I’m not sure about anyone else, but when I cook, I sometimes get inspired by weird things. Like orange zest in my omelette, or in this case, thyme in my raspberries. Sometimes it doesn’t work, and sometimes, it really, really does. Like now. Steel cut oats, thyme and maple raspberries, toasted almonds, hemp hearts. #bam.
I just finished shooting a cookbook. Which means that for the past few months, my house has been filled with delicious, beautiful and TEMPTING food. Pastries, stews, cakes and all those other things that make my pants bigger. It has been an amazing time, in many ways, to say the least.
And, so…I am turning my focus now, to vegetarian and vegan (for the most part) dishes that are…well…a little less ‘pastry-ish’. And in scouring the Internet, have found some really amazing things, which I will share with you here.
For the first share, I’ve chosen a really, really delicious dish by This Rawsome Vegan Life. I haven’t tried any other recipes from her yet, but I can tell you that if based on this one, they are all winners.
As with all recipes, I have taken liberties. I like my broccoli roasted almost to burnt. I didn’t have any chipotle powder in the house, and I had run out of almond butter. But do try her Butternut Squash, Broccoli and Chipotle Almond Sauce recipe. It’s perfect for coming down from this fantastic, delicious summer, and moving into this fantastic, delicious fall.
I have been so busy over the past several months, shooting the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook; an exciting, fun, creative, inspirational project that has me upping my cooking AND my shooting skills! Really, the job is right up my alley. I couldn’t ask for anything more suitable to a ‘home-chef’, lifestyle and food photographer like me.
However, when Sarah and Nick came to me looking for a wedding photographer, I couldn’t pass up the chance to step away for a moment, from wooden backdrops and apple pies and onion tarts to join these two. I only take on a wedding once a year or so…it’s a special thing for me, and something I thoroughly enjoy.
Of course, before marriage, comes an engagement session. So, we trekked out to Point-No-Point on an incredibly beautiful evening, for a little of this:
Often times in my photo-line-of-work, I require models. And lucky for me, I have a lot of good looking friends and family who are (mostly) more than willing. And it occurred to me recently that I have a LOT of images with friends and / or family that have ended up on magazine covers, in ads, on websites and social media campaigns. They may be just a hand of a friend who has accompanied me on a shoot, or they may be full-fledged face-front models, holding a product or eating food, or they may be famous already, and I’m just there to photograph them.
I am often told by friends and family that they will be out running errands, or at a shop, or picking up the kids, when someone will approach them saying they recognize them, but they’re not sure where from! Often it’s from here…on my blog. And sometimes, it’s from the publications they end up in. (this is bound to happen in this fantastic small town).
Occasionally, I will get the urge to leaf through my own photos, sometimes finding ones I’ve never shared, sometimes just to see where I’ve been, and where I’ve gotten to. Here, are a few of my beloved beauties.
Joel at Shine Cafe, shoot for EAT magazine.
Jen, Mel, Jen, Renate, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Festival 2012
Mel, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Festival 2012 / My brother on Quadra Island, as seen in Victoria Vacation Guide 2014
Mel and Dawn, shoot for The Guild, Victoria BC
Kathy’s hand, shoot for Swan’s Brewery and Pub, Victoria BC
Heather, shoot for Blue Crab Seafood House, Victoria BC / Chris and Mark, shoot at Lure, Victoria BC, for EAT magazine
Chris and Mark, shoot at Lure for EAT Magazine
Jesse, shoot for my own publication (working on it) / Jen, shoot for Tofino Food and Wine Fest 2013
Ruby and Rylan, on Quadra Island, as seen on the cover of Island Parent Magazine
Sarah and Mel, shoot for City of Victoria
Sarah and Mel, shoot for City of Victoria
Joel at I Kyu, Victoria BC, shoot for EAT Magazine
Jaime, Sophie and Paige, shoot for Tree Island Yogurt
Dawn and Mel, shoot for The Guild
Chef Heidi Fink at the London Chef, shoot for EAT magazine / Sophie, shoot for Tree Island Yogurt
Tess and Jennifer, Hornby Island, as seen in the Victoria Vacation Guide 2014
Dale and Ryan, shoot for Devour Restaurant, Victoria BC
Renate and Jen, as seen in Homes and Living Magazine 2012