364 Armistice Day . when Chaos freezes

There is no stirring of muddied waters

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Everything becomes crystal clear

Except Purpose.

Remembrance Day 2016

Stourbridge canal network, 11 November




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362 Open Day . Design for Disorder

Made to be Disruptive . Magnolia


From yesterday’s sunshine at 9.00am to the first Autumn frost this morning, Magnolia’s precision engineering was at work, design responding with the season, a deliberate and planned activity, created to survive and adapt against the wildcards of chaos.

Today there was some silent withering and frozen sleepiness amongst the pods. One whole pod was completely comatose. However, one berry, whilst confidently poised in take-off pose to land on soil must still wait. It is now luck, and not skill and technique, which will determine its fate.

Might the scarlet seed become subject to an opportune bird, or could the ultimate promise to blossom actually be fulfilled? If so, there are still many stages to pass before attaining splendour. Firstly, another entombment is required, an essential casing of deep cold sleep, must suspend the berry to 3 months of Snow White unconsciousness. And then it will be Chance along with Time, that will signal the rights of germination or an early ending for the blood like drops.

Until the Spring.


Stourbridge, UK  7-8 November 2016




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350 From the Cauldron…”Automatos Magikos!”. Flora’s Sweetness in Man’s Sourcery

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Alchemy’s pure deliciousness.

Uncertainty and the thrill of adventure,   a taste for the curious, possible reward and innocent fun – all essential invisible ingredients for a little culinary magic to transform Flora’s beauties and beasts into new flavours and fortunes.



Since Man’s Time began,  Nature’s botany has been worked  and reworked into limitless magical transformation.  Flora to food, is the chemistry where Nature meets Man’s incredible imagination with inventiveness, determination and discovery. Flavoursome spells from tradition to modernity,  contain  bewitching compounds and crafted partnerings between the super and natural to create the supernatural.



For most of us, in our daily sustenanc the taste of success requires simple and everyday trickery – easy, fast equations for practicality over spell-binding complexity. Yet the magic of perfecting true simplicity always does seem to be the hardest to master well. However with patience, achieving excellence is always possible, and real achievement should always to be marvelled.

Take the evolution of our food, the array of choice and concoction has taken eons. And when Flora and Man do finally suitably combine to produce something to satisfy our insatiable appetites, there are likely to be many journeys to make, difficult obstacles to overcome.  Before reaching our desiring palates, this means going beyond the challenge of shopping trips to the supermarket and family fusspots…


And so, screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-12-54 to capture global history and tradition in a bite of Autumn, a recipe attempts to cast the wonders of alchemic deliciousness for the modern magic of the Season – “out with the old and in with the new”:


1. Take a generous  handful of sun-burnished sweet untitled-copy ripened in Mediterranean climes.  Lightly braise/roast with about 10 leaves of screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-07-copy-4at 140c on fan.

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They will transform into sumptuous (excuse pun)  “raisins d’etre”. Their wonderful rosy wine juices feature in the mixing cauldron above.

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Slice 1.5mm across into whole slices, of around 1mm thick if possible.

Chop the other 1.5 into another into 1cm cubes maximum.

Their sharp character is reduced completely in an oven induced coma at 160c fan. Bake dry and check till wrinkly. They will rewake aged, but as sweetened 3 appley-dappley Graces.   Just a tad different to Botticelli’s original rounded beauties, these triplets will flirt for attention as Baked Soft Sweetness, Caramelised Chewiness and Jaunty Honey Crunch. The Arts of the Tempting Tarts, so to speak. But the magic has only just begun.

From the Occident, rice transforms its petrified maggot-like grains to the finest silky screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-00 Sift 200g with 1 tsp of baking powder and place to the side.

When plant canes from  the Caribbean transformed into bags of glistening light brown caster screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-00-copycrystals over 300 years ago,  the mystique of the future of food beckoned and there was no return.

3.  Blend a fabulous future for sugar using softened screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-07-copy-7  Add alternate spoonfuls of   screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-00 and beaten screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-07-copy-6until



4. Now gently stir in the rosemary and juices from the raisins.

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Add the chopped apple and divide into about 20 equal portions of large cup cake cases.  The mixture is quite chunky and the cases,  about a 1/3rd full. Bake until done. Rice flour bakes pale, so just test with a knife after 10-15 mins. Allow to cool.

Sugar Crystals has had many destinies and now it must be ready to dissolve completely for even more delight.,,,,

5.  50 g (a few dessert spoons)  screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-00-copy-2 must further liquefy with softened screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-07-copy-7butter, plus a few dessert spoons of thick single cream. Now await for hubble-bubble on a very low heat. Stir to mix and then cool. The condensed compound  is the most tantalising – Toffee Saucery.

6. Wand this wonder with the back of teaspoon to drizzle over each cooled cake  Add a thin baked apple slice on top of each, and wave the Toffee Saucery again on top of each slice.

7. The next touch will be the addition of two halved screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-07-copy-5for two very green eyes. A tiny, tiny touch of salt, helps provide  “salted caramel nut”, flavour once on top of the toffee sauce apple slices.  Then sprinkle the final magic sparkle – “bronze crunch” for glittering wonder-warts and rapturous rotting smiles.

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Readings from the recipe book of Wisdom 


Feel free to allow your curiousity to take Flora’s hand in the culinary peculiar with lessons for Life: ♠


Wonder at Flora’s natural provisions and experiment with your super creativity. Transform what you can with what you have. Sprinkle your resourcefulness.          Stir with the 7 Virtues and bake in moderation.                                                         When ready, serve with the Pleasure of Giving. ♥♥


Do not hold back. The result will be automagical. We may not know why, or how giving can transform simple ingredients into something magical, but when it does, the alchemy is scrumptious. ♠




Automatos Magikos!






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348 The Very Dead Tomato . As Yorick’s skull, Hamlet

Alas, poor Tomato! I knew him, Y’all: a fellow fruit

of infinite taste, of most excellent fancy:


you hath borne me on your vine a thousand times; and now, although

abhorred in my imagination it is!

My stomach awaits….



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