Category Archives: Markets

Photography holiday in the Vendée for food lovers …..Oct 11-14

October is a good time to be in the Sud Vendée, a comparatively little known part of France, where I have been contentedly living for the last 20 years. The weather will be warm and nature will be starting to … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, Autumn, Cooking, Digital photography, France, French countryside, Landscapes, Landscapes, Markets, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Photoshop, Still life, swimming pool, Uncategorized, Vendee, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Food, France and Photography …in early September

  Early September in France….crowds gone…time for a peaceful holiday…one that involves spending time in a lovely corner of France where you’ll  not only eat excellent food and drink good wine whilst learning a bit about food photography….or about taking any sort … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Markets, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, swimming pool, Vendee, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

…it’s a photography holiday..but not as we know it, Jim…

Camerahols are dead, long live Vendée Holidays. Just when I thought the time had come for me to perfect the art of selfishly lazing around a pool, a vibrant young couple, Matt and Emily Clark, have recruited me to work … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Landscapes, lifestyle, Markets, photography course, Photography holiday, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

bushel or merkin ?…

My feelings about markets and merkins are synonymous. Dazzled and aroused by the mouthwateringly  sensual display, there is still the nagging suspicion that all is not as it should be. I cannot help but question if it is going to be quite as good as it … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Digital photography, Emotion, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Markets, Photographic Prints, Photography, Shopping, Sunday, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Les mûres sur les murs sont mûres…

…is a mnemonic providing  a very good example of homophones whilst confirming the lack of prejudice, lexicographic or otherwise, on this blog. It came to mind when I noticed that blackberries were suddenly in profusion, not so much on the walls, but very definitely in … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Baking, blackberries, Blackberrying, brambles, Cooking, desserts, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Humour, Markets, Photography, photography course, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 47 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

Posted in 2013, bananas, Breakfast, capers, cherries, Coffee, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Kitchens, Markets, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

Camera obscura….

On reflection, I have spent a lot of my life in camera obscura. A computer screen is my main illumination on this grey and rainy Sunday morning. This is where I work on my pictures and where I write. Darkened … Continue reading

Posted in 70's, Art photography, Autumn, Camera Obscura, Digital photography, Drinks, Excellence, Excess, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, lifestyle, Markets, Memory, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, The Royal Opera House, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 27 Comments

Writing with a plum in my mouth…

Patrick, one of our neighbours, arrived at our house yesterday afternoon with a box piled high with sun warm mirabelles that he had just picked from one of his trees. He’s not a man of many words but the words … Continue reading

Posted in apples, Art photography, Baking, Childhood, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, crumble, Digital photography, Eau de vie, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, Fruit, Markets, Memory, Mirabelles, Nigel Slater, Pears, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Plum Crumble Tart, Still life, swimming pool, Writing | 45 Comments

There is something very tempting about them…..

Let us consider the artichoke. There is something very tempting about them which conflicts with the something about them that is very annoying. They have such a decorative value that eating them is akin to pulling the petals off a … Continue reading

Posted in artichokes, Cooking, Digital photography, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Jerusalem artichoke, Markets, Mediterranean food, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Scorzonera, seafood, Still life | 37 Comments

Making friends with an old enemy…….

Beetroot, in recent years, has at last become persona grata in my kitchen. As a baby boomer, I still have a clear image in my mind of what passed for a fresh summer salad in the days of my youth. … Continue reading

Posted in beetroot, capers, Cooking, creme fraiche, Digital photography, Eggs, Elizabeth David, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hard boiled eggs, Markets, photography course, Photography holiday, summer, Walnut oil | Tagged , | 48 Comments