Category Archives: Drinks

…hints of jam,..cinnamon…and a sprinkling of ….sugar.

The disappointingly dull explanation, when recounted to me in my childhood, of how a ship got into a bottle failed then, as now, to raise more than a bored ooh, or a stifled aah. Why one should choose to put, by necessity, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bad Habits, Burger, Digital photography, Drinks, Excess, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Health, Humour, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

fly poster….

I foolishly forgot to include a recipe for the this wonderful pear cake in my last post so here it is. The recipe comes from Patricia Wells’ “The Provence Cookbook” which is among my favourite books of recipes. There is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Baking, cake, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Eau de vie, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Patricia Wells, Poire William, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

What first attracted me to the millionaire potato cake…

On a recent evening, when I was cooking for one, I came across this very simple recipe, whose heritage I was blissfully unaware. I have always advocated simplicity in cooking which does not in any way imply thoughtlessness or carelessness in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Bistro, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Excellence, Flat parsley, Foie Gras, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, garlic, Google, Herbs and Spices, Meat, Patricia Wells, Photography, potato, Potato Cake Ami Louis, Poultry, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vicarious pleasure, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

the 3 R’s..

Resolve, recant, regret….and the greatest of these three is regret…. but only until the second mouthful if the cake is good enough. We of the human race are generally rubbish (the forgotten R) at keeping our promises to which a quick glance at divorce … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Baking, cake, Calvados, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, One Apple Cake, Patricia Wells, Photography, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

lunch: a user’s manual..

Let me be clear, I don’t give a flying fuck if Marie Antoinette said brioche, chelsea buns or if she said bugger all…I’m saying it now…”let them eat cake”. In particular, let them eat this cake. Amaretti biscuits have always been … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, amaretti & raspberry cake, Baking, cake, coffee, cognac, Cooking, desserts, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Humour, Memory, Photography, raspberries, Recipes, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

That’s total scallops!..

It is hard to imagine that the man in this picture, well known forhis even temperament, could be so tormented by an intransigent still life, otherwise known as dinner, and the vagaries of a camera self timer: and yet, it … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photographic Prints, Photography, scallops, seafood, Terence and Vicki Conran, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

the best legs in Lyon….

The streets of Vieux Lyon take on even more charm when seen through the legs of an unusually good Côte Rôtie. Its goodness is guaranteed as it has been selected and poured by Georges dos Santos, a man who is regarded … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Digital photography, Drinks, Excellence, Excess, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, grapes, Humour, lifestyle, Photographic Prints, Photography, Uncategorized, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

breaking eggs badly…the box set

As a cook, it is not unusual for me to find myself uncomfortably perched on the pointy bits of the dilemma which involves guessing an egg’s age. Not unlike ourselves, eggs of different ages behave very differently and I find that I … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Boiled eggs, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hard boiled eggs, Humour, omelette, Photography, Uncategorized, wine, Writing, yolks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

the miller’s wife’s tale…

The red herring has not been seen on the perambulating hors d’oeuvre trolley since the early days of Mao’s influence, when all things red were de rigueur. And there it is; my fallacy is neatly laid in your path to divert your attention from … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Bistro, Bouchon, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Patricia Wells, Photography, Recipes, smoked herring, smoked herring and potato salad, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

Still waters…eaux de vie..

This man is disappearing. When I came to France, some 14 years ago, he and his brethren were part of the fabric of country life. He is a “bouilleur ambulant” or a peripatetic distiller; a bringer of joy and a creator … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Art photography, Drinks, Eau de vie, Excellence, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Humour, lifestyle, Memory, Pears, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments