Friday, January 30, 2015

Glamorgan Canal in Pontypridd


The canal here runs behind the  Sainsbury Supermarket, which was built on the site of the Brown Lenox factory which was famous for chain making.  The factory was established in 1816 and was located here because of its easy access to the high quantities of pig iron and coal needed in production.

The anchor chain for the Titanic was reputedly made here.


 Two canal basins were constructed, one for the receipt of raw materials the other for dispatching finished goods. 



 As you can see there is some restoration work going on and things are looking up as there is only one supermarket trolley in the canal.






 The chains would have been shipped down the canal to Cardiff docks and from there to whichever shipyard needed them.

This famous picture of Isombard Kingdom Brunel shows him standing in front of the anchor chains, a product of the Pontypridd factory, of the SS Great Britain. 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spanakopita

The idea for this came from  reading a couple of books by Victoria Hislop, The Thread and The Island, both set in Greece, with good storylines and very well written.  In these she often mentions Greek dishes, and spanakopita was one. 

The basis is the recipe here, but the thought of doing the filo pastry with all that olive oil put me off, so I adapted in and put it into a flan, blind baking the pastry first.  I think it works well.  I made it for my daughter and she enjoyed it.