April 19th is National Garlic Day. The pungent bulb is definitely one of my favourite ingredients for savory dishes and is always close to hand while cooking, stored on the window sill in one of my garlic pots. I have enjoyed making these jars with holes for as long as I’ve been making pots. Garlic pots are available from the kitchen pottery shop in two sizes. Dark and airy storage for either two or four bulbs.
I didn’t spent a great deal of time in the pottery January and February this year – finally knuckling down and concentrating on sorting out the kitchen and a few other jobs on the house. We’ve been here for 10 years in June and with bookings for my first course in May the house really ought to be welcoming and homely!
Now we’re into March and the first signs of spring are definitely in the air. It’s very quiet here at the pottery and the dawn chorus has been my alarm clock for the last few mornings. The garden has been blooming with snowdrops for some weeks now and the first daffodils are just beginning to wink glimpses of yellow.
January 4th is National Spaghetti Day in the USA. I’ve decided to celebrate it here at Waun Hir Pottery too. Previously I wrote Lasagne for Dinner, today’s Italian classic is spaghetti in the latest in the series pots for food.
The pasta dishes like the one shown here are a favourite at the pottery, available in two sizes to buy online from the Kitchen Pottery shop.
Following on from Salad Days in May, the next date on the food calender which goes hand in hand with a pot made regularly here at Waun Hir Pottery is National Lasagne Day. Celebrated in the USA tomorrow July 29th. I love lasagne and cooked it for dinner tonight. I first made rectangular baking dishes while at college. I have always enjoyed making pots that are thrown on the potters’ wheel and then altered in shape. The lasagne dishes available in three sizes from the Ovenware section in the Kitchen Pottery shop employ this technique. The thrown wall is made without a base and altered into a rectangle which is then joined to a rolled slab base.
Recently I discovered a calender of food events that are commemorated in the USA. I decided it would be fun to adopt a few here in the UK. Almost everything I make is intended for the rituals of eating and preparing food or drink. I can’t think of a better way of demonstrating why I make what I do, than inviting friends to join with me and my family to share home cooked food, served on the pots made here at Waun Hir Pottery. Salad bowls both large and small can be seen in the Tableware section of the Kitchen Pottery shop.
May is the month of salad – unfortunately much of the month was cold and wet though – not really salad weather. But now on the contrary, the last week has very definitely been salad weather – so before it’s too late here is my little tribute to all things green and leafy.