Monthly Archives: June 2010

nose to tail

To Kent to visit a friend who has recently acquired three Saddlebacks. They are delightful in their piggyness, friendly and curious, and their bodies are hard and clean. Fed on a diet of 20% protein, the currently weigh about 25kg, … Continue reading

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unforgettable june days

The French President has come to London to mark the seventieth anniversary of General de Gaulle’s broadcast to the French nation from the headquarters of the Free French in South Kensington. Having been welcomed with ceremonies of State, he went … Continue reading

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a walk through the hills around le poet celard, 12 june 2010

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richard olney

“In season, I can ill support a day without a tomato salad.” (Ten Vineyard Lunches, 1988)I should not have got this far without mentioning the man who has guided and influenced me more than any other food writer.  Possibly best known in the … Continue reading

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mare nostrum

A 40 minute boat ride from Le Lavandou takes you to the Iles d’Or.  The three principal islands of the group are Port-Cros, a nature reserve, L’Ile de Levant, a naturist resort, and Porquerolles, celebrated briefly in the final scenes … Continue reading

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good and simple things to eat

Eight people to feed.   There is so much here that it’s hard not to focus on food for just one meal.  The butcher engages in a lengthy debate about how to make a perfect terrine.  I am using Richard … Continue reading

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doughty phyllis

A cycle trip to the countryside of the Haute Alpes, only 10 kilometres away. Stop to drink from the fountain in La Charce, home of the Joan of Arc of the Dauphine, Phyllis de la Charce. In the late 17th … Continue reading

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