Category Archives: baking

the man from Marseille…

Our local supermarket’s male employees tend not to be slim, suntanned and, above all, smiling; nor do they wear their hair in the mini ponytail once popular with hipsters and now de rigueur with rugby players but yet there he … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, baking, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Jane Grigson, Mediterranean food, Mozzarella, mozzarella and tomatoes, Olive oil, olives, Parmesan, pastry, Pesto, Photography, Provence, Recipes, tart, tart of tapenade, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 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

on sandwiches and their filling…

“Life is just a shit sandwich” – discuss. There are those of us that read, when seated on the porcelain throne, and those that write. The writers among us seem to choose to do this on walls and only in public … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, baking, Boulangerie, bread, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photographic Prints, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 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

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

’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

Posted in baking, cake, Childhood memories, Christmas, Cookery Writers, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Dominique's Chocolate Cake, Eileen Reece, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Humour, hypocrisy, Memory, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

so much hot air…….

There is always a something that I’m meaning to do. This “always” is not the “always” of heated argument, which “always” is used to define the occurrence of fractious and irritating  behaviour in another when the red mist prevents accurate recall. … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, omelette, omelette souffle, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Rachel Khoo, Recipes, souffle, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 60 Comments

…and thyme rich

In my previous post I had availed myself of a metaphor which placed me in a kitchen, vigorously removing the seeds from a pomegranate with blows from a wooden spoon, whilst dressed in a white Dior sheath dress and which, not surprisingly, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, baking, Baking, buffalo mozzarella, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, Humour, Kitchens, Lavender, lavender, Mint, tart, Thyme, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

Present Imperfect..

Present imperfect may be incorrect as a tense but it is flawless as a sentiment when speaking of food that has been conceived to tempt by the senses of smell and taste, rather than to lure admirers by artful cosmetics . Contrived … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, asparagus, baking, Cheese, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Parmesan, Photography, photography course, tart, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 65 Comments

Madeleine does modelling

Today I shall be mostly eating Madeleines. This is not on account of a drug induced feeding frenzy nor of a sudden gluttonous urge,  but on a failure of basic cooking sense. I blame LBC – for those beyond the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, baking, Childhood memories, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments