Category Archives: Bad Habits

keep it clean, Roger….please..

Whilst driving through the countryside this morning I was momentarily overcome by the unalloyed happiness that is afforded me by just being here. It’s the way that each day is spent not looking forward but just looking. An edible metaphor … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Bad Habits, Baking, Bistro, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Nigel Slater, potato, potatoes, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

Lifting the lid on strawberries…

I blame longitude for the problem. The problem that I refer to is the intensely enervating sensation that comes upon me when I watch hyper enthusiastic television presenters being “excited” about everything and anything. Why am I looking at them at all, … Continue reading

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turning a blind eye…..

The apple on the left will never be the apple of the food buyer’s eye as the apple itself has eyes. In the eyes of the buyer those eyes are the eyes that blind the punter from picking it up and paying … Continue reading

Posted in apples, Art photography, Bad Habits, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Angry birds…

The glow of satisfaction in which to bask at the end of a hard day’s work is as elusive to me as a pretty chicken. After living in the French countryside for some years I am as far from conceiving what … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Bad Habits, Chicken, Digital photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photography, photography course, Poultry, Uncategorized, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Clinging on in heavy syrup….a wet dream

On most nights I have a dream and, although in my waking moments I have begun to forget everyone and everything’s name, I very often retain a clear image of some tiny fragment of each night’s unconstrained meanderings. This morning’s memory … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Bad Habits, Childhood, Childhood memories, Digital photography, Dreams, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Humour, peaches, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

It was the Sunday before Christmas…

…not that it made any difference, apart from the shops being open. If only those annoying people wouldn’t lie sleeping in the doorways. It’s exactly the sort of thoughtless behaviour that can so easily spoil Christmas.  Just imagine…you’re coming out … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Bad Habits, Christmas, Digital photography, hypocrisy, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 57 Comments

The horny (or is it thorny) problem of oral satisfaction in public…

It’s not surprising that, of the two, only “brunch” has survived from the portmanteau duo which includes the unpleasantly named “tupper”.  The end result of asking  friends and acquaintances  to join you for “tupper” would be, at best, a reduced circle of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Bad Habits, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, Excess, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Photography, Quail eggs, Sex, 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

An ideal butcher’s shop…..for a vegetarian

Spooky tales, horror stories and accounts of ghostly manifestations are all grist to my mill. The mill in question grinds them to a pulp of words which I reorganise into something that interests me. The spine chiller genre does nothing … Continue reading

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“The Spud” with Joan Collins..

Inside the bubble that is my today, all is peace and tranquility. Outside this bubble, even through the muffling effects of both choice and double glazing, farm machines are ceaselessly thrumming. Those outside of my bubble are marching to the … Continue reading

Posted in Bad Habits, Caviar, Cooking, Cream, creme fraiche, Digital photography, Excellence, Humour, lumpfish eggs, Photography, potato, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 62 Comments