Deciding to go out is very easy, it’s deciding where to go that’s difficult. You could always go to an old favourite with your favourite window table but what about being that fun, adventurous foodie your blog makes you think you are? This was the decision that came up a few weeks ago… and I decided to try somewhere new: Eelbrook
A friend of ours’ Dad makes a fantastic sloe gin and when I discovered a very small, wild blackthorn bush back down in the hedgerow of Iron Pear I had to have a go at making some!
The recipe is very simple: sloe berries, sugar and gin… and time. As with almost all infusions in alcohol the longer you leave it the more complex the flavour will become. Since we were going to do this the traditional way, rather than doing a pressure infusion (à la the spiced vinegar from this recipe), we had to stick with the traditional needle approach!… Read the rest
If you read my post about 99 Designs then you might remember that at the end of it I said I had a surprise in story… and I do (at least if you didn’t read the title)! Over the past few days I ran a contest to design so labels for the beer I brew. In total I had 109 different designs submitted from 17 different designers. In the end there were a few different designs that I loved but I chose to go with this:
For those of you with a keen eye, I do legally own the copyright to this image!… Read the rest
A few days ago a book arrived at TopFlat, one that I’d been expecting for quite a while, to the point I was very excited when it finally arrived. The book was Cool Tools. It’s billed as a catalogue of possibilities which translates to being a big book filled with solutions. One of those is 99 Designs.
It’s a chance to connect you to designers without the difficulty of first trying to find someone whose style you like and then hoping they can create something you want within a reasonable length of time.… Read the rest
It might seem a strange time of year to be writing about Christmas Chutney after all it’s almost a full year away. As always I try and grow things at TopFlat but don’t take much interest between the planting and eating phase! Luckily Naomi has done this year and has made some delicious presents.
The reason I’m talking about this now is that if you want to grow tomatoes from seeds it’s a good time to start.… Read the rest