Monthly Archives: October 2012

Shellshock

Loving to be by the seaside is all very well as long as one is not a crustacean. Being beside the sea is as much fun for them as being under the sea would be for us. How is it … Continue reading

Posted in aperitif, Art photography, Crayfish, Drinks, Excellence, Expectation, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, hypocrisy, Kir, langoustines, lifestyle, Lillet, Meat, Memory, Muscadet, Mussels, oysters, Pastis, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, prawns, Sancerre, sea urchins, seafood, Still life, Sunday, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | 53 Comments

A handful of coques…..

The best laid plans …pointless to continue as I’ve laid as many brilliant plans as I have eggs. Brilliant planning is not in my remit. I am passing through this vale of tears flying by the seat of my pants … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, clams, Cooking, coques, Crayfish, Digital photography, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, langoustines, Mediterranean food, peppers, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, seafood, summer, Uncategorized, vongole, Weather, Writing | Tagged | 48 Comments

The Vinpire sees red….

Vinpire:  a nocturnal creature that lives for the taste of fermented grape juice, as long as it’s red, and often finishes the evening trying to hang upside down from a beam or just falling down without making the effort of … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, beef, Cooking, Cotes de Rhone, Digital photography, Drinks, family, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Meat, mushromm and le pie, pastry, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Pie, roast potatoes, Steak, Still life, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , | 52 Comments

1 Martini, 2 Martini, 3 Martini, fall…..

I made this little film a while ago, when I was a test pilot for Martini and flying the difficult way.

Posted in Art photography, Bad Habits, Cocktails, Digital photography, Excess, Expectation, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Martini, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday | 42 Comments

Lovely buns…

It’s worrying when cows start to appear attractive. I have to stop poking my camera over hedges and luring these tasty bun fillers into the belief that they may have a future in the glossy world of media. La Vache … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, Bun, Burger, Cheese, Cooking, Emotion, Excess, Expectation, fashion, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, French countryside, Hamburger, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | 46 Comments

Always on a Sunday….

Sunday is about breakfast. If it’s done properly it can, like sex ( or so Sting says), last all day. Eating is only a part of Sunday breakfast as the spirit of the feast embraces much more. It’s to do … Continue reading

Posted in Boiled eggs, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, Food and Photography, Food photographer, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Sex, Still life, Sunday, Sunday breakfast, Sunday papers, Toast, Writing | 55 Comments

Passion free fruit…

I woke up this morning feeling fine, as I had something special on my mind. In fact it was splenetic rather than special. Michael Ruhlman is a writer whose words make sense to me, and his piece entitled “The Fallacy … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , | 33 Comments

It’s the real thing….

“I’m worried about Jim” is a phrase that has remained in my memory since childhood, alongside the theme tune, played on a harp, that preceded this regular opening line to “Mrs.Dale’s Diary”. “Mrs.Dale’s Diary” was a radio soap opera that … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Food and Photography, Food photographer, harmony, hypocrisy, Illusion, Memory, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Reality, Retouching, tart, Uncategorized, Vicarious pleasure, Virtual, Wonderbra, Writing | 42 Comments

Peachy or “Isn’t she simply smashing!”

How or why do we think of something good as peachy? Golly, I just can’t think why. There are some interesting on line definitions which include “He did a bully job” and “You look simply smashing”. These definitions may have … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cooking, desserts, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Peach Tart, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Still life, Talleyrand, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | 34 Comments

Something warm and sticky…

“Save it for a….”  a/ bandage to staunch a spurting arterial bleed. b/ hat to put on your head as protection against molten lava belching from Krakatoa. c/ a rainy day. It’s not easy, I know, but then again £56, … Continue reading

Posted in apples, Apricot jam, Art photography, baking, Baking, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Garden, Google, Humour, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, puff pastry, Still life, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , | 44 Comments