Category Archives: Baking

a fear of stuffed tomatoes…

A box of misshapen ripeness such as this is irresistible to me, particularly towards the end of summer when they sell for but a few Euros and,  beguiled by their allure, I buy not one box but several. That’s a lot of beguiling … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and Potatoes, Baking, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Mediterranean food, Parmesan, Photography, photography course, potatoes, Rachel Roddy, Recipes, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Food Photography Course in France – Sept 2016

From the 12-16 September 2016, I’ll be hosting a food photography course, run by Vendée Holidays.UK, at a beautiful old house deep in the heart of the Marais in the Sud Vendée of West France. The area is a treasure … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Baking, beef, Chicken, clay oven, Cooking, cote de boeuf, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Meat, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, pizza oven, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Shell shock…..

During my lifetime the word “simple”, or should I say its inference, has become the antithesis of that which I originally understood. My schooldays were passed in those halcyon days before society had become so cowed by the pinched face … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, apples, baking, Bistro, Childhood, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, cous cous, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Humour, Pate Brisee, Patricia Wells, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, Stephane Reynaud, tart, tarte fine aux pommes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

Oh no…he’s going to be political!

Oh no, he’s not! There is little point in continuing with the pantomime refrain as any political convictions that I have, have had or might have in the future are invariably based on emotions rather than political nous ( I’m sure that nous … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bakewell Tart, Baking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Language, Photographic Prints, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

seeing red…..

There are, in my life, two new era defining acronyms to add to the familiar BC and AD, to wit BS and AS, which demarcate those periods in time before and after the advent of the saviour, aka Spellcheck ( interestingly, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Baking, cake, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Memory, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Still life, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Bakewell Crumpet…..*

Like a latter day Canute I do my best to keep the incoming tide of mortality at bay. Whilst the noble king was demonstrating that he did not have supernatural powers this Canute  has decided that the solution is to bury … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bakewell Tart, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Sex, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Thinking of pussy…

A quiet still hour, with Molly sitting on my lap, has given rise to a Professor Higgins moment. It has made me wonder why a person can’t be more like a cat. I should make it clear that I am … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bad Habits, cake, Digital photography, Emotion, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, Illusion, Photographic Prints, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

another cake moment….

Today I discovered, which is to say, saw for the first time, the food paintings of Wayne Thiebaud. I can’t imagine how I haven’t known about his work before as the his imagery, for me, is utterly captivating. It makes … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Baking, cup cake, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Photographic Prints, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

a cake named Roger….

My mother once had a Pekinese dog whose given name was Brownie. As she did not have a memory for names she may well not have known that. I’m not sure whether this was because her mind was full of other much … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Brownies, Brownies, Childhood, Childhood memories, Chocolate, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Garden, Humour, Illusion, Photographic Prints, Photography, Reality, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

fly poster….

I foolishly forgot to include a recipe for the this wonderful pear cake in my last post so here it is. The recipe comes from Patricia Wells’ “The Provence Cookbook” which is among my favourite books of recipes. There is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Baking, cake, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Eau de vie, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Patricia Wells, Poire William, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments