Category Archives: Flat parsley

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

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Beefheart

The long awaited day has at last arrived. The tomatoes that I purchased this morning taste of tomato rather than water. It is a moment that I relish each summer and my celebration today will  be for the coeur de boeuf … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, capers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Mediterranean food, Parmesan, Photography, Recipes, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

“Let them eat carrot cake”…a quicker route to the guillotine…

I have never come to terms with cake made from carrots. Such root vegetables were very popular as sweetening agents in the 18th century but even Marie Antoinette had more sense than to attempt to appease the ravenous sans culottes with … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, anchovies, Cooking, Cream, Digital photography, Fish, Fish cakes, Fish cakes, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Herbs and Spices, mashed potatoes, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Salmon, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 66 Comments

A very sexy tagine, whose Eastern promise does not disappoint….

I dreamt recently that I was in conversation with good friends but couldn’t remember anyone’s name…seems so familiar to my waking life, that maybe it wasn’t a dream. In the same way, I read a blog yesterday which lauded the … Continue reading

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On the trail of the toothsome pine…

The muffled drumbeat of rain on the awning has not been heard for some time, but there it was,  like an unexpected knock on the door that momentarily causes the smile to drain from the face. Being English we have … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cookery Writers, Cooking, cous cous, Digital photography, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Health, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Moro Restaurant and Cookbook, Nuts, Olive oil, Photography, photography course, Pine Nuts, preserved lemons, Recipes, Saffron rice, Sam & Sam Clark, Spanish cookery, summer, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Who called the cook a c…t?.. Who called the c…t a cook?…..

Apparently mackerel skies can herald an approaching depression in the same way that the look in my wife’s eyes heralds her approaching depression at the sight of a bag of charcoal in my hand. With our fridge  packed with mackerel, … Continue reading

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Making sense of it all….a recipe

Hours spent carving my name, into the already scarred, wooden lid of my desk, during mathematics lessons, instilled in me the belief that there is no more sense in the answer than there is in the question. “Problems” were the problem. My problem … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Breakfast, Cooking, Digital photography, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Luck, Memory, mushrooms, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Toast, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 43 Comments

You can tell a book from its cover..

I’ve recently come to the opinion that we’re much more successful at preserving vegetables than we are at preserving youthful looks. In that half land of waking, this morning, the imagined strains of a childhood song, “With a face like … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, anchovies, Art photography, beans, capers, Digital photography, Dreams, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Illusion, Italian food, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, preserved lemons, Reality, Recipes, Tuna, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

Je mange bien tous les jours ……a further episode in which the duck gets it.

Being born a duck is amongst the shortest straws to be drawn in the creation stakes. There you are, a handsome beast, or babe, with a cool beak, great coloured feathers, top swimmer, ace diver and aerobatic ace:  but, and … Continue reading

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Algy’s gone and Al Fresco’s arrived….

It’s rush hour. It must be as I can just hear a motor bike in the distance over the deep silence that is the beginning of a summer’s day. This is the summer moment that I wait for throughout the … Continue reading

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