprika, coriander and pepper into a plastic bag and toss together with oxtail pieces so the meat is evenly coated. Heat a generous glug of olive oil (about 3 tbs) in a large flat-bottomed potjie or heavy bottomed pan. Add onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes until just turning brown. Add the floured oxtail and brown all over. Retain seasoned flour left in the bag in case you need to thicken the stew later. Once the meat is sealed, add red wine, mixed herbs and half the stock. Cover the pot and cook slowly on a very low heat for three hours. (This meal is best cooked with a few beers or a good bottle of wine to hand and some mates to help pass the time – ed.) Every so often, check to see that there’s enough fluid and add stock to prevent it drying out. The meat should be covered but not drowned. After three hours, add the veggies and cook for another hour until they’re soft and beginning to disintegrate into the gravy. Keep checking to ensure there’s enough moisture. When ready, sprinkle chopped chives and parsley over the stew and serve on a bed of rice.  
    Wine suggestion:
    Harry Reginald HaddonGetaway wine blogger, says go Cab or go home when it comes to the oxtail stew.  His top suggestion is the Man Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, described by the farm as being in a “˜pin-stripe suit with high-top sneakers’ – a damn good description.
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    THE 2017 GREY KITCHEN UPDATE

     
    Use the trendy neutral to full effect as your kitchen colour of choice
    While pristine white kitchens have been popular for at least a decade, grey is now the new white according to industry experts, with architects and designers from all over the world embracing this trendy tonal hue. This neutral is one of the most versatile shades out there, as it can be used in a multitude of ways to enhance your kitchen design. Here are some designer favourites:
     
    Complement a grey backdrop with bright accents.
    As you would do in any space, a neutral base, such as grey, is often best used as a background for touches of vivid colour and bold prints. Dining chairs upholstered in trendy fabrics or a splashback created with brightly coloured tiles are obvious ways to add bold accents to a grey kitchen. A splash of warmth and character creates a rich space everyone will love.

     

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    Let quality materials do the talking. 
    When using premium materials like marble and rich natural timbers, contrasting colours can be a distraction. To ensure your luxurious finishes remain the focal point of the kitchen, maintain a simple palette of grey and other neutral tones.

     

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    Pair a grey kitchen design with matching (or contrasting) appliances.
    With a multitude of finishes available, it’s clear that appliances are no longer just functional fittings – they’re part of the design, too. Stainless steel is of course the ideal option to maintain a streamlined look. Grundig’s Grey Line is also a natural choice. On the other side of the coin, popular retro-style appliances like stand mixers, toasters and ovens in classic shades can be a welcome kitchen idea.

     

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    Use lighter shades of grey in small spaces for an open look.
    Though white is often considered the fail-safe colour for visually enlarging a small space, pale grey can produce the same effect but in a more interesting way. Unlike white, grey is a less sterile option and much more forgiving when it comes to showing common kitchen stains. Choose a red-based grey such as a mushroom or taupe to give a north-facing room or darker space warmth.

     

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    Brighten up a grey kitchen with smart lighting.
    While many designers have adopted the ‘grey is the new white’ line, the colour can be perceived as cold, which is why lighting is key. Fittings that contrast with the kitchen style will provide added interest and act as a focal point. For example, in a contemporary kitchen, choose a show-stopping chandelier (go antique for added panache), while in a classic-style kitchen, industrial fixtures like factory lights and filament light bulbs will instantly turn it into a trendier space.
    A non-intimidating neutral kitchen colour looks great in virtually any setting – big and small, traditional and modern – grey really is the ideal colour that any homeowner will be comfortable with using as part of their kitchen colour planner. Whether a small part of your walls, or maybe the colour of your cabinets, using grey as both a primary or accent colour will bring a soothing quality to your kitchen without making it too dark.
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    Braaied garlic and peri-peri chicken drumsticks recipe

    Delicious garlic and peri-peri chicken drumsticks for your next braai. And it’s super-easy too!

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    Ingredients

    Serves 6
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved
  • Peri-peri spice rub
  • Method

    Use a sharp knife to cut along the bone of each drumstick and place a halved garlic clove in each cut. Rub peri-peri spice onto the exposed parts of meat and sprinkle over the skin. Braai over medium coals for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning often.
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