Tag Archives: mastering the art of french cooking

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

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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

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Shell shock..

There is a superstition, which I  have found to contain more than a grain of truth,  that bad things come in threes, as in the three horsemen of the apocalypse. Four horsemen, I hear you say, but. according to my … Continue reading

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F.U.N.E.X

Meringues beget egg yolks which guarantee the survival of Nigella’s Egg Yolk Sponge Cake. The mountain of summer fruit which we have been tasked to eat grows riper and more seductive with each sun filled hour, exacerbating the need for … Continue reading

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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

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Ca me donne la peche….just peachy.

Peaches are forever associated with superlatives, be it with regard to a ravishingly  beautiful person, an exotic vehicle or a perfect uppercut. The expression of  this perfection is often quantified in terms of “peachiness”. Having skin like a peach is … Continue reading

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Panning for gold….

“I break some good eggs into a bowl, I beat them well, I put in a good piece of butter in the pan. I throw the eggs into it and I shake it constantly. I am happy, monsieur, if this … Continue reading

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Ladies who lunch..Chez Papa..

Uncovering treasure is not an accurate science. I say this with an authority that I do not possess, as treasure and I are rarely, if ever, seen together or even spoken of in the same breath. The same can be … Continue reading

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Je mange bien tous les jours ……a further episode in which the duck gets it.

Being born a duck is amongst the shortest straws to be drawn in the creation stakes. There you are, a handsome beast, or babe, with a cool beak, great coloured feathers, top swimmer, ace diver and aerobatic ace:  but, and … Continue reading

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Je mange bien tous les jours…..another week of good food.

Les oeufs meurette are an intense combination of eggs, lardons, mushrooms, shallots, garlic and red wine that has the power to revive me when I’m not at my best. It has nothing to do with the wonderful recipes from Laurence … Continue reading

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