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The Cozy Winter Kitchen

January 4, 2011 by drewloupsen · Leave a Comment 

As children growing up on a diet of E. Nesbitt and Charles Dickens novels, one of many images that captured our thoughts was that of the cozy Victorian kitchen, specially in the winter. In such cases, there was a roaring fire within the grate, the cook used to cook delicious mince pies, and the children will enjoy a glass of heated milk in the long winter evenings that they whiled away by playing parlor games.

Sadly, the fact for many people was probably much different. There was no central heating in that time, and you would need to sit quite close to the fireplace for it to make any actual difference. Preparing food was more harder then, and though there were lots of individuals who were privileged enough to get household staff and enough to consume, there were many more who were starving.

However this hospitable image still persists and even though we don’t have such fantasies regarding the modern kitchen, which has no fireplace, uniformed maid, scullery, or pantry, we can still create our own warm environment. Today’s small kitchen by its modern, much more efficient and less pretty machinery can still be a friendly place.

Firstly, we can get some nice components, such as soft kitchen rugs and pretty china plates that we can hang on the wall in imitation Victorian style. This gives a nice, warming appearance that is very reminiscent of bygone days. Equally, colored glass jars and bottles would also give a country style old-fashioned appearance, or being an inexpensive and easy kitchen decoration concept.

Kitchen furniture also don’t need to be functional and cold looking. Instead of a plain cover, how about some pretty checked designs? Checked, colorful curtains would also be put up, instead of impassive blinds. And how about some creative , colorful wall-hangings, like pressed flowers or even a piece of home-based embroidery? (If your children are learning to sew at school, you can encourage them by putting their finished work on the wall.)

And after that there is what you create around the kitchen. To make your kitchen a cozier place in the winter, you could create some winter soups. There’s nothing like coming in from a cold, rainy road after a day at work or even school to a hot, steaming bowl of thick pea or even lentil soup. For a good smell, as well as a great basis of fiber to consume along with the soup, prepare some fresh bread. It’s popular, actually, that the smell of fresh, baking bread has sold many a home … and for fine reason.

In case your children eat earlier than you or your partner, don’t serve the meal in the dining space. Put up a small table or even arrange chairs at the breakfast counter in case you have one, and sit with them in the kitchen at the time of supper. These kinds of informal meals in the kitchen are the stuff of a happy childhood, and your children’s memories of family suppertime in the time of winter would always be better ones (and would be far better than Victorian kin’s stories).

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