Here’s a little inspiration for MEAT FREE MONDAY if you’re feeling a little under the weather like I am today.
Too sick to leave the house I raided the fridge for anything to put in a soup. Two small onions, two celery sticks, clove of garlic, a sweet potato and half a savoy cabbage. Boiled them in stock allow with two handfuls of lentils. I made some salt and pepper croutons and picked the coriander from my garden.
It tasted good and the distraction whilst making it made me feel a bit better.
This Meat Free Monday I’m embracing Blue Monday by getting involved in the new blue food craze using the powerful antioxidant Blue Spirulina (powder). It’s benefits include protein and Vits A, K1, K2 and B12, iron and Manganese, which makes it perfect for creating my vegan (coconut yogurt substitute) mermaid breakfast bowl!
T’was the weekend before Christmas, so technically I’m feet up and enjoying the holidays. However I couldn’t possibly have a Christmas with out my favourite holiday treat… the Christmas Yule Log. I love to make one of these every year and the version I make is so simple it’s just pure joy! Recipe below image.
Ingredients – shop bought Vanilla and Jam Swiss Roll, 2 100g bars of milk chocolate.
Method – Unwrap and place swiss roll on your christmas serving board, chop a large slice off the end of the swiss roll and place it on the side of the main roll. Melt all the chocolate in a Pyrex dish in the microwave or saucepan method. Once melted, decorate the swiss roll with the melted chocolate using a pallet knife to create a log-like texture. Dust with a little icing sugar and use Rosemary sprigs to look like trees. Simple but beautiful!
Feeling a little under the weather this weekend, so I’m taking it easy and keeping warm and cosy by staying in my pyjamas and cuddling up with my little cat (whilst drinking lots of coffee and reading books). Bliss!
A whole week of cupcakes… don’t mind if I do! These are my Lavender Cupcake, topped with handpicked Lavender from the Hitching Lavender fields. I mixed the icing colour myself by using pink and blue (to match my hair colour) into a basic cream cheese icing recipe.
Last week I had the privilege of working with and shooting the talented Michelin starred Tanner Brothers. I shot the plated food and behind the scenes in the kitchen, as well as people enjoying the food.
This was one of my favourite shots from the shoot… I love the steam, the rustic setting and the drama of the shot.
There’s a massive trend for Bundt cakes in food photography at the moment, no great surprise there as they are so beautiful and look stunning in photos. So I thought I’d share with you my Bundt cake (that I made !!) for a recent photoshoot.
Surprisingly easy to make, I topped it with poached pears and a salted caramel sauce (that I also made!). Not bad for a first attempt!
Shot on Canon 5D MarkII with 24-70mm lens
Today was an awesome day.
Laura Edwards is a photographer who’s work is an inspiration of mine, her food photography is beautiful – light and unfussy and gorgeous compositions. So I was absolute thrilled when I was given the opportunity to assist her at her beautiful daylight London studio for a photoshoot for cookbook she is working on, along with Tabitha Hawkins prop styling and Annie Rigg food styling.
It was an amazing day, thank you Laura!
This weekend’s cookbook review is Pieminister – a pie for all seasons by Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon.
Lovely book with a nice simple graphic cover, the intro tells you how Tristan and Jon met, where the pie concept came from and their journey to success. The book is full of photos, not just of food but also Tristan and John, their friends and family, people making pies, eating pies, pies on location… lovely, I love photos and books which tell a story and set a scene. I particularly like the double spread in the summer chapter set at a festival.
The photos have a really fun friendly feel about them, shot by James Bowden, Lincoln Jefferson (also the food stylist for the book) and Caroline Vail.
I personally love pie photography, the rustic look is definitely my favourite type of food photography. A great book.
This Weekend Cookbook Review I’m reviewing Polpo – A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts).
Its a beautiful book to look at, I love the way that it is bound with no spine so you can see the binding and it is printed on lovely soft cream paper. Written by Russell Norman and photographed by Jenny Zarins, not only is the book full of recipes and beautiful food photography but it all has wonderful photos of Venice as well as a restaurant and bar guide.
The food photography has a lovely soft lighting to it and is very close up on the food, leaving little room for heavy prop styling, the result is simple and beautiful. The food doesn’t look styled, it looks very natural as it would be served and there is no mention of a food stylist.
A lovely book to inspire a very natural look food photography.