Thursday, 30 July 2015

Ta dah!

This post seems to have been a long time coming but finally...

remember this?

Downstairs cloakroom
which is now this


and round the corner is this

Rain head shower
The wet room is not huge and quite angular so we used a lot of curves in the fittings, including the mirror (a lucky find in the John Lewis sale!). We wanted a more masculine feel as a contrast to the main bathroom but also warmth so there is underfloor heating all the way through.

Once again I have to pay tribute to Andrew's skill and patience. Cutting the tiles around the wet room drain took a few hours, and several broken tiles, but the result is perfect.

Any way a few photographs for you.

Heated towel rail

Curvy basin and mirror

More curves



Getting the tile cuts right took forever



Body jets

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Stormy skies

We've had some amazing skies this week - I thought the aliens were coming on Monday!



Sunday, 12 July 2015

Samphire pasta

Samphire is one of those ingredients that I'm unsure in advance of eating but like it when I do! When we used to live in Eastbourne we could get it from our local beach fish hut but, surprisingly, hadn't seen it in the Fens, that is until last week.

Samphire

It is the classic side dish to serve with fish, which doesn't help a vegetarian like me, so I had a think and came up with this.

Start your pasta boiling, I used linguine but spaghetti or tagliatelle would work. Rinse the samphire well and leave to drain.

While this was happening Andrew griddled a salmon fillet (no idea of timing - he just got on with it!).

A couple of minutes before the pasta has finished chuck in the samphire and continue for two or three minutes. Drain well.

Return the pasta and samphire back to the saucepan and add a good knob of butter, generous splash of olive oil and plenty of black pepper. Serve and squeeze a lemon over it all.

Samphire pasta

Andrew had his salmon whole but you could flake it.

Samphire pasta with salmon

A really quick but tasty dish.