Form & Function: The Practical & Natural Beauty Of The Wooden “Cutting Board” & “Bread Board”

The Appeal Of The Cutting Board
The Appeal Of The Cutting Board

The beauty of natural wood. The practicality of culinary use of cutting boards & bread boards certainly earns a place in every kitchen. A “well-fitted kitchen essential”, these boards of natural substance are found in every shape and size one could require for their culinary whims.  The history of the cutting board as an unfinished slab of wood can be linked to the beginning of pre-historic time.  Wood throughout the ages, indeed. The wooden surface would certainly evolve through time and endure as a foundational element within the culinary world.

Of course, the weight and texture of the board, in addition to the variety of woods used in crafting these boards of different functions are options of personal choice. Most wood boards are made of a maple (a hardwood) or pine (a soft wood). However, there are certainly options to be found in beautiful red and white oak hardwoods, Yellow Birch and American Black Walnut. Let’s not forget the newest addition to wooden surfaces- Bamboo (A hard “grass” that is a naturally replenishing resource also offering a hard, durable surface). That said, it is simply the wood boards that beckon placement within my kitchen. Although all forms of cutting boards are diverse in their appearance, each one is created for a functional purpose within the kitchen. Perhaps it can be said that the selection of a wooden board is personal to one’s needs and visual & textural requirements. Either way, consider the impact they have made within the culinary world!

Beyond the function of culinary use, these boards of striking hardwoods offer a beautiful base for entertaining. Form and function, indeed.

Practical & Natural Beauty:  The Cutting Board
Practical & Natural Beauty: The Cutting Board
Function & Decoration:  The "Cutting Board" & "Bread Board"
Function & Decoration: The “Cutting Board” & “Bread Board”
Cutting Boards Within The Interior:  Culinary Tools Of Style
Cutting Boards Within The Interior: Culinary Tools Of Style
Crafted Wooden Boards Of Form & Function
Crafted Wooden Boards Of Form & Function
Wooden Appeal:  Cutting Boards
Wooden Appeal: Cutting Boards
Slabs Of Nature:  Wooden Boards Of Culinary & Decorative Appeal
Slabs Of Nature: Wooden Boards Of Culinary & Decorative Appeal
Culinary Essentials:  Wooden Boards Of Form & Function
Culinary Essentials: Wooden Boards Of Form & Function

Consider the boards of wood that offer natural and durable style while offering attractive display. Whether the boards that reside within your kitchen are prep or carving boards, bread boards or slabs of crafted wood for the purpose of cheese cutting and display, the value of these boards are apparent. The smooth finish that exposes the natural beauty of the wood are striking surfaces to appreciate beyond a kitchen essential to an entertaining board of natural style. Practical & natural beauty, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

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Autumnal Glory Of Nature: Ornamental Indian Corn

Ornamental Indian Corn:  Nature's  Colorful Appeal In Autumn
Ornamental Indian Corn: Nature’s Colorful Appeal In Autumn

Autumnal glory of nature. Ornamental Indian corn. Autumn heralds the arrival of the decoration of ornamental Indian corn. The hard kernels of various colors and Autumnal hues offer distinctive impact of timeless appeal when found on display decorating table tops and doorways during the Autumn season. Perhaps it can be said that the Fall harvest and its offerings would not be complete without the appearance of Indian corn. Ears of Indian corn in Autumnal jewel tones of distinction. Termed as “any primitive corn having ears with kernels of various colors”, it is no wonder that these hard kernels offering a multitude of color have become a visual of Fall.

Autumnal Delights: Ornamental Indian Corn
Autumnal Delights: Ornamental Indian Corn

Historians link the origination of these colorful ears of corn to China, India and South America. It was not until the 15th century that the kernels and husks of colorful delight would travel around the globe via explorers and traders. The name “Indian corn” is said to have been taken from the indigenous natives of North America who originally cultivated it. Of interest, rather than decoration, Indian corn was ground to make flour. Who knew? Although the kernels themselves are hard, the ears with larger kernels are now typically used for flour or cornmeal production, while those with small, pointy kernels are perfect for popcorn. Indian corn varies in ear size, kernel, husk and stalk color. The most common husk colors are ivory and purple. Visual delights, indeed. The term “Flint Corn” (hard, and like stone) would also reference these jeweled ears. Yet in most countries this hard corn is known as “Indian corn” or “Calico Corn”, which is the same species as Indian corn but a different variant of maize. Oh, the calico colors! It is interesting to note that the Indian corn that we recognize today are several hybrid varieties that have been developed within the last 50 years. These calico-patterned or speckled varieties of Indian corn are the result of cross-pollination of single-shaded plants. In addition to the multicolored ears, there are also solid ears in shades of red, gold, yellow, reddish brown,dark purple, white, ruby, blue and even black. Bold, colorful and unexpected hues of Autumnal delight, indeed! With hard outer layers, each colorful kernel endures to delight with Autumnal appeal. The unusual texture and composition of hues go far in providing Autumnal interest when brought into our interiors or used as decoration in events. Calico patterns of delight, indeed…

Decoration Of Autumn Within The Interior:  Ornamental Indian Corn
Decoration Of Autumn Within The Interior: Ornamental Indian Corn
Kernels Of Autumnal Color:  Ornamental indian Corn
Kernels Of Autumnal Color: Ornamental indian Corn
Entertaining & Decoration With Indian Corn
Entertaining & Decoration With Indian Corn
Colorful Autumn Delight:  Ornamental Indian Corn
Colorful Autumn Delight: Ornamental Indian Corn
Autumn Holiday Entertaining With Indian Corn
Autumn Holiday Entertaining With Indian Corn
Holiday Decorating: Autumnal Hues Of Indian Corn
Holiday Decorating: Autumnal Hues Of Indian Corn
Indian Corn & Husks Of Decoration:  Autumn Delights
Indian Corn & Husks Of Decoration: Autumn Delights

Consider the decoration of Indian corn as the Autumn season settles upon us. The hues of Autumn are sure to provide us with seasonal enjoyment when embellished within our interior and exterior spaces. A natural visual in bringing the outdoors in and a focus on nature when gracing our exteriors. Autumnal glory of nature, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine”
-Anne Bronte

Wedded Bliss Under Nature’s Canopy: The Outdoor Wedding Reception

Natural Delights:  The Outdoor Reception
Natural Delights: The Outdoor Reception

The outdoor wedding reception under nature’s canopy. Sheer delight of dreamy appeal. On a day in which the moment of a lifetime culminates into a celebration of significance under the sky of natural wonder, those that gather are seemingly transported within the magical setting set forth. Perfection. The scenery that is offered, courtesy of Mother Nature, offers breathtaking, natural elegance that pairs with the elegance of a grand affair. Nature itself provides a spontaneity and perhaps even an unexpected element that brings another dimension to a memorable celebration of life. The natural atmosphere paired with the embellishments of wedded celebration is simply magical. For certain, the charms of nature paired with the joy of a lifetime event are a perfect marriage in entertaining.

Simply stated, the visuals of magical moments of elegant affairs of wedded bliss under nature’s canopy deserve attention and mere appreciation. For those that will plan a moment under the brilliant sun filled sky or under the twinkling, star dotted sky perhaps the images, sourced and compiled from the wide world of the web, will offer inspiration of a grand event yet to unfold. And for those that merely seek inspiration for creating an event under the canopy of nature, may inspiration follow….

Breathtaking Delights Under Nature's Canopy:  Outdoor Wedding Receptions
Breathtaking Delights Under Nature’s Canopy: Outdoor Wedding Receptions
Evening Delights:  Wedded Bliss Under The Stars & Twinkling Lights
Evening Delights: Wedded Bliss Under The Stars & Twinkling Lights
Soft Hues Of Beauty:  The Elegant Outdoor Wedding Reception
Soft Hues Of Beauty: The Elegant Outdoor Wedding Reception
Evening Elegance:  The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Evening Elegance: The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Events Of A Lifetime:  Surrounded By Nature
Events Of A Lifetime: Surrounded By Nature
Outdoor entertaining:  The Elegant Wedding Reception
Outdoor entertaining: The Elegant Wedding Reception
Ambiance & Natural Appeal:  The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Ambiance & Natural Appeal: The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Candlelit Delight:  The Wedded Delight Of Outdoor Receptions
Candlelit Delight: The Wedded Delight Of Outdoor Receptions
Under Nature's Canopy:  The Elegant & Natural Outdoor Affair
Under Nature’s Canopy: The Elegant & Natural Outdoor Affair
Natural & Stunning Delights:  The Outdoor Wedded Event Of Elegance
Natural & Stunning Delights: The Outdoor Wedded Event Of Elegance
Outdoor Entertaining:  The Wedded  Outdoor Celebrations
Outdoor Entertaining: The Wedded Outdoor Celebrations
Outdoor Delights Of Wedded Celebrations
Outdoor Delights Of Wedded Celebrations
Wedded Enchantment:  The Outdoor Affair
Wedded Enchantment: The Outdoor Affair

Consider the beauty and elegance of a wedded celebration under the canopy of nature. Whether the event is filled with beaming sunshine or the twinkling stars from above, the outdoor event will offer memorable moments experienced by all. The beauty of nature is everywhere. Pairing that beauty with the beautiful moments of life? Perfection. Wedded bliss under nature’s canopy, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature”- Aristotle

Elegance In Sugar: The Decadence & Artistry Of Fondant Cakes

Sugared Delights:  Fondant Cakes
Sugared Delights: Fondant Cakes

The coated confectionary decadence of fondantelegance tailored to personal and sweet perfection. There is perhaps no other cake that presents itself with such a grand effect as the wrapped, smooth layers of indulgent sugary appeal with rich, sweet cake awaiting inside. Pure delight.

Fondant is a type of icing used to decorate cakes that offers a mysteriously seamless layered confectionary appeal. A thick, sugar paste of decorative topping. Fondant icing, also commonly referred to simply as fondant, (fɑndɑnt in French) is termed as an “edible icing used to decorate or sculpt cakes and pastries”. In French the word refers to “melting” and is derived from the same root as “foundry” in English. Interesting. Rolled fondant was derived from traditional British fondant recipes of pouring the sweet, thick concoction over a cake and allowing it to harden to seal in moisture. Poured fondant is a creamy confection used as a filling or coating for cakes, pastries, and candies or sweets. “In its simplest form, it is sugar and water cooked to the soft-ball stage, cooled slightly, and stirred or beaten until it is an opaque mass of creamy consistency”. British immigrants are said to have brought their recipes to Australia where changes were made in the 1950’s to advance the art of sugar craft. Of note, the earliest “rolled fondant” recipes found in American cook books date back to the early 1980’s. Who knew? Perhaps considered as a newer art form within the industry of baking it is no wonder that creativity with fondant has risen to the ranks in creativity of sugared wonder. Although fondant can be bought ready-to-use it is the skilled art form of the baker that creates the fondant from scratch and embellishes with unique and elegant wonder that my attention focusses upon. As artisans of sugar craft, the creations that result are to the sheer delight of the guests that are smitten with their elegance and beauty. The artistry that goes into these confectionary wonders is craftsmanship and experience in sugar, for certain.

In appreciation for the elegant details and grand, sculpted statements that await the world. A visual celebration of masterpieces of sugar….

Golden Beauties:  The Elegance Of Fondant Cakes
Golden Beauties: The Elegance Of Fondant Cakes
Artistry In Sugar:  Fondant Cake
Artistry In Sugar: Fondant Cake
Pastel Hued Confectionary Delights:  Fondant Cakes
Pastel Hued Confectionary Delights: Fondant Cakes
Fondant Cakes:  Elegant Objects Of sweet Decoration
Fondant Cakes: Elegant Objects Of sweet Decoration
Spectacular Presentation Of Confectionary Delight:  Fondant Cakes
Spectacular Presentation Of Confectionary Delight: Fondant Cakes
Icing Of Sugary & Sweet Elegance:  Fondant Cakes
Icing Of Sugary & Sweet Elegance: Fondant Cakes
Modern Appeal Of Confectionary Wonders:  The Fondant Cake
Modern Appeal Of Confectionary Wonders: The Fondant Cake
Fondant Cakes:  Masterpieces In Sugar
Fondant Cakes: Masterpieces In Sugar
“Tiffany Blue” Confections Of Sugary Delight: Fondant Cakes
Pink, Vibrant Delights Of Sugary Confections: Fondant Cakes
Pink, Vibrant Delights Of Sugary Confections: Fondant Cakes
Sugared Beauties Of Confectionary Wonder:  Fondant Cakes
Sugared Beauties Of Confectionary Wonder: Fondant Cakes
Celebratory, Sunny Appeal In Sugar:  Fondant Cakes
Celebratory, Sunny Appeal In Sugar: Fondant Cakes
Pink Delights Of Sweet Presentation Of Elegance:  Fondant Cakes
Pink Delights Of Sweet Presentation Of Elegance: Fondant Cakes
Wrapped & Decorated Perfection:  Fondant Cakes
Wrapped & Decorated Perfection: Fondant Cakes
Spectacular Presentations In Sugared Delight: Fondant Cakes
Spectacular Presentations In Sugared Delight: Fondant Cakes
Fondant Cakes:  Decorated Sugared Elegance
Fondant Cakes: Decorated Sugared Elegance

I fell in love with these sugared beauties since the moment I first sighted these creations of distinction. As with everything, taste must prevail. It is the elegance of simplicity that truly creates a memorable confectionary creation. Creating a spectacular, elegant presentation for those events of life that require stunning celebratory confections. As for the first fondant cake I required to be designed for our own personal celebratory event? It was a cake with embellishments of gold with a striking “pop” of color with a sugared orange poppy…vivid & sweet recollections, indeed…

Personal Design:  Our Fondant Cake Of Celebration
Personal Design: Our Fondant Cake Of Celebration
Decorated Elegance:  The Artistry Of Embellishment With Fondant Cakes
Decorated Elegance: The Artistry Of Embellishment With Fondant Cakes

Consider with appreciation the sweet sugary elegance of fondant cakes. Stunning and unique, the possibilities in sugar are endless. Tailored to one’s own preferences, the hues and embellishments of sugary delight as celebratory focal points of sweet and elegant impact await. Decadent elegance in sugar, indeed…

Kristin

The Foundation Of Entertaining & Serving: White Platters

Perfection In Serving:  White Platters
Perfection In Serving: White Platters

In the world of entertaining, there is no better basic foundation than the white platter. Of course, selecting the elements of the table, such as the linens, glasses, cutlery, dishes and even the centerpiece are key. Yet the platters that hold the culinary creations deserve our focus and attention. Alas, the serving platter. White is always right. A foundation of entertaining, for certain. The year round usefulness of these objects of function as serving pieces also provide an elegant visual of white when paired with any theme your table sets before your guests. The form and function of these serving pieces offer a “blank slate” background that showcases and enhances the culinary delights that are offered upon them

White Platters: The Perfect Background For Culinary Delights
White Platters: The Perfect Background For Culinary Delights

Chefs create artistry within the culinary world and part of their artistry involves the art of “plating”. To a chef the three elements of plating are the plate, the food and the arrangement of the food. The goal is always that the platter or plate does not detract from the delight placed upon it. Simple elegance. That said, presentation is everything. It is no surprise that white is the choice in plating the pleasures of culinary world. Alas, white truly is always right…

With the many shapes and sizes that are offered the choices are vast. Whether decorative and embossed, formal or simple in basic design, the visual of white platters laid out on a table in presentation style is an elegant delight. Perfection in entertaining, for certain. The world of white dishes and serving platters go far in offering a surface that showcases the dish and adds uniformity to the serveware. Even if the shapes and style of various white platters (and bowls) are different, the fact that they are all one color unites in classic style. A visual delight in white

Stacked & Layered Serveware On Display
Stacked & Layered Serveware On Display
Entertaining Basics:  White Platters
Entertaining Basics: White Platters
Foundations Of Entertaining:  White Platters
Foundations Of Entertaining: White Platters

Consider the foundation to entertaining. Whether laid out upon a table or stacked in waiting and ready position, white platters (or any white serveware, for that matter) offer perfection in entertaining. In support of adding entertaining elements of form and function to your world and your tables, consider the value of white platters. Purpose & versatile function with a stackable form that offers visual appeal. A foundation to the delights that await, indeed. Ease in elegant entertaining awaits. White is always right, indeed…

Kristin