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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Making A Koncovka (Slovak Wooden Flute)

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I fancy making a musical instrument. Trouble is, I'm no musician (well, I can play the harmonica and pan flute to a mediocre level).

So I was looking for something that requires a bit of intuition, rather than dexterity in the playing. The Koncovka seems to fit the bill exactly - read on to find out why...

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Blackberry Jelly Tart

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Here's a recipe for a delicious tart with the intense and aromatic flavour of blackberries, but none of those annoying pips

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Making A Wooden Whistle

DSCF0951thumb.JPGThis was a quick Saturday morning project to do something that's been on my To Do list for years and years - try to make a wooden whistle completely from scratch.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cohesive Dendritic Painting

dendriticpaintingthumb.jpgAugust 2014 - This is a spin-off from an interesting effect I noticed in another project where I pulled apart two glued boards and spotted that the glue had formed a branching, treelike pattern.

In this article, we'll put that effect into use to create decorative painted effects.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Raspberry Jam Vodka

raspberryjamvodkathumb.JPGJune 2014 - This is an experiment I've had in mind to try for a while now - a potentially very quick and easy way to make fruit flavoured liqueur, at any time of year.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Pavlova Pops

pavlovapopsthumb.JPGThis is a bit of an experiment to see if it's possible to make Pavlova in bite-sized form, on a stick.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

The All Meat Pie And The Inside Out Pie

allmeatpiethumb.jpgCombining two of my favourite things: inventing stuff, and pies.

Here is a pie made completely from meat - even the crust! It's the All Meat Pie.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Three Cornered Leek - Invasion Of The Pickled Onions

May 2014 - I have the dubious convenience of having an inexhaustible supply of a wild onion species - Three-Cornered Leek - right on my doorstep.

In fact, it's in my garden - it's everywhere in my garden. This beautiful, but invasive plant wants to take over.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cray-Con - Bacon Coloured Crayon!

crayconthumb.jpgColouring by numbers - Ho Hum. Colour this part red. Colour this part blue. Colour this part bacon. What?

We've all been there - right? - well, now there's a way to colour things in bacon without all that tedious hand-drawing of bacon rasher texture - introducing Cray-con - the bacon coloured crayon.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Steak And Kidney Pie

steakandkidneypiethumb.jpgFebruary 2014 - I love pies, and the very best of pies (in my opinion) is a Steak and Kidney pie.

Here's how I make the perfect, rich, meaty filling for this, the King of Pies!

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