Monthly Archives: December 2011

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

Just a note to wish you all a very Happy New Year

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A rugged ascent of Mont Blanc or any stiff peak…

France and cream do not go together like a horse and carriage. The country whose cuisine is famed for its excesses of butter and cream does not have much of the latter, or at least “not as we know it, … Continue reading

Posted in Cream, creme fraiche, desserts, Food and Photography, France, meringues, Mont Blanc, photography course, Writing | 30 Comments

Dazed and confused…

I can state with certainty that celebrating holidays and feast days is a very taxing occupation. Like an ageing journeyman boxer, I dutifully get up each morning for another round, ready to take more punishment from a superior opponent, Old Father Time. … Continue reading

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What’s good for the goose is good for the foie gras…

Christmas Eve is big potatoes to me. I’m at home in the steamy atmosphere of cooking and drinking – I find it hard to believe that there are those amongst us who believe that I cannot multi task. Drink and … Continue reading

Posted in Dessert wines, Foie Gras, Food and Photography, oysters, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | 25 Comments

Fear and loathing in Acton ..

I’m back in my chair by the wood burner with the light of the shortest day of the year fast fading. There is the comfortable murmur of French voices which permeates through the window into a silence only broken by … Continue reading

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One hell of an optimistic fly….

It’s rare to find a fly working so well as a photographic model. This one posed in several different positions, allowing me to focus and sort out aperture, etc without moving, apart from rubbing his hands together in anticipation of a … Continue reading

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First steps on my ascent of Mont Blanc..

I’ve always felt that Christmas pudding is a bridge too far, that same bridge on which mince pies also reside. The scent and the look of them is tempting but the eating of them is just plain hard work, especially … Continue reading

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Friday night, and Saturday morning

There’s nothing funny here, Roger, I thought. Waking up on Saturday morning in a strange bed to the sound of unfamiliar breathing made me realise that I was the victim of my own unbelievable stupidity. Thinking back, I should have … Continue reading

Posted in apricots, Baking, Chocolate, Cooking, desserts, Food and Photography, Moro Restaurant and Cookbook, photography course, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | 22 Comments

..and when the pie was opened

…I’m pleased to say that the birds did not begin to sing. Keeping five and twenty blackbirds alive, under pastry, in a hot oven would be enough of a challenge to convince Hercules that cleaning the Augean stables with his … Continue reading

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Thank God it’s Pieday……

An afternoon of blending butter, flour and eggs had its ups and downs. The ups coincided with the opening of the oven door to remove a piping hot dish surmounted by a crisp golden crown of egg washed shortcrust pastry, … Continue reading

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