Today I fancied making juice…and mess!
Last week I was working on a set of lemon recipe images and decided to shoot a small series on lemon curd. Starting with a making shot, which I also decided to shoot overhead. As well as an eating shot, which I challenged myself to shoot with two totally different lighting set up. Lighting 1. was to be a cosy comfy rustic feel and lighting 2. a bright cheery morning shot. I discovered that Lurpac butter and lemon curd survive really well under studio lights.
When I am asked to shoot curry I worry a little, sometime the curry itself lacks colour and texture, especially if it’s a Korma. Luckily the curry I had to work with was a Tikka Masala. Working with only the quantity of meat and veg in the dish we lift them up to bring them to surface to add definition and to help make to food easily recognisable. Propping curries is one of my favourite food styling jobs, adding to breads, crunching popadoms, squeezing limes and sprinkling herbs and spices about. Beautiful shot, I’m so happy with the ways these turned out.
I was so excited this week when I found out that we would be shooting a Victora sponge cake recipe and not only that but also cooking and styling it would be the lovely Julia Azzarello. My brief to Julia was to give the Victoria sponge a modern twist by styling it similar to the current trend of naked cakes… she didn’t let me down, it looked (and tasted) stunning!
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.
It was great going into store today, so much of the recent work I have been doing is popping up in there. I couldn’t help snapping a couple of shots of it on my phone as I walked round.
Look at this lovely shot I took today for a recipe card, comfort food classic! Roasted sausages, butternut squash, red onion and sage. So yummy I can’t wait to make myself the veggie sausage version for dinner. I asked chef to chop the butternut squash nice and chunky so that it retained it’s shape and could be easily recognisable and he fried the sage separately so I could placed that afterwards. The red onions were also cooked separately too and not for long so that they kept their shape and the stylist painted them with balsamic glaze mixed with the juices for the sausages just to colour them up slightly. I propped the shot with apples picked from the tree outside as the recipe is pork and apple sausages.
At the weekends I love to spoil myself with a cooked breakfast, I feel it helps me relax and begin the weekend in the right frame of mind. As this weekend is Bank Holiday, I think it calls for something a little bit different to my usual hash browns and veggie sausage…. Check out my posh beans on toast. Made with a mix of different types of beans, chopped tin tomatoes and some lovely rustic bread.
We’ve been shooting new recipes all week, which has been exhausting in this heat and mid week I totally lost my appetite (it’s back now… dinner is cooking as I type). We’ve shot some lovely recipes including roast chicken, butterfly cakes, pavlova, and even jam.
My favourite shot from the week was a recipe for a summer rice salad, which involved cooking the rice in stock, herbs and mushrooms, then once cooked adding, kidney beans, shredded chicken and raw courgette ribbons. We garnished with lemon zest and basil leaves, keeping the food looking very natural as if just served. The whole look of the shot was to feel summery so I used a lovely lilac washed surface, with rose napkin and a glass of iced lemon water.