Monthly Archives: February 2012

A day in the woods with David Hockney…..

Several days have gone past since I watched a TV documentary about David Hockney’s recent paintings and upcoming exhibition. Seeing the creations of such a dazzling talent is simultaneously uplifting and depressing in that the intense beauty of his creations … Continue reading

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Continuing concern with casual comments containing the “C” word..

The maxim that sticks and stones will broke my bones but words will never hurt me is disproved by the outrage caused amongst Anglophones by the conjunction, in a certain order, of the letters c, n, u, t. That this … Continue reading

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I think Longfellow got it right about the month of February..

I am fully aware that it is pointless to dislike a particular month of the year but, even with that it mind, I find, and have found for many years, that the passing of February is a moment to which … Continue reading

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You can’t make an omelette without eggs…

An omelette, to be satisfying and delicious, requires more than one egg which is all that I had when the idea of an omelette entered my head and was immediately asked to leave. But a single egg, hopefully a singularly … Continue reading

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“Ah, Bistro” …. a tale of two cities

I’ve been enjoying a glass of wine with some good bread and  Comté cheese whilst reflecting on the approach of my birthday which signifies the passing of yet another year and confirms me in the knowledge that I am more … Continue reading

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I heard the news today, oh boy…

Yesterday in Strasbourg the corpse of man, who had been dead for three years, was found in his apartment. The radio had been on 24 hours a day for those three years and the window wide open. Nobody had missed … Continue reading

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The Curate’s Cake…

As with the Curate’s egg, this cake was good in parts. The reason for the incompleteness of this delicious recipe, a marmalade cake which originates in the current issue of Jamie Magazine, was a sad lack of concentration. It is … Continue reading

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Would Caligula have chosen a plate of leeks whilst watching the Circus Maximus…..

The modest beauty of this bundle of tiny leeks puts to rest the concept that big is beautiful.   I needed fresh eggs which entailed some slipping and sliding across icy lanes to reach the farm of Mme Roustand, just … Continue reading

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Apricot jam on toasted brioche brings warmth to chilled bones…

The last few days have been filled with the hiss and hideous hum of power tools which the rays of the winter sun confirm by clearly delineating the sawdust filled atmosphere of the house. I would be delighted if I … Continue reading

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When she was good she was very, very good but when she was bad she was horrid….

In the comparatively short time that we have lived in this little hamlet there have been significant changes. During my previous life, as an urban dweller, these changes would have gone unnoticed. In those times I had no interest in … Continue reading

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