Category Archives: summer

hanging on……

Soaking up the beauty around me on this warm early morning in late, late August has me desperately trying to suppress the emotions of clinging on, of eking out the pleasure, of denying the ineluctability of time ; childhood’s last strawberry on the plate, adolescence’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Digital photography, Emotion, France, French countryside, harmony, Memory, Photography, summer, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

bored of the flies…..

The sun has finally, if temporarily, ceased its curmudgeonly behaviour and has had the good seasonal grace  to put on its hat and come out to play.Summer’s forte lies in promises rather than foreplay and as these promises are so … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, Art photography, Digital photography, Drinks, Emotion, Expectation, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, lifestyle, Photography, summer, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

on a wing and a préau….

The longing, in this month of April, for the warmth of summer is with me for an unseemly proportion of my waking and dreaming moments. A longing that has me limping along these final few furlongs of heavy going before winter, … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, artichokes, Bay leaves, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Coriander, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Dreams, Drinks, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Olive oil, Photographic Prints, Photography, Recipes, summer, Thyme, Uncategorized, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

a last of the summer whine..

I’m wearing socks again which is significant as I have not worn socks for seven years. Those years account for half of the time that we have lived here; that half being the warm and sunny half. The coming up and the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, desserts, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Memory, Photography, strawberries, summer, tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

getting the point..

  I blame my abiding prejudice against fresh pasta on the world wide television coverage  of the spaghetti harvest of 1957 . The sight of those vermicular strands, hanging limply from the branches in the unusually monochomatic region of the Ticino has remained embedded in the not so … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, aubergine, Cookery Writers, Cooking, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Italian food, Mediterranean food, pasta, Photography, Rachel Roddy, summer, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 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

when first we flatten to deceive…

At this time of year Nature conspires with men to produce a contrariness in the flattened versions of some stoned fruit. A peach is a peach when it is suggestive; when its curves make one smile with greedy lust; when the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, cake, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, peaches, Photography, summer, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

getting up….

Warm scented early mornings with bare feet on smooth tiles are the longed for moments. Like childhood summer holidays each day is fraught with the fear of this contentment passing, of being returned to the pleasant from the sublime. The hot night has … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apricots, Breakfast, Childhood memories, Cooking, Emotion, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Garden, Gardening, melons, Photography, summer, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Ma pomme….

Memories of my first visits to France, when I was very young, are full of the warmth of the sun, the scent of melons and peaches, the blue of the sea and a litany of tastes  the like of which … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Baking, Bistro, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Elizabeth David, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Fruit, Garden, Humour, Illusion, Memory, Patricia Wells, Photography, Reality, Recipes, summer, tart, Tarte Francoise Potel, Uncategorized, Vineyard, Wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

a fistful of phalli….a posy of violettes..

This is a good example of a gratuitous food shot: a waste of time and space,,,but quite funny. In a recent post I wrote disparagingly of white asparagus; those fat, firm, and pallid phalli which serve to testify that however … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, asparagus, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Hard boiled eggs, Olive oil, Photography, sea salt, strawberries, summer, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments