Monday, 4 February 2013

The Apron

I found this lovely story on a web site I was browsing this morning and just had to share : )  I hope you enjoy it.


I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of grandma's apron was to protect the dress
underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for
removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was
even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy
chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the
warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the
hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the 
peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples
that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how
much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her
apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will
replace that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.

Send this to those who would know, and love the story about grandma's aprons.

(This story and an apron was given to me by one of my guests.  Every morning when
I put on my apron, I feel I have gone back in time)

Thanks to
Tyme Well Spent Tea Room
A Touch of Elegance

Monday, 19 November 2012

How to Choose Top Quality Kitchen Knives, A Guest Post

There are so many things that go into making a meal not only special but also healthy. The use of fresh, quality ingredients and supporting local businesses by purchasing locally grown vegetables and meats is a great way to begin. Using the right kitchen equipment not only saves you time, it can make preparation of a meal easier. How many times have we heard how important the use of good pots and pans are? How difficult does it make it when chopping vegetables with a dull knife?

 I'm lucky today to share with you a visitor to I'm Cookin' In My Kitchen, Sarita Ramakrishnan,  who will share some of her thoughts on this subject.  With Thanksgiving upon us this week there will plenty of turkey to be carved, this article comes to us with perfect timing.

 "I want to know what goes in the foods my child eats and make thoughtful decisions. A few years ago we bought a set of “Global knives” from Selfridges and while they have been expensive, it was worth the investment. Chopping up the vegetables and meats is actually quite satisfying as it’s done with so much ease!"

How to Choose Top Quality Kitchen Knives

Whether you are a master chef or simply an amateur chef, kitchen knives often make up an important part of your kitchen toolbox and help to ensure that you can quickly and easily dice, chop, prepare and consume the food that you put your heart and soul into. If like me you love to cook then you will understand the importance of having a good quality kitchen knife – and you will know how much it can add to your kitchen – so taking your time to choose the right one is essential.
With so many knives on the marketplace it can be hard to know where to start when choosing the right one, so a good place to start is by looking at what you most commonly use your everyday knife for and start from there. Different kitchen knives are used for different purposes and the right knife can make a great difference to the ease of preparing the foods. So it makes sense to start your new kitchen knife collection with the type of knives you would use most often!

What should I look for in a knife?

Reliability, functionality and consistency are three characteristics that you should look for in a good kitchen knife. If you are going to be spending money on an expensive set of knives (or even just a single one to start with) then it’s important that these three characteristics feature throughout. A good knife will be robust and will do the job time and time again. It will also be made of a strong material which won’t rust or become easily damaged and it should be comfortable to hold and well balanced (the weight of the handle and blade of the knife should be evenly distributed).
You need to look for a knife which is well-made and that you can put your trust in, a broken knife or a knife which is dangerous can lead to potentially serious injuries to anyone around you, including yourself. Your knife also needs to be sharp and retain this sharp edge for an extended period of time. A good kitchen knife should allow you to sharpen it easily when it is eventually need, so that it can be used time and time again.

Do I need to consider accessories?

Having the right equipment to work together with your knife is essential and using the right tools to sharpen and maintain your knife in this way goes a long way to ensuring that it stays in a good condition. It’s often worth investing in a good knife block to store your knife, this means that it stays away from any harmful bacteria and moist air which could cause damage to the blade. Many knife blocks also offer an in-built sharpener which can help keep your knives in the best condition and perfectly sharp at all times.
You may also look at the types of sharpening tools that you can purchase, ensuring that you only purchase the highest quality knife sharpeners to keep the blades of your knife ready to go at any point.
Gourmet Kitchenware

 Sarita Ramakrishnan writes for her personal travel blog where she shares her travel adventures and soon will be adding culinary adventures and recipes from around the world.  You can visit her blog at

Thank you so much Sarita for visiting and for bringing us such valuable information.  You are welcome here anytime you get a chance to visit : )

Until next time Ciao & Happy Cookin'

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Arctic Char with a Soy Glaze

Soy Glazed Arctic Char


2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons Honey
2 teaspoons Fresh Grated Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
A Sprinkle of Sesame Seeds (optional)

Serve over Basmati Rice

Preheat oven, 425 degrees.  Place Arctic Char fillets on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, skin side down.  Brush sauce over fillets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  If you like to gauge doneness by temperature, check for a temp of 110-115.  Fillets will easily slide off the skin when using a spatula to remove the fish from the pan.  It's a simple, quick and super flavorful sauce to add a vibrancy to your fish dinner.

I brushed the sauce on a few times so I would get a deep rich color on my fish and a heavier glaze.   The fillets will be much lighter in color and flavor the less you brush on, it's really personal preference.

This sauce will work for most fish types, salmon would be great too, a close relative to Arctic Char.   Arctic Char is a beautiful cold water, sustainable fish which makes a healthy, environmentally friendly choice for your families dinner table.

Enjoy : )

Ciao for now & until next time, Happy Cookin'

Monday, 15 October 2012

Food, Love & Sex

Go ahead...admit it, you have at some point in your life connected food with love & sex, haven't we all?  Whether it was chocolate covered strawberries and champagne for your lady to celebrate a special occasion or raw oysters and other libido exciting foods to enhance your lovers mood; food, love and sex go together like bread, peanut butter and jelly.
A simple way to let someone know you love them is to cook some of their favorite dishes.  Maybe it was a dish his mother used to make or a treat she adores but doesn't care to make for a favorite dish for the one you love is a win-win.  It makes a statement that never fails to pull the heart strings of the one you love.  A well cooked dish is also always a winner when it comes to attempting to impress a date, I know because my sweetheart won me over with a beautiful salmon dinner on our first date.  The saying "The way to a man's heart, is through his stomach" didn't come about for no reason, and what woman can resist a man who knows their way around a kitchen?
Food and sex have been two peas in a pod since the earliest of times, whether it was grapes being fed to each other between lovers or the creation of dishes that were considered aphrodisiacs.  As early as the 1500's, it was thought that certain foods that produced flatulence would produce male erections and certain roots consumed by women were thought to increase their fertility.  
Countless studies have been done by scientists to confirm or disprove the actual effects of these types of foods and their effect on sexual desire.  Many have been found to enhance, excite or irritate different areas of our bodies and our central nervous systems.  Is there a direct physical connection on sexual desire when these foods are consumed is an answer they are still searching for today.
I believe it is in the simple act of sharing a loving gesture with our loved one that acts as the best aphrodisiac.  It is certainly sexy and loving when someone goes the extra mile and creates a dish for us.  It is definitely sexy and loving when someone has set before us foods believed to create a change in our physiology in hopes of increasing intimacy.  It is in the creation of setting a certain type of atmosphere that can easily raise our libido isn't it?  A nice glass of wine, lit candles, a sumptuous dinner or gourmet dessert and the effort that person put forth to make us feel special, to feel loved and to be made to feel desired.

So whether it is to show someone you love them, to remind them you care, or to try too "get lucky"...always remember that something as special as a home cooked meal or a special treat can be the best investment of them all when it comes to matters of the heart.

Ciao for now, & until next time Happy Cookin'



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