Thursday, 20 December 2012

Mother's Christmas Message

The Gin Place in Wood Street Market will be open up until 5pm on Sat 22nd December and then closed until January 10th. For online sales last orders will be up to midnight on Friday 21st, dispatched on the morning of the 22nd - then closed for business until Friday 28th Dec.

I'll be up with family in Cumbria for the week, and very busy taking a wee nip of sherry, a pie or two and, between times, shifting the bark mulch which arrived today and is sitting in a very wet and heavy looking heap in the yard at Park End Farm. The delivery truck eyed our narrow lane with a great deal of suspicion and declined to back down the half mile to the orchard, so then delivered to the farm a few fields away.

I've got my fingers crossed for a strong hard frost so we can get the tractor over the ground to fetch it up. Otherwise it's a much slower filthier job filling bags and using the landrover.

A Christmas (Cock)tail ~
Rhubarb and Strawberry Gorgeousness
Serves 2: Take about a punnet's worth of frozen strawberries, the juice of one freshly squeezed orange and whizz up in a blender. Add a little more juice if needed so it is not too thick in consistency. Then add two generous shots of Rhubarb and Ginger Vodka per person and a couple of drops of rhubarb bitters if you have them (don't worry if not - it's still delicious without). Whizz all up together quickly and serve in tall glasses with as outrageous a garnish as you can muster.

Mother's Ruin wishes you a very merry Christmas and New Year!!

Friday, 14 December 2012

It's been busy in the market in the last few weeks before Christmas with Damson Gin in particular flying off the shelves. Only a few bottles left until next month's decanting. It looks like a bottle of my good good stuff is going to end up in a few stockings. In between the mincepies I think I'll spend much of it behind a wheel barrow, I have 3 tonnes of bark mulch arriving next week for the orchard and about a tonne of manure arriving on the allotment. I shall steel myself to the task fortified by roast potatos and Christmas pudding. And just to limber up and get in the party season Mother's Ruin is going out Morris dancing round Hampstead tonight, starting at the Holly Bush at 7.30 and moving on to the flask at about 8ish.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Mother's Ruin has a tiny film made by Film Direction who run the Walthamstow Film Festival and also while away the hours by creating witty viral marketing shorts...
It depicts just one of the medicinal uses of sloe gin