Downton Abbey Recipe Shoot

Last week was so exciting, we’ve been shooting a set of recipes for Downton Abbey as soon as I heard about this project I couldn’t wait to start shooting. I loved putting together mood boards for the styling and gathering my favourite images on Pinterest for food styling ideas, table settings and props.

Some of the recipes we were given to shoot were fabulous, my favourites was the Chicken with rose petal sauce.

We had and incredible selection of beautiful vintage props, plates and cutlery to choose from which made shooting it such a pleasure. Really proves how important the right props are.


Downton Abbey props

All our lovely cutlery for the shoot

All our lovely cutlery for the shoot

Lovely little vintage pots

Lovely little vintage pots

My set with the Rhubarb Flummery about to be shot

My set with the Rhubarb Flummery about to be shot

Table setting for the shoot

Table setting for the shoot


Christmas Has Begun

Last week we begun shooting for the Christmas Dinner Guide Book, 39 shot of various Christmas dinner meats joints, mostly turkeys and some party food too, it continues this week.  It has been exhausting, trying to come up with different ways to present yet another turkey joint, different trimmings and side dishes as well as new table setting for each. Luckily our prop stylist hired us a wonderful collection of platters, boards, cutlery table cloths and napkins from China & Co.

Feast your eyes on all these goodies…


Props table

White ceramics


Gravy boats



Vintage School Milk Bottle

This weekend I visited my parents and we spent our time together enjoying the cafes and shops in Rochester. In one of the many cute independent shops in the high street I found a lovely vintage school milk bottle complete with paper straw… one of the many things I see when I’m out and about and know immediately I need to add it to my forever growing props collection.


vintage milk bottlemilk 2

G Dad’s Collectables

Today I had the urge to go to G Dad’s Collectables in Old Wolverton… it’s one of my favourite places for a good rummage for vintage and retro goodies. They have everything from figurines, jewellery, cutlery, crockery, clothes, old toys and books. I love it. They also have a cute little 1940s inspired tea room for a cream tea after you’ve had a good look around.

I always come home with something from there and today was no different, I purchased two very cute cake stands.

You could spend hours rummaging
Cabinets full of goodies
How cute is this oven!
Love this little cabinet
Brown shoe collection
Cafe for cream tea


My new cake stand/sandwich tray, £5
And the other new cake stand, £4


I have the week off work, with no real plans other than to be a lady of leisure, which includes, shopping, baking, cleaning, blogging and eBaying. Yesterday I visited a couple of my favourite charity shops, then cleaned out my wardrobe – I now have a 2 piles of clothes, shoes and bags, one for charity and one for ebay. And today I went shopping and treated myself to a few things that I needed… wanted.

Vintage side plates 30p each from local charity shop
Vintage silver spoon 25p from Age Concern
Love this dress… actually bought it a couple of weeks ago but have been meaning to blog it, £9 Next (Special Purchase)
Fab new PJs. Top £3, Bottoms £5 Primark
Print on PJ bottoms…super cute


Top tip… when buying a hoody to lounge around in, buy from Primark mens section, they come in XS and have long arms and body so fit perfectly and are toasty warm, £8

What Katie Ate

On Thursday a cookbook that I have been waiting for, for what feels like forever arrived. I decided to save it until the weekend before sitting down to look though it so I could really enjoy it… it was so worth the wait.

It’s absolutely beautiful. The food styling really inspirational to me, it’s very true and natural, nothing ever feels over styled and there’s usually lots of salt and herbs scattered messily on and about the dish, which is a huge trend in food photography at the moment. I love the props she uses and the prop styling, lovely old vintage used looking plates, ultensils, fabrics napkins and surfaces. The book itself is also designed by Katie, who worked at a graphic designer before moving into food photography and that’s gorgeous too. All the pages are unique with lots of sticky tape and stitching, textured paper backgrounds and old typewriter and other fun fonts, with makes it feel a little like a homemade recipe book complete with cooking stains.

I’m really happy to have it as part of my cookbook collection.