Category Archives: Google

what’s brown and sticky…?

Neither of the predictable answers are funny but, inexcusably, I’ve laughed at both of them although, on one of those occasions, laughter was eminently excusable as the riddle was recounted by Lee Mack who is clever enough and, more importantly, funny … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Baking, Chocolate, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Google, Humour, Memory, Pear and chocolate pudding, Pear and chocolate pudding, Pears, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Hobson’s egg….

Given the choice,  we humans will invariably choose to have a choice. The more extensive the list of choices may be, the more highly we regard that which is on offer. Not withstanding, that in this time of ours,  knowledge has … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bad Habits, Bad luck, Digital photography, Dreams, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Good luck, Google, Humour, Illusion, Luck, Reality, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 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

Who is not the fairest of them all…

ET poking his head out of a ball gown. The funny vegetable photograph is a genre which has never endeared itself to me yet, when I look at this gourd, I don’t see food, I see funny. For much of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cooking, Digital photography, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Google, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Photography, photography course, pumpkin, Soup, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 65 Comments

Boudin the Bad…the tale of a sausage..

The accepted movie tradition, in old Hollywood Westerns, simplified the distinction between good and bad by the colour of the hats worn by the main protagonists. Villains wore cool black hats and heroes wore white. To my young mind the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Google, Humour, Meat, Photography, photography course, Sausages, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Making the beast with two backs…..making it do what?

When I first heard this phrase, apparently loaded with sexual euphemism, it only brought to mind my vain attempts to create animal silhouettes on a wall in the beam of a torch. As a schoolboy I was more than a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, 70's, Accents, Art photography, Childhood, Childhood memories, Digital photography, Farming, France, French countryside, Google, Humour, Language, Photography, Sex, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

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

Posted in apples, Apricot jam, Art photography, baking, Baking, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Garden, Google, Humour, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, puff pastry, Still life, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , | 44 Comments

Woke up, got out of bed…..

This morning, deliciously drugged from a deep dream filled sleep, I remained lying on the bed in the near narcoleptic state that is the magical moment that I am so loathe to let go before consciousness reintroduces me to today’s … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, fireplace, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Google, Lemon tart, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Still life, summer, swimming pool, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | 35 Comments