Below is a guest post filled with ideas you can implement now or when summer rolls around.
We all love summer: glorious sunshine, vivid blue skies, picnics and parties, beaches, barbeques and other outdoor activities. Summer is about getting out in the sun (under sunscreen and a hat of course) and socializing with a cold drink in one hand and an a) sausage, b) prawn, or c) seafood Thai salad, in the other. It’s about relaxing evenings with friends and family, sleepy mornings and afternoon siestas.
In the spirit of long, languid and perfectly lazy summers, we have a few kitchen design ideas to help you enjoy summer cooking, eating and entertaining without breaking too much of a sweat.
Turn Down the Heat
Top tip number one? Turn down the heat. The kitchen may be the hub of social activity, particularly when friends and family drop by, but with all that cooking, nattering and general mingling, it can get hotter than a roast in the Red Centre. So how do you minimize the mercury? Think small. Turn off the oven and move to a bench top bake and grill. These compact cookers might look demure but they pack a mean punch when it comes to convenience – and flavor. Keep the oven off and you’ll surely keep the temperature down a notch or few. Phew!
Chill to Perfection
No, we’re not talking Mr Bond’s shaken-not-stirred olive-accessorized Martini, which is not to say there’s anything wrong with a fine summer cocktail or two decorated with paper umbrellas. We’re thinking of all you fine folk who love a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, perky Pinot or always sensational Sparkling Wine. We think it’s time to say goodbye to that bar fridge you’ve been hoarding since 1987 and say hello to a sleek, stylish and always satisfying, wine cooler. These nifty mini-fridges are designed to store a case or two of your finest drop. Keep a selection chilled and you’ll never be left empty handed when friends drop by.
Get Out of the Kitchen
Spending hours in a hot kitchen mid-summer can sometimes feel like you’re sitting in a sauna. Smart cooks – and smart cookies – know just when to get out of the kitchen. So with this in mind, it’s time to take it slow – with a slow cooker. These ingenious little devices are most-often associated with hearty winter stews, yet they can provide plenty of summer-friendly flavour. Add a touch of Italy or Spain with Mediterranean vegetables and melt-in-the-mouth lamb. Try a spicy Mexican bean hotpot served with zesty lime guacamole and tortillas. Or think sweet, sweet dessert. Plenty of slow-cooker aficionados will tell you it can help you whip up a delectable any-time-of –the-year chocolate cake. Now we’re talking.
So this summer, how about being kitchen-smart and making things a little easier for yourself? After all, it’s the time of year to celebrate, salivate and rejuvenate!
For a huge selection of great kitchen ideas visit The Good Guys at http://www.thegoodguyskitchens.com.au