Saturday, December 17, 2016

make do and mend (or invisible mend!)

We have a joke in our house - the invisible mend - which is actually the most visible (and probably botched) mend imaginable. Sewing up your blue shirt with a few crude stitches in orange thread, that kind of thing. (I'm not guilty obviously!)

This door has a bit more style to it than that but is still delightfully 'invisible'!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

upside down plum cake

Porcelain serving plate here

This is a fabulous cake - you can find the recipe in the Guardian cook section online here.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016


                      Lovely new things to be listed in the shop today and tomorrow.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


vintage brioche tin available here
The first clementines of the year - so beautiful.  We eat far more seasonally here - it's something that feels right - but also things just aren't available out of season.  This week at the market there was coriander - I was hoping there would be - it makes a brief appearance for about 2 or 3 weeks and then is gone until next year! I bought 5 big bunches to wash, chop and freeze for soups and curries.

At the market I fell into step with a young chap who announced 'That went well!' What did?  I asked. Turned out he had sold all  5 crates of chestnuts he'd gathered in the woods. That's one of the nice things about Villefranche market, it isn't just professionals. You find people selling a little bit of garden surplus or a couple of dozen eggs or dandelion leaves in Springtime and I guess that's how this market has always been.

You can see a little video of the market here.