Saturday, March 16, 2013

Salt Pig Commission

My Mum is fed up of pouring salt into her hand and ending up with too much. So she asked if I would make her a salt pig so she could just get a pinch of salt at a time.

So i did a little trawling the internet for ideas and decided that as she's a marine biologist it would be a salt fish instead of a pig.

I started with a lrge double pinch pot, battered it into an oval shape, added fins and eyes. Then I cut out a whole for the mouth and shaped it. Finally I added some scale detail and voila salt fish was made.



Once bisqued it was dipped in our new Saturn Glaze and glaze fired.
Here's the final Salt Fish



Mum is delighted with him. :o)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Green Pea, Garlic and Chicken Pasta

This was dinner tonight.




My OH developed this recipe one evening and it's been definitely added to our list of home meals.

Ingredients
3 chopped red onions ( white would do)
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of marg/butter
1 tsp olive oil
3 or 4 cups of peas
1/2 a stock cube
1 cup of hot water
2 tbsp of vermouth (optional)
3 chicken breast.
enough pasta for 4 or 5 people.

Method
1. Marinade the chicken in some herbs and lemon juice.

2. Chop up the onions and crush the garlic, saute the garlic and onions in the marg and oil.

3. Once the onions are cooked add the peas, stock cube, hot water, vermouth and seasoning. Then simmer until peas are cooked.

4. Whilst this is simmering cook the chicken (I do mine on a Forman Grill) and cook the pasta.

5. Remove the peas sauce from the stove and liquidise.

6. Chop up chicken to bite size piece and mix into the pea and garlic sauce then check seasoning in the sauce.

7. Mix sauce through cooked pasta.

I've also made this with smokey bacon.

Served in a home made bowl with some cracked pepper - Enjoy.