Friday, 9 October 2009

Food photo shoot...... Mood= Artistic

I had to do a photo shoot for my business and for some magazines that i was going to be featured in so i called upon my partner Leon so we could create and come up with beautiful dishes that were easy to cook, and beautiful to look at as well as having an AMAZING taste.

We brought with us different assortment of ingredients and began an almost ready steady cook experience, mixing and matching ingredients there and then without a menu or guidance. The food was photographed by Frasier Tyrie, and my PR company were also there to taste the spoils of the day....

Everything turned out pretty perfectly, considering we didn't stop cooking and food styling for hours and hours. But it was all worth it in the end and we had a big feast to follow. We had Steak tartare canapes, Canons of lamb, Duck breast with herb crisp, Rack of lamb with broad bean salad and lamb and redcurrant jus, Cheesecake and chocolate lava fondant, to mention a few.

Experimenting with whatever ingredients you have available is always the way that i do things. Of course i do buy specific things for certain meals, but it is not text book cooking. You have to go with your MOOD, and what you have available. You will surprise yourself if you do.

This way of food styling is very normal for me, as i worked in restaurants for several years, and we had to present every dish as an art, so people could eat with their eyes first and then with their stomachs, and all it takes is a little practice. We teach people how to cook and present food in our cooking classes that we do in your own home, so you can see how easy and trick free it is from A-Z!!!!

Chocolate fondant
50g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease
2 tsp cocoa powder, to dust 50g good quality bitter chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), in pieces
1 free range egg
1 free range egg yolk
60g caster sugar
50g plain flour
Icing sugar to dust
  • Butter two ramekins and liberally dust with cocoa
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave and stir. Leave to cool till ready.
  • Mix whole egg, egg yolk and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Then add the chocolate mixture.
  • Sift flour over mixture and gently fold in
  • Place in oven and cook for 12 minutes at 160 degrees.
  • When cooked place on plate and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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