Tag Archives: Recipes

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

A puree of Gorgons’ heads…

“Cheap” is a much maligned word. Cheap skate, cheap shot, dirt cheap and on the cheap are terms that denigrate, that define something or someone as less than it or they should be. In our wealth driven society a divide has appeared. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, apples, Apricot jam, Baking, bananas, Caroline Conran, Cookery Writers, Cooking, Cuisine bourgeoise, desserts, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, friendship, Fruit, Garden, Gardening, leeks, Leeks in red wine, lifestyle, Mary Cadogan, Pear Sponge tart, Pears, Photography, photography course, tart, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 36 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

Big name hunting in Lyon..

Five days of five courses has led me to believe that the current medical sound byte of “five a day for a healthy lifestyle” has been misinterpreted by the Lyonnais. The five pieces of fruit are replaced by five easy … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Digital photography, Excellence, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Humour, lifestyle, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, wine, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 Comments

How to make a priest faint….without exposing anything

It’s hard to imagine that too much olive oil in a dish of aubergines could create a fainting fit, but that’s how the story goes. The dish of which I speak is called Imam Bayildi which apparently means “the Immam fainted”: … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, Arto der Haroutunian, aubergine, Cookery Writers, Cooking, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Imam Bayildi, Mediterranean food, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

Jam today…

I have met a lot of bankers in my time and most of the meetings were uncomfortable….for me. The main thrust of these meetings was to convince them of the imminent arrival of funds and, with that in mind, the … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, cake, Cream, creme fraiche, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, Humour, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

the wild bunch take a bath…

I could not help but notice the very human characteristics being displayed by this particular bunch. It is clear to me that there is leader, head and shoulders above the others, who is holding court to this sycophantic bunch of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, asparagus, Cooking, Digital photography, Eggs, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Hard boiled eggs, Photography, photography course, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 60 Comments

Of armpits and artichokes…

Yesterday began in a most unusual way.  I function, during my morning bathroom ritual,  on “auto pilot”.  An order of events has insinuated itself, over the passing years, which means that once ablutions have commenced I’m not particularly conscious of that which … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, artichokes, Artichokes Poivrade, Basil, Cooking, Digital photography, food, Food and Photography, Food photographer, France, Herbs and Spices, Humour, Olive oil, Parmesan, Photography, photography course, Recipes, Thyme, tomatoes, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 49 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

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Tarte au citron…..cheers me up

Eggs, cream, butter, lemons…yellow is a good colour for January. As rain falls and grey afternoons stretch away, I find it easy to lose myself in colour.  Lemon juice, sugar and eggs  are transformed into creamy waves of subtle colours … Continue reading

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