Category Archives: Bistro

reflecting on a Sunday lunch in La Rochelle…..

The skies are blue with soft white clouds and the sun is shining. It’s business as usual in La Rochelle. Ancient stone walls reflect the warm sun into the darkest corners of the streets. Pavements are cluttered with the tables and … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Bistro, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, lifestyle, Photography, Photography holiday, seafood, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

..a rude awakening….

When I was first awakened by the black cock it would be fair to say that I was not ready for it. I sleep deeply, maybe not the sleep of the just but, having never experienced that, in a sleep that is … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bistro, Chicken, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, coq au vin, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Meat, Poultry, Recipes, Stephane Reynaud, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 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

What first attracted me to the millionaire potato cake…

On a recent evening, when I was cooking for one, I came across this very simple recipe, whose heritage I was blissfully unaware. I have always advocated simplicity in cooking which does not in any way imply thoughtlessness or carelessness in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Bistro, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Excellence, Flat parsley, Foie Gras, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, garlic, Google, Herbs and Spices, Meat, Patricia Wells, Photography, potato, Potato Cake Ami Louis, Poultry, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vicarious pleasure, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

the miller’s wife’s tale…

The red herring has not been seen on the perambulating hors d’oeuvre trolley since the early days of Mao’s influence, when all things red were de rigueur. And there it is; my fallacy is neatly laid in your path to divert your attention from … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Bistro, Bouchon, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Patricia Wells, Photography, Recipes, smoked herring, smoked herring and potato salad, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

getting into Camus..

I have no compunction in firmly closing a book and returning it to the shelf if I am not enjoying it or, indeed, if I simply do not like it. On one such occasion, when I was very much younger, finding … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, arichoke heart salad, artichokes, Bistro, Bouchon, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, Foie Gras, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Memory, Olive oil, Photography, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Ma pomme….

Memories of my first visits to France, when I was very young, are full of the warmth of the sun, the scent of melons and peaches, the blue of the sea and a litany of tastes  the like of which … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Baking, Bistro, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Garden, Humour, Illusion, Memory, Patricia Wells, Photography, Reality, Recipes, summer, tart, Tarte Francoise Potel, Uncategorized, Vineyard, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Glum rock..

I confess that I had been feeling like a hound dog for some days, crying all the time. Not tears of woe but tears of fucking desperation as it had become apparent to me that my new internet server had … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Bistro, Bouchon, Cheese, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Dreams, Eggs, Excellence, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Memory, Oeufs meurette, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Cream…..

The car is filled with the warm scent of freshly baked bread as I make the return journey from the boulangerie, snaking through barely moving walls of corn and sunflowers that skitter the light of this late summer morning on the surface of the empty … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, apples, Baking, Bistro, Calvados, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cream, creme fraiche, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Golden Apple Tart, Patricia Wells, Photography, photography course, Recipes, tart, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 47 Comments