THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Sep10

For Those Of You Know We Love A Gin & Tonic….

For those people who have followed this blog closely enough to have seen our 2017 updates about the best gin and tonic, we have found this rather odd complimentary product on the BBC….

GIN AND YOGHURT. TOGETHER.

Really. We know. Gin and YOGHURT!

Ridiculous. But then these food consultants (development chefs?) are suggesting there is more to come. We get Heston Blumenthal doing some wonderful things, but do you really trust Sainsbury’s with your food?

When Heston Blumenthal makes a weird mixture of a dish, it is so expensive – which is appropriate – because then it becomes an event. You pay  a lot of money to eat something weird.

The price validates the dinner.

When Sainsbury’s make something weird, they try to make it cheap. So everyone can have a bit, everyone can like it, they can make money.

It is not an event, with Sainsbury’s, it is an assault on the senses!

Please don’t bother buying it, or trying it. It won’t be worth it.

Though we doubt that poor sales will be proof to Sainsbury’s that they should stop messing about with our grub. It will probably just make them work harder, longer hours, whipping and roasting their development chefs until they are steaming from the ears with new ideas for ugly recipes.

Pan-fried llama with a concrete topping?

Fish and Chupa Chups?

Leek and Annyong Soup?

Stick to what works well, especially when it comes to Gin.

Which means checking out our tried and tested recommendations for the best gin in the UK this year. Go now! Enjoy!

 

Sep29

New Topiary In South London Out Of Yew

Making a new topiary out of the large, dull facade of a Taxus blob… My work was to change it up from a ‘jelly drop’ shape and give it texture, open it out and let the light through, and make it a sculptural feature in the background of the garden in summer… yet a major part of the garden in winter. A few more years before it becomes something special, but there was far more leaf and growth inside the plant than I thought and so it will not take too long for it to gain in character and become …

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Sep27

Topiary Teacher – Put on The Spot!

topiary teacher

Two weeks ago I was invited to teach topiary at the garden of Griselda Kerr, the author of The Apprehensive Gardener. I love teaching and sharing skills, but I was placed on the spot in the afternoon and asked to show how I would make a new topiary from an existing shrub. So below is a speeded-up video of me creating a cloud-pruned topiary from an old boxwood tree. I particularly love the ending when the class get involved….! See the video here. One hour was all it took, and though it needed a little tidying-up, it was made by …

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Sep27

Book Yourself A Topiary Workshop 2022

organic topiary snow

Charlotte Molesworth, my topiary mentor, and I are running our popular topiary workshop again in 2022. You can email me for details – or go here for information, your ticket and to find out about dates. Book A Spot On A Topiary Workshop, September 2022