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It can sometimes be difficult to think about a new kitchen design if you’re unsure of the best layout for your space.
This month we’ll be sharing some expert advice with you on the three main kitchen layouts. Hopefully our tips will help you out a little with any design plans…
First up are galley kitchen layouts. Perfect for small spaces as the placing of units against the walls maximises a narrow space and keeps appliances close together without appearing too busy.
Small appliances will make the room feel bigger – a large farmhouse sink won’t work in kitchens short on space – you’ll need things on a smaller scale to make the space appear as large as possible.
In small kitchens, too many wall units can make the kitchen feel cluttered as this is where the eye is drawn first. Instead, choose tall wall units that provide plenty of space without taking up too much room.
The colours and materials used in a galley kitchen can make a huge difference to how spacious it feels. For example, using reflective surfaces is a great way to create the illusion of more space. Light colours work in a similar way. Cream, white and pastels will all bounce light around the room to make it look larger.
The Medieval kitchen was nothing more than a functional space, it turns out.
Experts have discovered that today’s modern kitchen – a hotbed for discussing gossip, the main family social space, homework room and the place where we eat our meals – couldn’t be further removed from the kitchen of the Dark Ages.
These same experts are working to conserve one of the world's few surviving medieval kitchens at Glastonbury Abbey.
The Abbot's Kitchen, in the grounds of the abbey, was built in the 14th Century.
Work on site will preserve and show off the best and most historic aspects of the kitchen.
And there’s not a sniff of brushed chrome or a flat-screened TV anywhere, we’ve been told. No LED TV - what were they thinking?
Back in the Middles Ages, when Robin Hood was the main focus of the tabloid press’ attention, the medieval kitchen was used simply for roasting, boiling, baking and washing up.
And while we still do all those things today, the kitchen is so much more than simply a functional space to cook, isn’t it?
The Abbot’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey is one of only a handful of medieval kitchen surviving in the world, according to the abbey.
The kitchen's eight-sided interior includes four huge corner fireplaces, each with a different function: roasting, boiling, baking and washing up.
Being the richest monastery in England after Westminster, the abbot at Glastonbury lived and entertained in considerable splendour.
The kitchen was built to reflect that wealth, at some time between 1320 and 1370, and formed part of a lavish suite of rooms for the abbot and his guests.
And while it may seem a little basic by today’s lofty high-spec kitchen standards it was the very height of elegance and totally on-trend back in the day.
Check out this video to see the work in progress:
If your modern kitchen isn’t made up of multifunctional units containing and underpinning multi-functional appliances well, it just isn’t truly modern.
Today’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, as far as kitchens are concerned, has to be a jack of all trades and master of them all.
As homeowners begin to embrace boundary-less living - where kitchen, dining and living areas are no longer restricted by obvious divides – so, the furniture we use in those spaces has to adapt.
As a result, the introduction of multifunctional furniture, like kitchen storage units that double as informal low level seating, is beginning to be seen more commonly.
And what was traditionally kitchen space is now also considered as an extension of what we previously considered a social space.
The traditional lines are blurring by the day.
The most popular new choice, reflecting this movement in today’s kitchen is the multi-functional kitchen island.
Some of these islands play host to a refrigerator and storage, some even host the main cooker or hob. Most double as some form of breakfast bar and worktop surface too.
They are also the natural home for all kitchen socials – a ready made elevated dining space for more informal culinary get-togethers.
Magnet’s Astral Blue is a great example of what can be achieved with multi-functional units.
Take a look at how its pale blue beauty can transform a space from workhorse kitchen into sociable living space.
This modern kitchen has a stunning high gloss pale blue finish. It makes for a bright and open kitchen, but the acrylic surface is also really durable.
All the cabinet doors feature a contrasting colour trim that add a touch of style to the overall design. And you can even do the same with all the end panels by opting for a contrasting finish.
But it’s the multi-functional island that really gives this beauty its soul.
The idea of ‘banning’ certain foods is nothing new. We all remember when Jamie Oliver famously had Turkey Twizzlers taken off the school-dinner menu, and the E-numbers backlash of the noughties. But these aren’t the only examples. a whole host of foods have been taken off the shelves for a variety of reasons.
Blaming everything from poisonous contents and concerns over genetically modified food, to issues with gravity, governments of the world are getting serious when it comes to what we should and shouldn’t be eating. Here, we explore some of the most unusual (and in some cases dangerous) examples from around the globe.
One of the most unusual examples of a banned food we found was just over the English Channel. In October 2011, French lawmakers agreed to ban ketchup and mayonnaise in primary schools on all but one day each week – and even then, it can only be served when there’s chips on the plate. It comes amid concerns youngsters are losing touch with traditional French cuisine, masking the taste of ‘proper’ food with dollop after dollop of the red stuff.
GM food proves controversial
On the other hand, concerns about genetically modified food were commonplace. More than 90% of soybeans grown in the Unites States are GM; but that didn’t stop much of Europe banning these in 2015, including countries such as Austria, Greece and Hungary. Meanwhile, over in Australia and New Zealand, it’s the genetically modified grains fed to livestock that are problematic. Farmed fish are often fed these when raised in captivity, while salmon are given synthetic astaxanthin across much of the world, to give their meat its bright pink colour. This led to the two countries banning farmed fish altogether.
The importance of hygiene
Hygiene was also a factor for foods cropping up on banned lists. Though seemingly innocent enough to us, black pudding remains banned in the USA with ‘sanitary reasons’ being cited. Over in Somalia a ban on samosas remains in place, after tests showed that the street vendors selling these were frequently giving their customers rotten meat. In contrast, attempts to cleanse meat of bacteria have proved unpopular too – with many countries banning the ‘chlorine-washed’ chicken that’s common in the US and Canada. This remains in place across the EU, but has hit the headlines recently amid fears it could arrive on British shores after Brexit.
Singapore’s famous ban on chewing gum, however, is about nothing more than cleanliness. In the early 90s, the sticky stuff was piling up on pavements, lampposts and public transport. The authorities decided to put a stop to this by taking decisive action, banning gum in its entirety in 1992. The ban mostly remains in place, but has been relaxed slightly to allow for medicinal gums sold by dentists.
Poison off the menu
Perhaps the least surprising of the bans we found are those enacted because the food is, quite literally, poisonous. Fugu fish is a rare delicacy in Japan, but eat the wrong part and certain death will ensue. Chefs attend specialised training courses and must pass a series of qualifications before they’re allowed to prepare it in the country, however many nations have taken the step of banning it all together – including the EU. The fish does cause a handful of deaths in Japan each year, however most of these are untrained novices attempting to prepare the fish at home. Another food banned due to its level of toxins is the Caribbean fruit Ackee. Popular in Jamaica, the U.S. deems its content of hypoglycins A and B to be too high for safe consumption.
Food bans aren’t limited to Earth, either. In space, the absence of gravity means that salt and pepper would hang around in the air once spilled from the shaker, rather than landing on food – resulting in the possibility of the seasoning clogging up air vents or even getting into astronaut’s eyes. Don’t worry though, any astronauts out there can rest easy knowing they’re able to get their daily dose of salt and pepper through infused liquids.
For more food-spiration, be sure to visit our blog which is full of ideas and advice on making the most out of your kitchen. You can also find your perfect kitchen type with Magnet’s kitchenality tool and our extensive range of kitchens.
These stunning brand-new kitchen showrooms will display an array of Magnet’s beautiful Which? Best Buy certified ranges, including worktops, accessories, innovations and appliances and is open to both retail and trade customers for a more seamless kitchen journey.
The brand-new kitchen showrooms will also showcase Magnet’s newest kitchen; Tribeca. Inspired by the metropolitan neighbourhood of the same name, this sophisticated style features a framed door look in two stunning colours, Graphite and Dove Grey, offering a designer living vibe at an achievable cost.
Browse stunning kitchens to suit any style and budget, including a selection of the innovative Magnet Create range, a collection of 20 beautiful paint to order colours in two styles of door, which offer a new way to design the kitchen of your dreams. From the jewel-toned Forest Walk to the deep, rich Pass the Merlot, there is an inspiring shade for every taste.
What’s more, dedicated designers will be on hand to deliver Magnet’s Signature Service and help you imagine, and design, your bespoke kitchen, bringing your family’s kitchen dreams to life. Choose the level of service that’s right for you, whether you’re looking for Magnet’s full installation by our experts, have your own tradesman; or even if you need recommendations of fitters to deal with directly, our teams will be readily available to advise.
Whether you are visiting us at one of our brand new showrooms, or browsing our website, be sure to take a look at our excellent offers to help bring your dream kitchen to life.
Hack your way to a happy kitchen
Revamping your kitchen doesn't mean spending a fortune on shiny new cabinets and appliances.
Hacking is a popular kitchen trend that’s cost effective and puts a personal stamp on your kitchen. Whether you're a DIY pro or new to recycling, we've come up with some hacking tips perfect for the kitchen:
1. Open your eyes and your mind
Everything has potential and multiple functions, you just need to see beyond the purpose objects are categorised into. An old rake can easily become a wine glass holder, a couple of wooden slacks can be transformed into a coffee table and a sanded down tree stump make great tablemats.
2. Hacking is about cutting costs, not corners
It may take a few attempts but persevere and you'll achieve the look you want. It's always a good idea to have a practice first so grab more wood than you expect to use or experiment on other objects first, it may take longer but the end product will be more than worth it.
3. Be yourself
No matter how 'out there' your vision is, go for it. Hacking is all about injecting personality into your home so be confident in your project and your ability. Whether it’s subtle touches like changing kitchen cabinet door handles or revamping an entire kitchen worktop, each hack is important and adds to the overall character of your kitchen.
Step into 2025 and see how your kitchen will look
How much can really change in your kitchen in 10 years you ask? Well, according to design firm Ideo London and students from Lund and Eindhoven Universities, quite a lot.
The Concept Kitchen for 2025 was revealed last week in Milan, to inform us how we will behave around food, cooking and recycling.
One of the main revelations will be the disappearance of your fridge, making way for delivery from drones or self-driving cars, within minutes of placing your weekly grocery order. Recipe for disaster or technological revolution?
Well, coinciding with the throwing out of your trustworthy fridge, your shelves will become coolers themselves containing hidden sensors to inform us when food needs to be eaten or how many days of consumption it has left.
According to a report in Gizmag your food will be kept at just the right temperature for optimum time, so say goodbye to limp lettuce and soggy spinach.
Most notably this concept tells us not just about kitchen habits but explores how our culture and lifestyle will look, to find out how we will be recycling, eating, living and working in the kitchen in 2025.
If you cant wait until then check out the futuristic products Magnet now has on offer in the form of integrated Sound Bars, illuminated Drawers and self-cleaning Kitchens – no, sorry we are just kidding about that one.
Take part and pin your favourite Asian dishes
In conjunction with The School Of Wok, or should we say the best UK cookery school who specialise in expert Asian cooking classes, we have launched a top notch competition.
How do you fancy the chance of winning two tickets to a class at the school to try your hand at dim sum, perfect your spring rolls or find out just what goes into sushi making?
All you need to do is log on to Pinterest.
If you don’t already have it you are missing a wealth of kitchen design ideas, hacking tips and food cheats that you will wonder how you ever lived without.
Create a board titled ‘School Of Wok’ and Pin 20 or more of the best Asian-inspired dishes and recipes to get you feeling inspired – and hungry! Why not try uploading your own images for the world of Pinterest to see.
Don’t forget to caption each pin with #magnetkitchens and #AEG to be entered into the competition judged by Head Chef at School Of Wok Jeremy Pang.
The winner will be announced Monday 20th July, with the winners free to choose their preferred dates.
You may have been doing it wrong all this time
At last we have a guide to end family arguments about loading the dishwasher. Those Sunday lunch tantrums when Dad thinks he knows best about filling the dishwasher with the colossal amount of plates, side plates, bowls and pans when realistically it’s never all going to go in.
What category do you fall into when it comes to stacking the dishwasher? Are you a meticulous packer, practicing like you are piecing together a nuclear bomb? Or maybe a jumbled mess, in a ‘throw it in and hope for the best’ kind of way?
Whichever way, thanks to a survey by a leading dishwasher brand we now know what exactly is right and just what we have been doing wrong all these years.
DO stack plates by size, facing the same way
DO prevent drips by emptying the bottom rack first
DO position knives point down for safety. Forks and spoons can go either way
DO place cups at an angle so water can run off
DO make sure glasses are not touching so they don’t chip or break
DO wait until you have a full load to save water and electricity
DON’T rinse before loading – just scrape off excess food
DON’T dump everything in at random
DON’T stack pans on top of each other
DON’T put crystal in the dishwasher
DON’T leave dishwasher tablets lying around as they can harm children
Whether stubborn partners or awkward flatmates choose to listen to this, or stick to their own firmly held dishwasher stacking views, remains to be seen.
For now check out the range of dishwashers available for your new Magnet kitchen - http://www.magnet.co.uk/accessories/appliances-/dishwashers/
Easy recipes for first time students
So your son or daughter received their A-Level results this month and will soon be flying the nest off to university, much to your excitement or sadness.
At Magnet we want to provide you with all the information you need before you pack your child up and all their belongings.
Whether you are the mum pushing them out of the door or the one sobbing as you drop them off at their halls you will want your budding scholar to be fully prepared for their independent student life.
First up are some easy cooking recipes for when they are missing home, and short of you posting them a frozen Tupperware of your beef casserole should definitely hit the spot.
Check out our top five student meal recipes –
Spaghetti Bolognese - https://studentrecipes.com/recipes/pasta/spaghetti-bolognese-3
Chilli Con Carne - https://studentrecipes.com/recipes/beef/chilli-con-carne-2
Cheese & Potato Pie - https://studentrecipes.com/recipes/vegetarian/the-best-cheese-and-potato-pie
Bangers and Mash - https://studentrecipes.com/recipes/cook-to-impress/sumptuous-sausage-n-mash
Maybe give them some personal cooking lessons from yourself before they head off into the big wide world of further education and mid week partying!