Omelette Arnold Bennett on the plate



The omelette cooked by Anthony Sargeant and shown in the cooking pan in the previous post is big enough for four large portions. Here the photograph shows one quarter served very simply with some peas, a spicy stuffed pepper and some pickled gherkin.

Early Lambs in Shropshire fields



Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of the lambs in the field next to his Shropshire home on Sunday 19th February 2017. The house is surrounded by pasture land for sheep and it is wonderful to see the arrival of new lambs. Spring is approaching and the days are getting longer and warmer as the month goes on.

Traditional Haggis served up with Mashed swede and potatoes



Burn’s Night is the 25th January. This is the haggis seen in the previous post now sliced and served with onion gravy made by Anthony J Sargeant as an accompaniment along with the  traditional mashed swede and potato. It tastes better than it looks says Tony – It is after all Peasant food.

Small Haggis cooked for Burn’s Night



This traditional haggis was bought by Anthony J Sargeant from Ludlow Food Centre in Shropshire and cooked for Burn’s Night on the 25th of January 2017. It is fair to say that it does not look that appetising here but sliced and served with onion gravy along with some mashed potatoes and swede does improve its appearance.


Etching titled ‘Hirondelle’ by Denise Brown – (born 1911 – died ?)



Anthony J Sargeant bought this super etching titled ‘Hirondelle’ at auction last year. 5th impression of 50.

Denise Brown, was one of the few printmakers still to be practising the art of original etching in the traditional manner as late as the 1980’s. She learned her skills under Malcolm Osborne and Robert Sargent Austin at the Royal College of Art in 1935. She was awarded a scholarship from the Royal College in 1936 and by 1940 she had produced around 100 original etchings; she went on to be elected a full member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers

Cover of 1950s Girls’ Annual – Jolly Book for Girls



Anthony Sargeant was an antique dealer for many years though now semi-retired. Although dealing mostly in 16th-18th Century Oak Furniture and antique rugs and carpets – he discovered some years ago that he could help OXFAM by buying up boxes of books from house clearances that came up for auction. For a few pounds which he considered as a donation it was often possible to buy boxes containing perhaps 30 or 40 hardback books which OXFAM could sell for a few pounds each. This meant that for a £10 ‘donation’ OXFAM could make perhaps £100 PLUS since these were gift aid items they could recover a further £25 from The Treasury in relation to income tax. How to turn £10 into £125 for charity. Since Tony was at the auction in any case buying antiques it was not hard work and quite fun – and sometimes their were interesting books among the boxes – like the cover of this Girls’ Annual published by Nelson in the UK in the 1950s.