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    The Feast of St Valentine

    The Feast of St Valentine

    — 8 months ago
    It was a great evening at the opening of the Art west Open Studios the other week & we are very happy with our very own mini pieces of postcard art which arrived in the post! Thank you Art West! We look forward to being involved in the design of the literature again next year!
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    It was a great evening at the opening of the Art west Open Studios the other week & we are very happy with our very own mini pieces of postcard art which arrived in the postThank you Art West! We look forward to being involved in the design of the literature again next year!

    @ArtWestWeekend 

    — 1 year ago
    Lucy our lovely intern bought in some delicious treats for us today! Lucky us! Beetroot & chocolate brownies hidden beneath the gorgeous chocolate cookies.

    Lucy our lovely intern bought in some delicious treats for us today! Lucky us! Beetroot & chocolate brownies hidden beneath the gorgeous chocolate cookies.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    Our latest newsletter.

    Our latest newsletter.

    — 1 year ago

    A very inspiring studio trip to Holland, where beautiful sandwiches were eaten over the canal on tiny balconies, followed by the tiny sweet dutch treat poffertjes.

    Nicely designed cook books, together with fantastic art & design in the newly opened Stedelijk gallery (part closed for 9 years!).


    Seeing the sites of Amsterdam upon a bike, is truly the best way to get around, days go on for nice lengths of time there, as journeys are as enjoyable as your destination.

    — 2 years ago

    Friday treats!

    Last Friday we stumbled into the Primrose Bakery in nearby Primrose Hill. After being tempted in by the incredible smell and super sweet decor, we couldn’t get enough of their delicious cupcakes and have resolved to go back soon to try more flavours. We thought the simple but very cute takeaway boxes were fantastic.

    This time we had: Vanilla, Coffee, Lemon and their special Strawberry Daiquiri flavoured cupcakes - all were delicious!

    Definitely worth a visit, you’ll find their shops in Covent Garden and of course Primrose Hill.

    — 2 years ago

    Update from the studio: We finally got around to setting up and experimenting with our new letterpress! We used Garamond and picked the phrase from a book about lost languages as it was short and ever so sweet.

    What a lot of (messy) fun, very satisfying and tactile.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
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    The start of the studio herb garden…

    The start of the studio herb garden…

    — 2 years ago

    Johnny & His Pigs

    My friend Paul and I recently purchased six Large Black piglets. They were anything but large when they arrived but are rapidly expanding into proportions that will justify the name of their breed. The live in a small, sloping field in the beautiful Toadsmoor Valley, near Stroud, and are rapidly turning their current enclosure into something resembling the no-man’s land of the First World War.
     
    Aside from the general pleasure of keeping these amusing, highly intelligent animals, our plan is to use them to develop the Cotswold equivalent of jamon iberico or prosciutto di Parma. Many people reckon the climate of these Isles is too damp for the production of such delicacies but we’re not so sure. As far as I can make out, the Spanish and Italians go out of their way to make the environments in which they mature their hams more British in terms of temperature and humidity than standard local conditions. In any case, they tend to use electronic climate controls nowadays, and we intend to do the same. But when the weather is right, we’ll open the shutters of our maturing shed and let in some good Gloucestershire air.
     
    So why Lage Blacks? Well for one thing, they’re as close to the famous pata negra pig as British breeds get, with the same tendency to put down delicious marblings of fat in their muscles. They come from Devon and Cornwall, and some believe their ancestors include pigs captured from the Spanish Armada. For another, they are delightful and relatively docile because their lop ears have a similar effect to blinkers on a horse. Plus my grandfather kept them in Africa (their black hair protects them from sunburn) and one of his sows famously farrowed a litter of 22 piglets. If ours are anywhere near as fecund, we’ll be quids in.
     
    Pigs will eat almost anything - I once had a pair who wolfed down the charger for their electric fence, batteries and all, with no apparent ill effects - but we plan to experiment with feeding them all kinds of local goodies to see which has the best effect on the meat.
    Beech mast, wild garlic, apples and whey from cheese production will all feature on the menu. And we’re going to make all sorts of charcuterie products aside from air dried hams.
     
    Should the people of Parma and Salamanca be quaking in their boots? Probably not but we’re quitely confident that we will come up with some very tasty items indeed. We’ll keep you abreast of developments on this site.

    — 2 years ago
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