Category Archives: France

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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Spend, spend, spend…..

Today, I have been writing, cooking and taking pictures which, to my mind, has been time well spent. My principal currency is time and, as it cannot be saved, I spend freely of it. The house is quiet and the … Continue reading

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Keeping it fresh..

It may be assumed, from the universal accretion of sex shops, that many bedside cabinets harbour rarely, if ever, used sex aids in the same way that tiny chapels house rarely revered reliquaries containing slivers of saintly bones. Both were acquired to refresh, renew … 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

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Black hood…..trying to see no evil

The ironic combination of telephone and camera diametrically opposes the powerful principle of seeing, speaking and hearing no evil…indeed, it facilitates seeing, speaking and hearing evil. That all three of these transgressions can be done anonymously has not gone unnoticed by … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Digital photography, France, French countryside, Humour, Landscapes, Photography, photography course, Photoshop, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

Learning to use a knife and fork…..

The weekend saw us in Paris. We were there to have lunch with our son to celebrate his significant birthday which meant that this was to be an event. Over the previous weeks we had debated as to where would … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Bistro, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 52 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

Boudin the Bad…the tale of a sausage..

The accepted movie tradition, in old Hollywood Westerns, simplified the distinction between good and bad by the colour of the hats worn by the main protagonists. Villains wore cool black hats and heroes wore white. To my young mind the … Continue reading

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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

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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