Monthly Archives: July 2011

Charentais and Mara would have been a winning double act but for…

I was badly disappointed by some strawberries yesterday. We try to buy summer fruit and vegetables from the wonderful local roadside stalls rather than the “grandes surfaces” – they look better and taste better. The strawberries in question were to be part … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, France, Nigel Slater, Photography, Photography holiday, Wine, Writing | 10 Comments

Basil and Jamie, a fertile combination

I’ve just remembered this wonderful, small leaved basil that we grew from seed, and which, to our amazement has flourished. Jenny and I have never had much success with propagating anything other than children – we’re now sticking to plants. … Continue reading

Posted in Digital photography, Jamie Oliver, Photography, Photography holiday, Writing | 8 Comments

New potatoes, fresh mint and feta roasted in the oven..very good.

Having earned some potatoes by teaching my neighbour, Fernand, a few of the basics of digital photography and realising that they were not earning me any interest whilst they remained in the darkness of our potato crock, I decided to … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, France, Mediterranean food, Patricia Wells, Photography, Photography holiday, Writing | 10 Comments

Stuck at the traffic blights

I’ve been stationary at the traffic blights for a few days now. I was misrouted and ended up stuck in that most gastronomic of a situations, a jam. This is a jam covered in a green mould, which when scraped … Continue reading

Posted in artichokes, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Fran Warde, Photography, Photography holiday, summer, tomatoes, Writing | 11 Comments

A little note about a site called “Food Gawker”

Here’s the comment from the fabulous Food Gawker site about the picture of the figs that is featured on my last post.. Hi camerahols, Thank you for your recent submission to foodgawker. Unfortunately, your post titled “Figs with cinnamon cream” … Continue reading

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Syrup of figs or syrup with figs – take your choice

I suddenly thought that figs in syrup with cream and cinnamon so neatly segued the raw new potatoes. Luckily I’m not a DJ so here are the figs.

Posted in Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, figs, food, Food and Photography, Photography, Photography holiday, summer, Writing | 8 Comments

Payment in full for a lucky man

I have just returned from a visit to my neighbour Fernand, a retired farmer who is proud to be a “paysan de la Vendée”. His family had bought him a digital camera for his birthday and he had asked me … Continue reading

Posted in Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Photography, Photography holiday, Vendee, Writing | 6 Comments

A raspberry stuffed ice cream cake that screams summer

As summer continues with it’s normal severity, I thought it would be encouraging to post a picture of a dessert which would suit a desert. Something cooling yet with the sharp tang of fresh fruit, in this case raspberries. This … Continue reading

Posted in Cookery School in France, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, France, Mary Cadogan, Photography, Photography holiday, summer, Writing | 8 Comments

I’m in a blue condition

The events in Norway are so incomprehensible and numbingly awful that there is nothing to say but “STOP”

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The flesh is weak

I have been suffering at the hands, nay claws, of a vicious micro organism after foolishly choosing to eat 1/2 lb of seasoned raw meat for my lunch on Thursday, which is a strange decision for a self declared closet … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, France, pastry, Photography, Photography holiday, Writing | 6 Comments