Carved Angel and Pashmak

Just had to stock up on some chutneys and jams from Carved Angel, having been given a gift set for Christmas. The beetroot chutney lasted exactly two days and it comes in a biggish jar (for chutney). The gunpowder garlic pickle is well worth a taste too – excellent with cheddar.

The 3 jar (reuseable box) gift set (choose any 3)

Whilst browsing their other products I was directed to this website – Pariya, for hand woven, rose flavoured fairy floss. Aside from the very pretty route around the products and the lovely boing-boing music, there isn’t a single thing on this website that I don’t want to eat, in quantity, and now. My back teeth are throbbing gently at the idea…..

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Put it in my eyeballs now

I have been some enjoying some splendid telly recently which has left all other telly box offerings in the shade….the good news is I have gorged and found nothing to complain about…the bad news is there is nothing else I want to watch. I even managed to get bored today when I had a spare twenty minutes and i-player had very little left to offer me in the post-work -pre-school-run hiatus…..

Here’s the best of the bunch – feast your eyeballs on this lot…


Burton and Taylor

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I’m a Burton and Taylor purist – especially when it comes to Burton. I won’t have a bad word said against Liam Neeson but he should never have re-done the voice over of War of the Worlds and attempted to replicate the perfection that was Burton’s voice….. #firstworldproblems.

That said, I loved this biopic of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that invites us to consider the short period in their lives when they came together as actors for the last time to take Noel Coward’s Private Lives to the stage.

Dominic West is being touted for a Bafta for his reprisal of Burton and it was on i-player until about ten minutes ago so I am hoping it will do the rounds again. Perfectly executed telly.




There is a small bias in this recommendation .

Shot in and around Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire where I grew up, Hinterland is a crime drama in the Scandi-style, but it is acted in Welsh and English. The Welsh is subtitled where required (surprising numbers of words need no translations – “fideo”, “pants” and “shit”) and the actors slip seamlessly between the two languages just as they do in everyday life in deepest darkest West Wales….

It is a cliche to say the scenery is a character in its own right, but anyone that has been moved by “Cynddylan on a Tractor”, done their D of E in the Brecon Beacons, or spent the day in the rain in August on a deserted but beautiful Welsh beach, will love the way this is shot. The excellent crime stories and perfect acting are a bonus.

and finally

The Trip To Italy

I missed the first series of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan travelling, doing impressions and eating stuff. This one is set in Italy and they make their way round the coast in the footsteps of Byron and Shelley. Aside from being rendered insensible with mirth at some of their random asides, the by-line story based (extremely) loosely on Rob Brydon’s marriage was  compelling.

Loved the food, loved the look of it, loved the idiocy of two fellers (sometimes in a mini) trying to out-do each other with their impressions of Roger Moore hooting when he needs volume. At least one trusted friend has booked their Summer holiday to Italy based entirely on their dining choices so its worth a look for that level of foodie inspiration alone.


This song made me happy last night…..

The Common Linnets – Netherlands Eurovision


They came second to a very beautiful drag act who sang like a Eurovision angel to a fiery back drop of Phoenix wings and fireworks. In my humble opinion, the winner was deserving for being such a lovely representation of everything that is bonkers and gorgeous about life, and the best song came second. Which is fine.

Turmeric Milk

We have been gently switching across to raw ways of eating….when I say gently, I mean extremely gently.

Realistically we have managed one bit of concerted raw-ness a day and that starts with a smoothie. Usually something vegetable or fruit based and with as little fuss as possible.

I have been trying to extend this practice to the opposite end of the day and finish up with a comforting night time drink that is completely healthy. We’ve tried a few – de-tox teas, fennel based infusions, raw cacao hot chocolate. They have all been found wanting. Then we discovered turmeric milk.

It is simple and tastes amazing and leaves you feeling well inside and out. Turmeric is prized for its anti inflammatory and cancer prevention properties – read more about it here –, but the main reason we love it is it tastes like nothing else we have ever put in our mouths. In a good way.

Here’s our recipe but feel free to pimp…..

For two folk:

1) Pour two cups of almond milk / coconut milk in to a small pan and heat gently. Here’s our favourite one –Rude-Health

2) Peel and then grate a 2 inch fresh turmeric root in to the pan

3) Do the same with a one inch piece of fresh ginger.

4) Add a squirt of agave syrup

5) Add a heaped teaspoon of Lucuma powder.

6) Stir until it is a pleasing orangey yellow colour and the same temperature as the end of your little finger

7) Strain back in to the cup and enjoy!