Category Archives: apples

turning a blind eye…..

The apple on the left will never be the apple of the food buyer’s eye as the apple itself has eyes. In the eyes of the buyer those eyes are the eyes that blind the punter from picking it up and paying … Continue reading

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Cream…..

The car is filled with the warm scent of freshly baked bread as I make the return journey from the boulangerie, snaking through barely moving walls of corn and sunflowers that skitter the light of this late summer morning on the surface of the empty … Continue reading

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looking for somewhere nice to go for a drink?

Within a few paces of the garden gate lies a peaceful refuge in the true chauvinist spirit of France. In the baker’s dozen of years that I have passed in this hamlet I have yet to see a female in this “cave”. This … Continue reading

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The letter “C” is wasted on custard…

The letter C has many good connotations, some of which Nigella has allegedly tried, but this normally optimistic initial is wasted on such a lumpen sauce as traditional custard. There is an element of the English psyche that is firmly … Continue reading

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Nobody hears an apple scream…..

Had the Swiss version of apple ducking taken place in the present “caring” climate, William Tell’s son would have been whisked away by Social Services before you could say “Please, Daddy, stop firing arrows at my head”. The Swiss, with … Continue reading

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Something warm and sticky…

“Save it for a….”  a/ bandage to staunch a spurting arterial bleed. b/ hat to put on your head as protection against molten lava belching from Krakatoa. c/ a rainy day. It’s not easy, I know, but then again £56, … Continue reading

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A is for App…

Apple has produced yet another stunning app. This time it’s  for your fruit. They call it autumn and claim that it can make even a simple apple look as good as this.

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Writing with a plum in my mouth…

Patrick, one of our neighbours, arrived at our house yesterday afternoon with a box piled high with sun warm mirabelles that he had just picked from one of his trees. He’s not a man of many words but the words … Continue reading

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La recherche du pain perdu or memories of idyllic petits dejs….

Croissants are iconic. They say France and they invoke the smell of coffee and the taste of apricot jam in whichever setting of that extraordinary country to which you have been transported by your imagination – blue seas, peaceful mountains … Continue reading

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A Granny William hybrid would help with the 5 a day….

The weekend sun gave me the opportunity to continue with the autumn ritual of putting the garden to bed. Encasing our white wicker armchairs in their waterproof winter covering made me feel that I had only uncovered them such a short time … Continue reading

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