Category Archives: Coffee

..as I sat out one Spring morning….

Coffee in the peace of an early morning gives me that time to reflect and prepare myself for the day. The season has changed which means that this morning I enjoyed  that moment in the warmth of the early morning sun. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Breakfast, Coffee, Excellence, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Garden, Pears, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

full English……

Here’s wishing for a full English victory at Twickenham today….even though, in truth, I rejected the fry up for some very good Italian coffee and a French croissant:)

Posted in 2015, Breakfast, cafe, Coffee, Digital photography, Expectation, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

The drizzle, it drizzleth every day …..

The time has come for the fire to be lit in the daylight hours rather than at dusk. I use the term “daylight” loosely as “daygrey” would be more pertinent, both in luminance and mood. This is cake weather, where cake … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Baking, cake, Christmas, Coffee, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Memory, Photography, photography course, Raymond Blanc, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 66 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

Treasure Island…..

A slight movement in my peripheral vision caused me to stop writing and to look down. The tiny worker bee, instead of taking advantage of its wings, was wearily trudging across an endless terrain of boulders, which is the gravel … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, aubergine, Bay leaves, Coffee, Crayfish, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Dreams, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Fish, Fish stock, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Garden, harmony, Herbs and Spices, Landscapes, langoustines, lifestyle, Mediterranean food, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, raspberries, seafood, Shopping, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 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

Early clout casting….

The first sight of the sun today brought out the mad dog in this Englishman. My mission was firewood cutting and I had set about the job in my standard kit of a thick Aran knit sailing sweater under an … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Breakfast, Coffee, Dreams, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Garden, Illusion, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Virtual, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Drive out the blues with brioche and apricot jam…

There is a mordant sadness, that is nearly tangible, about such a miserable February morning as this one . Normal antidotes, such as lighting the fire, and listening to Radio 4 with a steaming bowl of coffee cupped between slowly warming hands, seem … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Apricot jam, Brioche, Coffee, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, harmony, Humour, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Sunday, Sunday breakfast, Toast, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments