Category Archives: Health

Je mange bien tous les jours…..another week of good food.

Les oeufs meurette are an intense combination of eggs, lardons, mushrooms, shallots, garlic and red wine that has the power to revive me when I’m not at my best. It has nothing to do with the wonderful recipes from Laurence … Continue reading

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Bottom draw, bottom line…

There’s an unfortunate link between “anally retentive” and “bottom draw”. Both suggest neatness, order and a dislike of “shit” all over the place. A place for everything and everything in its place. Nigel Slater, #realnigelslater, tweeted yesterday that a draw … Continue reading

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Putting my fingers in my ears and going “la,la,la…..”

My mind is warming up at the same slow rate as the bathroom, less concerned with writing than with steeling itself for the discomfort from frozen hands that will surely come with the imminent and essential cutting of fire wood. … Continue reading

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If you like a firm pear, sir..

Those innocent words dropping from the lips of a helpful assistant in a fruit shop in the country town of Wallingford are still clear in my mind. Very little else of those heady days, in the early 70’s, is clear … Continue reading

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One fine morning….

A grey morning found me cutting firewood behind the house. The squeak of an old barn door opening announced the arrival of Annie, one of our neighbours. Annie and her husband Remy have raised Charolais beef cattle for the last … Continue reading

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No need to stand on ceremony, just stay kneeling…

¬†And I did. I stayed kneeling until I was a dehydrated, emptied husk.The featureless porcelain prayer station before which I unwillingly worshipped had become my friend, my only friend. Here I was, crouched and moaning, not only afflicted by an … Continue reading

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I think we might be doing it wong…

“This is going to hurt me a lot more than it’s going to hurt you”is a phrase that is only vocalised¬†when the exact opposite is true. Had I been in Sidney Carton’s shoes, that thought would have correctly passed through … Continue reading

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