entry one hundred and thirty nine

30.12.2014

Season’s greetings kitchen lovers,

The end of the year is finally upon us and I am struggling to move from all the feasting I’ve been doing. After forcing myself to get up and go after Christmas, I have some fabby gadgets for solid wood kitchens that all budding chefs should look out for in 2015.

#1 The Stainless Steel Soap

The Stainless Steel Soap

If you’re anything like me, you probably want to throw onions and garlic into almost every meal. But have you ever found that after handling onion or garlic the smell lingers on your hands?

The Savon Du Chef from Alessi.com is an elegant chunk of stainless steel that is marketed as an ‘odour removing soap’. The top edge can easily remove food reside from your hands, whilst the smooth lower part will help remove odours with the help of cold running water.

#2 The 2-in-1 Whisk

The 2-in-1 Whisk

You might think that – having been around for longer than anyone knows – innovation in kitchen whisks would have peaked a long time ago.

Chinese designer Ivan Zhang proves that this clearly isn’t the case with his 2-in-1 whisk that can not only whip up a cake mix, but also includes a handy little scoop for separating an egg yolk from the white.

Though it’s not yet in production, keep an eye out for this clever design as I’m sure it’ll get picked up by a kitchen accessories retailer very soon.

#3 Silicone Food Huggers

Silicone Food Huggers

Food waste has been a hot topic this year, so this little piece of genius has come along at just the right time. After being successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter, the novel silicone Food Huggers have become hugely successful.

They come in four handy sizes and are perfect for sealing half a chopped tomato, onion, fruit, jars and lots of other fridge-dwelling produce. I think I’ll be getting a set of these myself from FoodHuggers.com!

#4 The Twirl Food Drill

The Twirl Food Drill

Is your mixer simply not cutting the mustard when it comes to heavy duty tasks? The Twirl food drill might be just the gadget to ease your culinary frustrations.

The novel head allows you to choose from 16 settings including kneading to creaming to beating with a simple click of a button.

Designer Boaz Zemer designed the Twirl to be very economic and easy to use, taking the frustration out of complicated food mixers.

#5 The Vegetable Spiralizer

The Vegetable Spiralizer

There’s a new trend in creating noodles from anything other than egg. With the right equipment, they can be made from almost any vegetable, or even some fruits.

The Tri Blade Vegetable Slicer from AndrewJamesWorldWide.com can create ribbons of vegetables that are perfect for stir fries or as a garnish for other dishes. The 3 interchangeable blades can create a variety of different foody shapes, with a hand-operated spiral that creates the desire effect. Looks yummy!

There you have it – some amazing kitchen gadgets for you to kick off 2015. Some you can buy now, others you’ll have to keep a look out for as they’re so novel; but we feel that these are bound to be snapped up by a retailer in 2015.

Have a great New Year celebration tomorrow – whatever you’re doing. I’ll be partying the night away with Cabineto and friends.

Ta ta for 2014,

The deTerra Diarist.

 

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entry one hundred and thirty eight

26.12.14

Sleepy Cabineto

Welcome back deTerrarinos!

How did your holiday festivities go? In case you’re wondering, I had a fantastic Christmas; Cabineto got all the presents he asked for (and a few he didn’t) and now I’m trying to work out just what to do with all these left over mince pies…

If you’re starting to recover from the mountains of food and lashings of appropriately aged liquid refreshments, spare a thought for your poor kitchen. It’s been through a lot over the last few weeks, and now it’s time to show it some love and give it a bit of aftercare and attention in order to restore it to its pre-Christmas glory.

  • Clear the decks and wipe away any surface debris first with a dry cloth, followed by a damp cloth with some warm, soapy water. Once you’ve wiped down the entire surface, use another dry cloth to ensure no excess moisture is left standing.
  • Got some more stubborn stains you need to get rid of? Try a mixture of 2 cups of water, ¼ of a cup of vinegar, and a tablespoon of washing up liquid to give your elbow that little bit of extra grease.
  • If there are any watermarks on your worktops that are a little more ingrained, then the beauty of wood means that it can be carefully sanded away before gentle cleaning. A fresh coat of oil or two will be the perfect finishing touch.

The first of these two cleaning methods can also be applied to any kind of cabinet or cabinet door – even if they’re painted. The last method, however, should only ever be used on un-treated wooden surfaces.

If you’ve followed these simple steps, your wood kitchen should be restored to its former health, and ready to welcome in the New Year!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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entry one hundred and thirty seven

23.12.14

Christmas cheer, one and all!

It is I, your friendly deTerra diarist, who comes bringing great tidings of joy, news of natural kitchens, and occasionally the odd witty comment. You missed out on that? Well… there’s always next year.

Christmas is nearly here: and I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it – I’m about to lose control, but I think you’ll like it. First however, I better get to the important news of the moment – we’ll be closed for a few days over the festive period, so I’ve been given the job of reminding you exactly when we’ll be out of the office and enjoying a wee dram, a slice of turkey and a cracker or two.

Here are the all-important dates:

Xmas wreathWednesday 24th of December
Xmas wreathThursday 25th of December
Xmas wreathFriday 26th of December
Xmas wreathSunday 28th of December
Xmas wreathThursday 1st of January
Xmas wreathSunday 4th of January

The bosses are also being awfully generous to the team by reducing our sales line opening hours to 10am – 2pm on the 29th, 30th and 31st of December, so if you need to get in that all-important kitchen order before the New Year, give one of our deTerrarinos a bell in the morning and keep them on their toes! And if you’d like to visit our showrooms over the break, do check out the dedicated Gloucester showroom and Harlow showroom pages for more information. We’ll be back in top gear come Monday the 5th of January, along with some New Year resolutions that we’ll be intending to stick to this year – promise.

From myself, Cabineto and all the other happy kitchen lovers here at deTerra, have a most splendiferous Christmas, and a happy New Year!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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entry one hundred and thirty six

19.12.2014

Greetings fellow timber lovers,

Some days I feel I don’t talk enough about solid wood… but at other times I just can’t help it; after all, this natural material makes for some simply stunning worktop materials.

I was looking over our range of solid wood worktops and thought I’d pick out 6 of our finest examples to feature on this blog, because, honestly: who doesn’t love the sight of a big, beautiful swathe of timber? This element is the crowning touch for all solid wood kitchens, to be sure. Here are my top six – and choosing them was might difficult, let me tell you!

Prime Oak Worktops

Prime Oak

Consistent colour and a beautifully uniform grain make Prime Oak a firm favourite amongst our customers. Oak is a hard-wearing material and in this form it looks absolutely top-drawer in any kitchen – whether modern or traditional.

American Walnut

American Walnut

All the words we use to describe American walnut could equally be used to describe the finest chocolate. It’s dark, rich and incredibly luxurious. Bloomin’ gorgeous in all kitchen settings.

Caramel Bamboo

Caramel Bamboo

If you’re looking for a sustainable worktop that’s both hard-wearing and inherently water-resistant, our steamed caramel bamboo is the worktop for you. It has a unique grain and looks fabby dabby in a variety of modern kitchen settings.

Maple

Maple

Lightly coloured, yet incredibly dense, our maple worktops are perfect for a modern kitchen where a hard-wearing worktop is the top priority. The naturally bright sheen is ideal for darker kitchens as it reflects plenty of light back up into your room. Wear your shades if you must, but don’t let this baby pass you by.

Deluxe European Walnut

Deluxe European Walnut

With a variety of vibrant coloured staves that measure at least 90mm wide, our Deluxe walnut worktops have oodles of character and are an ideal worktop for completing a decedent kitchen theme, whilst still being affordable and extremely hard-wearing.

Full Stave Zebrano

Full Stave Zebrano

For an opulent centrepiece that will be the talking point in any kitchen, our full stave zebrano hits the spot. 90mm staves run the entire length of the worktop featuring a unique dark ‘zebra’ effect grain against a warm golden backdrop. Fab.

Like what you’ve seen? Maybe you have a favourite you’d like to share with us? Come and pay me and my deTerrarinos a visit over on our Facebook page, or share a tweet with us over on Twitter.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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entry one hundred and thirty five

15.12.2014

another pre-christmas delivery date for wooden worktops!

Hey there!

Bet you didn’t expect to see me on a Monday, did you? Well, I have some important news about deTerra oak kitchens to share with you and it simply couldn’t wait until tomorrow.

I’ve pulled out many stops, fuelled up an extra van and made it possible for our team to deliver wooden worktops on an extra day this side of Christmas. Monday December 22nd is now our final pre-Christmas delivery day, as long as your order is placed by 11am on Friday the 19th of December.

I expect the delivery slots on this day to fill up very quickly – we’re popular ol’ souls here at deTerra, y’know – so don’t delay! If you want to nab a Monday 22nd delivery slot, we’d recommend getting those orders in now. If you do miss out, never fear – we’ll be with you in the New Year. Our first delivery date in 2015 will be the 5th January.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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