Monthly Archives: May 2011

Broken but not bowed….pineapple tatin is not for the faint hearted

Yesterday I had a feeling that I would be punching above my weight in attempting to make a pineapple tarte tatin under the cloud of a hangover. My trepidation was not misplaced. I had seen a set of recipes with … Continue reading

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An early glass of bubbly….

What at first seemed to be a peaceful gathering of a few friends being reunited with a lost sheep who had strayed from the flock – to Wisconsin – inevitably turned into the expected rout. I am hoping that pharmaceutical … Continue reading

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Cordially invited to chill

An early morning trimming the dead flowers from the thyme that sits in a stone trough in front of the house was accomplished in the cool before the sun had edged round from the east. This was followed by coffee … Continue reading

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Candy coloured Electroglide cassis ice cream

Walking around the house and garden in the early morning revealed so many different qualities of light. The softness of the morning light is remarkable. I remember seeing David Hamilton’s books when I was a very young photographer and, aside from the … Continue reading

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Buzzards circling

Buzzards and talking to myself were my main interests and concerns today. The one I have no pictures of and the other I’m trying not to talk about, except to myself. I was about to write the phrase “Can I … Continue reading

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Entre chien et loup

Between dog and wolf is a phrase that gives flesh to that indeterminable moment between daylight and dusk. As yet I have no such apposite description for this season which encompasses a seamless change from spring to summer. The lighting of … Continue reading

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Hungry for a little culture

Alexander Fleming and I have grown closer over the last few days although I doubt I will ever share his enthusiasm for culture. I have a certain advantage over Alexander in that the live culture that I am overseeing is … Continue reading

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Oh. I do love to be beside the seaside…..

The French have the uncanny knack of hiding their light under a bushel. A nation that prides itself on having the finest cuisine, whilst being incredibly rude to the customer, cunningly switches the play to produce dreadful food with a … Continue reading

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I’ve been won over by custard

Here at Le Petit Hogwarts there have been strange goings on. Not only have milk, sugar and eggs miraculously turned into a sublime, velvety creme anglaise but that same milk has been fed to a white granular organism which in … Continue reading

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A glass of real milk and a duck that I’m sure I recognise.

Each day seems to bring a new epiphany, however small. In the 10 years that we have lived in this little farming hamlet in the heart of the French countryside it has never crossed my mind to buy milk from … Continue reading

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