The kitchen should really be a part of your home that you spend a lot of time in, and in the past it was. A few generations ago and on, going further back, families would spend a large proportion of their time at home, together in the kitchen. Parents, well mainly mothers, would be cooking various pastries, roasts and many other culinary delights all throughout the day, serving up the readied food onto a dining table that would be occupied by the rest of the family members. Conversations would flow; main meals would be followed by desserts, cheese & meat platters, aperitifs and tea, coffee & biscuits. This family get together around the dining table would often take place two or three times per day and it would allow families to spend quality time together, all catching up with one another and keeping up to date with what was new in each of their lives. Today however, the kitchen in many people’s homes is a room that gets heavily neglected; families rarely eat all together, many don’t have dining tables and less people enjoy the whole process of cooking, instead opting for fast, less nutritious microwaved meals.
So, what needs to be done to get people back into their kitchens and back to cooking up delicious & nutritious daily means for their friends and family? To make the kitchen an inviting place to be and a pleasurable experience to prepare and cook meals, you need to ensure that you have some decent cooking appliances; a nice modern oven, a set of hobs with an extractor fan overhead, a decent grill and a large enough worktop for you to be able to chop up and prepare your various cooking ingredients. You also need to fit in a dining room if you have not already got one and the space will allow for one to fit comfortably. Keep all the worktops and appliances clean and tidy and start to introduce family dinner times instead of everyone going off and eating somewhere else in the house and being antisocial. Soon the rest of the family should start getting used to the family dinner routine and end up looking forward to it, instead of seeing it as an unwanted chore.