Category Archives: Baking

la veritable pissaladiere and other lies….

That which some believe to be an unimpeachable truth will always be questioned or pilloried by others who believe that their own version of that unimpeachable truth is clearly so much truer than the other unimpeachable claptrap. At this time our society is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, anchovies, Baking, capers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, olives, pasta, Photography, puff pastry, seafood, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

A fosse, a fosse, my kingdom for a well behaved fosse…

With such a charming soubriquet, the War of the Roses must have smelled sweeter than did our kitchen this morning. Rustic plumbing may have its charms but, so complete is their concealment, I have not yet had the chance to be … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Humour, Nigel Slater, Pears, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

You can take a prune to Armagnac, and you can make it drink….

“You can take a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think”. The lusciously sticky prunes of Agen have only to touch your lips to end any token resistance to their sluttishness. It’s not difficult to detect whorish behaviour … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Armagnac, Baking, Cookery Writers, Cooking, creme fraiche, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Millas aux Pruneaux, Millas aux Pruneaux, Patricia Wells, Photography, Recipes, Sugar, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

take a leek….

The quality of leeks may not be strained but the quantity of them in my kitchen most certainly is. Such a surfeit of leeks would suggest that I am in the throes of creating a celebratory dish for the imminent release of Julian … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Cheddar, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, gratin, Humour, leeks, Nigel Slater, Olive oil, Parmesan, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

the importance of being honest…

Cookery writers busy themselves creating and revising the culinary zeitgeist at a faster rate than I can digest. My years of going through the annual charade of nodding in agreement, whilst trying not to nod off, as one was briefed on photography for the Christmas … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Illusion, Mussels, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, seafood, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Dinner for one….

This morning, during the daily meeting with myself in the shaving mirror, it occurred to me that I have many more failings than I have hairs on my head. With age comes an acceptance of failings and I take full … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, baking, Caroline Conran, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Nuts, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Poultry, Recipes, sea salt, tart, Tarte aux noix, Vegetables, walnuts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

did you think I’d crumble..

  Crumble is an apposite word for this time of year when the testing dullness of January reduces resolution to surrender. That enervating post Christmas week, which gave us pause to recognise that we must change ourselves for the better, slough … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Almonds, Baking, Cooking, crumble, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Mango, Mango Crumble, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Shopping, Still life, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

A puree of Gorgons’ heads…

“Cheap” is a much maligned word. Cheap skate, cheap shot, dirt cheap and on the cheap are terms that denigrate, that define something or someone as less than it or they should be. In our wealth driven society a divide has appeared. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Apricot jam, Baking, bananas, Caroline Conran, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, Fruit, Garden, Gardening, leeks, Leeks in red wine, lifestyle, Mary Cadogan, Pear Sponge tart, Pears, Photography, photography course, tart, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

A Tale of Two Pies…

It was the very best of pies: it was the very worst of pies.Veal and ham pie, best described as a long raised meat pie with a row of hard boiled eggs running through the middle, is part and parcel of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Duck, Eggs, Excellence, Foie Gras, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hard boiled eggs, Humour, Meat, Photography, photography course, Pie, Quail eggs, Truffles, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

’tis the season that dare not speak its name ….

Cake and chocolate are two “C” words that have not, as yet, been proscribed. Christmas and cunt have been. Creating forbidden fruit has never succeeded in producing an aversion in those to whom the fruit are irresistible. Words of all kinds are irresistible … Continue reading

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