Anthony J Sargeant relates a thought of Terry Pratchett.

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Anthony J Sargeant loves the symmetry of this thought of the late great Terry Pratchett.

“Wisdom comes from experience.                                         Experience is often the result of  a lack of wisdom.”

The late great humanist

The late great humanist

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Anthony J Sargeant prepared this Fish Supper using Hake fillet that he had previously lightly smoked.

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Dinner 27th September 2015:

Anthony J Sargeant cooked this hake fillet the previous day – lightly smoked over apple wood chips – it made a delicious cold meal with green salad, a little potato salad and some light hollandaise (diluted with creme fraiche and added finely chopped dill, spring onion and a little chilli) – the hake is garnished with thinly cut radish and dill springs and a little lemon zest.

Note: Hake is under-appreciated in the UK it seems – it may not be the prettiest looking fish but the meat is considered by many of us to be superior to cod (to which family it belongs).

Anthony J Sargeant would like help identifying this woodcut print – Artist? Image?

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HELP please –
We are looking for help from the cognoscenti of 20th Century British art – Anthony J Sargeant bought a job lot of watercolours and prints at a Shropshire UK auction the other day (20 or so … mostly rubbish ! – you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find the Prince sometimes) for three charming mid 20th Century woodcuts (one by Clare Leighton – “Man Shelling Beans” with hollyhocks in background : another by Clifford Webb – from “The White Llama”  the Golden cockerel Press 1938 : and a third which looks familiar but we cannot identify it – two Amazon warriors on horseback ? see below – any suggestions please – subject ? or artist (the three woodcuts are all in identical mounts frames so it might be related – probably British 1930s). Inner dimensions of the mount are 8.5 by 10 cm so quite small.

Two amazon warriors?

Two Amazon warriors?

Autumn ‘veils’ photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on the Cotoneaster by his garden gate

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Photographed by the front gate of his Shropshire home by Anthony J Sargeant

Photographed by the front gate of his Shropshire home by Anthony J Sargeant

Photographed in the early morning while still covered in the dew of a misty autumn morning in Shropshire (UK) – a light diaphanous veil lies over all the hedgerows and bushes. Anthony Sargeant took this photograph on the morning of the 19th September 2015.

Anthony Sargeant displays a fine fresh Hake fish before filleting.

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Tony Sargeant is holding a lovely fresh Hake - much under-rated by the British.

Tony Sargeant is holding a lovely fresh Hake – a fish much under-rated by the British.

It may not be the most immediately ‘pretty’ fish but it is very very good – Hake is a member of the cod family but in the opinion of many better tasting. But the majority of British fished hake goes to Spain and France (where it is properly appreciated). This fish costing £10 yielded nearly 1.5kg of filleted meat – which means a portion cost of 50p per 75 gram portion – which is ridiculously cheap – pure and extremely tasty protein ! Raw the flesh is slightly ‘soft’ but it firms up into ‘cod-like’ flakes on cooking – care needs to be taken as with all fish not to over-cook it. better slightly under-cooked than over-cooked.