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Well, hot dog! Have you heard the latest, kitchen crew?

You may remember our blog about the exciting prospect of Westonbirt Arboretum’s new treetop walkway in Gloucestershire, which we shared last year. Well, we are pleased to announce that it’s finally open! So, if you’re a fan of our natural kitchens – and all other organic things – this is the ideal day out.

The incredible aerial walkway opened in April, providing nature-lovers with a sweet view from amongst the canopy of the arboretum’s 15,000 trees. Within two hours of cutting the ribbon, hundreds of visitors had flocked to Westonbirt to experience the awesome bird’s-eye-view of the tree conservation centre. Celebrating the wondrous nature of trees, visitors can experience some 2,500 species of tree from a whole new perspective, and can find out lots of fascinating facts about the trees along the route. Cool, huh?


A visit to this aerial walkway at Westonbirt is a fantastic family day out

Image courtesy of the BBC


See the trees as never before with the Westonbirt Arboretum sky trail!

Image courtesy of the BBC

As if this remarkable new attraction wasn’t enough to draw nature-enthusiasts to the 600-acre arboretum, it also boasts one of the oldest trees in Britain: a small-leaved lime tree thought to be about 2000 years old! Unlike many other arboretums, Westonbirt’s stunning collection of trees was planted with fantabulous visual appeal in mind, rather than planting according to their botanical order, making this truly one of the most magnificent centres of its kind!

If you fancy popping in, Westonbirt Arboretum can be easily reached in just 15 minutes from Junction 18 of the M4, or 20 minutes from Junction 13 of the M5. Don’t forget our Gloucestershire showroom is not too far from the arboretum, so – if you’re in the area – please feel free to stop by and see our splendid oak kitchens, solid wood cabinets and wooden worktops.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Well shiver me timbers, kitchen clan, the weather may be cooling off after a nice sunny interlude, but things are certainly heating up in the deTerra kitchen this week! For those of you who just love cooking in gorgeous wood kitchens, we bring to you the most tempting of sizzlin’, savoury treats: a Bamboo and pork stir-fry! It’s a firm favourite with the gang here at HQ, and we wanted to share our love for this tasty (oh so tasty) dish.

This yummy recipe is quick and easy, which leaves you plenty of time to dine lavishly in the stunning surrounds of your fabulous solid wood kitchen. What’s more, whilst pork with bamboo is a common combination of ingredients in authentic Chinese cooking, you can always substitute the meat for chicken or beef, and add in extra vegetables such as mushrooms, onions or peppers if they take your fancy!

Bamboo and Pork Stir-fry

  • First you will need to create a marinade for the pork by combining a splash of cooking wine, a pinch of ground ginger, ground garlic, a teaspoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of oyster sauce, a teaspoon of soy sauce, salt and pepper. The great thing about this recipe is you can add more of the ingredients that you find the most appetising!
  • Cut 175g pork diagonally into thin strips, and then add to the marinade in a mixing bowl. Slowly stir the meat with a spoon and simultaneously add a little water with your spare hand, allowing the meat to absorb the liquid and flavourings. Leave to marinade for 30 minutes.
  • Next you will require 450g of bamboo tips or shoots, which can be found tinned in most Asian grocery stores and many supermarkets. If using tips, cut each one in half, lengthways, in order to get the most flavour from them. Then, blanch the bamboo in boiling water with a pinch of salt, for three minutes.
  • Stir-fry the pork in a hot wok, for 3-4 minutes. Add two slices of ginger and one sliced clove of garlic, and simmer with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil for a minute, before adding the bamboo. Stir-fry for a further 2 minutes, moving the ingredients frequently with a utensil.
  • Add your stir-fry sauce, made from 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce and half a teaspoon of brown sugar. Stir thoroughly until all the ingredients are evenly mixed, and continue to fry for one further minute.
  • Add a dash of sesame oil and serve.
  • For a final flourish, add a sprinkle of sesame seeds to the dish!

This vegetable and protein-filled meal is totally ‘yum!’, and doesn’t use any core carbohydrates. For added energy value, why not compliment this flavoursome feast with a side portion of egg noodles?

Pssst – want to know why we love this dish so much? Aside from being taste-bud-tinglingly tantalising, we also think it’s fab because it uses part of one of our favourite things: bamboo! We use fast-growing bamboo to make our popular collection of bamboo worktops for wooden kitchens, because of its many excellent qualities. For instance, bamboo is naturally very water-resistant – thanks to its high silica content – and makes for an extremely hygienic work surface, too! These worktops come in a caramel bamboo option too, which has a deeper, richer hue that accentuates the distinctive notch marks on this extra hard-wearing kitchen worktop, giving you even more options to choose from.

Why not order a worktop sample and discover the beauty of bamboo for yourself? These cost just £5 each and come with free delivery, a cost which we will happily refund against a future worktop order.

To get in touch, please don’t hesitate to telephone us on 03333 703333, or email sales@deterra-kitchens.co.uk.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Cabineto lends a hand for our free-of-charge pre-assembly service for solid wood kitchen cabinets<br />

Well, here’s some fantabulous news for the cabinet-curious!

If you’re considering purchasing some of our divine wooden cabinets for oak kitchens, you’ll be delighted to hear that our superb pre-assembly service is now included as standard!

This terrific, time-saving service was formerly a popular add-on chosen by many of our valued customers, saving them the effort and hassle of assembling their cabinetry on-site. In a move to make our natural kitchens even easier to install, we’ve decided to make this service available to all you lovely people – totally free-of-charge. Hurrah!

If you’re feeling supremely organised and have decided to order your cabinets well ahead of schedule, you can still opt to have wooden cabinets delivered flat-packed, ready for you – or your kitchen fitter – to assemble when they are required.

If you have any enquiries concerning your up-coming cabinet order – or regarding anything else about our oak kitchens – please do feel free to get in touch via telephone or email. Alternatively, you can send us a message via Twitter or Facebook!

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The deTerra Diarist

 

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Hey diddle do, kitchen crew!

You may not have heard, but our fave ‘paint peeps’ at Farrow & Ball treated us to not one, not two, but NINE nifty new colours this year – and with a splendid combo of bright and moody hues, together they make the perfect palette for wooden kitchens. With so many gorgeous shades to pick from, home decorators really are spoiled for choice! I was flicking through my colour charts this week – humming and harring over a new shade for my own kitchen to tell you the truth – when I came across soft and glowy Shadow White. One of the newbies in Farrow & Ball’s freshly extended paint range, I think I’ve found The One when it comes to colouring the frontals on my kitchen cabinetry.

Shadow White is named after the deeper shade white can take on when a shadow is cast upon it, and is a smashing choice for those who consider white to be, well, just a little too ‘white’. If you fancy a pale neutral palette for your wood kitchen cabinets, this tempting tone is the perfect choice; it also looks fantastic on both walls and woodwork, making it an ideal soft accent for your kitchen – and the rest of your home!

Pair Shadow White with Wimbourne White to enhance the clean, fresh look of your kitchen, or team it with Shaded White for a wonderfully harmonised look. For a bright accent colour, Farrow & Ball’s latest additions include several stronger shades for extra vibrancy, such as lovely turquoise shade Vardo, or lush and leafy Yeabridge Green.

Why not request one of our wooden cabinet frontals samples painted in Shadow White? Ordering is easy, via our website or by telephoning us on 03333 703333. Each miniature replica cabinet door represents the excellent quality seen across all our kitchen components, and beautifully demonstrates wood’s gorgeous natural grain pattern.

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The deTerra Diarist

 

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Take a swizz at this gorgeous creation, gang!

The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre is an awesome architectural structure, which can be found just outside the historic centre of Nouméa, in New Caledonia. Here at deTerra, we love discovering new ways timber can be used outside of solid wood kitchens, and when we learned about this fabulous and eye-catching use of wood, we were so bowled over that we simply had to find out more!

This terrific timber wonder was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and was named as a tribute to the leader of the region’s independence movement, who had dreamed of creating a cultural centre to celebrate the linguistic and artistic heritage of the Kanaks, the indigenous inhabitants of New Caledonia.

With a bit of research, we learned that these conical structures – which make up the distinctive skyline on the Tinu Peninsula – were created from natural and laminated wood, concrete, coral, aluminium, glass, tree bark and stainless steel. Being timber buffs ourselves, we are passionate about all things wood-related, and went in the hunt of more information.

We were thrilled to discover that lots of lovely iroko timber was used to make each of these sail-like creations – a gorgeous timber that is used to make our ever-popular iroko worktops! This smashing African timber is ideal for building purposes, and within the home, thanks to its fantastically durable qualities and natural resistance to damage by insects, fungi and mould.

This incredible centre contains a fascinating collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions, and depicts the rich heritage of the Kanak people. The complex also features two artists’ workshops, which have been left with an intentionally ‘unfinished’ look to symbolise the on-going evolution of Kanak culture.

If you’ve seen any weird and wonderful uses of timber you think we might like, why not send us the deets via Twitter or Facebook?

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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