Category Archives: Mediterranean food

Summer thoughts…

The laziness of summer days can be deliciously enervating. Only the bees are immune to this lassitude. August brings the humming noise of quietness to the garden which means that the last delinquent fledglings of this year are preparing to leave. In the … 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

Aubergine the Über Gene….

Whenever I forget what’s for dinner or, more precisely, realise that I have forgotten to make anything for dinner, I pray for the presence of an aubergine to be in the near vicinity or, ideally, in our kitchen. It is … Continue reading

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Peaches and dream..

Something as delicious as a bowl of peaches in the sun is to be sniffed at. The scent that rises from peaches drinking sunlight intoxicates as the flesh beneath their velvet covering softens and melts with the suffusion of nectar making the first … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Breakfast, Digital photography, Dreams, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Garden, Mediterranean food, peaches, Photography, photography course, Sex, Still life, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

How to make a priest faint….without exposing anything

It’s hard to imagine that too much olive oil in a dish of aubergines could create a fainting fit, but that’s how the story goes. The dish of which I speak is called Imam Bayildi which apparently means “the Immam fainted”: … Continue reading

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I say tahmayto…and I would advise you to do the same…

It is well known that the tomato has a colourful history, filled with misunderstanding, suspicion and rumour. However, it has now not only found acceptance but has become so deeply ingrained in our food tradition that several highly seasoned purées of … Continue reading

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saucy thoughts..

Custard was still on my mind, like the lingering aftermath of a bad dream, whilst I was making tomato sauce yesterday,  but the yellow mental miasma was quickly dispersed by the  rising savoury aroma, the deep colour and the evocative flavours … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Italian food, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, onions, Photography, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

Fish and ships..

As the title of this post is totally disparate, but seemed a good idea at the time, I have included a picture of a ship….or boat, to be precise. It may only serve to show Christian Harkness, a fellow blogger … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baked sea bream, bream, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Fish, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Gennaro Contaldo, Italian food, Landscapes, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Photography, Recipes, seafood, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

an appetite for Morocco and lizards …

Today, I rescued a lizard from drowning. Not once, but twice. This is unusual as I am normally the lizard pallbearer. Lemmings may have been cleared of suicidal tendencies, but the lizard’s tendency to ring down its own curtain has … Continue reading

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Time to draw a line in the breadcrumbs

The sheep in the adjoining field are very keen on bread, in all its varied forms. They are keen on it because we, not being farmers but eaters of farmers’ produce, have fed them the bread, for which we have … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, Farming, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, hypocrisy, Italian food, lemons, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Parmesan, Parmigiana Reggiano, pasta, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, sea salt, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments