Category Archives: 2013

Beauty is only skin deep…but it’s the skin that’s the problem

No matter how carefully I inspect them in the shop, the lemons that I finally choose to buy and bring home are the ones that have already decided to go mouldy…and soon. They seduce me, with their taught dimpled skins … Continue reading

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saucy thoughts..

Custard was still on my mind, like the lingering aftermath of a bad dream, whilst I was making tomato sauce yesterday,  but the yellow mental miasma was quickly dispersed by the  rising savoury aroma, the deep colour and the evocative flavours … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Italian food, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, onions, Photography, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

The letter “C” is wasted on custard…

The letter C has many good connotations, some of which Nigella has allegedly tried, but this normally optimistic initial is wasted on such a lumpen sauce as traditional custard. There is an element of the English psyche that is firmly … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, apples, Baking, Childhood, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Memory, Photography, Prue Leith, Uncategorized, Writing, yolks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 60 Comments

Neither a borrower nor a lentil be…

There is nothing glamorous about the green lentil yet, from the rich and varied universe of the dried pulse, it holds sway as my unchallenged favourite. There is no question that it needs a little help but, if that help … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, lifestyle, Luck, Meat, Photography, Puy Lentils, Toulouse sausages, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

Brussels demand a green Xmas…..

September is long gone, but the leaves of brown show no sign of tumbling down this November although the lyricist would be happy to know that it’s raining. Wherever he was when he penned those lyrics, it wasn’t the Vendee. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Autumn, Childhood memories, Christmas, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, fashion, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Humour, hypocrisy, Illusion, Kitchens, Landscapes, Olive oil, Photography, Religion, sea salt, The Forest of Mervent, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 69 Comments

Eggs, walnuts and garlic…..

The bizarre “ingredient list” twitter makes regular appearances each day. Its purpose is to let us know that the  twitterer has just eaten a brilliant combination of unlikely ingredients; it’s brilliance is signified by the addition of a tasting note … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Bewitched…..

A beautiful November morning which magically transformed itself into dark, rain filled afternoon reminded me of Kingsley Amis’ dazzling description of a hangover, which I reread today in a blog that has become a favourite of mine, namely The Bully … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Bad Habits, Digital photography, Drinks, Emotion, Excess, France, French countryside, Humour, Landscapes, Landscapes, Photography, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Fish and ships..

As the title of this post is totally disparate, but seemed a good idea at the time, I have included a picture of a ship….or boat, to be precise. It may only serve to show Christian Harkness, a fellow blogger … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baked sea bream, bream, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Fish, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Gennaro Contaldo, Italian food, Landscapes, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Photography, Recipes, seafood, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

It could so easily have become a crock…..

“Nuts” I said to myself “my chances of photographing that rainbow are fat and none”. As I ran upstairs to grab the camera I caught sight of the carrier bag full of walnuts which two of our grandchildren had collected … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Autumn, baking, Cooking, Digital photography, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, Humour, Kitchens, Landscapes, Nuts, Pears, Photography, Rainbow, tarte tatin, tarte tatin aux poires, Uncategorized, walnuts, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Amazing place..

As I stood, bent against the wind this beautiful morning, on the shoreline of the Anse d’Aiguillon, this remarkable place put me in mind of the opening passage of “Great Expectations”, sadly without the appearance of an unlikely benefactor…”the dark … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Photography, Sunday, Uncategorized, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments