NICE ‘N’ SLOE

Mr Mouzer’s Magic Home Brew Sloe Gin.

A quick post to say thanks to my good buddy Señor Mouzer for a belated Christmas gift in the form of his home brew Sloe gin. Now I’m not normally a fan of Sloe gin, but this stuff is absolutely spot on. It’s school tomorrow so I’m diluting it with a bit of tonic water tonight, but it’s a super smooth and easy drinking tipple on its own. It’s nice and fruity with the addition of some chocolately notes in there making it a perfect drink for the coming Summer evenings. I’ll see if I can get the recipe from him to share on here, but I can’t promise anything as he likes to keep his cards close to his Gansey’d chest.

1st, PAPER

Leather bound, gilt edged notebook from Assouline.

Top gifting from the wife for our 1st (Paper) wedding anniversary. The beautiful notebook above is from the classic French publisher Assouline and will be receiving all my notes and drafts for my future S&S posts.

The gilt edge of the Assouline notebook alongside their nicely considered gift wrapping.

She also managed to get hold of the hard to find (in the UK at least) Dean & Deluca cook book. Dean & Deluca is always our first stop when visiting New York (our favourite city and the place of our engagement). Can’t wait to get cooking.

The Dean & Deluca Cookbook
I’ll be starting with the Monkfish…
Now, about the type…

THE FABRIC, FOOD & FACE OF SCOTLAND

Nigel Cabourn 1940’s Harris Tweed DB Jacket, Barbour Newmarket Plaid Lambswool Scarf, and The Face of Scotland by Harry Batsford and Charles Fry.

Autumn finally showed up last week during a short trip to N.Y. (North Yorkshire) and what better way to greet it than with a selection of Scottish fabrics. Adding to the Harris Tweed jacket I already had on, I picked up a really nice Barbour scarf in their blue Newmarket Plaid. I picked mine up from Orvis in Harrogate, but the scarf is also available from Oi Polloi at a very reasonable £25. The scarves are made in Scotland and are finely produced in a very soft Lambswool. I have another one in white from a few seasons back and it’s holding up really well with very little pilling after much use.

Barbour scarf in blue Newmarket plaid from Oi Polloi.

Adding to the Scottish theme of the trip was a book I picked up in Helmsley Antiquarian & Secondhand Bookstore called The Face of Scotland by Harry Batsford and Charles Fry. The stunning cover illustration is by classic British landscape artist Brian Cook who’s iconic work defined an era of travel across the UK from the 30′s through to the 50′s with his book jacket illustrations and railway posters. The cover is printed with a five colour letterpress process using water based inks and hand cut rubber plates. Intensified by Cook’s imagination the vivid illustration captures perfectly some of the amazing colours you actually see in the Scottish countryside.

The Face of Scotland by Harry Batsford and Charles Fry.
The stunning colourful cover illustration by Brian Cook.

The finishing Scottish touch to the break was a spiced pork Scotch egg (ok, not actually Scottish) at the Star Inn in Harome near Helmsley. Served up with two huge pieces of crackling on a bed of spiced apple sauce, Black Pudding bread, and costing a mere £6, it was the perfect end to a great couple of days away. I’m going to write more about The Star Inn soon, but in the meantime, here’s a snap of the most amazing Scotch Egg I’ve ever eaten.

Scotch Egg at The Star Inn, Harome (those are raisins in the pork meat!).
The Star Inn, Harome.