Executive summary - click here to help
This one has nothing to do with pies. It's a plea for your help. For a friend who's in a bit of a state.
Last night, 20th December, a workshop in Suffolk caught fire. Everything in it was destroyed. There were tools and wood and beautiful finished pieces. And a man's soul.
That workshop was how my friend Andy Coates earned his living. He's a woodturner so good that he could work at it full time. And then last night everything that made that possible burnt.
He is a very well liked man. An example. A year or so ago, when I started making kimchi and was using a ruling pin to press it he, without saying a thing, turned me a personalised kimchi press and posted it to me as a surprise. I'm not sure anyone else has anything else quite like it and it made me smile and laugh. It's such a thing of beauty it's always on show in my home kitchen - and it works.
So, because he's well liked and talented and had a really horrible thing happen, friends (and people who didn't know him at all) are rallying to help him rebuild. It would be perfectly lovely if you could too. - here's how.
Thank you so much and Merry Christmas. x