Category Archives: Italian food

saucy thoughts..

Custard was still on my mind, like the lingering aftermath of a bad dream, whilst I was making tomato sauce yesterday,  but the yellow mental miasma was quickly dispersed by the  rising savoury aroma, the deep colour and the evocative flavours … Continue reading

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Fish and ships..

As the title of this post is totally disparate, but seemed a good idea at the time, I have included a picture of a ship….or boat, to be precise. It may only serve to show Christian Harkness, a fellow blogger … Continue reading

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Langoustines and Caravaggio…

There is a wonderful edition of Elizabeth David’s “Italian Food” that was published in 1987. I say wonderful, as it truly is full of wonders, quite apart from the delight of her writing and recipes. This book is a beautifully … Continue reading

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Time to draw a line in the breadcrumbs

The sheep in the adjoining field are very keen on bread, in all its varied forms. They are keen on it because we, not being farmers but eaters of farmers’ produce, have fed them the bread, for which we have … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, Farming, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, hypocrisy, Italian food, lemons, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Parmesan, Parmigiana Reggiano, pasta, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, sea salt, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Every picture does not tell this story..

There are occasions when only words will tell the story, not necessarily momentous occasions, although with the passing years I treat the moment of waking each day as increasingly momentous, but simple daily events that move me. Eating a very … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Apricot jam, apricots, burrata, cake, Cheese, Cream, creme fraiche, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Italian food, lifestyle, Mediterranean food, Mint, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, sea salt, summer, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

” What is the matter with Mary Jane?

..and it’s lovely rice pudding for dinner again!” I knew from an early age what was the matter with Mary Jane. She, very wisely, fucking hated rice pudding from the first moment that her misguided English mother served her a … Continue reading

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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

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Always look on the bright side of rice…..

Billions of Christians across the world will be making the best of a Good Friday that was far from good for the main protagonist who was executed in the most grisly fashion for the good of mankind.  Looking at the … Continue reading

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In praise of televisual pisswater….

Some members of the Coren family, namely Alan, Giles and Victoria have made, and do make, me laugh loudly often. I blame the Cricklewood tales in the Times for making me stop taking public transport. Holding back extreme laughter to … Continue reading

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Driving out the black dog………..

The black dog is abroad on such a day as today, which has been so remorseless in its doleful gloominess that the arrival of evening has been a sweet relief. As darkness falls the lights go on and the warmth … Continue reading

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