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Posted by: Beccy on 12/10/2011

Website developments, interesting to geeks, and the joys of experimental jam

Bill was a great blogger. Since he’s left to become a French teacher at Wynstones Steiner School up in Gloucestershire we’ve been a bit rubbish at sharing our news. Note to self: must try harder.

We’re excited about our website: over the last couple of weeks we’ve added a ‘Cartoon Kate’ section with all the fab cartoons Kate Evans has produced for us over the last couple of years; Darryl’s done something clever connecting the twitter news feeds we subscribe to with the website, to produce The Daily Spark – scroll to the bottom of the homepage and you’ll see it on the left – it’s news from the people we find interesting – hoping you will too; finally we’ve got a snazzy new bit of coding which allows us to email invoices to people which include a live hyperlink to a secret secure payment bit of the website .. might sound a bit dull to you, but to me it’s exciting :)

Big thanks to Igeek for their fantastic skill and patience as the website continues to develop and improve – 1,000,000 visits in 2010 and we’ve nearly matched that figure already this year and it's not quite the middle of October!

And now to lunchtime – recently we started a new Ad Swap for Lunch deal with the Bristol Riverford crew – so we’re able to continue the fine Spark tradition of sharing lunch with our colleagues and enjoying delicious and nutritious food at the same time. We do have an on-going fascination with the salad bags we get each week though  – wonderful as they are they always seem to include one ingredient that really ought to be cooked – namely The Red Pepper. Gorgeous shiny bell-shaped or enormous long and sweet; of course we know you can eat them raw, but to be honest it’s just not our bag. So I’ve been taking a couple home each week and experimenting..

Last week I stewed a couple of sticks of finely chopped celery in some vegetable bouillon; fried my peppers & some fresh chopped tomatoes slowly in olive oil, and combined. The result was rather chutney-like. This week, along with a splash of chilli oil and a little sugar, the result was more like a spicy red pepper jam. Either way, delicious with cheese (my favourite is the delightful squishy St Eadburgha), salad leaves, avacado and organic pastrami.

Sadly Riverford don’t currently have a bread distributor in the Bristol area. If you can recommend a good baker to them we’d be really happy. Then we’d have something to make our sandwiches with.


Re: news-blog

Posted by: Bill Heaney - 13/10/2011

Miss you at The Spark. No time for blogging now! All's going well and half-term is approaching, so I'll get a chance to breathe... Lots of love and lunch, Bill x

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