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  1. Artisan Gins are the current "must have" drink ... and the "botanicals" (herbs and spices" in many expensive commercial Gins are closely guarded secrets. The Herb Boat has carefully selected a range of popular botanicals for you to magically transform vodka into your own delicious Artisan (or Bathtub) Gin. Full instructions included.

    Available on the towpath or by mail order ... contact me for a stock list 




  2. There seems to be something exciting going on in Hebden Bridge every weekend ... festivals, parades, workshops, exhibitions ... it really is an inspiring place to be. I will be trading here again tomorrow, 30th of June, weather permitting.

    We also met fellow boat trader Crafts Afloat and will be trading with them and some other local craftspeople over the weekend of the 6th and 7th June when the legendary "Hand Made Parade" takes place.

    Crafts Afloat not only sells exquisite handmade glass jewellry, but also offers a range of craft workshops and parties on board "The Crafty Snail" narrowboat.



    We traded together last weekend in the blustery sunshine 


    Hope to see you there





  3. .Well, yesterday saw the launch of my new "Taste the World" exotic spice and herb blends ... each 60ml jar containing a burst of GMO free, non-irradiated flavour from far off lands, bringing the world to your kitchen. 

    I will be adding more but currently have; 

    Warm, floral flavours of North Africa in Ras El Hanout,
    Fragrant Harissa Spice from Tunisia, 
    Punchy Cajun Spice from Louisiana, 
    Hot but mellow Jamaican Goat Curry spices (equally good with lamb and veg), 
    Birmingham / Pakistani fusion flavours of Balti Spices
    Desert flavours of Arabian Z'atar
    Eye-wateringly hot Jerk Seasoning, marrying the flavours of Africa and the Caribbean, 
    And a fragrant taste of summer in the Thai Stir Fry blend

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    Mmmmmm ... more coming soon. Available only on the towpath at the moment, £2 a jar but mail order soon

    TTFN Bunny

  4. I am a member of a wonderful organisation called The Roving Canal Traders Association. Members sell all sorts of things; crafts, artwork, homebrew equipment, hand-made jewellry, candles, sweets, pens, antiques, boating equipment, teas, cakes  ... the list is endless .... oh, and HERBS and SPICES of course!!

    They support all of us who trade on the canals and rivers, and have, in recent years, started to organise Floating Markets around the canal system.

    It is no mean feat to get a group of boats in one place at the same time, and the next Floating Market will be at Burton On Trent over the late May bank holiday. If you are in the area, take a look .... you will certainly find something of interest.

    There is a link to the website on the poster.


    Meanwhile, I hope to be trading in Hebden Bridge over the Bank Holiday weekend ... watch this space!!

    TTFN Bunny

  5. Custard is one of those Marmite things ... you either love it or hate it .... here on the Herb Boat we are BIG custard fans .... sweet and savoury (oh yes, you can make savory custards). 

    Vanilla custard is popular, but you can infuse your milk and cream with almost any herb or spice. The recent Masterchef finals featured a Star Anise infused custard. Bay leaves were often used in sweet dishes in the past, and Bay custard (or even Bay Leaf Ice-cream) is enjoying a renewed popularity. Just infuse 3 or 4 bay leaves in your warm milk and cream mix for 15 minutes, and remove before adding egg yolks. 

     bay custard

    Or how about a savoury, cheesy bread and butter pudding with Rosemary or Basil infused custard ....

    Or add dried flowers or petals .... Lavender, Rose .... the possbilities are endless ....

    Herb Boat re-usable tea / spice bags can be used so you don't have to strain the milk / cream infusion. These handy little bags are made from unbleached cotton and are £1 for two bags.

    There are many basc custard recipes online, this one from the BBC website gives basic proportions .... you can replace some of the milk with sngle cream, and omit the vanilla and sugar if you want to try savoury custards.

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    Coltsfoot, "Britsh Tobacco", is flowering well on the Rochdale Canal ... and soon will get it's leaves. A great time to pick and dry your own ... or you can purchase both leaves and flowers from The Herb Boat ( Flowers 15g for £1 or Leaves 20g for £1 p&p £1.50) 

    Coltfoot has long been regarded as nature's best cough remedy. Taken either as a tea, or, bizarrely, smoked, it has expectorant properties and has been used to treat asthma and bronchitis. Coltsfoot forms the basis of many commercial cough mixtures and herbal "tobacco substitutes". The Herb Boat "English Haze" herb blend combines Coltsfoot leaves wth other native herbs, like Mugwort, Elderflowers, Mullein, that have been smoked, and a smidgeon of honey. These can be drunk as a tea because smoking is blatently bad for you. Contact me for a full stock list until I finish virtually filling the virtual shop.

    Used externally, it is said to sooth skin irritations like eczema and insect bites. Magically, it is used in love and tranquility spells.

    It is an unusual plant in that it flowers before the leaves appear. 




    The legal stuff .... please read my statement on the Medical Use of Herbs and Spices. 

  7. So The Herb Boat has made National Television ... I know ... how exciting!! 

    Well, I am only in the background, for about two seconds. BBC's The One Show were in Manchester on "The Vote Boat", doing a piece about registering to vote. It was so busy at Castlefields, they had to moor against me and clamber over my boat to get the film crew ashore! 

    And remember, it doesn't matter who you vote for, the government still gets in 

    TTFN Bunny

  8. At last, I have put together a very dodgy looking website ... I am still working on the online shop front, to make sure you pay the minimum postage costs, but in the meantime just contact me for a current stock list for mail order.

    I am currently in Manchester, on the Bridgewater Canal. This is privately owned, so my license does not allow me to trade here, but watch out for me soon on the Rochdale canal