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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3 Sep 13

Preparing for winter

In the studio I’m busy looking ahead to the final quarter of the year, unfortunately pottery is a slow craft with bespoke items and dinner sets sometimes taking as long as 8 weeks to complete. Planning is key to organising orders through the busy festive season.

With this in mind I thought I’d put out the final delivery dates for Christmas 2013. These are of course subject to change and will probably do so as we head into November, in stock items and made to order pieces are handled differently so before ordering make sure you accurately read listing titles and descriptions.
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31 Aug 13

A look in the studio

There’s always something going on in the studio and this past month has been an interesting one with such a wide range of requested items getting posted out from the studio.

It’s been ages since I’ve made any pet bowls but here’s one for Rosie the springer spaniel! I’ve previously only made these for cats but this one has a larger size with a more elevated height. Hopefully this will help stop Rosie getting her ears in her dinner!
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