Category Archives: sea salt

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

A very sexy tagine, whose Eastern promise does not disappoint….

I dreamt recently that I was in conversation with good friends but couldn’t remember anyone’s name…seems so familiar to my waking life, that maybe it wasn’t a dream. In the same way, I read a blog yesterday which lauded the … Continue reading

Posted in Almonds, Chicken, Chicken tagine, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Coriander, cous cous, Digital photography, Flat parsley, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Harissa, Herbs and Spices, Meat, Molasses, Neil Perry, Nuts, Olive oil, olives, Photography, Poultry, preserved lemons, ras al hanout, Recipes, sea salt, sweet paprika, Umami, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

A cuckoo in the nest…

Hidden on the book shelves, amongst my favourite cookery books, there is a cuckoo. He, if as a chap myself I can give masculine gender to this cuckoo, has no right to be there and, over the years, I have … Continue reading

Posted in 70's, Brown rice with peppers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, peppers, Recipes, sea salt, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 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

Preserving a myth…

There was a poster for a lemon cordial that I still clearly remember from my childhood. It was an illustration of a lemon with a humanoid face that was puckered with the sharpness that we  associate with lemon juice: “Idris … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, 70's, Bad Habits, Baking, Cocktails, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Excess, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Lemon bar cakes, Lemon tart, lemons, sea salt, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 41 Comments

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

Posted in 2013, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, Excellence, Farming, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, hypocrisy, Italian food, lemons, Mediterranean food, Olive oil, Parmesan, Parmigiana Reggiano, pasta, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, sea salt, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Every picture does not tell this story..

There are occasions when only words will tell the story, not necessarily momentous occasions, although with the passing years I treat the moment of waking each day as increasingly momentous, but simple daily events that move me. Eating a very … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Apricot jam, apricots, burrata, cake, Cheese, Cream, creme fraiche, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Italian food, lifestyle, Mediterranean food, Mint, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, sea salt, summer, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vendee, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

….through the cooking glass …

As with Alice, the reverse can be, and often is, the truth. The real joy lies in the contents of the cooking glass passing through the cook. Sadly there is no clear reference as to how much joy can be … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, baking, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Drinks, Eggs, Elizabeth David, Excellence, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, goat cheese, Hard boiled eggs, Humour, Olive oil, peaches, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, puff pastry, radishes, Recipes, sea salt, summer, tart, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vendee, Wine, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

Je suis absolument “Hank Marvin” et je pourrait tuer pour un “Ruby Murray”

These are the words Parisian restaurateurs would be hearing if the rugby world cup was taking place in France. Ethnic food is the lifeblood of English cuisine. Take away, an apposite word indeed, the Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Lebanese et al, … Continue reading

Posted in Almonds, apricots, broad beans, Chick peas, Chicken, Cooking, Coriander, cous cous, couscous, family, Flat parsley, Food and Photography, France, friendship, green beans, harmony, Honey, lifestyle, Mediterranean food, Mme.Guinaudeau, new potatoes, olives, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, preserved lemons, Rabbit, ras al hanout, sea salt, tagine | 8 Comments

Of meerkats and mash

Although an interesting thought, this is not a recipe idea. On a stormy summer morning illuminated by lightning and serenaded by thunder, a recently photographed meerkat entered my stream of consciousness. As a balding man I am in awe of … Continue reading

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