Category Archives: Chocolate

what’s brown and sticky…?

Neither of the predictable answers are funny but, inexcusably, I’ve laughed at both of them although, on one of those occasions, laughter was eminently excusable as the riddle was recounted by Lee Mack who is clever enough and, more importantly, funny … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Baking, Chocolate, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Google, Humour, Memory, Pear and chocolate pudding, Pear and chocolate pudding, Pears, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 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

one can never be too thin or too chocolatey….

  Cooking with chocolate demands judgement and judgement demands evidence. My lips were smeared with compelling evidence as I marveled at the simplicity of this glossy tart. The first cut had no need to be the deepest as no tart before had adhered … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Chocolate, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cream, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hazelnuts, Humour, Nuts, Patricia Wells, Photography, Stephane Reynaud, tart, Thin chocolate tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Out of the darkness…

Smoke may get in your eyes but chocolate gets into your soul. My soul has appetites so there is always chocolate in the store cupboard lest my soul should go hungry. A small pile of thin, flat slabs of intense chocolate … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Baking, Brownies, Chocolate, Cooking, Cream, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 43 Comments

Ladies who lunch..Chez Papa..

Uncovering treasure is not an accurate science. I say this with an authority that I do not possess, as treasure and I are rarely, if ever, seen together or even spoken of in the same breath. The same can be … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baking, Bistro, Choc ice, Chocolate, Coffee, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Excellence, Expectation, family, financiers, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, harmony, Humour, Kitchens, Noa grape, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Uncategorized, Vineyard, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

Miss Labelling 2013

The joy of stuffing one’s face with chocolate and champagne, which Valentine’s Day offers, acts as an unusual curtain-raiser to the austerity of Lent. Only the thorns on the stems of the garage bought roses seem appropriate, unless smart lingerie shops … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Chocolate, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, hypocrisy, Luck, photography course, Photography holiday, Shopping, Supermarkets, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Je mange bien tous les jours….the story of a book

I once bought a book at a butchers. It was a very wonderful butchers’ shop called Randall & Aubin which has now become an equally wonderful fish restaurant called Randall & Aubin, and is to be found in Brewer St. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Baking, cake, Chocolate, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Laurence Mery-Clark, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Randall & Aubin, Shopping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Myrhh balls…

The sun today has been smothered under a dull, damp, grey cushion leaving the world silent and lifeless. I have the feeling that nature is in mourning, and with every reason as it feels as though the kind has been … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, Baking, Bistro, cake, Chocolate, Christmas, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, harmony, Humour, Landscapes, Myrrh, Patricia Wells, Pears, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Poire William, Uncategorized, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

The short life of the choc ice…..

Sometimes only a choc ice will do. Such was the case yesterday evening. It was still hot after a long day of unbroken sunshine and I knew that there were two choc ices in the freezer. A box of them … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, Autumn, Choc ice, Chocolate, Digital photography, Expectation, family, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | 42 Comments

You can never be too thin or too rich..

Nancy Reagan would have thrown herself from a tall building rather than let a crumb of this intense chocolate and prune d’Agen cake pass her lips. Just the sight of such a calorific sin would cause her to spin on her … Continue reading

Posted in baking, cake, Chocolate, Chocolate and prune cake, Cookery Writers, Cooking, David Leibovitz, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Prunes d'Agen, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 41 Comments