Awright, crumpet?

November 20, 2009

It’s Friday. We’re all tired. It’s raining in London, and flooding in other parts of the UK. It’s very GREY. For some unknown reason, our office air con is set to somewhere in the region of freezing, so it’s also COLD. It’s the kind of day when you’d give anything to be wrapped up in a snuggly woollen blanket, wearing soft cashmere socks, sipping hot chocolate (or even better, a mulled wine!), beside a roaring fire, playing Scrabble and toasting crumpets. In fact, I just want to climb into our lovely November issue cover shot:

Crumpet toasting is an art which requires proper toasting tools – check out this lovely traditional extendable toasting fork, just £6 at Cox and Cox – perfect for toasting crumpets in the winter, and also useful for cooking sausages over a campfire in the summer months.

I’ve also got a few Grandpa’s Fireforks from Light My Fire – they just clip onto a fire poker or a stick, so you can easily store them and carry them. They came in handy recently when I dragged the OH to a forest for a bushcraft week of wild camping without civilisation (well, except for an Aero Bed, and a trip to Tesco, SIGH). Cox and Cox also sell a chestnut roasting pan, for £15:

We always roast chestnuts at Christmas by burying them in the ashes below the grate, but I suppose using a pan is much less messy! Are you feeling cosy yet? Thanks to these pictures and the steaming coffee that Ros has just delivered to my desk, I’m warming up slightly now! Check out this snug Scottish-style bedroom from our November issue and these cosy shots from our archives:

That’s all for this week, folks. I’ve signed up for a tray-making class with Ella Doran on Sunday to make some personalised Christmas presents, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m slightly concerned that everybody else there will be under 10 years old, having seen lots of photos of little kids making trays on the website, but surely, like pottery painting, there is no age limit (!?). My plan is to basically rip-off a Charlene Mullen design, but since drawing is required (not my strong point) it could go either way. Have a lovely – and hopefully a warm – weekend! – Ellie

9 Responses to “Awright, crumpet?”

  1. I bought this issue because of the fabulous cover, cosy and warm!!
    I can’t wait to get your december issue!!

    That Scottish style room is a favorite, the plaid wall with antlers *super sigh* I just want to jump into that bed!

    love the toasting forks!! I need a few more, I have a few antique ones my cousin in Scotland gave me on my trip last year! thanks for the idea of using them in summer roasting sausages!!


  2. Courtney Says:

    Oh, to be in that living room right now! It has been a gray and rainy morning here too. I need a woodstove more than ever. And those crumpets look delicious – my mouth is watering.

  3. Cate Says:

    Oooh that living room and toasting crumpets, brings back a lot of warm and cosy memories.

  4. Fotoviva Art Prints Says:

    Just been looking through these blog posts and it’s making me feel all Christmasy (is that a word?). Thought I’d post on this one as it was posted on my birthday and that first image of the room is soooo nice. Do you know where I can buy the tree art that’s on the wall from?

  5. homeshoppingspy Says:

    The tree decoration is £55 from Really Linda Barker – glad you like it! Ellie

  6. Daphine Bidle Says:

    A classmate urged me to look at this post, brill post, interesting read… keep up the cool work!

  7. Jaffar Says:

    Nice post, intresting read. Keep posting and I’ll come back for some more reading! Thanks!

  8. Fantastic – I need some toasting forks. Nothing better than fire toasted vegemite and cheese sarnies.

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