Green tomato chutney

October 30th, 2014

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bowl of green tomatoes | H is for Home

This will be the very last crop from our allotment for this year. These tomatoes were never going to ripen on their outdoor vines, but green tomatoes can be put to good use. This green tomato chutney is a tangy triumph – absolutely delicious with a variety of cheeses, particularly a good strong cheddar.

Green tomato chutney

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Green tomato chutney

Ingredients

  • 750g green tomatoes
  • 2 medium apples, peeled & cored
  • 1 brown onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic (I used 1 bulb of the miniature Malvi Cervati garlic sold in Lidl)
  • 3 chillies
  • 500g soft brown sugar
  • 500ml distilled malt vinegar
  • 2tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 125g raisins
  • 2tbs mustard seeds
  • 1tbs ground ginger
  • 1tsp salt
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Instructions

  1. Put the tomatoes, apples, onion, garlic and chillies into a food processor and blitz for about 20 seconds - you don't want the purée too smooth
  2. Put the sugar and vinegars into a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or jam pan over a low heat and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved
  3. Add the raisins, mustard seeds, ground ginger, salt and tomato purée mix to the liquid
  4. Stir the mixture and turn the heat up to high and bring to the boil
  5. Once it has reached boiling point, turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook for 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's about half its original volume
  6. Decant into sterilised jars and allow to cool for 5 minutes before screwing the lids on tightly
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Isis radio

October 29th, 2014

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red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

We couldn’t resist this radio at the local flea market.

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

Condition isn’t quite as mint as we like, but it’s such a classic design – and the imperfections are just honest wear & tear to the shiny front surface as opposed to drastic damage from being dropped or chewed by a dog! The radio is actually working fine and it still displays well. In fact, we’ve become quite attached to it sitting on our lounge shelves (where many items find a temporary home).

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

They were manufactured by a company called ISIS – who also made those lovely clocks in the shape of the word CLOCK.

red vintage Isis radio | H is for Home

We’re not short of radios in the house, so having shared a wonderful few weeks together, we’re saying goodbye. It’s part of today’s additions to our antiques centre space. We divide our stock between the virtual world and the real world- so pop into the centre if you’re ever near Todmorden. You’ll find lots of similar vintage loveliness!

Rain

October 28th, 2014

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 detail of Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

We had a lovely long walk last weekend, taking in Blackstone Edge which sits right on the border of West Yorkshire & Greater Manchester (Lancashire really!!).

Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

As we walked along one of the bridleway tracks this striking outcrop of gritstone rock came into view.

Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

Lovely in its own right, but it had a little extra secret to unveil as we got closer.

Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

Expertly chiselled into its surface was a poem entitled RAIN.

Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

We suspected it might have been written by Simon Armitage when we saw the SA, but weren’t sure. Having since done a bit of research, we now know that it’s one in a series of elemental works by him entitled The Stanza Stones dotted around the Pennines. They were commissioned by Ilkley Literature Festival. Other titles include Snow, Mist, Dew, Puddle and Beck.

Simon Armitage's initials from his 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

Ironically, it was a glorious sunny day but the Pennines are certainly no strangers to the watery stuff. It’s a fundamental force in shaping this landscape.

 detail of Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

It’s a beautiful poem and we found it very life affirming – and strangely wished that we were standing in the rain reading it – the rock’s surface glistening and droplets running down our faces. Justin read it out loud and we recorded it on a mobile phone – so we’d be sure to have the words when we got home. We needn’t have worried as there’s a lovely book available called The Stanza Stones published by Enitharmon. Justin is a bit embarrassed, but his open air reading has been embedded at the bottom of this post – his Northern accent suits it! :-) All that’s missing is the pitter-patter of rain in the background.

 detail of Simon Armitage's 'Rain' poem carved into rock at Cow's Mouth Quarry, near Blackstone Edge on the West Yorkshire/Greater Manchester border

We’re now very keen to read the book and visit the other works in this series.

RAIN

Be glad of these freshwater tears,
Each pearled droplet some salty old sea-bullet
Air-lifted out of the waves, then laundered and sieved, recast as a soft bead and returned.
And no matter how much it strafes or sheets, it is no mean feat to catch one raindrop clean in the mouth,
To take one drop on the tongue, tasting cloud pollen, grain of the heavens, raw sky.
Let it teem, up here where the front of the mind distils the brunt of the world.

© Simon Armitage 2010

Click the little triangle on the left to hear Justin reading the poem

Stanza Stones is available from Amazon.

If you fancy giving the walk(s) a go you can download the poetry trail guide from the Ilkley Literature Festival website.

Etsy List: Red Alert!

October 27th, 2014

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Red Alert! Etsy List curated by H is for HomeRed – one of the three primary colours. The colour of danger, of anger of the femme fatale. There are so many shades & hues – tomato, blood, scarlet, crimson, ruby, fire engine!

A colour used extensively in mid-century modern design – think the balls on atomic coat hooks, Lucienne Day’s Calyx patterned fabric and Midwinter’s Domino crockery.

A surprisingly versatile colour for use in home décor. It goes well with black or white, silver or gold – brown, cream, blue or green (but it’s probably best to leave the latter one just for Christmastime!) :-)

Red Alert
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Bookmarks: Vintage Homes

October 26th, 2014

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Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book with vintage Hornsea Pottery Zodiac mug and metal coaters

We’ve been dipping in and out of this publication for many weeks now (which is always a good sign!).

'Country Chic' page from Homes and Antiques' book

It’s Homes & Antiques magazine’s Vintage Homes special edition…

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

…a collection of twenty five of their favourite homes featured in issues of the magazine over recent years.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

There are vintage inspired homes in a variety of styles from rustic country to mid century modern.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

The overriding factors for inclusion were that homes were ‘curated and had evolved over time’, and that, ‘owners have a love and appreciation of beautiful design and objects from every era’.

'Get the Look' page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

The ‘magazine cum book’ is broken down into five broad chapters – 20th century style, country chic, English eclectic, French decorative and vintage crafty.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

Each chapter has homes that encompass the style with a ‘Get the look’ page to conclude.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

The editorial team gives an overview of the homes – and the owners provide back story, highlight favourite aspects and so on.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

It’s crammed full of gorgeous photographs to inspire and trigger ideas, whether it be decorating schemes or pieces to look out for at markets or vintage fairs.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

It’s hard to pick favourites with such a wonderful collection of homes. We love the look of clean, sleek modern spaces – but always gravitate towards the characterful vintage country looking homes with exposed stone & wood as our true love – especially in autumn & winter when curtains are drawn, a real fire is lit and candles twinkle.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

We fill our own spaces with a mix of traditional antiques, industrial and mid century modern design…

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

…the kind of eclectic mix much in evidence in this selection of homes.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

So it’s really interesting to see other peoples vintage finds and how they’ve incorporated them into their houses.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

There are over 120 pages to peruse so it should satisfy your vintage cravings for a while!

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

The publication is currently only available through the Homes & Antiques website.

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

page from Homes and Antiques' 'Vintage Homes' book

[Many thanks to Homes & Antiques magazine for the review copy]