Category Archives: Drinks

Big name hunting in Lyon..

Five days of five courses has led me to believe that the current medical sound byte of “five a day for a healthy lifestyle” has been misinterpreted by the Lyonnais. The five pieces of fruit are replaced by five easy … Continue reading

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I got the bleus..du ciel, de la mer..the summertime bleus.

It might surprise you to hear that I’ve been ranting quite a lot over the last day or two, although surprise may not be first among the emotions felt, by those of you who know me well, on hearing that unsurprising news. I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, anchovies, Art photography, Chicken, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Emotion, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, gigot, harmony, Humour, Ile d'Oleron, Mediterranean food, Memory, Photography, photography course, summer, Uncategorized, Vendee, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

looking for somewhere nice to go for a drink?

Within a few paces of the garden gate lies a peaceful refuge in the true chauvinist spirit of France. In the baker’s dozen of years that I have passed in this hamlet I have yet to see a female in this “cave”. This … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, aperitif, apples, Art photography, Digital photography, Drinks, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Fruit, harmony, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Vendee, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

the smell of the cooking, and the roar of the cook….

I’ve had a quiet day cooking on my own. The cooking was quiet but the peace was spoiled by someone talking to himself. Being alone in the house does not spare me from myself. My mistake lies in turning on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, cherries, Cherries in rose wine, Cherries in rose wine, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Mary Cadogan, Photography, photography course, Recipes, summer, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

saying the C word loudly…..CLUCK, OH CLUCKING CLUCK

I can well understand the clucking of hens a laying and I am in awe of the stoicism that prevents them from declaring more stridently.Just considering the concept of a life spent passing objects the size of one’s head ( … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Boiled eggs, Breakfast, cafe, Cooking, Digital photography, Dreams, Drinks, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hard boiled eggs, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Eating outdoors at last….

Dreams have the unfortunate habit of remaining unfulfilled so it is always a delight to have one come true. As the years have passed I have learnt to keep my dreams simple so, on this cusp of summer time, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, harmony, Kitchens, Meat, Nigel Slater, Photography, photography course, Toulouse sausages, Uncategorized, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Many a mickle makes…

..very little sense, save to someone making a muckle, and is as good a reason as any for Scotland to be independent. It was only after some Wiki research that it became apparent that my recent gift of tiny leeks … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, leeks, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

The simple chemistry of eggs and butter…

Every now and then I abandon the keyboard and take a pen in my hand and move to a place in the house that is free from technology. Sitting by the fire in the fading daylight, surrounded by our books, … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cheese, Christmas, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Parmesan, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 61 Comments

Les Oeufs Meurette and other good eggs…

The chickens on the wall brought eggs to my attention. When the sun shines through the “rideaux” that adorn our kitchen windows the chickens appear. They have no choice but to appear as they are embroidered, Noah like,  in pairs, at … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Boiled eggs, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, Eggs, Elizabeth David, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, lifestyle, Memory, Oeufs meurette, oeufs meurette, Photography, poached eggs, Recipes, Stephane Reynaud, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 62 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

Posted in 2013, Baking, Bistro, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Kitchens, leeks, onions, Patricia Wells, Photography, pommes boulangere, potatoes, Recipes, sea salt, Thyme, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 93 Comments