Category Archives: Mary Cadogan

A puree of Gorgons’ heads…

“Cheap” is a much maligned word. Cheap skate, cheap shot, dirt cheap and on the cheap are terms that denigrate, that define something or someone as less than it or they should be. In our wealth driven society a divide has appeared. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Apricot jam, Baking, bananas, Caroline Conran, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, Fruit, Garden, Gardening, leeks, Leeks in red wine, lifestyle, Mary Cadogan, Pear Sponge tart, Pears, Photography, photography course, tart, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

Smokin’…

Surgeon General is an confusing title as it suggests that a general may be in the business of saving lives rather than extinguishing them. This is particularly evident in his stern admonition, printed on each and every packet of cigarettes, that smoking … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Baking, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, Eggs, Fish, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Mary Cadogan, Patricia Wells, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Recipes, smoked haddock, Smoked Haddock Tart, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

A cake named Joan …

Bakewell is to be found in Derbyshire as well as in the name of a celebrated jam filled, almond flavoured confection but, for me, Bakewell will forever be associated with crumpets. Joan Bakewell is an English journalist,  television presenter and Labour Party … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Almonds, Angels, Art photography, Bakewell Tart, Bakewell Tart, Baking, Childhood, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Illusion, Mary Cadogan, Nuts, Recipes, Sex, Sugar, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments

the smell of the cooking, and the roar of the cook….

I’ve had a quiet day cooking on my own. The cooking was quiet but the peace was spoiled by someone talking to himself. Being alone in the house does not spare me from myself. My mistake lies in turning on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, cherries, Cherries in rose wine, Cherries in rose wine, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Mary Cadogan, Photography, photography course, Recipes, summer, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

Puff, the magic pastry….

As far as I can remember, it was in the 70’s that I realised how much I enjoyed cooking.The first manifestation of the important place that cooking had taken in my life was not the sudden appearance of well designed cooking … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Kitchens, Mary Cadogan, Olive oil, Photography, tart, tarte tatin, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 51 Comments

It’d take more than an apple to tempt Adam…

Given the choice of watching paint dry or onions browning, I’d opt to sit on a terrace overlooking clear blue sea with a chilled glass of something delicious . I take this choice whenever I’m engaged in important, but time … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Baking, buffalo mozzarella, Cheese, Cookery Writers, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Humour, Kitchens, Mary Cadogan, mash, Maxine Clark, Memory, Nuts, onions, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Pie, Pine Nuts, Recipes, Sex, strawberries, tart, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

Gold,Frankincense and what the f…k is that….

Glacé cherries and Christmas decorations have something in common apart from looking cheap and cheerful. Their communion is that they both offer much more than they can ever deliver in that they depend on a thin veneer of cosmetic attraction … Continue reading

Posted in Almonds, Angelica, Bakewell Tart, Bakewell Tart, Baking, Childhood memories, Christmas, Christmas decorations, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Frankincense, Glace Cherries, Gold, Humour, Mary Cadogan, Memory, Myrrh, Nuts, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, Religion, Sugar, Three Wise Men, Writing | Tagged , | 36 Comments

En ymmärrä! or have you played Scrabble in Finnish?

I’m no stranger to the Finnish Scrabble board so I should be better at it by now. It’s a game that I don’t intentionally join because its complexity is such that the Glass Bead Game would be as simple as … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Chocolate, Chocolate Pear Macaroon, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Eau de vie, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Macaron, Macaroon, Mary Cadogan, Pears, photography course, Photography holiday, Poire William, Poire William, Quincy, Recipes, Red Cabbage, St Joseph, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , | 34 Comments

On mange bien tous les jours..

This is a busy week here with clients. The sun has shone, we’ve done pictures and most of all, we’ve eaten well. Last night we had a simple entree of Pork Rillettes with cornichons, followed by an Elizabeth David recipe … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, Fish, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Mary Cadogan, photography course, Photography holiday, Salmon, spinach, Tarte a l'Orange, Wine, Writing | Tagged , | 32 Comments

How to cook a wolf….

“How to Cook a Wolf” by M.F.K Fisher has gone missing. It was on the bookshelves the last time that I looked for it, or to be more accurate, the time before the last time that I looked for it … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Brownies, cake, Chocolate, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, M.F.K.Fisher, Mary Cadogan, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | 30 Comments