Category Archives: France

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

Posted in 2014, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

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

…and thyme rich

In my previous post I had availed myself of a metaphor which placed me in a kitchen, vigorously removing the seeds from a pomegranate with blows from a wooden spoon, whilst dressed in a white Dior sheath dress and which, not surprisingly, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, baking, Baking, buffalo mozzarella, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, Humour, Kitchens, Lavender, lavender, Mint, tart, Thyme, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

Time rich…

I spent all of yesterday afternoon melting some onions and tomatoes for a tortilla. It takes time for onions to melt into an incomparable sweet savoury fondant and more time for tomatoes to transform into  a sticky palate stinging jam. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Andy Harris, Art photography, beans, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Garden, Herbs and Spices, Olive oil, Pea Pods, Peas, Photography, pomegranate, Recipes, Shopping, Sumac, Tahini, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Hot day, blazing chillies, cold pasta…

Eating outside on a hot, still day, in the shade of the house is a pleasure that I keenly anticipate throughout the winter months. Most enjoyable of these moments are the impulsive, unpremeditated occasions when it just seems like the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Art photography, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Italian food, Olive oil, pasta, peppers, Photography, photography course, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Bull’s eye…

“Beware of the Bull” could well serve as a health warning against excessive trust in Government. Here, in my apolitical, if occasionally apoplectic, life it means what its says: be careful of the big, dangerous fucker who has the power to gore, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Digital photography, France, French countryside, Humour, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

While Eve delved Adam watched and criticised..

Overshadowed by Eve’s magnificent crop of lavender sits Adam’s humble bowl of wild rocket. The difference in effort and application is clear, but the paltry handful of leaves garnered by  Adam’s scissors produced a fiery summer salad whilst the tumble of … Continue reading

Posted in 70's, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, Gardening, Herbs and Spices, lavender, Photography, photography course, Rocket, Still life, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 51 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