For me, the happy morning moments start with a great cup of coffee. The aromatic smell of the deliciousness of exceptional beverage such as coffee brings a smile on my face, not to mention energy and satisfaction of the morning. How much energy? Enough to bring this moment of simple happiness, and harmony too between the mind and the body.
Of course, making coffee is not cooking, but it is wright for me to put on my apron and use my favorite coffee mug to make the transition from kitchen to the table.
My laptop is in front of me, and I can enjoy the happy morning moments.
P.S. And if you want to learn more about the history of kitchen attire, please purchase the new book entitled "Aprons: A Tale of Tradition" written by Florida Author, Ms. Ida Tomshinsky. The book is available in the local bookstores, at www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, www.xlibris.com or call 888-795-4274 ext. 7879 to order the book today.
Monday, August 11, 2014
We all noticed chefs in our favorite
restaurant, at one point or another. We recognize them by their signature hats
and chef aprons. Chefs have used cooking aprons for a countless number of
years. Not only is it the attire-of-choice at many high-end restaurants, but
also the chef aprons are the functional accessory to their wardrobe.
wear cooking aprons for several reasons. In the kitchen, an apron is worn below
knee-length to prevent burns from spillage. If hot water, oil, or any other
liquid spilled onto it, the apron can be quickly removed to minimize burns and
injuries. They also have pockets to carry utensils from one part of the kitchen
to another. Chef aprons serve a variety of purposes and most of us will admit
that chefs wearing cooking aprons have a more professional look.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Traditionally, the kitchen was always the central part in our house where people come together in an informal way: talk, have a bite, and watch how something aromatic and colorful is sizzling on the pan. Breakfasts, lunches and snacks are accessible, but when we have our family time and family-style celebrations, we all gather around the table. And how we are celebrating? We are celebrating with food. We celebrate according to the tradition with friends and family, food and style: fête de la gastronomy! Nobody will argue that preparation to the festivities is as important as celebration itself. The preparation plan in reality is an action plan that includes the what, when, and for how many.
The kitchen is for giggles and ribbons, and icing-smudged hugs in ruffled aprons, and for a home-made cake-bake for weddings, showers, graduations, Mother’s days, and birthdays, and any party time too, to start the little stomach rumbling dance. As usual parties involve lots of planning and prep, cleanup and cooking – right? In many cases that’s true.
I do not have a sewing machine in my household. The apron below I stitched by hand from a cotton shopping bag that was given away by Springer Publishing company which I picked up at one of the conferences as a given away freebie. I liked the sophisticated enough graphics in the mirrored pattern. The minimalism of black letters with a dash of orange and the strong accent of the Springer’s logo that includes the head of a horse has the modern look. All I did, was tear apart the material on the both sides of the bag, and made one piece of rectangular fabric long enough to make a half-size apron, added the bag’s handles as strings for both sides and decorated each side with a vintage button. I decorated the bottom part of the apron with a vintage orange trim to highlight the graphics’ accent of the letterings', and creased the waist area. It came out a beauty!