Category Archives: capers

taking the piss….

Manneken Pis, Pissenlit, Pisse-Dru, Tant Pis, Pissaladiere…there’s something very French about pissing; about not searching for a convenient bush or shady corner but just having a piss when the moment takes you.  I should make it clear that this is singularly, … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, anchovies, Baking, Bay leaves, capers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, olives, onions, photography course, Photography holiday, Pissaladiere, summer, tart, Thyme, Uncategorized, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

not faking it ….

There is a trinity of enhanced pleasure givers without which I would consider my store cupboard to be bare. These three are the saucy undies of the kitchen. The Ann Summers peek-a-boo, knickerless crotches that will serve to stiffen the flaccid … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, 70's, anchovies, Art photography, capers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Humour, lemons, Parmesan, Photography, photography course, scallops, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Beefheart

The long awaited day has at last arrived. The tomatoes that I purchased this morning taste of tomato rather than water. It is a moment that I relish each summer and my celebration today will  be for the coeur de boeuf … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, capers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Mediterranean food, Parmesan, Photography, Recipes, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

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

Spend, spend, spend…..

Today, I have been writing, cooking and taking pictures which, to my mind, has been time well spent. My principal currency is time and, as it cannot be saved, I spend freely of it. The house is quiet and the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, anchovies, capers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Kitchens, pasta, peppers, Photography, photography course, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

Not standing the heat, I have got out of the kitchen…

Bananas for breakfast in the sun…after coffee and cherries. “Summer Cooking” by Elizabeth David is amongst my favourite books, but on a day like today the title is not. I associate the word cooking with heat, so when the temperature … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, bananas, Breakfast, capers, cherries, Coffee, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Kitchens, Markets, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

…putting a name to a beak.

In the still of this sunfilled early morning, there’s me and legion of small birds who are all making their particular peaceful noises, that I recognise but can’t put a beak to. Bees, so fat that they have no business … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, anchovies, Baking, Breakfast, capers, Cooking, Digital photography, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, onions, oranges, pastry, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Provence, Recipes, summer, tart, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Weather, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

You can tell a book from its cover..

I’ve recently come to the opinion that we’re much more successful at preserving vegetables than we are at preserving youthful looks. In that half land of waking, this morning, the imagined strains of a childhood song, “With a face like … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, anchovies, Art photography, beans, capers, Digital photography, Dreams, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Illusion, Italian food, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, preserved lemons, Reality, Recipes, Tuna, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

First taste of summer…

For three successive mornings we have woken to sun pouring in through the windows. But winter habits being hard to shake off, ask any monk, on my way back from buying bread, I stopped at Claude’s house to order some … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, anchovies, Breakfast, capers, Digital photography, Excellence, Farming, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Garden, harmony, Health, Les Saints de Glace, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Sunday, Sunday breakfast, Toast, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

The summertime blues…

With the arrival of several consecutive days of sun, and the possibility of more to follow, comes a new way of being. The fire is still lit in the evening but more as a comfort than a necessity. We have … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Basil, biscuits, cake, capers, Claire Ptak, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Herbs and Spices, la lune rousse, Lemon bar cakes, Les Gouteurs de Provence, Les Saints de Glace, lifestyle, Memory, Mint, Patricia Wells, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, St.Mamert, St.Pancrace, St.Servais, summer, Vendee, Violet Cakes, Walnut oil, walnuts, Writing | 25 Comments