Great expectations……

I’ve managed successfully not to take a food picture for the last three days, which is unusual as I am running a food photography course, details of which feature in the Up Front News in the latest issue of “Jamie” magazine ( for our transatlantic readers, the eponymous magazine of Jamie Oliver, the doyen of Britcookery). On the other, more positive, side, Ambrosiana is absorbing information quicker than my clothes could absorb the saucepan of hot, nut brown butter with capers which I poured over myself rather than over the freshly poached wings of skate that were eagerly awaiting their own buttery anointment. The silent oven watches quietly over the proceedings like a dead television screen. When technology breaks down, or ceases to function, it metamorphoses from a wonder of the modern age to garbage in a matter of moments. I can’t wait to heave it out of its lair and drag it, like a dead bull at the corrida, to the rubbish dump where it can carry out its final purpose as scrap metal. When that happens I will be confronted with a kitchen without an oven and a very tired hob, which will not be far off being a Neolithic chef in the caves of Lascaux – I’m thinking of painting the week’s menu on the walls in a passing wild animal’s blood. To save this happening, Ambrosiana and I will work in tandem this evening to produce a wonderful eggplant/aubergine/melanzane recipe and a superb pasta dish, with the artisanal pasta that she so wisely brought with her. We don’t know what the recipe will be yet as we’re awaiting a call from one of her relations who has the key to some wonderful Sicilian recipes, once the Camora have given permission for the details to be released. Meanwhile I’ve posted a picture of an artichoke and vegetable pasta dish that. wonderful as it may be, will not hold a candle to the dish that will be produced for the end of course dinner tonight.

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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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14 Responses to Great expectations……

  1. That is so great, you are cooking together. I know it will be wonderful!

    In the meantime, think yellow 🙂 http://www.1poelepascher.com/cuisiniere-piano-lacanche/1500-cuisiniere-piano-lacanche-cormatin-lg-731-pas-cher.html

  2. Would love to have been a fly on the wall over the last few days – sounds like there could be a novel in the whole experience! Hope the Camora releases its recipe and that you have a fabulous dinner together tonight.

  3. I love the description of your oven as a dead bull….and less useful, and have wonderful visions of your Lascaux-style menu. I hope you and Ambrosiana take photos of tonight’s pasta dish – what a great team you two must make. Buon appetito!

  4. Lindsey says:

    So wonderful that your photography course is featured in ‘Jamie’! Bravo!! The pasta dish looks absolutely divine – can’t imagine something looking even better!

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    I bet in the weeks and months ahead, you’ll all look back on this visit and there will be smiles all ’round. And all because of a bit of scrap metal.

  6. You must post the final receipe!!!!! Sharing is only fair!

  7. Yes please share. I could look at your photos all day. Congratulations on the feature!

  8. John Harvey says:

    I’ve taken to reading your blogs to Heather. We love your use of language, and hope to call in and say hello when in France with our motorhome next year.

  9. ceciliag says:

    Your pasta looks so pretty and you sure are adaptable having no stove.. Hope you get help to yank that thing out of there! c

  10. joshuafagans says:

    Congratulations on the mention in Jamie! I very much respect all that Jamie Oliver is trying to do.

  11. Your pasta dish looks fantastic, so I can only imagine the wondrous dish you made for the end of the meal!

  12. What a guest. She brought her own pasta. Looks like a lovely meal. Congrats on the magazine mention!

  13. Karen says:

    So nice to be mentioned in such a widely read publication. Congratulations!

  14. Pingback: Dinner “all’Italiana” at La Moussière – Primo Piatto | Tales of Ambrosia

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