Category Archives: Baking

lunch: a user’s manual..

Let me be clear, I don’t give a flying fuck if Marie Antoinette said brioche, chelsea buns or if she said bugger all…I’m saying it now…”let them eat cake”. In particular, let them eat this cake. Amaretti biscuits have always been … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, amaretti & raspberry cake, Baking, cake, coffee, cognac, Cooking, desserts, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Humour, Memory, Photography, raspberries, Recipes, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

That’s total scallops!..

It is hard to imagine that the man in this picture, well known forhis even temperament, could be so tormented by an intransigent still life, otherwise known as dinner, and the vagaries of a camera self timer: and yet, it … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photographic Prints, Photography, scallops, seafood, Terence and Vicki Conran, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

one can never be too thin or too chocolatey….

  Cooking with chocolate demands judgement and judgement demands evidence. My lips were smeared with compelling evidence as I marveled at the simplicity of this glossy tart. The first cut had no need to be the deepest as no tart before had adhered … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Chocolate, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cream, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hazelnuts, Humour, Nuts, Patricia Wells, Photography, Stephane Reynaud, tart, Thin chocolate tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

when first we flatten to deceive…

At this time of year Nature conspires with men to produce a contrariness in the flattened versions of some stoned fruit. A peach is a peach when it is suggestive; when its curves make one smile with greedy lust; when the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, cake, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, peaches, Photography, summer, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

TV or not TV…

I have never eaten a TV dinner and for that I feel I am the richer; on the other hand, nor have I had a TV supper with Grayson Perry for which I may well be the poorer. My knowledge of TV dinners … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Cheese, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Mediterranean food, Photography, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Beefheart

The long awaited day has at last arrived. The tomatoes that I purchased this morning taste of tomato rather than water. It is a moment that I relish each summer and my celebration today will  be for the coeur de boeuf … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, capers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Mediterranean food, Parmesan, Photography, Recipes, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

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 … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apricots, Baking, Cooking, creme fraiche, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Memory, nectarines, Photography, Sex, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 62 Comments

on doing one’s duty …

  Whenever I hear of duty and the honour bestowed on those who, when called to it, perform it without question, I am whisked back to a much earlier time when, early each morning, I was to be found perched on a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Caroline Conran, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, creme fraiche, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, meringues, omelette, Photography, raspberries, Uncategorized, Writing, yolks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

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

pain relief…

  Street furniture, as a term, is an oxymoron: as a manifestation, an abhorrence. It can, however, be amusing as in the plethora of pavement situated wind driven spinning signs which are as unpleasing to the eye as are the small piles of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, baking, Baking, Boulangerie, bread, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Olive oil, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments