Exposed brick walls are one of the latest trends in the world of interior design. They can add a rustic feel to the kitchen and create a cozy, warm ambience. Brick walls are beautiful, have a lot of character and they work well with both traditional and modern kitchens. Natural color, painted white or black, brick walls are great for avoiding the plain appearance of walls, they add a cool dimension to the kitchen and enrich interior design and the decor of a space. The key is to choose the right style of brick to go with the rest of your home’s design.
Here is a showcase of beautiful and creative exposed brick wall kitchen designs.
Work in the kitchen supposed to be fun and the process of a meal preparation should be easy and not very time consuming. So here are some tools designed to make specific tasks a little more enjoyable in the kitchen. They are fashionable and ergonomically designed that can make slicing a vegetable, cleaning a fruit, slicing an onion fun and effortless. Also, these practical kitchen utensils make great gift ideas for the holidays.
Egg yolk extractor – buy here
Herb scissors – buy here
Most people have a microwave oven in their home, and probably use it every day. But, odds are, they’re just using it just to heat up food. Here are some cool microwave hacks that you can use to make your life easier.
Remove stamp from an envelope
You can remove stamps from envelopes by putting a drop of water on it and then microwaving it for about 15 seconds.
Microwaving a sponge can kill 99.9% of household germs including E. coli and salmonella. Soak your sponge with water and put it in the microwave for about 60 seconds.
You can bake a cake in your microwave in under 5 minutes. Just use 1/4 cup flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and a dash of vanilla extract and salt. Mix them in a large mug until smooth and microwave it until puffed.
Peeling the skin off garlic demands a lot of patience, but microwaving bulbs for 15 seconds makes it come off much more easily. The steam generated by heating can break down the bond between the clove and the skin.
Get the most juice from a citrus fruit
Before juicing an orange or lemon, microwave the whole fruit for about 15 seconds. This will make it easier to juice and help you get every drop.
Put some nuts in a microwave-safe bowl, add a little oil, and microwave them in one-minute increments, stirring after each. This trick also works for foods like pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
To protect your potted plants from pests and diseases, plant them in sterile potting soil. Put about 2 pounds of moist soil in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for about 2 minutes. The process can also kill weed seeds.
Cleaning the microwave
Microwave a bowl of water with a small amount of vinegar for about five minutes. The steam will soften the the grime making the inside of the oven easier to clean.
Parsley, basil, oregano and other herbs dry easily in the microwave. Place about 1 cup on a paper towel and microwave it on high for about 4 minutes.
Honey that has solidified can be brought back to liquid life by removing the lid and heating on medium for about 2 minutes.
When you have muscle pain, a warm compress can make you feel much better. Heat a wet towel on high for about 1 minute and you will have a hot compress fast.
Soften stale bread
Wrap the bread in a damp towel and microwave on high for about 10 seconds.
Fact: Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It is the best indicator for the tidiness and cleanliness of the place you live. Keeping it clean and all shiny is not enough to make it a good kitchen.
What is a good kitchen?
A good kitchen is a place where you can cook meals at peace in heart, join your family members in evenings for chitchats and have tea while engaging in casual conversations. It is not an easy task to maintain a kitchen clean and tidy given that kitchen is a place where water is spilled, vegetables are cut and various foods are cooked. If your problem is the small space available in your kitchen, it’s about time you had re-designed it.
Making the best use of available kitchen space requires a bit of extra thinking. Sort out what happens in the kitchen in your daily routine. If you look closely, you will realize that it is pretty much the same activities that are repeated day after day, except in special occasions. Identify what you really need and what you don’t. Keep only the most used, necessary utensils in the kitchen and remove the rest. For an example, you might need the blender only once in a while whereas the toaster is used in almost every morning.
Simpler the better
Keep it simple and it will stop getting constantly messy. In most homes, kitchen is the most stuffed and sophisticated place. Keeping it less stuffed with ample space to move will make kitchen activities go smoothly with no complaints.
Use every space possible, even the walls. Open shelves are a good solution for a small kitchen. Place all the dishes and other utensils nicely, prioritizing them according to the frequency of use. At the same time, you can go for a simple kitchen cabinet. Organize your kitchenware not the way you want, but the way you use them. Soon you will find your kitchen a rather amusing place to be. Space is not an issue where there is correct organizing and management.
Looks are also important
Match the kitchen with the theme of your home. Think of the entire kitchen as one solid unit. Choosing the right colour for the walls can be challenging. Open shelves leave more wall space still exposed when not stuffed. Use a bright color for walls in such cases, which will add sophistications and dimensions to your kitchen.
Blenders are a good solution for everything from smoothies and juices to milkshakes to cold soups, and it’s always recommended washing to wash it right after use.
A quick way to clean your blender after use is to fill it up halfway with hot water, add drop of dishwashing liquid, and run the machine for about a 30 seconds. If your blender needs a more thorough cleaning, is looking a bit dull or it has stains resulted by hard water build-up, add a chopped lemon or a few drops of vinegar. Basically, with a little help the blender cleans itself.
Watch this video for a blender cleaning visual guide.