A small kitchen needn’t be a space where you go just to make your morning cup of tea or whip up a quick breakfast before moving on to the balcony. With the right décor and setting, it can be a space where you actually enjoy sitting down with a fragrant cup of tea or have some breakfast before you need to rush for the day. It doesn’t matter how small the space is, here we run you through how you can make your tiny cooking area feel spacious and cozy at the same time.
A kitchen needn’t feel sterile and dull. There are a great many ways you can incorporate life into it. A can of black chalkboard paint is inexpensive and a great way to dress up a wall. Black is a bold, eye-catching color and the perfect backdrop for your ever-changing chalk art. If you’re out of wall space, a door or cabinet surface is another great chalkboard in the making.
If you want a sleek look for your kitchen, you can stick to a monochromatic palette while still adding interest and personality to the area. A continuous pattern, like black-and-white zigzag or even polka dots, running across a counter or backsplash is graphic and unexpected.
How people think and behave is largely determined by what they eat and how they eat. We can simply surmise the nature and behavior of people by observing their food behavior. The filthier their trash bins the unhealthier the people. The greater the food waste, more the chances that family is irresponsible. The most successful people are those who are the most responsible about food. Therefore, I believe a close study of kitchen is crucial in unearthing the basic tenets and secrets of any cultures.
the bony fingers, the clicking keys
swinging door, stale air, stiff clothes
the rattling teacups, the sailing trays
the still morning of the kitchen
the lights blinking blearily
the spoon falling with a ringing clatter
drapes vibrate with the trembling windows
the tomatoes roll down and splatter
To clean tile floors or countertops, you can make a cleanser at home by mixing baking soda and water together in a spray bottle. Pour half a cup of baking soda into a liter of water. Then scrub with a string mop or sponge. For wood, get yourself a bucket and mix nine parts warm water to one part white vinegar. This will make wooden floors gleam.
Admit it, you too have been impressed with what children participants on Master Chef Junior whip up. The show is proof that a kitchen shouldn’t have age restrictions. Under supervision, it can be a space for your children to have fun and learn at the same time.
Hajuri Bista’s journey from housewife to entrepreneur started with her spending six months searching for skill development training programs till she finally got an opportunity at WEAN, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal. This was 24 years ago. Today, Bista owns the pickle brands, Navaras and Kitchen Recipe. Both the brands specialize in pickles made with Nepali spices.
Sometimes the palate craves a change of taste and, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to always head out to fancy restaurants to satisfy these gastronomical yearnings. You can treat your taste buds to international cuisine from the comforts of your own kitchen. Many may consider the task of preparing foreign dishes intimidating but you will be surprised. The Week plans to catch up with chefs from various international cuisine restaurants for some easy tips and tricks to replicate your favorite dishes at home.