Monthly Archives: June 2012

Something to get my teeth into…..

When the weather’s warm and the world is ripe I say goodbye to the social graces, although many will say that my farewell is not entirely seasonal nor recent. Social disgraces continue, however, as I stand in line in a … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | 28 Comments

Ever get the feeling that you’ve been cheated

“We only go because the children love the toys” Outside of the general horrors perpetrated daily by mankind, most of which are as uncontrollable and futile as training a great White to bring the morning newspaper, I find the steady … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | 13 Comments

You can never be too thin or too rich..

Nancy Reagan would have thrown herself from a tall building rather than let a crumb of this intense chocolate and prune d’Agen cake pass her lips. As she performed the only  swallow that would save her from a fate worse … Continue reading

Posted in baking, cake, Chocolate, Chocolate and prune cake, Cookery Writers, Cooking, David Leibovitz, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Prunes d'Agen, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 41 Comments

Riding along in my automobile…..

With no particular place to go would not be completely truthful, but in between the particular places to which I had to go there were the opportunities to take pictures. The landscapes in the South Vendee never cease to amaze … Continue reading

Posted in baking, cake, Chocolate, Cooking, David Liebovitz, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Landscapes, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Writing | 32 Comments

The tomatoes are very nice, sir, if you like them…..

Frazzled brains and frazzled eggs. I dimly remember this advice being offered to me by the   genial proprietor of the “greasy spoon”, in deepest Covent Garden, circa 1980, as I stared blankly through eyes weakened by drink and drugs … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Prosciutto, Toast, tomatoes, Writing | Tagged , | 39 Comments

Tagine recipe that I forgot to post,,,,

The key to a tagine, in my view, is the Chermoula. If possible make it the day before, marinade whatever meat you’re using in the chermoula in the morning and give it a first cooking that evening so that the … Continue reading

Posted in broad beans, Chermoula, Chick peas, chillies, Cooking, Coriander, cous cous, couscous, Digital photography, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Honey, Meat, Mint, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, preserved lemons, ras al hanout, Recipes, sweet paprika, tagine, Tagine, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , | 32 Comments

The Road to Marocco….

The pool has turned green which is normally a sure sign of summer. On the strength of its greenness, and therefore summeriness, I have cooked a tagine. This has caused rain to fall and the wind to blow. The latter is … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, cous cous, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Harissa, olives, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, tagine | 23 Comments

Dazed and confused

Like Captain Oates “…I may be some time”. Because it seemed so easy, I thought I’d open a site on WordPress.org. It’s not easy at all, in fact it’s an absolute nightmare. Owing to the current complications of building this … Continue reading

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A toast to Charley Sheen…….

“Could you stop your honeysuckle from growing over my vine?” was the question that was nearly as annoying as whoever was, over emotionally, reading a poem about ducks on Radio 4 just before the insane Frenchwoman knocked on our door … Continue reading

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Norman is an island…

Norman is an island and no wonder. It’s a wise choice when you consider that all those bells  are apparently tolling for him and not for you. Bells did not bode well for Charles Laughton or for St.Clement and for the … Continue reading

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