Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nancy Blokland Pottery

Nancy Blokland lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where she makes handmade pottery and tends her organic garden.

Leaves, foliage and flowers from Nancy's own garden become a physical part of her pottery.  She grows food for her family and friends to sell alongside her pottery at the local Farmer's Market. That's a clear food and pottery connection.

"The love of making functional pottery for others to use at their tables, kitchens, dining rooms is still something I consider an honor. My work is part of many meals, and I hope celebrations!"  
"When I started out in pottery, I wanted to make onion soup bowls. I seem to remember that was something very trendy at that moment in time. I have made a lot of pottery since then, but still no set of onion soup bowls."

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
This recipe is from Nancy's mom. It's a family favorite for birthdays and a great winter comfort meal.  Enjoy! 

1. Brown 2 lbs. spare ribs in a deep frying pan. 
2. Mix together ¼ tsp. ginger, ¼ cup sugar, ½ tsp. dry mustard, ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp pepper, 2 tbsp. flour, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 3 tsp. vinegar, 1 cup water. 
3. Add one medium onion, chopped fine to sweet and sour mix.
4. Pour mix over spare ribs, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about one hour. We often double the sauce. 

Here's a great piece of functional pottery for serving up spare ribs!

"Just as drinking out of a handmade mug is special, so is picking my organic peas and raspberries and eating them while we stand in the garden and watch the bees, caterpillars and butterflies." says Nancy.

For more information about Nancy, follow her blog and her facebook pageHer etsy shop is where you can purchase her pottery. 


  1. Thanks Nancy! I'm following your blog with it's excellent recipes too!

  2. Ribs would look great on that platter.


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