David Loftus Food Photography Masterclasses

I really loved David Loftus’s recent Food Photography Masterclass series on Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube. So much useful information and handy tips on improving your photography, creating your own reflectors and food styling. As well as information on lighting, depth of field and other ‘basics’ for DSLR photography.

I made this handy playlist of them all so I would have them all in one handy place.

If you want to improve your photography, I highly recommend this series.


Taste the Village West

The Crowd at PS 41's Taste The West Village

Thanks to a great tip from a fellow foodie friend, I spend a delightful couple of hours this afternoon stuffing my face with delicious food, cocktails  and wine at PS 41 in Greenwich Village. This is a mini food festival that supports PS 41’s Green Rooftop Program.

I sampled a number of tasty morsels from establishments like One If By Land, Two If By Sea; Commerce; The Highlands; Mae Mae Cafe and August. Milagro had a delicious agave juice and raspberry margarita and then I sampled a keg Semilion which was surprisingly drinkable. Crisp and summery and did not remind me of apple cider like most Semilions usually do.

The Aussie Chef at One If By Land, Two If By Sea preparing the tasty morsels (a Melbournite & Collingwood supporter)

The finished product

Corn Vanilla Pannacotta

A Ditch Dog: a mini hotdog on a Brioche bun topped with mac & cheese

A yummy apricot 'newton' from Mae Mae Cafe

Union Square Greenmarket

Went to the Union Square Greenmarket this morning, partly to take some photos with my new Canon compact camera and also a little shopping. Love this place, although it does get really crowded and of course, as usual, nothing I bought was actually on my shopping list so I now need to rethink my weeked cooking plans.

However, I did make a few great finds: some gorgeous blue-green eggs from Araucana chickens (the picture below doesn’t do them justice at all), some wild rocket and rhubarb which I have been suddenly craving after reading the rhubarb crumble recipe on the New York Times website.