Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cook's Delight!

This week I went to give some marketing and pricing advice on a two bedroom modern ‘cottage’ in Sutton which we had sold from new to the now owners when they were first time buyers. Nothing unusual in that you might say but, apart from the very well presented interior and the larger than average rear garden this excellent starter home concealed a secret!
Our clients are accountants and are emigrating to Australia but unfortunately have to leave behind their pride and joy in the rear garden. Following a course at Hugh Fearley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage they returned to Sutton to build their clay oven.
( http://www.rivercottage.net/ and http://www.rivercottage.net/Events37~16/BuildandBake.aspx )
They have enjoyed superb stone baked pizza from their wood-fired oven which has to be protected from the rain or it will dissolve back to it’s constituent parts! Equally it can be used for roasting meat and grilling fish. The Inghams intend to build another when they are settled in Australia and introduce clay ovens to the home of the ‘barbie’.




A talented writer, broadcaster and campaigner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is widely known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food. His books, journalism and series for Channel 4 have earned him a huge popular following.