For the Entertainers

I just came across this fantastic blogpost in Architectural Digest.  For those of us who love to lay a table, this is the most wonderful resource for dealing with serviettes. How to Fold Napkins

Sensuous Sushi

When I think about foods and dishes I’ve been able to shoot over the course of my photographic career, one stands out as the most appealing, at least for me.  Sushi combines colour, texture and artistic structure that are matched by few other cuisines.  And when sushi’s prepared by a master chef, the result is…

Dinner Party in Mid-Winter

After the most fantastic mini-break in the Brecon Beacons for Valentine’s Day, my partner and I hosted a dinner party for two other couples at the end of February.  This time I made sure to bring my dslr along in order to really work on the table styling project.  A contemporary table of glass, designed…

The Great MB Bakeoff

I’m the first to admit that I’m not the greatest cook.  But I can bake.  I like it because it’s the quickest easiest form of comfort + alchemy.  I especially love to give my creations as gifts – for friends, family, neighbours, clients, the postman…everyone really.  Because they make people happy and are usually so…

Keeping Track

Nef is a chef.  Which is very much like being an artist.  And the dishes he makes are often created from what’s not only fresh and in season, but what’s available in his refrigerator. So because he can whip up meals on the fly, so to speak, it would be nice to keep track of…

Let me tell you…

You may wonder, dear blogpost readers, what it might be like for a woman to have a partner who does by far most of the cooking in the house.  After decades of planning, shopping, organising, cooking and washing up, you might wonder if I miss all that…and you might wonder how feel about relinquishing most…

How to Poach an Egg

With the myriad of celebrity chef television shows available today, you’d imagine that there would be a boom in home cooking.  But surveys have revealed that many people are watching these programs and actually cooking less, intimidated by unfamiliar methods and ingredients.  That’s why Nef and I thought it would be a great idea to…

Dinner with Gwen & Jonathan

We hosted a dinner party for Nef’s friend Jonathan and his partner, Gwen, on the 21st of November.  It was a particular treat to speak to another parent who has gone through her daughter’s higher education journey in the arts – it’s unfamiliar territory for those of us who studied social sciences. Nef did a…

Dinner with Mark & Debs

On the 14th of November we hosted a dinner with two friends from the fly fishing trip in September in Fochabers, Scotland.  If it’s possible, we had an even more enjoyable time than the dinners we’d had a Gordon Castle! This was the menu Jef came up with: .This was the gorgeous starter: And the…

Andrew & Nef’s Gourmet Birthday Dinner

On the 29th of August, Nef organised a birthday dinner to celebrate  both his and his good friend, Andrew’s birthdays.  This is the menu Nef decided upon, with wines provided by Andrew:And here is the talent at work: One of the starters was by a recent trip to southeast Sicily: I truly enjoy setting an…