Archive for the ‘Food Files’ Category

Food Files: Rhubarb Yoghurt Upside-Down Cake

July 23rd, 2016

It’s been so busy these last few months I’ve strayed a bit from the pages of this blog. While my days start with vigour and enthusiasm, deadlines loom, projects demand my focus, emails keep streaming in and the days just slip away, silently rolling into weeks and then I realise I have so much to share and so little time. Remember I shared my kitchen with Ingrid from Let’s Talk Evergreen? In the midst of crazy work schedules we decided to press pause and share food, our love of photography and laughter for a day, each cooking something of our own with the goal to come away with new inspiration, renewed energy and a couple of recipes for you guys to try. I made my favourite lime infused lentil and roast veggie salad and Ingrid made this beautiful rhubarb yoghurt upside-down cake, which I know you are going to love.

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Ingrid’s cake is soft, dense, and moist and it’s the subtle sweetness combined beautifully with the tartness of the rhubarb that makes it so very delicious. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, and even suitable for breakfast too. Ingrid first developed this recipe in my kitchen, and then returned home to perfect it. I spied some rhubarb in the supermarket this week, so I’ll be snapping some up and giving her recipe a try this weekend!  Get the full scoop

Food Files: Lime Infused Lentil and Roast Veg Salad

May 4th, 2016

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you guys for so long. I made over the Christmas and New Year’s break for the first time and have had friends literally beg me for the recipe. So when Ingrid, my sweet friend and the talented soul behind Let’s Talk Evergreen, came to hang out with me in my kitchen last week to cook and photograph together – each making our own recipe and shooting as we went along – I gathered the ingredients I needed to make my very own lime infused lentil and roast veg salad and got to work. It was such a heavenly day. We chatted, nibbled on scraps, swapped photography secrets and laughed. We made a mess and worked in the chaos and it was the very best.

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This recipe is an adaption of one that I spotted in the cookbook Nopi, which my husband gave me as a Christmas present. I wanted to make something special to take with me to our New Year’s eve party – which was at the home of my food stylist friend Ajda Mehmet in Amsterdam so it basically had to be VERY good. I wanted to make a roast pumpkin dish with lime yoghurt dressing but I thought it would be a bit challenging for people to eat while mingling, so decided to adapt the flavours to a lentil salad to serve in small bowls and be eaten in a more civilised fashion. The results were so good I have made it several times since, and every time I do I get begged for the recipe. So here we go. Get the full scoop

Collaboration with Friesche Vlag

February 2nd, 2016

Friesche Vlag is an extension of the Dutch dairy giant Friesland Campina and is the world’s largest dairy co-operative, responsible for the production of various milk products including coffee creamer, long-life milk and milk froth which are sold in more than 100 countries world wide. So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to create the brand images for their new website, designed to coincide with the launch of their latest Latte product. Wanting to branch out in new directions and target a younger audience with their attractive new packaging, Friesche Vlag needed some fresh imagery for their site, enlisting founder of Blogstreet Esther Buitendijk to pull together the right team for this exciting project. And what an honour it was that she deemed me the perfect person to work with web and graphic designer Merel de Neve on what is now the new Friesche Vlag website, and I couldn’t be more proud or grateful for this creative collaboration.

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I thought I’d show you a bit of the process behind this shoot, as it’s always fun to peek behind the scenes a bit on a project like this. It’s a different experience entirely working a commercial project because the stakes are high and in this case there was a marketing team to insure the right message was sent though the images, so it was not just me and my camera this time, but a challenge (which I love) and I am pleased with the results.

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A Charming Bakery in Delft

January 22nd, 2016

Just before the holiday break I was asked to shoot a centuries old bakery in the centre of Delft that has recently changed hands to a charming couple, Thomas van Bavel and Patrick van Holsteijn, who are energetic and passionate about their line of work and the craft behind baking. The bakery has been around since the sixteenth century and it’s new owners are keen to breath fresh life into it while maintaining it’s nostalgic and historical charm.

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I created a series of images for the new website – created by the lovely Merel de Neve, who I hired to rebrand my blog recently – both of the bakery itself and their staff, as well as the products. And yes, I ate a LOT of carbs that week. And yes, it was worth it. Get the full scoop

The Sweetest Christmas Fudge

December 17th, 2015

Whenever I vist my friend (and amazing food stylist) Ajda Mehmet at her place in Amsterdam, she’s got something amazing going on in the kitchen. Whether it’s an incredible three-tiered cake she’s baking for an event or a delicious dinner she’s preparing for friends, it always smells amazing in her apartment and there’s always something yummy to taste. I actually think about her scrambled eggs every single morning when I wake up after she made me some for breakfast when I stayed at her house a year ago. While I was visiting her this week for a project we’re working on, she showed me the sweetest little edible Christmas gifts she’d been making – tiny tahini, cacao and chestnut fudge stars dabbed with delicate gold glitter. I had my camera in my hand, so without any further persuasion I shot these few images, tasting the fudge between shots and decided that I HAD to share the recipe with you guys because they are sooooo good and surprisngly healthy too!

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Ajda adapted the recipe from one she’d tried by Susan Jane White and loved, so when it came to making Christmas gifts (being a food stylist an edible gift seems only fitting) she thought she’d use ingredients she had on hand to make her own adaption of the recipe, resulting in these beautiful little fudgey stars for her lucky Christmas recipients. Not only are they simple to make but they make a beautiful gift, such a sweet idea! Get the full scoop