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.…
Want to learn food photography and food styling? Want to have not one, but two experienced teachers and professional food photographers show you everything you need to know about food styling, shooting like a pro on your DSLR, editing in Lightroom and taking gorgeous food photos on your mobile phone? Then listen up because my London food styling, food photography for DSLR and mobile phone workshop is now open for registration.
Together with experienced commercial food photographer, educator and food blogger Lauren Caris from That’s Sage I will be hosting 3 action packed days focusing on food styling, food photography (for DSLR and mobile phone cameras), visual story telling and photo editing. In addition we’ll be exploring how to make the most of your social media channels, how to grow your instagram and increase your blog and website traffic too! Want to find out more? Then please read on...
Creating the best FREE photo challenges are one of my most favourite things to do, EVER! Honestly, they are sooo much fun, full of creativity and make me feel THAT much closer to YOU, my fellow food photography fanatics. Having said that I have noticed that there are A LOT of food photography challenges happening on instagram of late and - when people move one way, I kinda like to move the other way ;).
This means that this season's Autumn instagram food photography challenge in this 12-day format will be one of my very last. Even more reason to sign up then AND tell your friends about the challenge isn't it ;)?! Learn about food photography, food styling and be part of the BEST online creative community a food lover could ever be! Ready to make a commitment to your learning and master the perfect insta food flatlay? Then please read one...
Do you get a bit reflective towards the end of a calendar year? I do, big time! In part because it’s always incredibly sobering to think that yet another year has passed, but also because it’s so helpful for me to analyse what worked, what didn’t work and what to focus on during the new year.
When I started blogging I had a practice where I shared my food blogger wish list for the year ahead. I did it for the year 2015 and 2016 and then fell out of this practice, settling instead for quietly writing the new year’s wish list in my journal. I call BS on that because sharing the list publicly makes me work harder, gives the wish list more power to manifest itself and provides me with a sense of accountability.
Hence here it is, my wish list for 2019. You ready?
After having so much fun teaching my first on-line interactive live food photography, food styling and visual story telling e-course I've decided to do it all again and welcome you to join me for my second LIVE interactive online food styling, food photography and visual story telling course!
To be honest I hadn't planned to launch the online food styling course again until the new year, but following the lovely feedback I received from the students who signed up for the course over the summer (see below) and my desire to make the course even better this time around, I can't wait to start teaching you all I know about food styling and food photography sooner rather than later. Want more info? Then please read on.
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As you know from this blog posts here I’m a person who’s in the kitchen cooking pretty much daily and someone who works with food all the time as well. Hence a great kitchen work surface to me is essential; I’m really looking for something that’s durable, scratch resistant and pleasant on the eye too.
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?