Tag Archives: patricia wells

the importance of buying Basil

I’m just mad about Basil, but Basil’s not mad about me…..which is disappointing. It may be that I’m too demanding; too in Basil’s face. I want him with me all the time, and Jenny’s OK with that, by the way, … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, beans, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Olive oil, Patricia Wells, Pesto, Photography, Recipes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

What about us grils?

I love grils don’t you mean girls what about us grils….. …this piece of remembered wisdom, scratched and biroed onto the lavatory wall of a Covent Garden bar, achieved a new and apposite meaning in our kitchen last night. Welsh … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, Baking, Cheese, cheese soufflé, Cookery Writers, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Google, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Memory, Miracle, Patricia Wells, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, souffle, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

une belle horizontale….

Of the phrases that exemplify the quality of French as a diplomatic language few can compare with “belle horizontale” as a well turned euphemism for an “expensive tart” and there is no doubt that the eponymous Tarte au Citron Cartet, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, 2017, Baking, Cooking, creme fraiche, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, France, Humour, Lemon tart, lemons, Paris, Patricia Wells, Photography, photography course, Recipes, tart, tarte au citron cartet, tarte au citron cartet, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

the man from Marseille…

Our local supermarket’s male employees tend not to be slim, suntanned and, above all, smiling; nor do they wear their hair in the mini ponytail once popular with hipsters and now de rigueur with rugby players but yet there he … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, baking, Cheese, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Jane Grigson, Mediterranean food, Mozzarella, mozzarella and tomatoes, Olive oil, olives, Parmesan, pastry, Pesto, Photography, Provence, Recipes, tart, tart of tapenade, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

Shell shock…..

During my lifetime the word “simple”, or should I say its inference, has become the antithesis of that which I originally understood. My schooldays were passed in those halcyon days before society had become so cowed by the pinched face … Continue reading

Posted in 2016, apples, baking, Bistro, Childhood, Childhood memories, Cookery Writers, Cooking, cous cous, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, harmony, Humour, Pate Brisee, Patricia Wells, Photographic Prints, Photography, photography course, Photography holiday, Recipes, Stephane Reynaud, tart, tarte fine aux pommes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

What first attracted me to the millionaire potato cake…

On a recent evening, when I was cooking for one, I came across this very simple recipe, whose heritage I was blissfully unaware. I have always advocated simplicity in cooking which does not in any way imply thoughtlessness or carelessness in the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Bistro, Chicken, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Digital photography, Excellence, Flat parsley, Foie Gras, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, garlic, Google, Herbs and Spices, Meat, Patricia Wells, Photography, potato, Potato Cake Ami Louis, Poultry, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vicarious pleasure, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

the 3 R’s..

Resolve, recant, regret….and the greatest of these three is regret…. but only until the second mouthful if the cake is good enough. We of the human race are generally rubbish (the forgotten R) at keeping our promises to which a quick glance at divorce … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Baking, cake, Calvados, Cookery Writers, Cooking, desserts, Digital photography, Drinks, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Fruit, Humour, One Apple Cake, Patricia Wells, Photography, Recipes, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

one can never be too thin or too chocolatey….

  Cooking with chocolate demands judgement and judgement demands evidence. My lips were smeared with compelling evidence as I marveled at the simplicity of this glossy tart. The first cut had no need to be the deepest as no tart before had adhered … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Baking, Chocolate, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cream, desserts, Digital photography, Eggs, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hazelnuts, Humour, Nuts, Patricia Wells, Photography, Stephane Reynaud, tart, Thin chocolate tart, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

the miller’s wife’s tale…

The red herring has not been seen on the perambulating hors d’oeuvre trolley since the early days of Mao’s influence, when all things red were de rigueur. And there it is; my fallacy is neatly laid in your path to divert your attention from … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, Bistro, Bouchon, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, Drinks, Emotion, Excellence, Expectation, Fish, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, Patricia Wells, Photography, Recipes, smoked herring, smoked herring and potato salad, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 37 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