Saturday, 30 July 2011

Margaritas, with the fresh sea air...

Salt rim, or no salt rim?
This debate has divided the Lowe household for quite some time.
For years, the most obvious answer has been the classic "half-salt rim" solution. Half salted, half not, and everybody's happy. Except they're not, are they? Everybody's half happy.
A new approach was clearly required. Enter the Cocktail Chemist.
Molecular Gastronomy has been quietly working it's way into the mainstream for some time now, spearheaded by names such as Heston Blumenthal. Molecular Mixology, it's far more excitingly named cousin, has been lagging somewhat behind, but is definitely starting to emerge.
So what's the answer then? Well, it's air. Obviously.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Chateau Lowe (Part Two) and Chapel Down

Vintage update!
After a stunning start to summer, the grapes have had a significant growth spurt. This picture was taken on July 8th, 2011:

I still haven't got a clue what grapes these will turn out to be: the vine was in the garden when Mrs Lowe and I moved in, and this is our first summer here. If anyone out there thinks they're up to the challenge of identifying them, please get in touch.