Category Archives: Basil

on the different speeds of fast food….

There are few months of the year which I don’t consider to be the very best time for cooking as I’m more than content to cook with each season’s offerings. On reflection, the only times when I am not happy … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Basil, Cooking, courgette, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Mediterranean food, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Rachel Roddy, summer, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

y ail, y ail, aulx…..

It has been passed down in rhyme and song that Old Macdonald had a farm, y ail, y ail, aulx and on that farm he may well have had pigs, chickens and cows but there is no mention of garlic which … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, aubergine, Basil, Burger, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Grilled aubergines w roast garlic cream, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Nigel Slater, Olive oil, Photography, Recipes, Thyme, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Of armpits and artichokes…

Yesterday began in a most unusual way.  I function, during my morning bathroom ritual,  on “auto pilot”.  An order of events has insinuated itself, over the passing years, which means that once ablutions have commenced I’m not particularly conscious of that which … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, artichokes, Artichokes Poivrade, Basil, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Olive oil, Parmesan, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Thyme, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

The summertime blues…

With the arrival of several consecutive days of sun, and the possibility of more to follow, comes a new way of being. The fire is still lit in the evening but more as a comfort than a necessity. We have … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Basil, biscuits, cake, capers, Claire Ptak, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, Herbs and Spices, la lune rousse, Lemon bar cakes, Les Gouteurs de Provence, Les Saints de Glace, lifestyle, Memory, Mint, Patricia Wells, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, St.Mamert, St.Pancrace, St.Servais, summer, Vendee, Violet Cakes, Walnut oil, walnuts, Writing | 25 Comments

Whores razing or hearse raisin?

On the Saturday of last weekend the majority of the population of Great Britain gave a slice of their hard earned cash to a small body of professionals in the unlikely hope that it would be refunded with interest. This … Continue reading

Posted in Basil, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Parmigiana Reggiano, Pesto, photography course, Photography holiday, Pine Nuts, summer, walnuts, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 30 Comments