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Month: September 2020

Go West

At the weekend I had an excuse to go west and visit some very good friends who have chosen the good life away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Market Square Castle Cary
Market Square Castle Cary

This stylish couple have settled for a very stylish abode in rural Somerset. On route to their delightful home via the A303 I stopped in Castle Cary, a Fair Trade town, which lies on the edge of the rolling countryside halfway between the Mendip Hills and the Blackmore Vale.

Home Café Castle Cary
HOME Café Castle Cary

The HOME Café was my first stop. Here they served a delicious Crispy Duck Wrap and a scrummy Bakewell sponge cake followed.

Article Florist, Castle Cary
Article Florist, Castle Cary

Opposite the café I spied a florist and an art gallery housed in a beautiful old bank building. Here the large windows exhibited gorgeous bouquets of flowers and intriguing works of art.

Article Florist, Castle Cary
Article Florist, Castle Cary

One shop that I did make time to visit was The Shed located a few doors down from Home. The antiquities on display in their window caught my eye.

The Shed, Castle Cary
The Shed, Castle Cary

Inside there was a late summer room-set against a corrugated iron wall. It was a photograph opportunity waiting to happen.

Inside The Shed, Castle Cary
Inside The Shed, Castle Cary

A little further along the High Street at Number One was a very unusual butcher’s shop.

Rather than having a display of fresh meat in the window there was an array of colourful china, woven baskets, and delicate parasols.

Artisan butcher, Castle Cary
Artisan butcher, Castle Cary

Not far away was Needful Things Interiors. Here the team offer an unusual and eclectic range of ideas for the home.

The shop is also well known for its bespoke curtain and blind making service.

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Orange & Green

Virgin Radio DJ Chris Evans claims that shades of orange and green are abundant in his house and garden even though it seems to have come about organically rather than by a conscious thought process. He also realised that is wardrobe shared a similar colour palette.

When you look at the colours of nature it’s not surprising that this is such a winning combination. Whether it be fruits, flowers, or vegetables, the leaves and the fruit compliment each other perfectly.

Like all colours though there are many, many variations and as such will suit a whole host of interior styles.

The more subtle hues would work well in a rustic environment like this kitchen below. The softness of the green herbs offsets the pale reclaimed bricks and their earthen coloured pointing.

Rustic isn’t for everyone, especially in the 21st century when the has been a revival of mid-20th century trends. The paint chart below picks up on the more popular shades of orange and green.

Lush velvets in teal and a tomato soup orange light up this monochrome interior. They are a complete contrast to the geometric patterns on the flooring and scatter cushions and as such add a touch of drama.

Blocks of teal and a more subtle shade of orange make a statement in this kitchenette. The block of white tiles bring some much needed relief from the otherwise completely dark wall and again a monochrome floor grounds the whole scheme.

When you have a high ceiling you can afford to add a colour that gives the impression of bringing it down a tad. The kitchen featured below is a real eclectic mix of different periods in time. The stainless steel range and overhead extractor hood sit surprisingly well amidst the antique mirror and enamel bread bin.

Whatever your style there will be a colour that makes your heart sing.

However, f you’re not sure whether a paint colour will match existing finishes Little Greene paint and paper produce a colour chart with flying paint chips.

Simply bend the card along the ready-made creases to reveal each hand-painted colour chip without the white background. Genius!

As Chris Evans proved fashion invariably overlaps with interior styles. See my blog a Dash of Orange for an inspired example of this in action.

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Jamie’s Roasted Beets and Carrots

I love this recipe as an accompaniment to slow roasted shoulder of pork. It is taken from Jamie Oliver’s cook book “Jamie At Home , Cook Your Own Way To A Good Life”. The full recipe is Roasted Carrots And Beets With The Juiciest Pork Chops. It is especially relevant during the mid to late summer months as carrots and beets are readily available.

Ingredients

  • 750g peeled carrots, mixed colours if available
  • 750g beets, different sizes and colours if available
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bulb garlic, broken apart, half the cloves smashed, half left whole
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 orange
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked
  • 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 220° C/425 °F, gas 7
  2. Put carrots into a large saucepan and beets into another
  3. Add enough water to cover them
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes until just tender
  5. Drain and place in separate bowls
  6. Peel beets, and cut any larger carrots and beets in half or quarters (leave small ones whole)
  7. Add flavourings while veg are still hot
  8. Toss carrots with half the smashed garlic and a glug of olive oil
  9. Lightly season
  10. Add the orange juice and thyme leaves and toss again
  11. Mix the beets with the rest of the garlic, the rosemary, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper
  12. Now put veg into a large roasting tray with carrots in one half and beets in the other
  13. Place in the middle of the preheated oven and roast for around half an hour or until golden
  14. Serve as side dish or as a main

This serves 4 as a side dish.

It is ideal served with a pork joint or pork chops.

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