Parmesan, bread and oil…

parmesan_bread_oil_0026As the year moves relentlessly forward, signs of the ineluctable change of season make themselves known. The leaves begin to fall, and I begin to chop and saw wood. It would be untrue to say that I look forward to this chore; chores, by their very nature, are not events to which we look forward with desire, unless overcome with boredom and ennui. Not being in that unhappy state, I passed a pleasant couple of hours getting back into the swing of an axe and the din of the chain saw. In the  winter months to come, my hands will be so cold when performing these tasks that the pleasures of yesterday may well be absent. Being a balmy, sunny day, yesterday was not a harbinger of what is to come.

Sitting on the stack of cut wood in the shady interior of the dépendance, I enjoyed a tea time snack of fresh bread topped with slivers of Parmesan, lubricated with good olive oil, whilst looking out at the warm autumn colours of the garden. January will not offer the same delights.parmesan_bread_oil2_0032

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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 Parmesan, bread and oil…

  1. You always make the simplest food look gourmet. And it is.

  2. I’ll eat the Parmesan and sing Monty Python’s Lumberjack song whilst you get back to chopping that wood.

  3. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    That bread looks so delectable and I’m wondering are those seeds IN it, or are those seeds from the crust?
    Lovely shot.

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    There are many things about your current situation that I find appealing, Roger, but your access to good quality olive oil and fine cheese rank right up there among the list toppers. Food, like Life, needn’t be complicated to be good. Your photo says it all.

  5. Waving from Paris, Roger, with my hips expanded by bread, Parmesan and good olive oil. It is some of the best comfort food, even in January, when you come in from chopping in the cold.

  6. Anne Lawson says:

    You have definitely deserved that delicious looking bread, cheese and olive oil. And you will enjoy the wood on those chilly nights. 🙂

  7. catterel says:

    Even with my homemade bread rolls (kneaded till my hands ache, and delicious), parmesan and best virgin olive oil from the UK’s top supermarket – it just doesn’t taste the same as in France or Italy. Why?? Is it all in the head?

  8. …What we call the Mediterranean Style… The greatness of the simplicity… Thank you Roger for reminding this…

  9. Simplicity at it’s best. Beautiful.

  10. Tessa says:

    So very beautiful!

  11. Mad Dog says:

    That could be my supper tonight, the National Grid just disconnected my gas meter because it’s leaking. I’m waiting for British Gas to bring me out a new one…

  12. Misky says:

    That combination had not occured to me. Brilliant.

  13. margaret21 says:

    We daren’t have a chain saw. Way too scary. But we can do decent bread, ok parmesan, and good oil. Which is fine by me. And apropos the comments higher up, Why doesn’t marmalade taste right in France? I can’t do without it in the UK, but even though I make it here, and I know it tastes the same, it doesn’t taste …. right.

  14. margaret21 says:

    Oh, no breakfast. Now THAT shows you’re really integrated 😉

  15. Perfectly simple and simp;y perfect….do hope you had a glass of wine with that though!

  16. thomas peck says:

    What! No breakfast!!! Tea toast and homemade jam. The best way to start the day…

  17. Stop it already – I can’t deal with this!!! 🙂 I have the bread and the oil but no Parmesan and can’t get any for another week or so!

  18. I usually grate the Parmesan, but I like this idea very much.
    We have a gas fireplace, which is nice, but I do miss the smell of wood smoke.

  19. yes, please — on this whole post. evocative words, scrumptious image.

  20. Ain’t that the truth. We, for the first time, are collecting wood for out new log burner. We do a great comedy turn by picking up veritable trees and bringing them across the A road near our house, to saw them up in the back garden. We have not done this in the cold yet….

  21. girlseule says:

    Simple and delicious.

  22. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Roger, That photos made me want to suffer a stomach ache just to eat it.

  23. Oh, your photos show the beauty of the ingredients… I can taste the gorgeous food.

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