not getting it……


There’s something clearly very sexy going on here. Fruit can’t help being sexy because that’s what they are. They’re the fruit of some tree’s loins and they look like sex. The one moment that I remember from Ken Russell’s film, “Women in love”, was the celebrated fig eating scene which, although I had read in reviews that it alluded to sex and thus was ready to react suitably so as not to appear like a naive twat which I was,  didn’t mean as much to me then as it does now. In 1969 there was little chance of me associating a fig with the one thing that I thought about continually and of which I could not get enough. Maybe if there had been more fresh figs in post war Sutton, and less jam roly-poly, the allusion would not have been wasted on me. I’ve been told that time is a great healer but, finding myself with the keen sight of a bat and the teeth of a basking shark, I think that time has been over optimistically reviewed, probably by the same man as recommended “Women in Love”.


I try to avoid using the word “love” when writing about food mostly because I find it nearly as annoying as “Oh, my God” ( the abbreviation is so annoying that I’m not going to give it page room) but not quite as stultifying as “Yum fucking Yum”. Fruit of very nearly all denominations brings me close to using the word as I find it as irresistible and satisfying as was the fig to Alan Bates and Co…but they were acting and I’m not. Summer fruit gets better when it’s warm and even better when the hot sun, such as the sun today, draws forth the perfume and coaxes out the juices from all those stoned fruits. I’ve just made this small tart of nectarines and apricots which sit on a layer of ground hazelnuts, creme fraiche, sugar and vanilla …..turn over, action.


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62 Responses to not getting it……

  1. Delicious prose as always – I’m glad I tuned in to read my favourite gastronomic story-teller today. That tart looks “Yum fucking Yum”.

  2. These are glowingly sexy juicy soft and ripe examples of why everything you said is true…beautiful photos.

  3. Mad Dog says:

    Ken Russell was yet to discover Chinese peaches in sexy underwear:

  4. Quite. Love baking apricots and peaches (and other stone fruit) for summer sexiness.

  5. “Maybe if there had been more fresh figs in post war Sutton, and less jam roly-poly, the allusion would not have been wasted on me.” Brilliant Roger…and OMFG (!) that looks YUM!

  6. Sue says:

    I think this site is Food Porn in France…..whoever thought of Food, Photography

  7. Sue says:

    Oops, & France…

  8. jmcheney says:

    Immortal Thespian that he was, I don’t believe Alan Bates was acting that scene! IMHO…..HE got It!

    • As I look back I can’t help feeling that the whole Ken Russell thing was a massive was the beginning of detailed period styling in films and a lot got sublimated beneath that and his ego…no question that Alan Bates was a great actor, I just don’t think Women in Love was a great film:)

  9. Francesca says:

    Very sexy indeed those open apricots. Would fucking delicious be alright with you, Mr Roly Poly?

  10. ardysez says:

    At first sight of the top photo, a chill ran down my spine. I get these chills when something zings me right to my soul of knowing. The texture of that torn apricot, the colours, the depth of field, all gorgeous. I will try never to utter the omg words again, and I hadn’t heard the yfy ones, which will probably be stuck in my head for weeks now. Very entertaining post, Roger, thank you.

  11. Vicki says:

    There’s definitely something altogether deliciously erotic about your interpretation of summer fruits. I just love biting in to a juicy ripe apricot, peach or nectarine as they appear in the farmer’s markets.

    You never really get that taste sensation from supermarket fruit – they’re usually so damn hard and tasteless.

    • I think you have to find the indigenous fruit in shop or market. We have had Spanish apricots etc in the shops for many weeks as their season is that much earlier than here in France. The apricots in the picture were early French apricots from the South….really sublime:)

  12. Eha says:

    That glorious sunny tart is enticingly warming after unexpected frosts here this morning firmly asserting we are amidst our coldest month of the year . . . I’ll have all that fruit, thank you, happily close Mad’s link [especially #10] after a curious look and try not to be guilty of using THAT three-letter abbreviation myself 🙂 !!

  13. Beautiful light from your window… was that in early morning? It is so soft! I wouldn’t really connect with the word sexy, rather than much more as very sensual, apricots just have that certain appearance. Loved your tart.

  14. Angeline M says:

    OMG you’ve ruined me. I’m seeing sex amongst the slices of peaches and rounds of apricots in that tart. And me with a Catholic school upbringing. What would the nuns think? Wait, I know the answer…YFY.

  15. Fruit like that, dripping, burstingly ripe in the midday sun… that is fucking sexy. Whoops, I’ve just given myself an errection…

  16. I’m glad you have a generous amount of fruit …with the hazelnut surprise! WOW! I can taste it already. This would be a grand dessert – on a sunny day! So close to perfection.. The plum is another fruit that is great when baked. I always look forward to your creations!

  17. Right, need to find Women in Love. That tart would be perfect with the wine I’m drinking while watching the rain. The rain they said wouldn’t happen. But hey, at least I’m no longer baking like the tart was.

  18. jennylherman says:

    Oh my! What lovely and sumptuous pictures! Nectarines and apricots are my favorites…and a saucy fruit indeed:)

  19. I adore your pictures of apricots and really any fruits, vegetables, people, places…. I just adore your pictures 🙂

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