Category Archives: seafood

Coming out of one’s shell…

Me: “I’d like six half crabs to pick up early on Saturday morning, please” Fish counter person: ” Would you like them alive or cooked, Sir” My look of surprise touched with horror made it clear that I was against the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, crab, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, seafood, Sex, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 55 Comments

It’s not big, it’s not funny and it’s not clever…

but that’s prawns for you. ( from “Hi,Koo”, the No Theatre adaptation of “Hallo, Dolly”)

Posted in Art photography, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, prawns, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 12 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

Shell shock..

There is a superstition, which I  have found to contain more than a grain of truth,  that bad things come in threes, as in the three horsemen of the apocalypse. Four horsemen, I hear you say, but. according to my … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, crab, Digital photography, Excellence, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Memory, pasta, Photography, Recipes, Religion, seafood, spaghetti al granchio, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

Langoustines and Caravaggio…

There is a wonderful edition of Elizabeth David’s “Italian Food” that was published in 1987. I say wonderful, as it truly is full of wonders, quite apart from the delight of her writing and recipes. This book is a beautifully … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, Elizabeth David, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Italian food, langoustines, Photography, seafood, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 53 Comments

Treasure Island…..

A slight movement in my peripheral vision caused me to stop writing and to look down. The tiny worker bee, instead of taking advantage of its wings, was wearily trudging across an endless terrain of boulders, which is the gravel … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, aubergine, Bay leaves, Coffee, Crayfish, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Dreams, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Fish, Fish stock, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Garden, harmony, Herbs and Spices, Landscapes, langoustines, lifestyle, Mediterranean food, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, raspberries, seafood, Shopping, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Who called the cook a c…t?.. Who called the c…t a cook?…..

Apparently mackerel skies can herald an approaching depression in the same way that the look in my wife’s eyes heralds her approaching depression at the sight of a bag of charcoal in my hand. With our fridge  packed with mackerel, … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, BBQ, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Coriander, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, Expectation, Fish, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fresh peas, Garden, Health, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Kitchens, Luck, mackerel, Mint, offal, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Poultry, Prosciutto, Recipes, seafood, Shopping, Spiced mackerel, summer, Tom Parker Bowles, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

Je mange bien tous les jours – a second bite..

As promised, here are another week’s recipes from Laurence Méry-Clark’s self published book “Je mange bien tous les jours”. In a world of allergies and picky eaters at one extreme and the fastidious fine diners at the other, Laurence is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Calamari, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Creme Caramel, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, Fish, Gravadlax, Hamburger, Herbs and Spices, Kitchens, Laurence Mery-Clark, lifestyle, Meat, mushrooms, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, Ricotta, seafood, Shopping, sole, Sunday, tomatoes, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Soft prawn….

I was engaged in the dexterous removal of clothing from some beautiful prawns which action brought to my mind the name of Dan Greenberg, the author of “How to be a Jewish Mother”, but also the author of a small … Continue reading

Posted in 70's, Art photography, Bad Habits, Cooking, Digital photography, Fish stock, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Memory, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, prawns, seafood, Sex, Tintoretto, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , | 27 Comments

Shellshock

Loving to be by the seaside is all very well as long as one is not a crustacean. Being beside the sea is as much fun for them as being under the sea would be for us. How is it … Continue reading

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