You can't turn on the TV these days without a master chef telling us how to prepare a healthy and tasteful meal. Cooked potatoes and veges with a meatball on the side is out. Enjoying gravy is similar to signing your death sentence and a simple tomato soup contains at least 20 ingredients without the tomatoes.
I love cooking and I love watching those programs. I frantically write down the recipes but never make the dishes because I often miss the details. Was it 50 or 150 gram? Did she say teaspoons or tablespoons? "Ohh, never mind' I usually mutter to my partner while I throw away my unreadable notes….. 'let's have a glass of wine.'
And then the day arrives that we have guests for dinner and a lack of inspiration.
That's when those marvelous cook books come in. They are the reference books for we 'quite-but-not-yet' master chefs. Those books whet your appetite while flicking through the pages, dreaming of tables set with fantastic porcelain and soft glowing candles. The guest will be surprised by your cooking skills and when you finish that lovely dinner with a superb Creme Brule they ooh and aah in amazement. (Hope is a thing with feathers…!!)
Turkish pide, Spanish anti-pasta, Olive oil recipes, Grandma's kitchen or The Soprano's cooking tips; these colorful books will look even better with a background like this. The strong red and black color scheme and the repetition of the aprons outline the cook books even more and the white chef hats give just that extra bit of light and freshness.
What you need:
- Black and red wrapping paper
- 3 Aprons
- 10 Images of chef's hats (Google – images) enlarged and laminated
- Black card for background title and behind the chef hats on top of title board
- Red letters for the title, printed on A3 and laminated
- Images of fruit and vegetables. I copied them from one of our books but Google – images will work as well – printed, laminated and cut into shape (To make it easier for myself I roughly follow the contour of the image and the little white border gives it an even more outlined appearance)
- Carton boxes to create some extra (cheap) display space
- Christmas lights
What to do:
- Cover the left and right top part of the panel with the black wrapping paper. I placed it horizontally because the paper was not wide enough to cover it vertically
- Cover the top part of the middle panel with the red wrapping paper, horizontally for the same reason
- Cover the bottom parts of the panels with the contrasting paper
- Arrange the aprons sideways to the panels. Pin them first and if they look good, staple the corners
- Drape the Christmas lights along the top line of the aprons. I use laminated off cuts to secure the wire to the board. Make sure you connect the plug and wires in a safe way
- Staple the strings of the aprons to the underside of the book shelves and over the Christmas lights. I stapled them to the front of the shelf to create depth
- Staple the three remaining chef hats to the middle of the aprons and add an extra piece of fruit or vege to the hat
- Staple 15 cm wide black card to the top part of the title board
- Cover the rest of the board with red wrapping paper but make sure that at least 13 cm black card remains visible
- Staple black card to the middle of the board (over the red wrapping paper) to create a dark border for the white/red title. Use only a few staples at the top because the chef hats need to be tucked in between the black card and wrapping paper
- Staple the title to the middle of the black card. Make sure the visible top and bottom part of the black card are the same width or make the top slightly smaller
- Arrange the chef hats in pairs of threes and twos above the title and tuck the bottom of the hats behind the black card
- Arrange some of the laminated fruit and veges on the red paper under the title and staple them to the board
- Cover the boxes with the remaining black and red wrapping paper. Be creative and make borders and top/bottom combinations
- Paste the laminated images of the fruit and vegetables to the boxes. Remember that some of the boxes are standing and others lying on their sides.
- Secure the book stands with a small piece of tape to top of the boxes, just to make sure the books are not pushed off by passing library users
- Arrange the boxes with books in front of the display board
Step back and have a look at your creation, rearrange if necessary and make adjustments 'til you're happy with your work
Add the books to the shelves and show off your collection
Make photos of your version of this display and send them to: email@example.com with a short description. It would be great to show different styles of the same display.