Tag Archives: cooking

Drying cabinet

Saturday 16th July 2022, 12.30pm (day 3,978)

Drying cabinet, 16/7/22

This is not the sort of thing you see in every pub visited. But The Griffin, in Amersham, certainly takes its food preparation seriously. The ray in the back of this drying cabinet was enormous. However, I hold back from recommending this establishment thanks to its charging me £7 for a pint, which even for the Home Counties is outrageous.

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Fresh ingredients

Sunday 3rd July 2022, 4.55pm (day 3,965)

Berries and rosemary, 3/7/22

Summer fruits and rosemary. All picked from the garden just before this picture was taken: and all eaten, one way or another, within an hour afterwards. Most enjoyable.

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Pete, barbeque man

Saturday 18th June 2022, 4.00pm (day 3,950)

Pete, BBQ man, 18/6/22

The English summer weekend. We cook and eat our food outside despite it only being about 13ºC. And there is some obligation for middle-age men to be the ones cooking it: Pete (brother-in-law) started it off, but I braved the flames (below centre) to do the last quarter, or so.

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Pickling prep

Thursday 9th December 2021, 11.45am (day 3,759)

Beetroot, 9/12/21

No other veg is quite so purple as beetroot. Not this rich, vibrant purple that stains everything around it, anyway. And in such a grey, alien-looking container.

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Street food

Thursday 4th November 2021, 12.10pm (day 3,724)

Street food, 4/11/21

As being made by the guy on the “Dosa” stall in St. George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, this lunchtime. I did eat my lunch out today, although not here. Although this is a little out of focus, I like the mixture of colours and textures on this shot.

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Plum preservation

Thursday 19th August 2021, 12.05pm (day 3,647)

Plums in vodka, 19/8/21

Despite the propping up (an action which probably saved most of the remainder), half our plum tree has given up the ghost; the weight of the fruit was too much. So today I had a great many green plums to process. It was the fate of these ones to end up in a demijohn with sugar and vodka. Apparently, in a year, we’ll have slivovitz. Or, I’ll forget about them, stashed in the closet as they now are, and our descendants will rediscover them in forty years, playing host to entire new ecosystems.

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Wild garlic motherlode

Tuesday 6th April 2021, 12.50pm (day 3,512)

Wild garlic, 6/4/21

Time for a forage….. No, I’m not telling you exactly where this stash is. Somewhere in Hebden Bridge. I will say no more.

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Clare in the kitchen

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 7.30pm (day 3,498)

Clare in kitchen, 23/3/21

Came as close as I ever have today to simply having no acceptable photograph at the end of the day. Up until this one was taken I had an out-of-focus picture of a halved avocado, and that was pretty much it. C. gets involved today almost as emergency cover. It’s still out-of-focus, but hey, at least she’s smiling.

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Pizza cooks

Friday 5th February 2021, 4.45pm (day 3,452)

PIzza cooks, 5/2/21

How long before I simply have nothing to photograph? Shockingly, for a Friday — the start of the weekend — this is a photowhack, the one and only photo taken on a given day. With a long zoom, its graininess reflecting the utter lack of intimacy there is in the world, these three find something to do with their 12″ Wood Fired Pizza Oven. The rest of us sit and rot, and with a rainy weekend forecast, that ain’t gonna change much.

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Overburdened

Tuesday 4th August 2020, 12.10pm (day 3,267)

Overburdened chilli, 4/8/20

A dull day in every sense.  Also the last day of life for this chilli plant, which as you can see has put all of its efforts into this single great fruit, and spent itself like the one-hit-wonder pop group. The chilli went today into a very nice curry; and the plant, with our thanks, was put out of its misery.

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