14 Oct 13

Problems with plates

I often think that pottery is a multidisciplinary art, there’s so much to learn and master – it’s always pushing you to try and make sense out of unexplained things that happen in the process. It’s part art, part science and part management which makes for a sometimes unforgiving mix of potential errors that can creep into any stage of the process.
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8 Oct 13

Palindrome – a scarf for autumn

Recently I’ve noticed the nights drawing in a little earlier with the long shadows of Autumns golden light. I’m anticipating colder days ahead and it’ll be time to get the woollens out in ernest soon.

I was about to go on a train journey a couple weeks ago and decided to do some knitting, I’ve knit on trains before and its funny the number of people who stare or comment when your knitting! I guess knitting in public isn’t as common in the UK. From experience it’s best not to pick a project that is too cumbersome to carry around, that has a pattern that’s too difficult to remember but at the same time not too dull!
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24 Sep 13

York Food Festival

I’ve become a real convert to the ‘food festival’ movement, sure it’s busy and you’ve got to jostle for a position in the queue but its quite fun to taste flavours you wouldn’t normally find. Last weekend I had a trip out to the York Food Festival, taking in some of the stands it was interesting to see that savoury was much better represented than sweet.

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17 Sep 13

Tomato Chutney – Preserving summer

The end of summer heralds the start of early autumn with the appearance of Damsons, Pomegranates and flavourful Tomatoes. Now is the best time for Tomatoes which have ripened in the summer sun ready for eating. I just love the smell of fresh tomatoes, its such a unique scent! One of the best ways to lock away a taste of summer is in jams and chutneys.

This is a pretty simple tomato chutney recipe but you can jazz it up and add different flavours if you want. A spicy option would be to add a whole chilli, smoked paprika might give this a barbecue type flavour and you could add some herbs for an almost Italian feel.
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12 Sep 13

Yorkshire Terrier bitter

It’s been such a long time since there’s been a brew on in the keg and now that we’ve got all that moving house stuff out the way last weekend was a great time to start a new beer.

So far as amateur brewers we’ve had mixed successes with the St Peter’s kit being my favourite with a lovely well rounded flavour and the Milestone Raspberry beer being the worst with its horrible synthetic flavouring! In fact the flavouring was so bad it’s really put me off brewing any more fruit based beers.

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