A question

Little bit of newsy stuff first to kick start the morning. The Design School has completely sold out for Jan and Feb is quite close to being shut down so if you are thinking of coming along best book fast, plus with the sale on there is 15% off.  For all those coming along next Saturday a little warning – we won’t be finished regrettably with the revamp.  Hopefully the first 3 floors will be completed (fingers crossed) – but certainly not the fourth. Nor the hallway, funnily enough I have just written about cool ways to revamp your hallway for Rated People this month. Click here to read the article.Mine which looked quite cool until we started this project has been pilleged. Artwork which once lined the walls has  gone elsewhere leaving big gaping holes. Must sort that out!

Actually I wanted to run an idea via you guys for my next plan for the store.

The larder has been the greatest success, grab n go foods likes pickles, pesto’s, pastas, the best olive oils, mustards and so forth, flew out over the holidays. With the store closed over the hols and us working who knows what hours painting I used it as my personal grocery store, pulling up at all hours and grabbing stuff.

What I think is missing and what I’ve found rather hard to find for my own kitchen is cookware – well-crafted cookware. We’ve touched upon it in the larder with beautiful sauce pots, storage jars, and trays but I’m talking tagines in the inkiest of blacks, cheese boards hand thrown from clay, wibby wobbly platters, a tightly curated selection of sourced goods that look as good on the counter as they do in the cupboard. What do you think?

In my next life I want to potter in the kitchen all day, cooking listening to radio 4, keeping bees, doing a spot of gardening that sort of thing. I may or I may not get out of my pyjamas – I’m thinking I won’t but don’t hold me on that one! Anyways those are my thoughts I’m not talking gimmicky cookware in bright hues almost traditional pieces, primarily made of clay that are for the everyday so familiar and comforting but also that arose curiosity.

Good plan do you think?

Oh and an image below of our mustards which I am a little obsessed with, walnut mustard, chilli mustard and basil mustard – yum yum. Talking of obsessed over the holidays I cooked a recipe by the fabulous Heston Bluementhal which everyone loved. So right now I’m going to whip up his soda bread for lunch which I shall eat with think slivers of salmon and winter leaves! Give me 15 minutes and the whole house will fill with the scent of bread (plus with soda bread there is no kneading, proving or any of that malarkey). Mix then bake. Want some?

sausages

21 thoughts on “A question

  1. Abigail – if you’re looking for one off/quirky/unique pieces and don’t mind buying offshore, try the Balingup Cheese Factory in Western Australia. I grew up very close to this place and it used to have most beautiful pieces of artwork, pottery and slip, timber and soapstone products etc made by local artisans (amazingly arty area in fact). Im not sure if they have a website but I cant imagine not! Whatever u end up buying, be sure to show and tell!

  2. I think it sounds like a great idea, I read somewhere that the highest sales for kitchenware is 2 days before valentines, that must be mens interpretation of a woman’s dream gift for valentines………think of all the relationships you could save by designing and selling fabulous cookware!! ;-))))

  3. Definitely cookware. Personally I am on the hunt for oven-to-table oven dishes that suit sides/veggies and or just big enough for a ‘meal for two’. Seems none on the market that aren’t twee and pastel, or huge. The sorts with sides, and deeper ones too to fill the table with interest and lovely side servings.Great idea.

  4. The cookware sounds amazing, just had new kitchen and love want exciting things on my work tops, don’t want it to look stark
    A more exciting thing was if you were to open a cafe next to store, with snacks from the larder and lovely tasting coffee watching the world go by and what people are buying from the store.

    Just an idea or dream

  5. Great idea and one that would, I’m sure be very welcome. I’m a total sucker for cookware/tableware – and struggle to find things that appeal to our taste so end up with plain (dull) white much of the time.

  6. Brickett Davda Ceramics is for you Abigail. Gorgeous tableware all handmade and finished in England in gorgeous greys and inky blues. I think you would love.

  7. Hi Abigail,

    Portuguese simple clay cookware goes from oven to table and there’s quite a large variety to choose form. It is very rustic looking and some of it is unfortunately overdecorated with touristy messages (!!) but the basics are pretty good. Their copper cataplana pots are quite impressive but not for everyday cooking !

    best rgds

    liz

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