Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Good, the Red and the Ugly…real tomatoes are here.

The good, the red and the ugly could well be a description of the occupants of a tour bus leaving Torremolinos after a  good cooking on the beach during the holiday season. Happily, in this case, it relates to the … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Cooking, Digital photography, dough, food, Food and Photography, France, Photography, Photography holiday, pizza, summer, tomatoes, Writing | 7 Comments

A crisp summer tart of smoked salmon, creme fraiche and dill.

Summer has moved my photography to locations outside of the kitchen. The low window of our south facing kitchen provides wonderful diffused light, but when the high sun of summer arrives, I decamp to the shelter of the awning on … Continue reading

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Cool Prawn Cocktail garnished with bile from an overheated mind

How is it that the best minds of cookery stay quietly in the wings, while the tawdry collection of “Has Britain got talented chefs” TV programmes clearly demonstrate that it hasn’t? The names of Alistair Little, Simon Hopkinson, Bruce Poole, … Continue reading

Posted in Caroline Conran, Cooking, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, Fergus Henderson, food, Food and Photography, Photography, Photography holiday, seafood, summer, Writing | 3 Comments

One summer’s morning in the Vendee…….

Just after dawn in the Vendée, and even the sunflowers are starting to look hot. For me, this is the only time to photograph them. Soon the sky becomes too hot, and the colour is washed out of the landscape … Continue reading

Posted in Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, France, Landscapes, peaches, Photography, Photography holiday, summer, Vendee, Writing | 3 Comments

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine …….not if you’re over 65, sir

 I’ve just been looking at the blog of Olivier Magny - http://www.o-chateau.com/cat/oblog - who has a wonderful attitude to wine and life, apart from knowing more about wine than most people will ever dream of knowing. In the blog he asks a … Continue reading

Posted in Digital photography, dough, food, Food and Photography, Olivier Magny, peaches, Photography, Photography holiday, summer, Wine, Writing | 3 Comments

Charentais melon and white peaches under a blue sky….

….enough said.

Posted in Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, France, peaches, Photography, Photography holiday, summer | 3 Comments

Parmesan souffle and plastic surgery…

Something tells me that I did a post about this delicious little dish not long ago. Whatever, I was making it again and it looks and tastes great – so here it is. It involves no cooking and is the … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Orlando Murrin, Photography, Photography holiday, Writing | 4 Comments

How green is my pasta….how green is my pool

Even though skies have been grey, summer is threatening to return to us in the Vendee. The one thing that retains a vibrant green colour is the swimming pool and, as it takes up a great deal of my time … Continue reading

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The pleasure of poached peaches…..

Poached peaches are so pleasing is not an early morning attach of alliteration but an avowal of a new truth learnt. The recipe that I used for Peach Melba demanded that the peaches should be poached in vanilla syrup for … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Nigel Slater, Peach Melba, Photography, Photography holiday, Writing | 5 Comments

Dame Nellie must have been a peach…..

Dame Nellie Melba must have been a seriously delicious dish to have inspired such a sexy pudding, or the other way round. From the pictures I’ve seen, it probably was the other way round, but the Duke of Orleans, amongst … Continue reading

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