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! Advertisements

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.  

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!

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,…

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…

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…

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…

New props, new lens new Lightroom!

Using a new Magic SLR lens, focused wide open at f1.7 on my new wooden measuring spoons from Daylesford Organics with red peppercorns, and processed in newly downloaded Lightroom 4 Beta. I dropped my original Magic SLR lens and dislodged one of the elements – if there’s somebody out there capable of repairing it and wants…

Treats from Starnash Artisan Foods at the South of England Show

I was delighted to find these goodies among all the, no doubt delicious but predictable, chutneys and biscuits in the food tent at the South of England Show at Ardingly, West Sussex. These salamis from Starnash Artisan Foods were I think the best I have ever tasted – and as I love salamis and air…

The Art of Food Photography exhibition now on

It is often said of typography that you don’t notice “good typography”. It sits easily on the page or the advertising hoarding and you read the message without seeing how it has been conveyed. To the food photographer it can feel that food photography is also regarded like this by most people and that if…

Blueberry smoothie

This is the most wonderfully sustaining breakfast! It’s quick to make and good for you with blueberries for anti oxidants, egg for protein, flax seed for protein and fibre, yoghurt and milk for calcium and a little fat. And most of all it is totally delicious!   Blueberry smoothie 1 egg 1 tblsp Greek yoghurt…

Testing the SLR Magic 35mm f1.7 lens on my Olympus EP-1

This is a quick comparison series using the SLR Magic 35mm f1.7 lens I bought recently. The first two are shot with the Magic, the first at f1.7, and the second stopped down – unfortunately I can’t quite remember how much, and as the lens is manual there is limited EXIF info. The third was…

Making proper Gravlax the Swedish way

A friend just asked me how I make Gravlax so as I was sending her the recipe I thought I would post it here as well. It is something I make pretty often so have refined the method to make it as easy as possible. If you follow this recipe and the recipe for the…

Noodles with seafood in coriander and coconut sauce

Made this recipe for supper tonight although the shot is one I made earlier! Noodles With Seafood In A Coriander And Coconut Sauce 175 g (6oz) tagliatelle or rice noodles 30 g  coriander leaves 1 small red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 cm root ginger, finely grated 2 cloves garlic, crushed 165 ml tin coconut…

One of my first DSLR food shots

Going through my files I came across this shot from 2003 – one of the first food shots I took on a Nikon D100, The quality is still pretty good but I thought it fantastic at the time! Before the D100 I was using an Olympus E10, bought in 2000 and sometimes used for jobs,…

Roast tomatoes with goats’ cheese recipe

Eating out of doors is probably the greatest pleasure of summer, whether it’s a quick lunch under the sunshade or a lingering dinner when the day is cooling. Everthing tastes better but this dish is I think distinctive enough to carry one away in imagination even when the weather isn’t as good as it might…

Little Almond Cakes

I’m gluten and lactose intolerant so use a gluten free flour mix and Lactofree lactose reduced milk to make these fragrant little cakes but it’s impossible to tell that they are not made with regular ingredients. They work perfectly well however with ordinary wheat flour and milk. ● 4 oz olive oil based margarine ●…

Pickled pork – Carne Vinho e Alhos in evening light

I have a rather wonderful old cook book – World Cookery. It has nearly 600 densely packed pages with very few illustrations and the recipes do indeed come from all over the world. It has a foreword from Andre Simon but I can find no credits for the sources of any of the thousands of…

Comparing lenses and lighting for food photography

Here’s another comparison of direct versus diffused light. This time shot outdoors on a sunny day, and also comparing the effect of four different lenses, all used on a Nikon D60. And it’s a picture of a Thai or Kaffir lime. When I go on a location shoot for summer food I often find the…

Carrot cake for tea

I was given a pack of Glebe Farm’s gluten free carrot cake mix which I made up today. I had to add 3 eggs and 6ozs of margarine so there were quite a few ‘real’ ingredients in it and it tastes great. Instead of making it in two sandwich tins and adding buttercream, I made…

Mung beans for lunch

I have recently discovered Mung Beans and how quick and easy they are to cook compared with most beans. They are also much easier to digest and have a fresh and delicate flavour. I spent ages looking for appealing recipes for cooking Mung Beans, but what I found was mostly rather hefty and didn’t seem…

The first home grown tomatoes

I find myself tending my tomato plants like babies. I check them several times a day and am anxious if I have to miss a visit to them or leave them in the care of others – even of my husband! I have had a bad history with tomatoes – for the last few years…

Tapenade on crostini

One thing I always try to have in my store cupboard is a can of pitted olives in brine. Not because I think they taste particularly wonderful on their own – I prefer my olives in a herby olive oil – but they are a wonderful ingredient to make dishes special. I use them with…

Shooting ice cream

There’s a huge mythology about photographing ice cream.  When people ask me what I do and I admit to being a food photographer their next comment is usually something about it ‘not being real of course’! I have given up being surprised at this response and answer with what has become an almost standard spiel:…