Tag Archives: mastering the art of french cooking

grape shot….

My mind was elsewhere as the sharp knife in my hands surgically removed the seeds from a large bunch of  putative “seedless” grapes. I was reflecting on whether Beulah’s response to her mistress Mae West’s request for a peeled grape … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, baking, Childhood memories, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Good luck, grapes, Humour, Lait Cru, Luck, Milk, Photography, tart, tarte aux raisins, tarte aux raisins, UHT, Uncategorized, Writing, yolks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

juggling on radio…..

A blindfolded man is given a glass of dark beer to taste. He tastes the beer, licks his lips and nods in approval at which point the blindfold is removed causing the subject of the tasting to smile and say … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, aubergine, aubergine, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cream, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, goat cheese, Mediterranean food, Photography, Photography holiday, Rachel Roddy, Recipes, Richard Olney, Ricotta, ricotta gratin, tomato, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Food, France and Photography …in early September

  Early September in France….crowds gone…time for a peaceful holiday…one that involves spending time in a lovely corner of France where you’ll  not only eat excellent food and drink good wine whilst learning a bit about food photography….or about taking any sort … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, French countryside, Markets, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, swimming pool, Vendee, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Du.u.u u ck…

Duck breasts in marinade I have a habit of forgetting a particular word. I can’t tell you what that particular word is as I’ve forgotten it but it serves to define the emotions we feel when fondly remembering earlier moments in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Duck, duck a l'orange, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, Memory, oranges, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Poultry, Recipes, Simon Hopkinson, Stephane Reynaud, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

I say kinell​, you say quenelle[kə.nɛl])…

The skull and cross bones would be an ideal pennant for the carnivorous pike. Several feet of scaly flesh surmounted by a fierce head made monstrous by a mouthful of stilettos gives ample credence to this fanciful title. It will come as … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Cooking, Crayfish, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Excellence, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, pike, seafood, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

The drizzle, it drizzleth every day …..

The time has come for the fire to be lit in the daylight hours rather than at dusk. I use the term “daylight” loosely as “daygrey” would be more pertinent, both in luminance and mood. This is cake weather, where cake … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Baking, cake, Christmas, Coffee, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Memory, Photography, photography course, Raymond Blanc, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 66 Comments

Pear tatin….. whilst dreaming of mangoes

As I was peeling the pears for this evenings pudding my eyes kept wandering and my mouth kept watering over the thought of the two ripe mangoes that were sitting in a bowl on the worktop. Winter directs my hand … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, baking, Cooking, creme fraiche, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fruit, Pears, Photography, tarte tatin, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 50 Comments

Why put all your eggs in a basket when you have a frying pan….

I watched a sporting match at the weekend that failed to live up to its name. It was not the expectation, nor in fact the event itself, in which lay the failure: it was in the naming…..it was not a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Baking, BBQ, Cooking, Cream, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Edouard de Pomiane, Eggs, Emotion, Expectation, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Fried eggs, gigot, Humour, Meat, Memory, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

All Black on Toast…

A cold morning found me doing vigorous exercise in the kitchen. I was cutting thick slices off a dense pain de campagne whose bottom crust was putting up a good fight against my bread knife. As the first slice fell … Continue reading

Posted in Art photography, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, Drinks, Edouard de Pomiane, Excellence, fireplace, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Memory, Photography, Recipes, Weather, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 61 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