Category Archives: dough

The courting and seduction of the disingenuous plum

Summer seduces with warmth and blue skies, or the anticipation of both, whereas Autumn seduces with colour. I’m not alluding  to the glorious annual show of colour produced by the forest, but to the luscious displays of damsons, figs, blackberries … Continue reading

Posted in Autumn, baking, blackberries, Blackberries, Cooking, Damsons, desserts, Digital photography, dough, food, Food and Photography, France, Fruit, pastry, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Plums, puff pastry, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | 15 Comments

Boiled, skinned and cut in half….. and that’s just the apricots

Life is certainly long enough to stuff a mushroom, if there was any point in it, which there isn’t. However, unless you are patissier or one of those people who are annoyingly adept at doing very difficult things easily thus … Continue reading

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A peachy pin-up followed by the ugly truth..

The reason for this rather girly pin up of peach syrup in a “cute” jam jar is because I suffered a bout of making ugly food this weekend. It all tasted great but unfortunately had to be eaten whilst wearing … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Cookery School in France, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, dough, food, Food and Photography, Mary Cadogan, pastry, peaches, Photography, Photography holiday, Writing | 4 Comments

A rather flash tart that I met whilst walking down memory lane.

While browsing through my cookery books I realised that a great deal of them featured my photographs, from that other life when I was a photographer in London and not a cook/photographer in a field in the Vendée. The main … Continue reading

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The Good, the Red and the Ugly…real tomatoes are here.

The good, the red and the ugly could well be a description of the occupants of a tour bus leaving Torremolinos after a  good cooking on the beach during the holiday season. Happily, in this case, it relates to the … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Cooking, Digital photography, dough, food, Food and Photography, France, Photography, Photography holiday, pizza, summer, tomatoes, Writing | 7 Comments

A crisp summer tart of smoked salmon, creme fraiche and dill.

Summer has moved my photography to locations outside of the kitchen. The low window of our south facing kitchen provides wonderful diffused light, but when the high sun of summer arrives, I decamp to the shelter of the awning on … Continue reading

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A loaf of bread, a jug of wine …….not if you’re over 65, sir

 I’ve just been looking at the blog of Olivier Magny – http://www.o-chateau.com/cat/oblog – who has a wonderful attitude to wine and life, apart from knowing more about wine than most people will ever dream of knowing. In the blog he asks a … Continue reading

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Pea, Little Gem and Parmesan tart….just testing

I’ve linked in Windows writer in the hope of making layout issues easier on WordPress. I’m not sure how successful it’s going to be as it is writing in a font that is not the one I chose but, after … Continue reading

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No flys on me or my meringues..

A quiet warm grey day started with taking last night’s meringues out of the now cold oven. As summer starts, even grey summer, fly covers are important in our kitchen, but maybe not as important as light. The rest of … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Digital photography, dough, food, Food and Photography, meringues, Photography, Photography holiday, summer, Theo Randall, Writing | 4 Comments

It doesn’t matter how much dough you’ve got……

What is the difference between pizza and focaccia dough? “About a buck” was amongst the clearest answers that I found, and that from the “New York Times”. I set out to make some great pizza dough yesterday, and made an … Continue reading

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