Introducing flaminglacer on food


Whilst there is no doubt that my life is not how I want it to be since everything changed last year, I am very fortunate in my work. I love what I do - well most of it! At heart I am a wordsmith and I get to share those words. I am a collector of knowledge and I get to share that knowledge. I love to create things and I get to create all kinds of things, learning new skills on … [Read more...]

Hazelnut Mocha Ice Cream or The Adventures Of The Birthday Hat – 2


It's no secret that I love Ice Cream, not the horrible wet stuff that comes out of a tap from an Ice Cream Van but the real deal.  It should be made with all the good things that some fools tell us we shouldn't eat, cream, sugar, fruit, chocolate, eggs and so on.  I still can't get my head round why people say we shouldn't eat them - why else were they put here?  The trick is … [Read more...]

The Adventures of The Birthday Hat – 1

The Birthday Hat

It was my birthday very recently, a milestone marked by much celebration as is ever the case in the Smith household – we like birthdays. This one was marked by something extra special – and before you ask it wasn’t a birthday marked with a zero at the end and I wasn’t 21 again – I am 56 and proud of it. The something special was the arrival of ‘The Birthday Hat’, a gift from my … [Read more...]

Regal Redux

The Regal

When we moved to Evesham almost fifteen years ago one of the joys was being able to walk to the cinema. In those days The Regal was a tired old lady, her former glory just a memory. From being an Art Deco jewel nestled in the heart of the town, she had become tired, her makeup was cracked and peeling, shabby was too kind a word. Despite all that, there were glimpses of former … [Read more...]

What I’ve Read – The Lies Of Locke Lamora

The Lies Of Locke Lamora

My daughter recommended this book to me, we are both lovers of good fantasy fiction along with the odd sci fi novel.  She recommended it to me as 'really good world building'. Her recommendations are generally good so I was disposed to be impressed. The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first novel of Scott Lynch, and the first of a series about the Gentlemen Bastards. In the … [Read more...]