Monday, April 29, 2013

Men – Welcome to the Kitchen!

The kitchen may once have been thought of primarily as a woman's domain, but fortunately that is no longer
the case. Men have taken over the kitchen big time and their influence is changing the way we think of old standbys. Not content to leave the old standards alone, they are changing, upgrading and improving the
things we eat.

Let's Get Serious
One thing about men in the kitchen is that they take what they're preparing very seriously. They think long and hard about what they're making and with standards held high, they expect their creations to turn out perfectly. It's less about "a pinch of this and a speck of that" and more about turning a simple dish into an engineering feat. The end result? They are out to WOW us with a fantastic and unforgettable dish. But you 
know what? I don't have a problem with that. Perfection in the kitchen is a good thing.

Cooking as a Competitive Sport
Way too often there are televised cooking shows that are trying to make cooking into a competitive sport that you must win if you are good in the kitchen. Programs that make it seem like you should either be the best or get out of the kitchen. But that's not the way of the kitchen. Being a good cook is about being creative and making the most with what you have on hand. It's about meeting time expectations as well as putting something on the table that meets everyone's different taste and diet preferences. It's time to take meal preparation out of the sporting arena and move it into the realm of art, because whether male or female, it takes a true artist to pull off a real meal. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Classic Car of the Year
You can stop holding your breath waiting for the car chosen as the winner of the Classic Car of 2012. Alan Bartlett's 1934 Jowett Long Saloon has taken the title in the final round of voting. He inherited the beauty from his great-grandfather and did him well by restoring it and making sure it was roadworthy. The 23-year old Bartlett knew little about classic cars in general, let alone the one he was left in an inheritance. As far as he knew, it was the old car that always sat in his father's garage.

Learning from the Ground Up

Bartlett, who was a media student, decided six years ago that rather than sell his inheritance, he would restore it to its original beauty. At that time, it had not seen pavement for some eight years, so he had his work cut out for him. He began researching the car and its connection to his family and literally changed career direction as he fell head over heels in love with his new classic. He began a blog and picked up lots of interest in his new venture as he detailed his restoration steps to the public. After many hours extending over a number of years and a lot of elbow grease, he got the car back on the road with 40,000 miles on the meter. Although roadworthy, he has stopped driving it on a daily basis and saves it for classic car shows.

Grand Prize Winner

In the tough contest for winner of the 2012 competition, the Jowett had to beat two other cars from the '30s, an Austin and a Morris. In all, he did win the top prize, and is now proudly employed by Wheelpower, who are MG specialists.