This is the only blue that I have seen this week and these are some of the wonderful cocos de Paimpol that start appearing in our local shops at this time of year. Cocos are semi dried haricots which look beautiful and taste even better. I make a very simple soup with them that is served with a light basil sauce – another of Patricia Wells’ excellent ideas. Yesterday evening involved some pre prandial comparative champagne drinking that has left my mind slightly dulled this morning. I’ve already had a close encounter with some confit de canard that will grace our table tonight – I just hope tonight’s wine tasting allows me to remember to cook it first. Today I will mostly be photographing mussels – I’m in the middle of running a 5 day course on food photography ( and, apparently, wine appreciation) which is proving to be excellent fun in spite of daylight being a scarce commodity. By the way, here’s the bean soup with the basil sauce.