You don’t need me to tell you it has been snowing outside for the past few days. Seriously, you don’t. You only have to open your Instagram app or fire up your Facebook news feed to feel like you’re trapped inside one big giant snow globe where the only sound is of people complaining about people complaining about snow – you know the ones. I haven’t got too much beef with the Beast from the East myself as it meant I could spend a day working from the comfort of my bed, with these two snow monsters for lunch hour company.
Cute dog pics and the Snapchat temperature filter aside though, it’s important to know how to stay warm in such harsh weather conditions. So whether you’re snowed in, “snowed in” (I see you) or counting down the minutes until you can get back home and bundle up, here are some tips to keep your kitchen cosy in the cold:
Cook up something to warm your cockles
It’s a kitchen, ergo the place where you cook. That means it’s time to stock up your cupboards with ingredients that are going to help make your food part of your warming strategy. While you might imagine warming meals to be the kind of dishes that come with ten layers of melted cheese or a great big slice of pie that lulls you into a food coma, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Of course, if you want to use the Beast from the East as an excuse to load up on those cosy, cosy comfort foods then be my absolute guest.
However if you don’t fancy tuning your metabolism into slug mode, it’s time to get acquainted with your spice rack and use ingredients that can warm you up in your recipes. Cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and cayenne are the five allies you need when Jack Frost comes a-knocking because they raise your temperature. Cardamom acts primarily on your lungs and core, while cinnamon, turmeric and ginger boost your blood circulation. Cayenne increases your metabolic rate and your core temperature.
Wood’s good when you’re looking for cosy
Apline chalets aren’t beautifully constructed with wood just to look bangin’ on your Instagram or travel blog, you know – there is method behind the not-so-mad madness. These gorgeous little mountain cottages are made using wood as their predominant material because it has a handy knack of creating the illusion of warmth without the need for expensive heating systems. So even when you’re surrounded by snow and temperatures are plummeting into the minuses, the warm hues of a wooden interior will act as the perfect heat catalyst.
Okay so transforming your kitchen into an Alpine chalet might seem a tad out of reach for most of us but the addition of wooden worktops and cabinets is totally doable if you happen to be in the market for a domestic makeover. There are places like George Hill Timber which will cut the wood to measure for you so you can say hello to toasty interiors, stylish timber decor and a kitchen solution that could last you a lifetime with the right care and attention.
Admittedly, you do need to be extra cautious with a wooden worktop as it will require special TLC to fend against scratches and stains. The best way to protect your kitchen cabinets from scratches and your wooden worktops from the perils of wear and tear is to coat them with five thin layers of protective oil and avoid using any harsh cleaning products. Keeping your surfaces in good condition is a great way to tidy up the room and make it look bigger too. Win, win.
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