Category Archives: Luck

grape shot….

My mind was elsewhere as the sharp knife in my hands surgically removed the seeds from a large bunch of  putative “seedless” grapes. I was reflecting on whether Beulah’s response to her mistress Mae West’s request for a peeled grape … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, baking, Childhood memories, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Good luck, grapes, Humour, Lait Cru, Luck, Milk, Photography, tart, tarte aux raisins, tarte aux raisins, UHT, Uncategorized, Writing, yolks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Hobson’s egg….

Given the choice,  we humans will invariably choose to have a choice. The more extensive the list of choices may be, the more highly we regard that which is on offer. Not withstanding, that in this time of ours,  knowledge has … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Bad Habits, Bad luck, Digital photography, Dreams, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Good luck, Google, Humour, Illusion, Luck, Reality, Uncategorized, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Not dropping my knickers whilst shopping….

I like to feel that I eat seasonally  but, to be honest, I’m not sure what that means. My knowledge of the arrival and departure dates of fruits and vegetables is, at best, rudimentary and at worst, notional which failing I blame … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, artichokes, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, Excellence, Foie Gras, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Good luck, Humour, Luck, Memory, Olive oil, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, sea salt, Shopping, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

Neither a borrower nor a lentil be…

There is nothing glamorous about the green lentil yet, from the rich and varied universe of the dried pulse, it holds sway as my unchallenged favourite. There is no question that it needs a little help but, if that help … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, lifestyle, Luck, Meat, Photography, Puy Lentils, Toulouse sausages, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

There is a season……

A reputation in tatters is what you see before you. Years of studiously practising to be a grumpy Grandad has gone by the board. Be warned, this is what happens when you’re surrounded by the amazing children of your own … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Childhood, Digital photography, Emotion, Excellence, family, France, Good luck, harmony, lifestyle, Photography, summer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Read crumbs…

Today I have been profligate with time. I spent some making a vegetable curry and, while the pot filled the kitchen with its perfume, I spent some more looking at pieces of writing which I have shared with you, and … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Bad luck, Digital photography, Emotion, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Good luck, Humour, Illusion, Luck, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Uncategorized, Vegetables, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Failing to get the point ..

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the first pencils are pushing through. Sharpening the trunks to reveal the graphite core has not been easy and has been, in many ways, a disappointment. Ideally the “lead” would … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Bad luck, Digital photography, Excellence, Expectation, French countryside, Humour, Illusion, Luck, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Photoshop, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

One fine morning…..not

I, like Caesar before me, walked out into the ruins of what was, but yesterday evening, a garden in the full pomp of June flowering.  On surveying the flattened, flowerless, green mayhem Caesar would have addressed his trembling gardeners in … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Art photography, Bad luck, Emotion, Garden, Gardening, Humour, Language, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 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

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