Mouthwatering print offer….£40 for 4 prints…FREE shipping worldwide.

ALL 4 PRINTS FOR £40(€48) WITH FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

Each print is 5″ x 5″ and is produced by the Print Space in London for  The French Print House and can be found by clicking on Tasting Menu.

This offer only lasts until the end of March ( Midnight March 31 2019)

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On heat……


There is an incremental development in both success and pleasure, when cooking on open wood fires, that depends on the near divine alignment of fair weather, the freshest and finest of  ingredients and, above all, on the design, construction and viability of the installation upon which one will be cooking. Last Thursday, the last day of February, was as a perfect day in June although the arc of the sun was that little bit lower and the softer light created long shadows with deeply saturated colour. Therefore, the first of the suggested trinity, the weather, was beyond reproach and, if the February weather was June, the ingredients were July: Chateaubriand, épaule d’agneau, shortrib, aile de raie, cod, poussins, quails, fennel, beetroot, green radish, kohlrabi, shallots, bok choy, aubergines ….we were submerged in a sea of mouthwatering possibility. The extensive and brutalist outdoor kitchen, furnished with fire pits and grills, perched on a hill overlooking a patchwork of forest and farmland which is the Vendéen bocage, completed the trinity.

And then the fires are burning, the fat is spitting and the spits are turning. We, in the words of Mr Tarantino, are getting mediaeval on, if not the asses, then the shoulders, fillets and ribs of a variety of meat and fishes. There is something very visceral and stimulating in this style of cooking. The various dishes being prepared are not concealed in lidded pans nor hidden behind closed oven doors; they are twisting and turning, charring and caramelising behind a curtain of flames and smoke: this is beyond theatre, this is an eruption.  The surprise is that such delicate cooking emerges from this sizzling, smokefilled maelstrom.

This is world without egg timers and oven gloves. this is a world where looking, smelling and tasting are the yardsticks. Everything is hot and fingers act as thermometers while the words of Marco Pierre White ring in our ears “God would not have given you fingers if he didn’t intend them to be burned”. Down in the fire pit, away to the side and clear of the flames, sit large foil wrapped packages filled with beetroots and heavily spiced cauliflowers.
As the fires die down, after a long day of photography and cooking, and the dishes that were created in the fire and the smoke are served on simple white plates on the long oak table in the cool of the house, it takes a leap of faith to remember that this delicacy was forged in a raging inferno.

The man behind the pans and in front of the flames is Matt Clark who, together with his wife Emily, runs an exciting outfit called Big in France which offers a multitude of cookery, photography and yoga course from their properties in the Sud Vendée, near to the Atlantic coast of France. I think you’d enjoy it.

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A Sharp Dresser ….#4 in the series Kitchen Art

The Kitchen Art series is growing apace with plenty of different sizes and prices for limited edition giclée prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag art paper. No.4 in the series, “Sharp Dresser”, was inspired by the wonderful table knife that I found at Emmaus, a charity outlet which has a branch in every town in France, and which has such slick and dapper lines that when I lent it against a simple tranche of goat cheese it immediately took on the look of a 30’s slicker in a brown Derby.
Have a look at the Kitchen Art series on The French Print House and, while you’re there, check out some of the other stuff.

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Kitchen Art #3 from the French Print House

An irresistible play on words that was not resisted. It would seem so, but there is some small piece of reasoning behind the word play. The etymology of the word onion reveals the Latin noun “unio, unionis” as a possible derivation and the Latin noun “unio” translates into English as “a single large pearl”. With that in mind, together with the blue of the string and strands of “hair”, I was drawn inexorably to choose “The Pearl with an Onion Earring” as the title of this, the third in my new series of Kitchen Art giclée prints.

All the details and prices can be found at The French Print House.

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Kitchen series …No.2….Broken Home

Nature’s own food packaging fascinates and, deservedly, will feature on more than one occasion in my new series of limited edition giclée prints for The French Print House. “Broken Home” is the second in the series and I am busily working on a third image.

“Broken Home” is printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Fine Art paper and is available in 4 sizes ranging from 3ft x 2ft to 20ins x 16ins with prices from £120 to £40 ( without VAT).

Shipping is FREE Worldwide.

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Kitchen art … a new series from The French Print House


This portrait of a frost rimed cabbage is the first in a series of prints that I will be producing and which will be available as a limited edition, signed giclée print from The French Print House. The series will be specifically aimed at food lovers in the hope that the prints will be ideal wall art for your kitchens and offices. Print sizes range from 26″x 35″ to 16″x 20″ (with 2 intermediate sizes between) and are priced from £125 to £40 (without vat). Shipping is FREE Worldwide.

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Photography Workshop in France….may 09-12

Check out this wonderful workshop on http://www.biginfrance.co.uk…..when you enter the site, wait for a green panel to appear from the top and click on Photography Courses.

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The French Print House


Contact: https://the-french-print-house.myshopify.com

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..things that are and things to come…

Grey skies and flat light during yesterday’s stroll, around our tiny hamlet of La Moussière, signally failed to obscure the magic that was hidden under a thin veneer of dullness. Looking for pictures is my foraging. The locations of the rarest of fungi are illuminated with blazing lights when compared to the inscrutability of beauty when she decides to dissemble. In May this year I shall be running a photography workshop, here in France, which will focus on ways of finding and photographing these hidden treasures with Big in France – http://www.biginfrance.co.uk …. when the site opens wait for a green panel to appear and click on Photography Courses.
Having hopefully whetted your appetite for things to come I shall touch on things that are which include this beautiful picture of calves with their mothers which will be on sale in The French Print House later on today. To those of you who are pondering as to whether to come to my workshop in France I shall be offering a FREE print to each of the first 4 people who book a place. Looking forward to seeing you here in France.

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the good in greyness….

There’s nothing like a grey January morning for sucking the joy from the marrow whilst making one a mirror image of  it. A memory comes to mind of a curvy grey zinc bar laden with well made Martinis and a conversation with an erudite Australian photographer friend in which I’m quizzed on the meaning of the word “enervation” which I mistakenly believe to signify excitement. This dull drained morning defines that word with meticulous precision. I need light; we need light. In my case the need is not great enough to go to an airport. A walk down the lane reveals grey to be good.

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