Category Archives: Shopping

what I really, really want….

Minefields and Christmas gift buying may not be an ideal comparison but the latter is without doubt an area through which one must step with extreme care, if only hypothetically. Back in the mists of time I went through a period … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Christmas, Digital photography, Expectation, Gold, Humour, Myrrh, Photography, Presents, Shopping, Three Wise Men, Uncategorized, Writing, Xmas Presents | Tagged , , , , , , | 28 Comments

a bunch of whoppers….

Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head. Radishes have an unmistakable affinity with untruths  or, as they’re more commonly known, lies. Good ones are well formed and attractively packaged in bunches which seductive combination is irresistible, even if you don’t know … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photography, radishes, Shopping, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 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

French Farce…

Stuffed peppers have steadfastly kept their place in my pantheon of “least favourite dishes” As I grow older I have found  so many “least favourite dishes” that I am searching for a new duo of comparative and superlative to replace “lesser” and “least”; I … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, anchovies, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, family, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Nigel Slater, peppers, Photography, Recipes, Shopping, summer, Supermarkets, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

Pimping my sides….

This is a picture of a dish in my kitchen, filled with summer vegetables, which serves to illustrate that what you see is not what you get. It is not what I got either, at first. What it is is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Art photography, Cheese, Cooking, Digital photography, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Illusion, Photography, Shopping, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 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

did you think I’d crumble..

  Crumble is an apposite word for this time of year when the testing dullness of January reduces resolution to surrender. That enervating post Christmas week, which gave us pause to recognise that we must change ourselves for the better, slough … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Almonds, Baking, Cooking, crumble, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Mango, Mango Crumble, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Shopping, Still life, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

Time rich…

I spent all of yesterday afternoon melting some onions and tomatoes for a tortilla. It takes time for onions to melt into an incomparable sweet savoury fondant and more time for tomatoes to transform into  a sticky palate stinging jam. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Andy Harris, Art photography, beans, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Garden, Herbs and Spices, Olive oil, Pea Pods, Peas, Photography, pomegranate, Recipes, Shopping, Sumac, Tahini, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Keeping it fresh..

It may be assumed, from the universal accretion of sex shops, that many bedside cabinets harbour rarely, if ever, used sex aids in the same way that tiny chapels house rarely revered reliquaries containing slivers of saintly bones. Both were acquired to refresh, renew … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, asparagus, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Photography, photography course, Sex, Shopping, Still life, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 60 Comments

Treasure Island…..

A slight movement in my peripheral vision caused me to stop writing and to look down. The tiny worker bee, instead of taking advantage of its wings, was wearily trudging across an endless terrain of boulders, which is the gravel … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, aubergine, Bay leaves, Coffee, Crayfish, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Dreams, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Fish, Fish stock, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Garden, harmony, Herbs and Spices, Landscapes, langoustines, lifestyle, Mediterranean food, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, raspberries, seafood, Shopping, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments