A peachy pin-up followed by the ugly truth..

The reason for this rather girly pin up of peach syrup in a “cute” jam jar is because I suffered a bout of making ugly food this weekend. It all tasted great but unfortunately had to be eaten whilst wearing a blindfold, which is messy work. Over time I have worked out the constant that invariably x=y, if “x” is more than two bottles of wine in a short space of time then “y” is ugly food. As Bob Dylan relentlessly droned “When will they ever learn..” ( I think it was Bob, not that I like Bob but it’s the kind of trite platitude that would have come from him or from well meaning, but dull parents), and we all know where the answer is blowing, which I blame on too much wine and ugly food getting together in a bath of acid. Luckily I have a picture of one I made earlier ( in truth it was made, not by me, but by the magnificent Maxine ) – nearly 20 years earlier. This picture was scanned from a book that I photographed in 1993. The book, “Pies & Tarts”, was written by my good friend and teacher, Mary Cadogan ( who also runs the most engaging and enjoyable cookery school in France http://www.tastingfrance.com). It’s a fabulous book that I cook from often, and collector’s copies can be found on this link.http://www.bookfinder.com/search/?st=xl&ac=qr&src=dir&isbn=0600580806. Here’s the recipe:


About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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4 Responses to A peachy pin-up followed by the ugly truth..

  1. ambrosiana says:

    Great post. I have been through that x = y formula also. However, we all need to try to work out the x+ y = z formula; where x = slow eating food, y = slow drinking wine, z = enjoy food.

  2. I am quite glad you posted those manly mushrooms after that girly jam. We just realized one of our favorite cookbooks is out of print, made us feel a bit old. Oh well.

  3. I like that you admitted that the food you made this weekend was “ugly” though I have a sneaking suspicious that it looked fantastic (to my amateur eyes anyway!) The pizza and juice both look delicious. I know, I’m odd.

  4. Karen says:

    The dough for your tart is so unusual, at least to me. I must give this recipe a try as it sounds wonderful.

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