Monthly Archives: March 2011

Creme Caramel – the proof of the pudding

There’s something very grown up about the taste of slightly burnt sugar. I’ve recently grown to love making caramel – not loving it, but enjoying it a lot. Loving food is a malapropism, although loving WITH food is a definite … Continue reading

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“Long, comme un jour sans pain” an excerpt from the book I am writing.

Daily bread is the sine qua non of living in France, which fact is embodied in the  proverb: “it’s a long day without bread”. There is a bakery open in every village every day, or a “depôt de pain” if … Continue reading

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In praise of the artichoke, hot oil and a glass of rosé

Amongst the guilt free pleasures of eating vegetables is the enjoyment of their beauty through all the stages of preparation and cooking. I am much happier slicing through stems rather than cutting through tendons. Choosing vegetables affords me more pleasure … Continue reading

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Last of last summer’s sun dried tomatoes

Misty Monday morning made me look at these remnants of last summer’s heat. It’s hard to remember the summer sun after a long cold winter, and to imagine that it will be hot enough to dry trays of tomatoes. Even … Continue reading

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You can judge this book by its cover

Certain books not only inspire me, but make me act on the inspiration. I am not speaking of lofty ideals just a simple lust for good tastes. “Ripailles”is such a book. I feel a certain schadenfreude as I look at … Continue reading

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Gone fishing or why French villages seem deserted.

“Where is everyone?”  The peace and quiet of rural France, with its shuttered windows and empty streets, now makes perfect sense to me. This is a world where shopping is not held to be a pastime, but a necessity, whereas … Continue reading

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Illustrations from a 70′s French wine encyclopaedia

I chanced upon this wonderful wine book whilst eating a banana on this fabulous sunny morning. It was lurking in the book shelves, hiding behind a dull spine. To my delight, I found it to be filled with some extraordinary … Continue reading

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Rage assuaged by sesame.

I’ve just made some very good hummus/hummous with Egyptian Tahina, which is altogether a different beast from tahini, or so it seems to me. I found it in a middle Eastern store on the Uxbridge road. On sesame studded bread … Continue reading

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Why have the bastards rejected these pictures? I fucking hate rejection.

This is the first of three sample pictures that I sent to iStockphoto for them to assess my ability as a photographer. Here is the second: and here is the third: All of them were rejected for the following reason: … Continue reading

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Manolos to Crocs by way of Lidl’s

As beautiful as a shoe can be but as much use as a wet box of matches in this rustic corner of France. This is the sad conclusion that my wife, Jenny,  has reached after 9 years of keeping the … Continue reading

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