Category Archives: pasta

Shell shock..

There is a superstition, which I  have found to contain more than a grain of truth,  that bad things come in threes, as in the three horsemen of the apocalypse. Four horsemen, I hear you say, but. according to my … Continue reading

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Dog days and tortilla flats…

The cat appears to have got my tongue. It has also laid claim to my pen and my keyboard. The cat in question is, contrarily, a dog. Dog days of summer render me contentedly comatose.  Although always peaceful, this little … 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

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The Colour Violette…

On the way to La Rochelle there is an Oasis, set in a shady clearing by the roadside, that is only open for the summer months. L’Oasis is a shack, the open side of which is filled with trays overflowing … Continue reading

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Je mange bien tous les jours ……a further episode in which the duck gets it.

Being born a duck is amongst the shortest straws to be drawn in the creation stakes. There you are, a handsome beast, or babe, with a cool beak, great coloured feathers, top swimmer, ace diver and aerobatic ace:  but, and … Continue reading

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Je mange bien tous les jours…..another week of good food.

Les oeufs meurette are an intense combination of eggs, lardons, mushrooms, shallots, garlic and red wine that has the power to revive me when I’m not at my best. It has nothing to do with the wonderful recipes from Laurence … 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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Great expectations……

I’ve managed successfully not to take a food picture for the last three days, which is unusual as I am running a food photography course, details of which feature in the Up Front News in the latest issue of “Jamie” … Continue reading

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I say “potato” and you say “something I don’t understand”…..

It’s early and the world outside my window, which is very quiet and still, is softly lit by a morning sun that promises a good day. Looking at the calendar and realising that we are fast approaching the end of … Continue reading

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Thoughts before a day of cooking..

It truly looks as though it will be sunny today. Each morning I religiously look at the weather icons, displayed on my computer screen in glowing technicolour, from the multitude of regional weather forecasts available to me and I have … Continue reading

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