Category Archives: Cooking

‘aving a larf..

It is not unusual for children to dislike, and to take extreme steps to avoid, both vegetables and Shakespeare. I prefer vegetables to either children or Shakespeare which preference may well be blamed on their parallel and equally irritating proclivity to tell jokes that aren’t funny; it … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, fennel, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, onions, peppers, Photography, Recipes, Saucisses a la Navarrais, Uncategorized, Vegetables, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

too Little too late….

There was a time, not all that long ago, when quantity and quality were unlikely bedfellows. It would be rare indeed for them to be seen together, even just holding hands, let alone snuggled up together under the duvet where it … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Alistair Little, asparagus, Asparagus risotto, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, friendship, Humour, Martini, Parmesan, Photographic Prints, Photography, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

on a wing and a préau….

The longing, in this month of April, for the warmth of summer is with me for an unseemly proportion of my waking and dreaming moments. A longing that has me limping along these final few furlongs of heavy going before winter, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, artichokes, Bay leaves, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Coriander, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Dreams, Drinks, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Olive oil, Photographic Prints, Photography, Recipes, summer, Thyme, Uncategorized, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

never mock a turtle….

Having been in it too many times, soup and I have seen the best and worst of each other. Soup follows us through the seven ages of our lives from the first toothless food experience of puréed baby food to the penultimate … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Childhood, Childhood memories, Cooking, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photographic Prints, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 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

seeing red…..

There are, in my life, two new era defining acronyms to add to the familiar BC and AD, to wit BS and AS, which demarcate those periods in time before and after the advent of the saviour, aka Spellcheck ( interestingly, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Baking, cake, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Memory, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Still life, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

a taste of 2016….perhaps..

Something has stirred in the forest, still faint, but definitely stirring. The forest in question is the tangled thicket of my thoughts into which a seed has fallen and taken root. If it grows and thrives I shall tell you more … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, beef, clay oven, Cookery School in France, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, gigot, Meat, Photography, pizza oven, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Poule A or Poule..?

A glaring misjudgment that I made early in our life here in France remains, annoyingly,  as fresh in the minds of those who witnessed it as on the day of my gaffe. With the best of naive intentions I bought a fresh chicken from … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Chicken, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Photographic Prints, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

PC in Lyon…

People love piglets. That statement may be ( definitely is ) a little too inclusive, I know, but, all the same, I have met many people who are piglet lovers and there is no doubt that the many thousands who read Celi’s delightful … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Cooking, Digital photography, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Illusion, Photographic Prints, Photography, Pork, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

I’ll be the judge of that…

  Taste is everything in the world of food and drink. Outside of that realm it is nothing. Good taste does not predicate tasting good which is why the discernment between good or bad taste rests in the eyes of the beholder whilst the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photography, turnip, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments