Superb Kitchen Instruments: The Old Reliable Wok

There are some kitchen instruments that never escape the list of necessary items for a chef. One very common instrument here is the wok, which originated from China, and has quite an interesting story to tell.

Its simple genius lies in its round-bottomed shape along with its wide opening, which both equip the chef with a lot of options in cooking.

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Because of the unique shape of the wok, it is a very good stir-fryer. Whether the chef is cooking rice or vegetables, the wok’s shape allows the chef to turn over what he is cooking easily, even without the help of a ladle. He only needs to master the flick of the wrist. Also, the shape ensures that the contents do not fall off the edge.

The wok is also a very effective steamer. One only needs to place a smaller container at the center of the pan, and let the boiling water do the trick. In fact, the Chinese love to do this by placing chopsticks as a base of support for the item to be steamed.

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The wok comes with ample depth, which allows the chef to cook items that come with a lot of liquid, as typified by stews and soups. For the same reason, the wok is also good for boiling and deep frying.

It makes a lot of sense that what was once a very crude Chinese cooking instrument has found its way to many commercial and household kitchens. It can’t be denied that the wok is among the most reliable must-haves in any kitchen today.

Kimberly Wang Dey, an account manager in a kitchen supply company in San Francisco, caters to the kitchen needs of some of California’s best restaurants. For more about kitchen equipment, read this blog.

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Superb Kitchen Instruments: The Old Reliable Wok

What Penmanship Can Say About a Person

An individual’s penmanship reveals a lot about his personality. Here are some interesting things to note about what one’s handwriting can reveal about a person.

An individual who writes large letters may actually have a need to be understood. In many cases, such penmanship also shows a desire to connect with other people. If the handwriting is small, this could mean that a person is very shy, and as it gets smaller, the more likely it is that the person is introverted.

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If the handwriting is slanted to the right, this signifies that a person is more of a giver, who is intuitive toward the feelings of other people. If the words are mostly upright, this means that the person is logical, and applies balance in most of his affairs. If it is slanted to the left, this can mean that a person is generally reserved, is more careful, and is not inclined to takes risks.

If a person’s handwriting shows heavy pressure on the pen, this shows a natural need for control. It may mean that the person takes a very hands-on approach to life. Light handwriting pressure means that a person is more adventurous and spontaneous and that he enjoys a lot of freedom and unpredictability.

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These are a just a few basic ideas that calligraphists share, but truly the most sophisticated analysis of handwriting can uncover about 5,000 distinct personality traits in human beings.

Kimberly Wang Dey works an account manager in a kitchen supply company in San Francisco that caters to the kitchen needs of some of California’s best restaurants. When she’s not busy at work, she spends time on her calligraphy and penmanship. For more updates, subscribe to her blog.

What Penmanship Can Say About a Person

What penmanship can say about a person

An individual’s penmanship reveals a lot about his personality. Here are some interesting things to note about what one’s handwriting can reveal about a person.

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                                                                  Image source: more.com

An individual who writes large letters may actually have a need to be understood. In many cases, such penmanship also shows a desire to connect with other people. If the handwriting is small, this could mean that a person is very shy, and as it gets smaller, the more likely it is that the person is introverted.

If the handwriting is slanted to the right, this signifies that a person is more of a giver, who is intuitive toward the feelings of other people. If the words are mostly upright, this means that the person is logical, and applies balance in most of his affairs. If it is slanted to the left, this can mean that a person is generally reserved, is more careful, and is not inclined to takes risks.

If a person’s handwriting shows heavy pressure on the pen, this shows a natural need for control. It may mean that the person takes a very hands-on approach to life. Light handwriting pressure means that a person is more adventurous and spontaneous and that he enjoys a lot of freedom and unpredictability.

These are a just a few basic ideas that calligraphists share, but truly the most sophisticated analysis of handwriting can uncover about 5,000 distinct personality traits in human beings.

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Kimberly Wang Dey works an account manager in a kitchen supply company in San Francisco that caters to the kitchen needs of some of California’s best restaurants. When she’s not busy at work, she spends time on her calligraphy and penmanship. For more updates, subscribe to her blog.

What penmanship can say about a person

Superb kitchen instruments: The old reliable wok

There are some kitchen instruments that never escape the list of necessary items for a chef. One very common instrument here is the wok, which originated from China, and has quite an interesting story to tell.

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                                                             Image source: eatwell101.com

Its simple genius lies in its round-bottomed shape along with its wide opening, which both equip the chef with a lot of options in cooking.

Because of the unique shape of the wok, it is a very good stir-fryer. Whether the chef is cooking rice or vegetables, the wok’s shape allows the chef to turn over what he is cooking easily, even without the help of a ladle. He only needs to master the flick of the wrist. Also, the shape ensures that the contents do not fall off the edge.

The wok is also a very effective steamer. One only needs to place a smaller container at the center of the pan, and let the boiling water do the trick. In fact, the Chinese love to do this by placing chopsticks as a base of support for the item to be steamed.

The wok comes with ample depth, which allows the chef to cook items that come with a lot of liquid, as typified by stews and soups. For the same reason, the wok is also good for boiling and deep frying.

It makes a lot of sense that what was once a very crude Chinese cooking instrument has found its way to many commercial and household kitchens. It can’t be denied that the wok is among the most reliable must-haves in any kitchen today.

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Kimberly Wang Dey, an account manager in a kitchen supply company in San Francisco, caters to the kitchen needs of some of California’s best restaurants. For more about kitchen equipment, read this blog.

Superb kitchen instruments: The old reliable wok

Put it in Writing: Developing Calligraphy Skills

Calligraphy is quickly gaining popularity among the young and the old. When scrolling through Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook feeds, it’s impossible not to see a handwritten quote with exquisite lettering. These days, people are going back to the old “non-digital” stuff—coloring books, film cameras, and of course, lettering. Why are these trends making a comeback? My guess is that it’s because people are getting fatigued from all their gadgets.

Sometimes, everyone has to spend a good amount of time away from technology. Which is why I love calligraphy. The art form trains me to be focused on one thing. It’s a discipline. Trying my best to copy the strokes from a lettering book is a serious business that I end up doing it for hours. Despite the sore arm and ink-stained fingers, at least, I spent a significant amount of time away from all the distractions. The output? Finely written motivational phrases on fancy paper that I could be proud of.

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Developing calligraphy skills—though it looks simple—entails a lot of time and effort. It requires you to sit down and take every letter into consideration until it becomes a word and so on. With our fast-paced lives, sometimes we let things pass us by that we end up missing details. Not so with a hobby like this. Being mindful of every stroke helps me become more aware of my thoughts and my feelings. It’s like therapy. In the end, I feel focused and ready to take on more tasks.

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Hi, I’m Kimberly Dey Wang. When I’m not working for a kitchen supply company, I am busy perfecting my calligraphy skills. Follow me on Facebook for calligraphy tips and tricks.

Put it in Writing: Developing Calligraphy Skills

Tools of the Trade: What You Need to Start Calligraphy

Recently, calligraphy is becoming increasingly popular, being integrated into different works of art and even digital typography. Calligraphy is a hobby that many people are taking up these days. If you are one of the few you haven’t tried it yet, here are the basic tools you’ll need to start:

Paper

Specialized paper made especially for calligraphy is available in the market but it can put a huge dent on your budget. For beginners, it’s best to start with less expensive paper like thick sketchpads or graphing paper. The important thing to consider is that the ink won’t blot or bleed through the sheet.

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Penholders and nibs

Nibs are basically the pen tips or brushes that you dip in ink to create the letters. The penholders, as their name suggests, are the handles where the nib is attached. There is a variety of nibs and penholders to choose from so it can be overwhelming, but with a little research you can find one that’s best suited for you. Otherwise, you can start by using calligraphy pens or markers to practice with faux calligraphy.

Ink

Ink is the pigment used for writing. Like nibs and penholders, a large variety of inks is available in the market. Look for Higgins, Speedball, etc.

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Rulers and pencils

Rulers and pencils come handy when drafting your lettering. Although some may disagree on the use of pencils (in the belief that writing straight with ink makes it more organic), beginners do not have the same level of confidence about their work. Rulers are useful for creating guidelines to keep your lettering aligned.

Hi, I’m Kimberly Wang and I love calligraphy and lettering. Follow me on Facebook for more tips on mastering calligraphy.

Tools of the Trade: What You Need to Start Calligraphy

Learning Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide

Calligraphy is the art of formal penmanship. Contrary to popular belief, calligraphy is actually quite easy. There are certain techniques one can employ to make the learning process easier and simpler. There are two highly recommended tips for faster learning:

Practice, practice, practice: Anyone can master modern calligraphy. This is regardless of skill level or whether you think your handwriting is horrible. Modern calligraphy is quite ideal because it blatantly ignores traditional rules and emphasizes the personal touch. That said, it is still important that you keep practicing. Most people believe that calligraphy can only begin with the proper tools. This is not necessarily true. Beginners can start with any ballpoint or gel pen and start with faux calligraphy, which teaches the basics of the art without being too rule-intensive. This will also allow you to figure out how you hold pens in general and what kind of “style” would be best suited for you.

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Experiment: Part of the fun in calligraphy is finding your own style. Some people’s penmanship are more suited for wedding invitations, others for coffee table books. Finding your style takes a certain amount of experimentation. This ties in nicely with the first part. Practice can be simultaneously done with experimentation. Again, it must be emphasized that neither act requires new materials, but it would help if you try out different types of calligraphy pens and see which ones suit you best. Left-handed people, for example, have a tendency to press the side of their palm on their papers, which makes writing with certain types of pens difficult.

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Still, the most important part of learning calligraphy is not being afraid of making mistakes. All beginners start out with hundreds of used-up papers and dozens of dried-up pens. But it should be an encouraging thought to know that all of the great calligraphers out there started from the same position. What made them great was their dedication to the art and their never-ending vigilance.

Kimberly Dey Wang here, calligraphy enthusiast. Add me on Facebookto learn more about my passion.

Learning Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide