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A TASTE OF SUMMER: BBQ RECIPES

When the sun comes out, our thoughts naturally turn to eating – and cooking – al fresco. BBQ season is the perfect excuse to gather friends and family together...

When the sun comes out, our thoughts naturally turn to eating – and cooking – al fresco. BBQ season is the perfect excuse to gather friends and family together to enjoy those much fabled warm summer days and evenings. And what better way to impress your guests than with some delicious, yet simple BBQ dishes straight from the grill. Courtesy of Sub-Zero & Wolf’s resident chef, Bruce Cole, here are some of our favourite tantalising recipes to wow any BBQ lover.

Chicken Satay – Serves 9

Ingredients:

  • 9 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 9 tablespoons lime juice
  • 9 chicken breasts
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 9 tablespoons honey (runny)
  • 4 ½ tablespoons curry powder
  • 18 tablespoons coconut milk

Method:

  1. Cut meat into strips, squeeze juice from lime and crush garlic. Combine in a bowl with soy sauce, peanut butter and honey.
  2. Marinade the meat in the bowl for at least 3 hours.
  3. Place meat on skewers and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  4. For the sauce, put the remaining marinade in a pan and bring to the boil. Add coconut milk and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Smother skewers with the sauce and enjoy!

Chargrilled Portobello Mushrooms with Goats Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade

Ingredients:

  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 6 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 8 Portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 200g goats cheese, sliced or crumbed

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200° and preheat char grill.
  2. Make red onion marmalade: melt butter in a heavy based frying pan. When butter foams, add the sliced red onion and cook gently until lightly softened.
  3. Stir in sugar, balsamic vinegar and cloves, turn up the heat and allow to bubble furiously – onions should caramelise.
  4. Check for seasoning – onions should be sweet and sour (agrodolce). If not, add more sugar and balsamic to taste. Stir in fresh mint and set aside.
  5. Char grill the mushrooms: drizzle with a little olive oil and seasoning and char-grill with thyme.
  6. Remove from heat and place on a baking tray.
  7. Divide the red onion marmalade between them and follow with goats cheese.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven until golden.

Chargrilled Pineapple Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 200g of chocolate (Green & Black’s) broken into small pieces
  • 100ml whipping cream
  • 1 pineapple, skin removed and cut into long lengths
  • A little oil (Vegetable or Sunflower)

Method:

  1. Place the chocolate in a small saucepan and melt over a very low hear. Stir in the whipping cream and set aside. Turn the heat on the char grill to its highest setting.
  2. Brush the fruit very lightly with oil and place on the chargrill. Grill until slightly charred, turn 90° and repeat the process. Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly on a chopping board.
  3. Cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces and thread onto some skewers. Pour the chocolate dipping sauce into a bowl and serve with the fruit.

Providing a stellar menu is only half the battle when it comes to creating the ultimate outdoor dining experience. Al fresco living goes beyond your typical garden barbeque, creating a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors. Discover how The Myers Touch can help you create your perfect indoor-outdoor living experience by popping in to our new studio or giving us a call on 01962 600700.

INTRODUCING THE NEW OUTDOOR RANGE FROM SUB-ZERO & WOLF

Appliances from Sub-Zero & Wolf are known for their uncompromising performance in the kitchen – indoors or out. With summer upon us and the outdoor entertaining season calling, Sub-Zero...

Appliances from Sub-Zero & Wolf are known for their uncompromising performance in the kitchen – indoors or out. With summer upon us and the outdoor entertaining season calling, Sub-Zero & Wolf have presented their new range of appliances to help you to create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.

Sculpted in double-wall stainless steel and precision-welded to protect from rusting, the new BBQ Grills from Wolf are superior in every way. The gas grills use two types of heat, direct and radiant, to achieve the ideal temperature range and consistent heat distribution that are key to impeccable grilling, while the 76mm thick stainless steel grates retain and radiate the heat for efficient grilling, as well as give you the coveted restaurant-style grill marks.

Each of the four model sizes, 76cm, 91cm, 107cm and 137cm, can be built into a bespoke extended indoor-outdoor space and are available with three, four or six individually contained burners (depending on model size). These burners provide the precise heat control required to sear delicious steaks or fish on a high heat and allow for side dishes to be grilled separately on a lower heat. An alternative to this is the 33cm BM13 Burner Module, which provides just the right amount of extra space for when the grill is full on those busy family occasions. In heavy-duty stainless steel with the signature, LED lit red control knob, the BM13 is a perfect match for your Wolf Outdoor Grill.

We know everything tastes better al fresco, so if you are looking to impress your guests with style and taste, Wolf’s two-position rotisserie system is essential for an even cook with your favourite meats, while the smoke box is ideal for creating mouth-watering flavours with a variety of wood chips.

When cooking for a large number of guests or even just a big meal, it can be difficult to serve everything on schedule. To keep all of your ingredients, dishes and drinks to hand, combine the 606mm wide under-counter outdoor refrigerator by Sub-Zero with Wolf’s 76cm outdoor warming drawer. Together, both appliances add the perfect finishing touch to the dynamic environment of your outdoor kitchen.

To see how Sub-Zero & Wolf’s outdoor appliances could help to create your dream outdoor space for making the most of the summer evenings with friends and family, drop by our studio or give us a call on 01962 600700.

BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES – HOW TO ACHIEVE THE EPITOME OF INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING

The sun’s out, parties are being planned and we are soaking up every last ounce of summer. No matter the occasion, this season is undeniably the best time to entertain,...

The sun’s out, parties are being planned and we are soaking up every last ounce of summer. No matter the occasion, this season is undeniably the best time to entertain, and with it, comes the chance to throw open the doors and enjoy the summer sunshine.

Fuelled by our passion for unconventional design and bright entertainment-friendly spaces, we are now designing kitchens that allow us to enjoy just that. By combining the simplicity of modern interiors with the purity of nature, you can create spaces that flow uninterrupted into landscaped gardens, blurring the natural boundaries between indoors and out in the best possible way.

Should you be looking to create this harmonious blend between the interior and exterior within your own home, the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few design solutions that help create stunning transitional spaces.

Let the light in

Considered use of glass partitions can help provide the illusion of being outside, allowing natural light to flood into the home, instantly brightening and opening up any space. By breaking away from the traditional ways of architectural detailing and incorporating modular folding glass partitions you can effortlessly transform a room into an inviting space that becomes a gateway to the outside. Functional yet aesthetically pleasing; if designed with purpose, folding glass walls can become suitable to meet each seasons weather demands and create a year round statement.

Create a cohesive link

Considering the same flooring material throughout can synchronise the space seamlessly, helping the two distinct environments flow together into one. The simple elegance of choosing flooring finishes that compliment the indoor-outdoor design elements of your space, provide continuity and a serene experience throughout.

In collaboration with one of our partner companies, Panoramics, we create design solutions by  sourcing some of the most beautiful natural stone, that gives your outside space a sense of intention and thought out design.

Mirror your interiors

Of course, the practicalities of the environment play a central role in shaping that perfect indoor-outdoor living experience. Extending your kitchen worktop outside, to maximize your interior environment, truly blurs the boundaries between inside and out. Practical and seamless, this design solution helps create ample amounts of seating, preparation and serving space for those summer months when you want to extend your entertaining  and dine space outdoors.  Due to their ultra-compact structure, work surfaces by Dekton are particularly suitable when trying to achieve this finish, as they offer unlimited practicality and withstand demanding use over time, whilst retaining their striking appearance.  To view examples of the stunning results by Dekton, we suggest a visit to our elite studio, where these luxurious materials are used to create inspirational indoor and outdoor settings.

If you are looking for innovative design solutions that allow you to blend your indoor and outdoor space together and enjoy those sunny summer days with friends and family, visit our studio or contact us on 01962 600700.

A TIME FOR CELEBRATION

Following the completion of our extensive renovation, we were delighted to open our doors to a host of special guests, including the newly appointed Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane...

Following the completion of our extensive renovation, we were delighted to open our doors to a host of special guests, including the newly appointed Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane Rutter, BBC Property Expert, Lucy Alexander and Saturday Kitchen’s Wine Master, Peter Richards, as well as some of the top local architects and interior designers, for three special celebratory events to mark this momentous occasion.

 

Supported by Mercedes-Benz of Winchester, local independent wine merchant, Wine Utopia and Hampshire-based caterers, McCrimmon & Reid, guests were treated to an unforgettable evening of luxury chauffeur-driven transport, beautiful seasonal wines and live cooking demonstrations from Sub-Zero & Wolf’s resident Chef, Bruce Cole, whilst sampling an assortment of delicious canapés in the unique setting of our beautiful new studio.

To get a flavour of each event, please click on the links below:

  1. A special thank you
  2. Official VIP launch
  3. A sneak peek for industry professionals

 

 

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL

For us, our studio needs to reflect our passion and vision for beautiful kitchen living spaces. To achieve this, we undertook an ambitious project to extend and re-design the...

For us, our studio needs to reflect our passion and vision for beautiful kitchen living spaces. To achieve this, we undertook an ambitious project to extend and re-design the old studio. Our objective was to create an environment that would inspire visitors and truly showcase the luxury ranges we work with.

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A SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

After years in the making, we are thrilled to announce that we have finally accomplished our long-term goal of transforming our Winchester studio into an environment that truly expresses...

After years in the making, we are thrilled to announce that we have finally accomplished our long-term goal of transforming our Winchester studio into an environment that truly expresses our passion for creating beautiful and effective living spaces.

We had been considering extending the original studio for some time and had taken small steps over the years, with the introduction of an adjoining office, but after 9 successful years within the old space, we now required a new studio to reflect our vision for the future.

   

With the help of local architect, Kevin Reader, the initial designs to transform the premises were first created in 2013, and by April 2015, work had finally started on our new luxury studio.

To elevate the original site, a significant focus was placed on transforming the once humble entrance and facade, into a sleek, imposing exterior, showcasing the substantial glass windows, which flood the new studio with light. All this is complemented perfectly by the newly refreshed branding, which takes pride of place on the buildings’ facade.

   

To accompany the new exterior, we revitalised the old gravel drive, replacing it with a sleek sweeping resin parking area and landscaped garden entrance, showcasing cedar timber detailing, which now seamlessly unites the extended elements of the studio with the existing space.

   

The studio, once easily missed on a drive through Kings Worthy now takes centre stage in the village, compelling passing traffic to stop and admire the impressive building.

Inside, the transformation is equally dramatic. Our distinctive and thoughtful design style is embodied throughout, as SieMatic’s signature collections are showcased in a truly stunning space, which captures The Myers Touch team’s passion for beautiful kitchen and living spaces.   For more information about the interior design scheme, click here.

 

 

THE MYERS TOUCH OPEN ITS DOORS TO TOP INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

At The Myers Touch, we recognise the importance of working alongside like-minded industry professionals. As a result, our new studio will not only provide clients with an inspirational environment...

At The Myers Touch, we recognise the importance of working alongside like-minded industry professionals. As a result, our new studio will not only provide clients with an inspirational environment but will also form the perfect backdrop for the start of our partner initiative, which aims to bring together a select number of luxury-oriented Hampshire businesses and professionals with the aim of delivering added value to clients.

   

To help launch our initiative as well as showcase our studio transformation, we were thrilled to open our doors to some of the top local and national architects, interior designers, suppliers and product specialists during our final celebratory event.

   

During the evening, guests were given an insight into our connection with the Society of British and International Design (SBID) by the Director and Founder, Vanessa Brady, as well as the opportunity to preview the iconic German manufacturer SieMatic’s Urban kitchen collection and appliances from other leading brands such as Sub-Zero & Wolf, Miele and Kohler.

   

We look forward to hosting a number of industry events in our new studio in the near future. Please stay tuned for more information.

To view more pictures and news from the event, take a look at our Twitter profile here.

THE MYERS TOUCH CELEBRATE VIP LAUNCH OF STUDIO EXTENSION

It’s been a busy few weeks following the completion of our studio extension, and what better way to celebrate than an official launch party! The Myers Touch team were...

It’s been a busy few weeks following the completion of our studio extension, and what better way to celebrate than an official launch party!

The Myers Touch team were thrilled to welcome the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane Rutter, on her first official appointment to formally open the studio.  We were also joined on the night by a host of special guests, including BBC property expert, Lucy Alexander, her husband, ex-footballer Stewart Castledine and BBC Saturday Kitchen’s Wine Master, Peter Richards.

 

Guests were treated to live cooking demonstrations by Sub-Zero & Wolf’s resident Chef, Bruce Cole, and a chance to sample his delicious breads made using the Combination Steam Oven & Oven together with an array of tempting canapés created during the evening! Mercedes-Benz of Winchester were on hand to chauffeur guests to and from the studio using a selection of their S-Class, E-Class and CLS ranges, while local independent wine merchant, Wine Utopia, provided guests with a selection of seasonal wines.

 

The Myers Touch Directors, Keith and Helena Myers, said “We were delighted to open the doors to our newly-renovated studio, finally accomplishing our long-term goal to create an environment which truly expresses the vision and passion we have for creating living spaces within homes that are built-upon and sustain the relationships enjoyed within them. It was a celebration joined by many of our previous clients whose lives have been touched by the kitchen-living spaces we have created. A special thanks goes to our new Mayor of Winchester who supported this event.”

 

The substantial upgrade of the studio now showcases a preview into SieMatic’s Urban kitchen collection, featuring surfaces in Dekton and Sensa granite, both by Cosentino. The open plan kitchen-dining display boasts state-of-the-art refrigeration and cooking appliances from Sub-Zero & Wolf, including a steam oven; warming drawer; sealed burner range top with Teppan-Yaki; extractor, larder fridge and wine chiller. A Miele dishwasher and Kohler Stages sink with articulated Karbon tap complete the look. The extension is set to provide a luxury setting for the Dining Club which we are excited to launch later this year.

 

We would like to say a special thank you to Philip Green Photography for capturing the nights’ moments. You can take a peek at some of the highlights below.

Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you enjoyed the evening!

For more information on the SieMatic Urban collection, click here.