Category Archives: Baking

Out of the darkness…

Smoke may get in your eyes but chocolate gets into your soul. My soul has appetites so there is always chocolate in the store cupboard lest my soul should go hungry. A small pile of thin, flat slabs of intense chocolate … Continue reading

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Present Imperfect..

Present imperfect may be incorrect as a tense but it is flawless as a sentiment when speaking of food that has been conceived to tempt by the senses of smell and taste, rather than to lure admirers by artful cosmetics . Contrived … Continue reading

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Jam today…

I have met a lot of bankers in my time and most of the meetings were uncomfortable….for me. The main thrust of these meetings was to convince them of the imminent arrival of funds and, with that in mind, the … Continue reading

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Cake magic brings out the currant bun……

Yesterday, having fallen under the spell of rain and dullness, it became clear to me that I needed to exorcise the grey that had surreptitiously laid cataracts over the sun’s eyes and so, lacking bell, book and candle, I heeded my voices … Continue reading

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Wickedleeks….

I don’t know much about a science book, and I don’t know much about the French I took …but anything I’m not sure about, as long as it’s to do with vegetables or local French, can be resolved by our … Continue reading

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Pear tatin….. whilst dreaming of mangoes

As I was peeling the pears for this evenings pudding my eyes kept wandering and my mouth kept watering over the thought of the two ripe mangoes that were sitting in a bowl on the worktop. Winter directs my hand … Continue reading

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Tarte au citron…..cheers me up

Eggs, cream, butter, lemons…yellow is a good colour for January. As rain falls and grey afternoons stretch away, I find it easy to lose myself in colour.  Lemon juice, sugar and eggs  are transformed into creamy waves of subtle colours … Continue reading

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Why put all your eggs in a basket when you have a frying pan….

I watched a sporting match at the weekend that failed to live up to its name. It was not the expectation, nor in fact the event itself, in which lay the failure: it was in the naming…..it was not a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Baking, BBQ, Cooking, Cream, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Edouard de Pomiane, Eggs, Emotion, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fried eggs, gigot, Humour, Meat, Memory, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Pommes Boulangere.. smart lady, that baker’s wife

Each time that I make this simple dish there is, at the back of my mind, a nagging feeling that I have left out an ingredient. The recipe is not extensive in its demands which makes it even more surprising … Continue reading

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The letter “C” is wasted on custard…

The letter C has many good connotations, some of which Nigella has allegedly tried, but this normally optimistic initial is wasted on such a lumpen sauce as traditional custard. There is an element of the English psyche that is firmly … Continue reading

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