The pain of separation….

I was thinking of meringues and then it started raining and the car wouldn’t start. That was one the sequences of events that will eventually make up today. A perfectly blue sky filled with puffy white clouds, reminiscent of a summer’s day, started the meringue thing which pleasant thought was extinguished by Nature emptying a bucket of water over the washing that had been hitherto enjoying a breezy, sun filled interlude on the line. We leapt to the saddle, and Jenny and I …. were soon rushing back into the house draped in flowing white linen, looking like a Klansman hotly pursued by Casper the ghost, our own spirits as dampened as our laundry. Rolling with the punch, and feeling slightly vengeful, I thought I would kill some mice to show nature that we can all be beastly. The poison cupboard was bare, however, leaving me no option but to head to the nearest Souricide outlet. Turning the key in the ignition of the car resulted in nothing but a clicking noise, not unlike the illusion of galloping horses that can be produced by clapping coconut shells together and with the same total inertia.

Time has passed and the washing has dried in the warmth of the house, the mice are saved and I have satisfied my vengeful spirit by dispassionately separating egg whites from their yolks and beating them senseless, which state is often described as stiff peaks though not in A&E departments. I never fail to be amazed at the chemistry that creates meringues nor how content it makes me feel to watch the transition take place. I still haven’t decided how to punish the car. I’ll check again at midnight to see if it’s turned into a pumpkin and then get those fucking mice to drag it to the garage.

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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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43 Responses to The pain of separation….

  1. “souriside” πŸ˜€

  2. It started off as “one of those days” but luckily the meringueΒ΄s saved the day. Now for those mice….

  3. Yes, it’s magic – the meringue making, not the rain or the car not starting. They look lovely and I hope will be some compensation for the still-living mice and the not-very-living car.

  4. cecilia says:

    Ah, useful wee micees, if memory serves me correctly you may get a footman if you can find a rat!! I believe footmen are very useful for the senseless beatings.. I love meringues.. morning roger! oh and LOVED the filthy eggs! c

  5. I love making meringues. It’s almost like making something out of nothing. And everyone I know will sell their souls for them with a little clotted cream. And the yolks: my secret shortbread extra ingredient. Which i no longer secret because I have told you. I do wish I could have some discipline sometimes.

  6. Michelle says:

    Even better than the image of you and Jenny as “a Klansman hotly pursued by Casper the ghost” is this one: “The poison cupboard was bare, however, leaving me no option but to head to the nearest Souriside outlet.” Bravo! Oh, and such lovely photos, too.

  7. Mad Dog says:

    You are in trouble today Buttons!
    Great pictures and I laughed out loud at your punchline πŸ™‚

  8. rozmacallan says:

    Great post, I would have given you a lift for some of those meringues but then you might not have made them.

  9. Ha! Great ending. πŸ™‚ No cats in the surroundings?

  10. Very nice, Roger! You are such a vengeful spirit!! I loved the photographs of the process, they are amazing. You should dedicate yourself to it… πŸ˜‰
    Have a nice day!

  11. I like how you directed your revenge on mice. They’re disgusting rodents.

  12. Eha says:

    Am convinced a filthy temper and desire for vengeance are a definite necessity on some days, even if just to balance the yin and yang of life πŸ™‚ !

  13. emmycooks says:

    These meringues sound like the best possible result given the situation. And hopefully they’ll sustain you through your travails with the mice and car. Or at least the car if you decide to spare the mice. πŸ™‚

  14. The sequence photos just made me want a meringue…..and it’s lunchtime. πŸ™‚

  15. ChgoJohn says:

    My car, too, had issues yesterday on a crowded interstate as I returned home from Michigan. Had there been a tree limb nearby, I would have given it a thrashing, Basil Fawlty-style — and today I’d be a YouTube sensation.
    And again, wonderful photos, Roger.

  16. Tandy says:

    Did the mice assist you Roger?

  17. an entertaining post. to have been a butterfly on the wall πŸ˜‰ (wouldn’t want to be one of those mice)

  18. I’ll even forgo the meringues if I could just have the eggs! Despite buying organic and free ranging eggs most of the time, I have not been able to find any that actually taste like the eggs to which I am used to from Europe – ah, well!
    Again, may many thanks for all your wonderful posts!

  19. John Harvey says:

    love it! the actual picture complemented by the clear mental images aroused by your (excellent as always) prose

  20. Bret Sprole says:

    food photography is really great, i love both foods and photography at the same time.*

    My own, personal website

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