By the end of March I'm just about desperate for spring to get a hold. Each year brings its own surprises, 2013 was thick snow on 27th, last year was warm early. This year it's stormy cold winds have the upper hand. But I have been keeping a beady eye on my favourite patch of wild garlic growing on the far side of our village brook. Yesterday, clad in my wonderful new Dunlop wellingtons crossed the stream to gather some. After steaming it and cooling it for mere moments I made a Korean dressing of soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds and oil and serves it with some home made tofu - my new skill! The wild garlic was sweet, crunchy and tender but packed with a punch.
Purple sprouting, I love it for the name alone - abbreviating it to just its adjective. But mostly because these tough, winter resilient plants manage to produce the tenderest, sweetest spring shoots which need steaming for a mere nano second or two.
The surprises one is dealt in life sometimes come thick and fast. A couple of years ago I would never have imagined my working life would have reached these exciting markets. As one window closes, another unexpectedly opens. Sadly our manufacturer in Stoke is no longer making our English Creamware. We still have some items for sale, but they are now in short supply. They are listed on the right of this page.
Our next designs are now selling well in South Korea and in the future we aim to have these designs available in the UK too.