When the adorable Sasha Gill, from @thesashadiaries contacted me in late 2018, asking if she could send me a copy of her soon-to-be released debut vegan cookbook, Jackfruit & Blue Ginger, I was touched. I was even happier when Sasha and her publisher Murdoch Books kindly agreed to send an extra copy to one of my lucky audience members. That’s because it’s through sharing cookbooks full of delicious recipes with YOU that I get to say THANK YOU for being here and reading my ramblings. Now - enough gushing! Shall we take a closer look at what Jackfruit & Blue Ginger is all about and how you can win a copy?
It’s been a little while since I shared a plant-based recipe with you guys and seeing that The Little Plantation is first and foremost a vegan food blog, I thought it was about time I got back in the kitchen and prepared something for you. I shouldn’t actually say that this vegan dish is just ‘something’ and instead name it for what it is: EVERYTHING.
Now before you think I’m a conceited cook, I’d like to let you know that today’s recipe is in fact adapted from the brand new cookbook BENTO POWER: BRILLIANTLY BALANCED LUNCHBOX RECIPES, conceived, shot and written by my incredibly talented instagram friend, Sara Kiyo Popowa. You may know Sara on instagram as @shisodelicious where she shares her lovingly made, colourful plant-based bento box meals. But, does the idea of plant forward Japanese inspired bento boxes translate into a great cookbook? I’ll tell you what I really think and let you know how you can win a copy.…
Hey you! Yes YOU!!! Did you know that before I started my blog, I’d read other people’s food blogs and drool over their photos and kinda wished they were my best friends so they could tell me where they learned to create such stunning images and delicious looking food. Do you do that too sometimes, you know, wish that the person whose content you love would know you’re there?
Kankana’s blog - Playful Cooking - was one of the blogs I read religiously before starting my own and Kankana was one of the people I wished were my blogging friend, meaning that it felt super special when she started following me back on social media and then, over the years actually really saw me and noticed me (blush). Now imagine my delight when Kankana asked me to review her debut cookbook THE TASTE OF EASTERN INDIA (FYI I nearly fell off my chair and of course said yes); I’m sharing the results of delving deeper into her cookbook here with you today :).
Now before I share the full recipe for this vegan tomato curry with you, want to know a little bit more about Kankana’s cookbook?
Today I'm writing about food on instagram, why simplicity in food is everything and why I do what I do as part of my 3-day Saveur Awards countdown. However, if you're here for the delicious vegan tofu satay recipe, I don't blame you. Just scroll down to the very end to find what you're looking for ;).
WHEN INSTAGRAM BECAME THE HOME OF FOOD PORN
When Instagram launched in October 2010 it was all about sharing instant shots of yourself in the here and now. Think polaroids for the online, digital age. Posting candid, real shots is exactly what instagram pioneers did, that is, until they didn't anymore.
As an avid home cook and a food photographer everything starts with great food and a great work surface. If you think of it from the home cook's perspective if makes sense, right? Your ingredients have got to be right to create the dish you crave, but you also need a reliable, sturdy worksurface that makes the preparation process smooth and easy.
As a food photographer those two thing matter just as much - it's hard to shoot beautiful images if the food doesn't look right. And as for the worksurface it is ALWAYS a major consideration when I think about the mood and feel of a food photography image. It's the foundation from which I build my scene and tell my story. In fact if you read this blog post, this one and this one you'll know how incredibly important surfaces are in food photography and food styling.
Hi everyone! Thank you for your patience during my Easter break, I really appreciate it. So much so that I've got some pretty cool stuff lined up for you this week. To say thank you for being the best tribe ever I've got an AMAZING vegan cookbook giveaway happening, a delicious protein rich vegan salad recipe to share with you AND a LIVE food blogger masterclass to tell you about too.
To say I'm excited is a total understatement and hence I'd love to kick off all the goodness by telling you a little bit more about the vegan cookbook - POWER PLATES - by 3-time cookbook author and vegan food blogger Gena Hamshaw which you can win this week. You ready?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Tesco. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
When a supermarket wants to do all it can to help YOU try and enjoy eating more vegan and vegetarian food, I want to do all I can to ensure you get to know about it. That's why I am delighted to team up with Tesco this week who have developed a range of delicious, affordable and easy vegan recipes just for you. The best part? You don't need to go to a fancy health food store to buy the required ingredients. Instead you can just hop over to Tesco's where you'll find all you need to get stuck in and put a healthy, gorgeous meal on the table in less than an hour. That's because Tesco's have an array of fresh fruit and veg as well as vegetarian staples like beans, tofu, herbs and spices available in store waiting for you to take them home. Awesome, right?!
Hello everyone! I know this isn't my ''official'' first blog post of 2018, but it feels like the first REAL one so before I get stuck in, may I wish you all a gorgeous, happy and prosperous new year, filled with scrumptious, healthy, vegan food (like this delicious, simple and seasonal Moroccan chickpea stew)! All the good things, basically ;) because you deserve a kick-a** year!
Now, to help make the start of 2018 extra special and lend you a hand in your quest to try a meat-free Veganuary (cuz that was totally your plan, right?), I thought I'd extend the giving season and host an AWESOME cookbook competition. See, you can win a copy of Rita Serano's AMAZING Vegan in 7 cookbook courtesy of Kyle Books. And there's more! Want to find out everything? Then read on...