Pancakes are so easy and delicious – and they suit all times of day. Here is a favourite breakfast variety that I enjoy with good live yoghurt (Onken is my favourite) fresh blueberries, and very light runny local honey to just add a little sweetness. This recipe makes just enough for breakfast for two not…

White Garlic Soup (Tourin blanchi à l’ail)

These very chilly January days require a warming and fortifying soup – this is the one! Lots of garlic, onion and goose fat in one recipe mean it is perfect for warding off all those winter  bugs waiting to get you. White Garlic Soup (Tourin blanchi à l’ail) Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 20…

Pub grub

A shoot for a pub chain – I love the improvement in pub food over recent years. The food for this shoot was simple, unfussy and just plain good!

Shooting for Toby Carvery involves a lot of MEAT!

We always seem to do these big meat shoots when the weather is good and the studio gets very hot as both stoves are in use to roast the meat. And then there is a definite bonus when at the end of the day we divide up beautiful gammon and beef etc to feed us…

Eggy pancakes for breakfast

I find that when I have these pancakes for breakfast I don’t feel hungry again for hours. They seem to be a good ratio of protein and fat to carbs and prevent any draining insulin spikes!   Breakfast Pancakes (Swedish Plättar) for one 1 large free-range egg 1 dl (100 ml) Dove’s gluten free (or…

French Onion Soup

At this time of year when, despite the days getting a little longer, winter stills feels as if it has its grip on us, I feel a real need for traditional warming soups that soothe and heal us from the inside out. This is the traditional French soup that inspired traveller cooks. My mother had…

Shooting for Toby Carvery

A regular client is Toby Carvery – these shoots are very demanding and challenging as the requirements are so critical. There’s a tremendous amount that needs to be shown – a lot of individual elements have to be incorporated into a single image that still looks irresistible and shows the quality of the food. We…

I have had a busy year of shooting

I haven’t really posted anything here in the last year. Out of the blue at the end of October 2013 my wonderful husband, Andro had a completely unexpected heart attack and died on November 3rd. I had no idea just how hard rebuilding my life would be and I still have a very long way…

Photographing Alexandra Hollywood

I had a really enjoyable job yesterday photographing the lovely Alexandra Hollywood and her recipes for Tesco chocolate. The light was pretty bad yesterday, but with fast lenses, high ISOs and my studio with its beautiful even light, it was possible to shoot all day using only available light.  All was greatly helped by a…

A French graveyard

We stayed in the village of Bourg-Charente, very near Cognac, for a wonderful Christmas a couple of years ago. I was sorting out my pictures of that Christmas for an article in the next Saffron Magazine when I came across these pictures I had taken of the local village graveyard. The ways in which we commemorate…

In the zone – shooting Scandi food

I had a job I feel really at home with last week – shooting for the lovely Bronte Aurell of the Scandinavian Kitchen. And I got to take home a lot of delicious goodies afterwards. We shot a lot of open sandwiches (smörgåsar) – something that hasn’t really entered the British culture despite our love of…

I shoot portraits too!

Just putting together a few portrait shots of chefs and cooks from my portfolio for a potential client – I thought I’d share them here.

My studio

All photography is about light, and food photography is very much about how the light is best used to describe the subject. Years ago I had vowed I wouldn’t be a photographer if it meant living in the dark and  working only with flash lighting. I needed a studio with wonderful natural light I looked…

Shooting for Christmas

A lot of my summer is spent photographing for Christmas, usually when the studio is at its hottest, and the cooking of turkeys raises the temperature even further. Shooting for Toby Carvery, with JWT means there are a lot if people in the studio all with a stake in making the photograph work for their…

The Achamore house orchids

On our way home from the wonderful wedding we went to on Tiree at the end of August, we visited the tiny island of Gigha (pronounced Gheea) off the Kyntyre peninsula, with about 150 residents. Among the attractions on Gigha is Achamore House, an excellent upmarket B&B, where owner Don Dennis tends his collection of…

Not my usual subject for photography! Creepy, crawly spider…..

I don’t go out of my way to photography insects and arachnids, I think they are fascinating when I happen to see them but there are so many other things I’m obsessed with!  My sister on, the other hand is serious about them and will spend hours studying a new bug, going into ecstatic details…

The silvery sands

We were in Tiree for a wedding at the end of August, and discovered a world of pearly light, fields of wildflowers, little white houses, fat contented cattle and pale beaches studded with seashells. This is the beach just below where we were staying.

Hebridean paella

I’m just back from 10 days in the Hebrides, first for a beautiful wedding on Tiree, and then on to Gigha and Arran, doing research for Andro’s next book. I love the Scottish islands not least for the wonderful fish and shellfish available there. This is a magnificent paella made by our host on Tiree….

Another nice job to shoot yesterday

Shooting in my studio yesterday for a pub chain, such a close hot day but the windows were open and it felt calm and airy, and the very flat daylight was great for photography.  

Natural linen

MARIE-LOUISE AVERY: food & lifestyle photography | Interiors shop window stock photography image. Bolts of beautiful linen always make me feel like getting out the sewing machine. This was in a Swedish shop window.

Props for a Christmas shoot

I love collecting together props for a shoot. Just getting a few things together can suggest the way the whole shoot will go.

Swedish Ärtsoppa photographed for Saffron Magazine

One of my favourite soups – and one that is served routinely on Thursdays in Sweden is yellow pea soup. In Sweden it is served with warm arrack flavoured liqueur – Punsch. Read more about it in the first issue of Saffron Magazine or licence the pics on the PictureKitchen stock library

Summer breakfast

I am a great advocate of the high protein cooked English breakfast. I know that if I eat eggs and bacon for breakfast I don’t think about eating again for hours, but in the summer I often succumb to the sheer sensual pleasure of natural set yoghurt (not low fat obviously) with whatever fruit I…

Shooting on location in a pub…

Much better than my last location shoot in a pub when we had a three hour power cut and some impossible food, this went very smoothly. (It was beautifully organised) and apart from a minor equipment failure was a great day.

Photographing ice cream

I had a lovely job last week – on a hot day too! I was shooting ice cream for Criterion ices, a specialist, artisan icecream maker with wonderful flavours. They all tasted as good as they looked!

Oranges and lemons say the bells of …… St Clements

I’ve known Hastings and St Leonards all my life, ever since we used to stay in a seafront hotel for a week in the Easter holidays each year when we were little. It’s always been a mixture of raffishness, artiness and a fair bit of sad dilapidation, but there is architecture – and that always…

10 steps to a food photograph

A nice side effect of digital photography is that the all the stages to a finished photograph can be kept – and in fact I always keep all the captures from a shoot until the job is over in case something is needed for retouching. But then I weed them out a bit to reduce…

Give a diary with great food photographs for Christmas

If you click on the image to the left you can see a preview of my new planner diary. The layout is really nice and even though I use my iPhone for appointments and photoshoots etc, I also find it useful to keep notes and plan things on paper. So I’ve ordered one for myself…

Fasting food

Andro and I have been following Dr Michael Mosley’s advice for the last three weeks – and I think will continue for the foreseeable future. In case you haven’t heard about it you can read the gist of his excellent Horizon TV programme here. The basis of the regime is to make two days a week…

Coffee addiction

I recently bought a Nespresso machine for the studio. I knew I would love it because I’d tasted the coffee from a friends machine and had found myself taking a detour when in John Lewis to go past the electrical goods department for a free fix. But I hadn’t quite realised how much I’d start…

Frustration with Nikon D800

So – I have my lovely new Nikon D800. I am waiting for my new MacBook Pro Retina to arrive at any minute. I have happily been using Lightroom since it was launched and find version 4 better than ever. Everything should be set up perfectly for my studio food photography. But alas – no,…

Real peas

When I was little my mother often found herself cooking meals all evening as different aged children and husband came home at varying times all needing feeding. My father often ate a good business lunch and so in the evenings could be satisfied with something quite light – one of his favourite suppers was Petits…

Beech seed husk

On my walk with Conker yesterday morning I noticed the beech trees were already producing their fruit, the husks contain the triangular shaped seeds called mast that we used to peel open as children to eat the very small, slightly bitter but definitely nutty, ‘nut’ inside. I grabbed this shot with the camera I had…

Fish pie

Everyone loves fish pie – the ultimate comfort food. I shot this last month as part of a job for a large pub chain, commissioned by JWT, so although I can’t give you this exact recipe, I can tell you it was jolly good! Here however is the recipe for my own fish pie so…

Nasi Goreng

I shot this last month at Denman College – the wonderful Women’s Institute’s facility near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, where WI members are able to take residential courses in all sorts of wonderful things – including cookery. It was cooked by their young and exciting chef Peter Lien who teaches many of the courses. Nasi Goreng A…

I always feel so proud when my husband publishes a new book!

My husband is author Andro Linklater and Andro’s latest book is “Why Spencer Perceval Had To Die’. In this little clip he explains a little of what it is about. Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister Shot on Nikon D90

Enjoying Snapseed

This shot is part of a recent job for Hovis, but I had fun applying various grunge filters in Snapseed for iPad. Such fun – although it would be lovely to work it into an actual job.

Antique smocks at the WI’s Denman College

I was at Denman college, the education college of the WI, doing a food shoot for their magazine, when I discovered a temporary exhibition of traditional English smocks. My father had an interest in smocks when I was a child so I have always taken note of them and this was a magnificent collection.

Toast and dripping

This was my breakfast this morning – gluten free toast with beef dripping from last night’s roast rib of beef. Totally delicious – and part of my campaign to re-habilitate meat fats.  Read Jennifer McLagan’s book ‘Fat‘ and you will never be frightened to eat natural, flavourful, healthy meat fat again! Shot on Olympus EP-1…

Pepsi

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Shooting for supermarket packaging

Was busy last week shooting lots of images for packaging for ASDA  supermarket’s own brands. It’s not quite my usual style – it’s sharper and a bit brighter – it has to work printed quite small on a plastic pack where the printing may not be wonderful so it’s no place for subtlety. Nevertheless I…

Conker does sleep very neatly

I have been playing with the new Lightroom 4 Beta and liking it very much. Most images seem to be pretty close to right, straight from the camera but the new tone correction sliders are so sensitive and effective that it’s really easy to make everything look even better. I love what Lightroom 4 has…