Category Archives: Kitchens

Hold the lamprey…

The concept of dying from a surfeit of lampreys intrigues me in that a single mouthful of lamprey could well constitute a surfeit in the mind of one unfamiliar with lamprey. Now that you are familiar, I think that you will agree … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, fish cookery, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Kitchens, lamprey, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, seafood, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

the colours of garlic……

The importance of garlic as an ingredient in good food was not entirely clear to me until several years after we had moved to live here, in France. Of course, I was well acquainted with it, cooked with it regularly and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Art photography, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, garlic, Kitchens, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

…and thyme rich

In my previous post I had availed myself of a metaphor which placed me in a kitchen, vigorously removing the seeds from a pomegranate with blows from a wooden spoon, whilst dressed in a white Dior sheath dress and which, not surprisingly, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, baking, Baking, buffalo mozzarella, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, Humour, Kitchens, Lavender, lavender, Mint, tart, Thyme, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 52 Comments

Spend, spend, spend…..

Today, I have been writing, cooking and taking pictures which, to my mind, has been time well spent. My principal currency is time and, as it cannot be saved, I spend freely of it. The house is quiet and the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, anchovies, capers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Kitchens, pasta, peppers, Photography, photography course, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

Eating outdoors at last….

Dreams have the unfortunate habit of remaining unfulfilled so it is always a delight to have one come true. As the years have passed I have learnt to keep my dreams simple so, on this cusp of summer time, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, harmony, Kitchens, Meat, Nigel Slater, Photography, photography course, Toulouse sausages, Uncategorized, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Pommes Boulangere.. smart lady, that baker’s wife

Each time that I make this simple dish there is, at the back of my mind, a nagging feeling that I have left out an ingredient. The recipe is not extensive in its demands which makes it even more surprising … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Baking, Bistro, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Kitchens, leeks, onions, Patricia Wells, Photography, pommes boulangere, potatoes, Recipes, sea salt, Thyme, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 97 Comments

Brussels demand a green Xmas…..

September is long gone, but the leaves of brown show no sign of tumbling down this November although the lyricist would be happy to know that it’s raining. Wherever he was when he penned those lyrics, it wasn’t the Vendee. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Autumn, Childhood memories, Christmas, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, fashion, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Humour, hypocrisy, Illusion, Kitchens, Landscapes, Olive oil, Photography, Religion, sea salt, The Forest of Mervent, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 69 Comments

It could so easily have become a crock…..

“Nuts” I said to myself “my chances of photographing that rainbow are fat and none”. As I ran upstairs to grab the camera I caught sight of the carrier bag full of walnuts which two of our grandchildren had collected … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Autumn, baking, Cooking, Digital photography, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, Humour, Kitchens, Landscapes, Nuts, Pears, Photography, Rainbow, tarte tatin, tarte tatin aux poires, Uncategorized, walnuts, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Puff, the magic pastry….

As far as I can remember, it was in the 70’s that I realised how much I enjoyed cooking.The first manifestation of the important place that cooking had taken in my life was not the sudden appearance of well designed cooking … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Kitchens, Mary Cadogan, Olive oil, Photography, tart, tarte tatin, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 51 Comments

Last summer whine..

The silence after the hubbub of Sunday lunch is like the white noise that fills the brain as a general anaesthetic takes effect. There’s a mixture of narcotic pleasure in the cushioned lushness of the collapse from consciousness, combined with … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Apricot jam, apricots, Autumn, Baking, Cheese, Chicken, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Kitchens, Olive oil, Parmesan, Photography, Poultry, sea salt, Sunday, Sunday lunch, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments