Category Archives: Kitchens

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

Coco’s Autumn colours…..

The rays of warm, late afternoon sunlight, that were diffused through the kitchen window rideaux, made the spoonful of apricot jam sparkle. Smearing jam and cream onto egg yellow sponge was the final act of this afternoon’s baking. The colours … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Apricot jam, apricots, Autumn, baking, blackberries, Blackberrying, brambles, cake, Cooking, Cream, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, harmony, Jam, Kitchens, Landscapes, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 30 Comments

Looking back over my shoulder..

I’ve become conditioned to conjure words in the quiet of the early morning, confined within the four walls of my office where, with a cup of coffee in my hand, an idea is sparked by a thought, a picture, a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Ile d'Oleron, Kitchens, Photography, summer, swimming pool, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 48 Comments

Take 12 pounds of lemons, a clean jar and a stone….

Madame Guinaudeau, a French woman who was married to a doctor practising in Fez, wrote “Traditional Moroccan Cooking” over a period of three decades. The book was finally published in 1958 as “Fès Vu par sa Cuisine” and is recognised … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Kitchens, lemons, Mme.Guinaudeau, Photography, Preserved lemons, preserved lemons, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

It’d take more than an apple to tempt Adam…

Given the choice of watching paint dry or onions browning, I’d opt to sit on a terrace overlooking clear blue sea with a chilled glass of something delicious . I take this choice whenever I’m engaged in important, but time … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Baking, buffalo mozzarella, Cheese, Cookery Writers, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Humour, Kitchens, Mary Cadogan, mash, Maxine Clark, Memory, Nuts, onions, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Pie, Pine Nuts, Recipes, Sex, strawberries, tart, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

Not standing the heat, I have got out of the kitchen…

Bananas for breakfast in the sun…after coffee and cherries. “Summer Cooking” by Elizabeth David is amongst my favourite books, but on a day like today the title is not. I associate the word cooking with heat, so when the temperature … Continue reading

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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

Posted in 2013, Art photography, BBQ, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Coriander, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, Expectation, Fish, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fresh peas, Garden, Health, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Kitchens, Luck, mackerel, Mint, offal, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Poultry, Prosciutto, Recipes, seafood, Shopping, Spiced mackerel, summer, Tom Parker Bowles, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

…and all in the best possible taste.

That mice should ever have been laying plans is surprising, but less surprising to hear that those plans often went awry. No place for smugness here: do we humans need reminding of our own best laid plans? So, in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Bad luck, baking, Cookery Writers, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Emotion, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Humour, Kitchens, Patricia Wells, Pears, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Sugar, tart, tarte tatin aux poires, Uncategorized, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Coffee is the cornerstone…..

Unnoticed, the bright, early mornings and long, warm evenings have changed my auto pilot settings. Not every morning is bright, nor every evening warm, but the basis of a plan is there. Coffee is the cornerstone of this plan. As … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, coffee, Expectation, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Kitchens, Landscapes, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

Ladies who lunch..Chez Papa..

Uncovering treasure is not an accurate science. I say this with an authority that I do not possess, as treasure and I are rarely, if ever, seen together or even spoken of in the same breath. The same can be … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Baking, Bistro, Choc ice, Chocolate, Coffee, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Excellence, Expectation, family, financiers, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, friendship, harmony, Humour, Kitchens, Noa grape, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Uncategorized, Vineyard, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments