Waking up in Alma Vii

September 18th 2016Later today I fly home, but just for the moment I am lying in a little white room with lace curtains, on one of two heavy old wooden beds, on the nightstand next to me a linen cloth embroidered with blue cross stitch and above my head an embroidered German homily also in…

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…