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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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Boerewors & Apricot Sosaties

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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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28

10 Coolest Kitchen Gadgets Everyone Needs In 2017

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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.

     

    GRUNDIG-K!TCHEN-MAG_GreyKitchen2_Siematic
     
    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.

     

    GRUNDIG-K!TCHEN-MAG_GreyKitchen3_Siematic
     
    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.

     

    GRUNDIG-K!TCHEN-MAG_GreyKitchen4_Siematic
     
    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.

     

    GRUNDIG-K!TCHEN-MAG_GreyKitchen5_Siematic
     
    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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    12

    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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    25

    OUTDOOR KITCHENS

    OUTDOOR KITCHENS

    Outdoor kitchens gets more and more popular by the day. You can have all your friends over and host a massive party where you can enjoy some fresh air and sunlight. You can start with a nice outdoor fireplace on the outside and it will be better to use steel appliances and cabinetry because of their weather tightness.
    An outdoor kitchen can be fully equipped with everything that’s necessary for cooking including a pizza oven and a gas braai. You can add some chandeliers to add some mystery and romance.
    The materials that you use must have a high durability .You can top off your kitchen with a lot of potted plants to create an exotic delicacy.
    Now you can have a nice summer braai in your new outdoor kitchen!!!**

     

    Outdoor kitchens gets more and more popular by the day. You can have all your friends over and host a massive party where you can enjoy some fresh air and sunlight. You can start with a nice outdoor fireplace on the outside and it will be better to use steel appliances and cabinetry because of their weather tightness.

    An outdoor kitchen can be fully equipped with everything that’s necessary for cooking including a pizza oven and a gas braai. You can add some chandeliers to add some mystery and romance.

    The materials that you use must have a high durability .You can top off your kitchen with a lot of potted plants to create an exotic delicacy.

    Now you can have a nice summer braai in your new outdoor kitchen!!!**

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    INDIAN KITCHENS

     

    INDIES

     

    Indian kitchens are full of healthy and quick recipes.Any Indian mom needs a hearty and healthy kitchen which has a good,organised and systematic kitchen design.The best way to utilize this is to save space and make lots of room for interesting spices.
     
    Your kitchen should have a well-planned look with space-saving furniture arrangements.It is important to channelize your drawer system.It is always easy for a lady to work with a pullout drawer.It is fast,time and energy saving and convenient to keep in and take out required bottles,jars and containers.
     
    The biggest benefit of modular kitchens is freedom of self-customisation. It is necessary to install a few open racks and shelves for un-interrupting process of work. Indian kitchens goes through unending spices ,oils ,gee etc. It is good for an Indian kitchen to have a quick snack centre.
     
    Top kitchen designs require good amounts of planning and programming. Light up inner cabinets and corners. Do not push your cabinets into darkness. Garnish your countertops with stone or glass to avoid spice stains. They also increase the classiness and dignity of your personality. Two-toned colours bring in warmness. Two-toned dark colours brings in warmness .Now you can have a nicely cooked breyani tonight for dinner and some snacks like samoosa’s at your nicely designed island.
     
    Menikmati!!!***
     
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    11

    STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

     

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    INGREDIENTS
     

     CRUST:

    • 7 whole graham crackers
    • 4 tablespoon unsalted, melted butter
    • 2 tablespoons chocolate-hazelnut spread
    • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
    • Pinch salt
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
     
     
    STRAWBERRY TOPPING:
     
    • 1 pound fresh or frozen strawberries, washed and stemmed
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
    • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
       
     
    CHEESE CAKE
    • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/4 cups strawberry topping (see above)
     
    For the crust:
     
    In a food processer grind the graham crackers until they are broken into a fine powder. Add the butter, chocolate-hazelnut spread, brown sugar, salt and cocoa powder and process until it is all well incorporated. You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.
    Press the crust evenly into the bottom of an 8- or 9-inch spring form pan. It should come up the sides slightly.
     
     
    For the strawberry topping:
     
    In a saucepot, add the strawberries, sugar, vanilla bean podand seeds and 2 tablespoons water. Cook over medium heat until the strawberries are quite soft. Remove the vanilla bean pod and use an immersion blender to puree the fruit. (You can also do this by pouring the strawberries into a regular blender, then return to the pot to finish cooking.)
    Sprinkle the gelatin over 2 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl. Allow it to sit for about 1 to 2 minutes.
    Transfer the gelatin to the strawberries and gently cook over low heat, whisking just until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Reserve 3/4 cup of the strawberry mixture for the top layer of the cake.
     
     
    For the cheesecake:
     
     
    In a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-low speed with the paddle attachment until smooth. Add the vanilla extract . Add the strawberry topping, except the 3/4 cup you have reserved for the top layer.
    In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until medium peaks.
    Gently fold the whipped cream into the strawberry cheesecake batter just until it is all combined.
    Pour the cheesecake into the prepared pan. Tap the pan gently on the counter to bring any air bubbles to the surface. Let it sit, uncovered, in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or until it is set to the touch.
    Once the cheesecake is set, pour the remaining 3/4 cup strawberry topping over it. If the topping has set up in the pot, gently heat it for a minute, just until it is pourable.
     
    Place the cheesecake back into the refrigerator and allow to set, uncovered, for another 30 minutes, or until the topping is set. At this point it is ready to serve or you can cover the cheesecake with plastic and it can sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
    Before unlocking the spring form pan, run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake to loosen it.
    Top with the fresh strawberries.
    And voila =)

     

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    CHOOSING A BATHROOM MIRROR

     

    beautiful bathroom

     

    It is mascara , lipstick and foundation, but we all know that you can’t perfect the perfection without a perfect mirror.
     

    The mirror in your bathroom can have a dramatic effect on the design details .You really have to consider the size of a bathroom mirror. You have to measure the vanity that the mirror will be installed above because a mirror that’s larger than the vanity will look awkward.

     

    To prevent a box-like effect   ,keep two to four inches of open space between the edge of the mirror and the edge of the vanity.
     

    To avoid water stains, consider sizing the mirror so that it starts about six inches above the vanity. Don’t let the mirror go over the edge of the vanity.

     

    In most cases  ,a big mirror makes a small space look bigger. A quick consultation with one of our interior designers might give you ideas for your space.
     

    Now you can perfect perfection!!*

     

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    KITCHEN COLOUR SCHEME

     

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    It is very very important to choose the right colour for your kitchen. The right colour for your kitchen can be both interesting and quite daunting.

     

    When choosing kitchen cabinets, it typically takes up to 50 % of your budget and occupy 40 % of visual space in your kitchen. You first need to choose a cabinet colour that fits your personality and your home’s style before choosing a colour.

     

    When choosing flooring colours ,be sure that it suits the cabinets well. It must also enhance the countertops and appliances. Make sure that it suits the floors in adjoining rooms.

     

    When choosing appliance colours ,Your cabinetry order cannot be finalized until you know which appliances you intend to buy. Your sink and appliances can have a big impact on your colour scheme.

     

    Your countertops are very close to eye level and will occupy a large portion of your visual space. So you have to make sure that you choose right.

     

    Your faucets and cabinet handles are installed later after the granite has been completed and the style and colour plays a vital role. You can also decide to go handle-less.

     

    When choosing a backsplash colour and wall colour for your kitchen you have to be very careful. The colours can either coordinate or clash with your colour scheme. You can always enlist the services of a designer when selecting colours. You have to choose a wall that coordinates well with your cabinets, handles, floors and appliances.

     

    Enjoy remodelling and designing your kitchen ;)

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