A handful of coques…..

The best laid plans …pointless to continue as I’ve laid as many brilliant plans as I have eggs. Brilliant planning is not in my remit. I am passing through this vale of tears flying by the seat of my pants which, I give you, is an unusual way to travel. Yesterday the sun was shining in a very unoctoberish way which bode well for my “plan” to photograph  seafood for an unforgiving on line client. At the poissonerie I carefully selected some sweet moules de bouchot, a trio of langoustines and a handful of coques. The French are mad for coques, which may not be the hottest news, but I thought I should enlighten those of you who were unaware of this predilection. I was remembering how interested I was on first seeing groups of Frenchies  scrabbling for coques on summer beaches. They would declare, that in those summer months, nothing was more pleasing at lunchtime than several glasses of white wine followed by plenty of coques. The Spirit of Benny Hill could carry me along this course for a while yet but the light was fading creating a contradiction in the conjunction of  daylight and photography. Flash and coques go together like 6 months community service  and indecent exposure, so that’s the route I chose. Fruits de mer, like fruits from a tree, are the fastest of foods. They need no embellishment or cooking – they are stomach ready. On the other hand I love coques and mussels ( you can see why Molly Malone changed the words) cooked in their own juices with just the addition of some oil, shallots and thin strips of red pepper.

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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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48 Responses to A handful of coques…..

  1. Good God, that’s beautiful Roger! I can taste them!

  2. discovervin says:

    Looks great
    Sharp photo
    Mussells my favourite

  3. Wonderful picture, my mouth is watering uncontrollably.

  4. Pretend I am your client. Air express should deliver them while they’re still warm! I’ll set the table right now!

  5. Mad Dog says:

    Beautiful picture and a worrying nation – fixated with coques and suppositories…

  6. “6 months community service and indecent exposure.” Just one of the jewels in this one, Roger.

    And, as for the food, I could eat that every day. In fact, living on the coast, I do have clams at least once a week. (They look like coques, though the word “coque” translated “shell’, so I don’t know.) One of my friends is a Master French Chef, and he makes the best clams with kaffir lime broth. He can’t take it off the menu at his restaurant because of me, and every time he tries to change the recipe, I whine so much that he always changes it back.

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    Such a pity! Had I seen this photo a mere 24 hours earlier, I would have dined on similar fare last night. Yesterday was fish market day and I only need the slightest of urging to purchase mussels or vongole or both. Oh, well. Guess what I’ll be dining on next Thursday night?

  8. Tessa says:

    That’s one gorgeous dish! I’m still laughing at the six months community service comment :D!

  9. Loved the line about community service. Those colors are gorgeous on black!

  10. Andy Szpuk says:

    Who’d have thought a coque could look so appetising in such close-up?

  11. Eha says:

    Methinks you have told a much better coque tale here than Benny Hill ever could or would 😉 !

  12. Michelle says:

    This almost makes me want to use the dreaded “LOL.”

  13. Oh. My. God. I love this photo.

  14. Tandy says:

    Somehow cockles and mussels rolls off the tongue a little easier 🙂

  15. I love mussels!! They look beautiful and delicious 🙂

  16. Dish ’em up – I’m ready for a serving! Excellent photo 🙂

  17. I laughed and laughed.
    You do tell ’em, Roger. And you caught that light just right.

  18. spree says:

    Never in my life have these old eyes caught sight of a more alluring bowlful of …. well, anything that comes in a shell! A truly stunning image Roger (and another laugh aloud post!)

  19. Lisaman says:

    OMW and I ruined it by having stir fry mussels at a chinese restuarant in Thonon today…yours look much better!!

  20. Karen says:

    I’m sure you client was very pleased…a wonderful photo on the black plate.

  21. Roger.. who got to eat these? I’m totally jealous now, of you, your wife and anyone else who got to sample. This is a glorious photo!

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