I found first year much harder than second year. Not only did we have the crushing workload, and relentless deadlines, but we also had to learn how to produce the work. Everything you do takes longer, because you constantly have to stop and Google how to do it. Looking back, there are a few things I wish someone had told me when starting out. These are some of those things, plus a bit of my work ethic.
We live in a digital age. Most of the media you consume today will be online. When we choose to print it bears greater significance than ever. It costs more than posting a blog; it is harder to get right; its harder to get to people...I could go on. But when you choose to print, it has more permanence than any tweet, facebook post, blog, email, or text.
I would want to know that somebody has been to Finland to inspect the grains of different hardwoods. I would want to know that somebody has been into every hardware shop in London to find the right kind of bolt to join the legs together. I would want to know that somebody has sat on fifty different types of foam to fill the seat with.
It really irks me that design festivals like CDW are so narrow in scope. They target people looking for "designer" things. Nice things to go in your nice new house. Nice things by nice designers, presented on a white plinth, like a sculpture. How does CDW differ from the Ideal Homes show?
After I made the bacon jam, I had a handful of chestnuts left over. I like chestnuts roasting on an open fire. However, our student house, as delightful as it is, has been subject to health and safety fun sponges, and has therefore had its fireplaces removed, like some sort of homely castration. The chestnuts were also pre-cooked.
Without bees, most of our fruit and vegetables wouldn't get pollinated, and food would be very boring. Help save dopey bees by scooping them gently onto a plate with some sugar syrup on, before letting them fly off.
After Burns night, I sought out some haggis, thinking they'd be cheap like Easter eggs after Easter Sunday. I was wrong, but I'd already set my mind upon making these, so I wasn't going to back out of it. I should stress that these take a lot of effort to do, as they are quite fiddly to make. It's much easier if you just have some haggis leftover to use. They make a great canapé or starter, and are best eaten hot, as the yolk oozes out, when cut in half.
Meat spreads have got a bad rep. They remind me of sitting on a wet rock, spreading "sandwich paste" on a tasteless oatcake, whilst on a Welsh school activity trip. Yay for "character-building"! As a result, I'm dumbfounded as to how Eat17 have created such a buzz around bacon jam.
"this bacon jam business could escalate my addiction into a financial black hole"