Monthly Archives: March 2012

La recherche du pain perdu or memories of idyllic petits dejs….

Croissants are iconic. They say France and they invoke the smell of coffee and the taste of apricot jam in whichever setting of that extraordinary country to which you have been transported by your imagination – blue seas, peaceful mountains … Continue reading

Posted in apples, Apricot jam, Baking, cafe, Cooking, Croissant, Digital photography, Eau de vie, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Nigel Slater, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | Tagged , , | 36 Comments

Forbidden fruit followed by bangers and mash…

It is hard to assess the wisdom of the proverb which counsels never looking a gift horse in the mouth as many a gift horse would benefit from a good buccal inspection. The concept is that we should be grateful … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Cream, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, grapes, Mashed potatoes, Methanol, Noa grape, Othello grape, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, Vendee, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , | 30 Comments

Say cheese….

Sometimes a picture taken quickly, for no reason other than the colours look wonderful, feels right. This is one of three frames taken at the end of dinner of a piece of old Gouda with a blue knife that was … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, harmony, Mary Cadogan, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , | 29 Comments

The bar that Zagat forgot to visit….

This is the nearest bar to our house which, I should mention, is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard, life…I have to confess that the cats have been dead for a couple of years … Continue reading

Posted in Digital photography, Eau de vie, fireplace, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Vendee, Writing | 43 Comments

At last, a cookery book for the working classes….

We live in a time when soon, to be working class, will be a state to which we will aspire. The carefully crafted plans of elected, and unelected, politicians and economists across the globe are managing daily to reduce the … Continue reading

Posted in BBQ, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Francatelli, Meat, offal, photography course, Photography holiday, Pork, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 28 Comments

Pump up the contrast..

My journeys around our little corner of France reveal that progress has been slow and hard won, although I’m not sure if won is the apposite word. Improvement is often not in the gift of winning. Winning can equally mean  progress and … Continue reading

Posted in Digital photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Vendee, Vineyard, Writing | 21 Comments

The long and, apparently, hardly winding road….

A straight and level road is as unusual in life as it is in tarmacadam. It may appear that way but there will always be little unexpected dips, twists and turns for which we can never be fully prepared.  We … Continue reading

Posted in Digital photography, harmony, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | 35 Comments

Lady Sysonby’s Lover…

“Lady Sysonby’s Cook Book may prove a life belt for the valiant young wives of today who are doing their own cooking and remember, despairingly, the dinner parties, cooks and kitchen maids of their pampered parents.” With these stirring words … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Grouse on toast, Lady Sysonby, lifestyle, photography course, Photography holiday, Toast, Writing | 39 Comments

Swing low, sweet chariot….

Apart from beating the Frenchies on their home ground on Sunday, which was pretty sweet, there were a couple of other sweet moments at the Sunday lunch table. A less sweet moment was realising that the beef, which rarely graces … Continue reading

Posted in Apple and Almond tart, beef, Bistro, Chocolate Mousee, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, photography course, Photography holiday, Roast beef, Stephane Reynaud, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged | 32 Comments

Brown soup in the ring, da di da di da…

Unusually for a photographer I very much like cookery books without photographs. Photographs of food can be very misleading in that the reader may assume that the image on the page reflects the recipe writer’s view of the intended appearance … Continue reading

Posted in Chick peas, Colman Andrews, Cooking, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Moro Restaurant and Cookbook, photography course, Photography holiday, Sam & Sam Clark, Soup, Spanish cookery, spinach, sweet paprika, Writing | Tagged , , | 33 Comments