Monday, February 25, 2013

Tabi or not tabi

Steady on, forward....

The studio is really coming on now, last week saw us lining the ceiling with ply board, insulation and its big silver blanket to keep us warm.

This week was the serious task of putting the iron up on the roof, so much for my humor Bill got out his Tabi shoes that we got in Japan. In Japan this is their normal workwear for building sites, or so we were told, I'm a bit dubious, maybe a hundred years ago, but maybe not.

They are perfect for the roofing as they are flexible on the ladders and roof and the big toe has a large advantage of clinging on like a monkey. So instead of using them as a fashion statement as Bill usually does he has put them into action in their right place.

Anyway so far they have been a big success and Bill is thrilled to be using them for what they were designed for. Building sites in Japan used bamboo poles as scaffolding, these shoes made men's feet sprightly spring around from one pole to the next.  Nothing like looking cool on a building site.

You must remember to buy the socks when you purchase a pair.

Also I have a recipe for you this week, try and use organic ingredients as much as possible and remember to put at least two organic products in your shopping trolley each week. My health since almost eating all organic has vastly improved, I really notice it when I don't, it really is the way to go.

Just think of those poor bees dealing with and dying from the use of  pesticides whom are such a vital link in our food chain.

A really very informative and sexy food website is Sarah Britton  not only does she create beautiful enticing recipes but she gives the science knowledge behind the ingredients and what role they play in keeping you bouncing along.

 I highly recommend her Life-Changing loaf of bread, I've cooked it twice now, no wheat and one feels incredibly virtuously healthy when eating it.

On with the recipe

JAM THIMBLES ( lovely with a cup of good strong tea)
Oven 190
Bake 10 - 15 minutes

half a cup of unsalted butter ( room temp)
Teaspoon of dried rosemary
1 egg seperated
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 and a quarter cups of all purpose flour
a pinch of salt
three quarters cup of raw almonds chopped
A really nice home made jam.

* chop almonds, seperate egg
* Cream butter / sugar until pale
* Add egg yolk, vanilla and cream till light and fluffly
* Add rosemary
* Sprinkle water if dough is dry
* Scoop dough into 20 little portions
* Whisk egg white lightly, roll biscuits in egg white then in almonds
* Place on baking paper, flatten with a spoon or fork, a small indent
* Add a quarter of a teaspoon of jam in each indentation, you only need a little tiny bit.

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