Category Archives: Excellence

A warm hand on your opening….

The old ones are always the best and so it turned out to be with this elegant bottle of  1984 Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes that I could no longer resist opening. One Christmas, some fifteen years ago, my cousin, who is also partial … Continue reading

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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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a little peach on peach action…..

Pêche de Vigne, as a name, would not be out of place on a burlesque billboard.The annual appearance of the flat peach is an event to which I look forward and by which I have never been disappointed. Before moving … Continue reading

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It seems that prostitutes and pasta are as closely linked as literacy and Alphabetti….

  I was saddened to find that the origin of salsa puttanesca has nothing to do with an exhausted courtesan, yearning for some stimulation after a long night of simulation, having a eureka moment as she looked into a store cupboard … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, anchovies, chillies, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Italian food, Olive oil, pasta, peppers, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

French rabbit….

Happily, our electric toaster no longer toasts. Even when it did toast, it didn’t. There is something unpleasant and inept about toasters. In my mind’s eye I see floppy slices of artificial bread on a hinged platform, not unlike a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Camembert, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, Dreams, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Memory, Photography, photography course, Toast, Toast, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

The horny (or is it thorny) problem of oral satisfaction in public…

It’s not surprising that, of the two, only “brunch” has survived from the portmanteau duo which includes the unpleasantly named “tupper”.  The end result of asking  friends and acquaintances  to join you for “tupper” would be, at best, a reduced circle of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Bad Habits, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Photography, Quail eggs, Sex, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 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

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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

Posted in 2013, apples, Baking, Childhood, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Memory, Photography, Prue Leith, Uncategorized, Writing, yolks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 60 Comments

Brussels demand a green Xmas…..

September is long gone, but the leaves of brown show no sign of tumbling down this November although the lyricist would be happy to know that it’s raining. Wherever he was when he penned those lyrics, it wasn’t the Vendee. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Autumn, Childhood memories, Christmas, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, fashion, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Humour, hypocrisy, Illusion, Kitchens, Landscapes, Olive oil, Photography, Religion, sea salt, The Forest of Mervent, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 69 Comments

All Black on Toast…

A cold morning found me doing vigorous exercise in the kitchen. I was cutting thick slices off a dense pain de campagne whose bottom crust was putting up a good fight against my bread knife. As the first slice fell … Continue reading

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