Monthly Archives: May 2010

Green Café Lunch

A and I took a break from the DIY demolition of our house to have lunch by the river in Ludlow today. A played safe and had the (superlative) chicken liver paté. I braved the pig’s head salad. It was great. Clive (chef and proprietor) said that the inspiration was something he ate at Wild Honey in London. To my mind it had Fergus Henderson writ large all over it (or Tom Pemberton of Hereford Road). Have since flicked through Fergus’ recipe book, Nose To Tail Eating, and unearthed a similar recipe: Warm Pig’s Head.

You need a certain mindset to eat this. It can be learnt though. The recipe gives a clue to what you are in for: “the nozzle [of the pig] has the lipsticking quality of not being quite flesh nor quite fat, the perfect foil to the crunch of the crispy ear”.

It’s like eating at St John in Clerkenwell but with a table in the sun, ducks on the river and a better cup of coffee . . . and cheaper.

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Lower Corve Street

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Hans Coper

Lisa recently posted about Lucy Rie. As a counterpoint I thought I should post some images of Hans Coper pots. Equally lovely.

If you ever find yourself in Norwich the Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Collection at the Foster designed Sainsbury Centre has a really nice collection of work by both Hans Coper and Lucy Rie.

They also have this guy. Egyptian dating from 1880 BC.

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Voice Of The Beehive

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Bird sighting diary

I am way behind in this. But betwixt the last posting and this I saw . . . drumroll . . . a hobby.

Fleetingly so, but a quick run through various bird watching books confirmed it. Beautifully elegant in flight, like a large swift – and with the same fearless confidence in its own flying ability.

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Blossom

It’s late in the day to be posting about blossom. Cherry, plum and blackthorn have all gone. Apple and pear are in the final throws – and, in my book, so much more lovely than the blowsy, too pretty, cherry. That said – saccharine cherry blossom against a blue Spring sky is fairly fantastic.

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The mysterious arts of planting design

Have managed to sneak in a few horticultural diversions to a weekend trip to see one dept of the in-laws. First off will be Rousham. Last time I visited Rousham it was winter (Christmas Day in fact) – Rousham is all about the bones of a garden so to some extent it remains the same year round, but it is all about light as well, so high mid summer light plays the garden very differently. Rousham has recently been acknowledged as one of the great UK gardens; it was in Monty Don’s Gardens of the World and Dan Pearson writes beautifully of it in his book Spirit.

Second horticultural event is Marchant Hardy Plants near Lewes. I’ve read enough copies of Gardens Illustrated in my life for this nursery to have entered my lexicon of great plant places. Let’s hope it lives up to it.

I’m in the midst of planning my own garden. One border in and planted. Raised beds in and ready for veg/fruit planting. Just the rest of it remaining.

Am not planning to base my planting design on council border planting but there is something lovely about that old school civic planting when it is done with conviction.

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