Posts tagged “Food Photography

Madeleines – An Afternoon with Proust

Catching up on my reading, I recently finished the French classic Du Côté de Chez Swann by Marcel Proust. In the first volume of the acclaimed series La Recherche, Proust reminisces a long forgotten childhood memory when tasting a madeleine dipped into a cup of tea. The unique flavours of the soft madeleine, almost dissolved after being dipped into the cup of tea, suddenly call back to mind the afternoons spent as a little boy at his aunt’s countryside house of Combray. It is incredible how the power of taste can awaken long gone moments that come rushing back in waves, as if time had had no effect at all. I must say I was quite fascinated by this famous episode of French literature, so much so that it gave me the idea to interpret it in pictures. Here are a few.

Madeleines with vanilla pods

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Madeleines - with crumbs

 


Belgian Waffles with dark chocolate sauce

Belgian waffles are such a great treat for those feeling a bit naughty around tea time. Sprinkled with icing sugar and dipped into dark melted chocolate – it doesn’t get any better! And the best thing is, when you’re done devouring your golden – tender on the inside, crispy on the outside – waffles, then you still have the pans, spoons and whisk, all coated in chocolate, to “take care of”.

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Blueberry Tart

Here’s another fruit tart that I really wanted to try, with blueberries and custard this time. How delicious does it look?

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Photography: Astrid Templier – http://www.astridtemplierphotography.com

Styling: Marta Wojtczak


Home-Made Lemon Tarts

Lemon tart is one of my all-times favourite deserts, one that has especially marked my childhood. My dad used to bake them quite often – mostly at my request! – following the great Pierre Hermé’s recipe, expertly mastering it, time after time.

So it comes as no surprise that this is the recipe that I tried to reproduce for this shoot. I admit it was quite a lot of work, as I wanted to make everything from scratch, but there was something almost of a soul-search in exploring this recipe that I have seen my dad perform so many times. In terms of aesthetics, the crust of the pastry came out slightly irregular around the edges, but to be honest, without using a proper “cercle a patisserie” that’s a lost battle. Apart from that I was quite happy about the result: it was very similar to my dad’s version and tasted absolutely fantastic.

The second lemon tart, sprinkled with icing sugar, was Marta’s version – we had agreed on baking one each – and funnily enough it came out very different. It was nice to see that there is a whole variation on the lemon tart theme.

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Photography: Astrid Templier – http://www.astridtemplierphotography.com

Styling: Marta Wojtczak


Winter Vegetables

Back to food with a few still lives around winter vegetables. I found this beautiful scale at a car boot sale recently and couldn’t wait to shoot it. But first I had to get the right background, which was solved with this wood table that I built from wood pieces picked up in the street (the finishing oil gives it a really lovely colour). And obviously the vegetables had to look really good. I went to Panzers in Saint John’s Wood for inspiration as they are renowned for always having great looking products. I wasn’t disappointed, the artichokes especially were amazing. Naturally you would wonder what to do with so many vegetables left over (onions in particular, I had bought tons of them). With my parents coming for dinner, I thought I’d try a new recipe. I made a pot-roast beef with French onion gravy, which received more praises than I ever had! You can find the recipe here.

Artichokes

Artichokes bouquet

Onions and Garlic


Pears

This was a quick experiment with different backgrounds from earlier this month. For utter simplicity, I opted for a simple white glossy background. For more context and character I added in a wood element with the bread board, and I then tried a more elaborate set up with a knife and plate, and a pear cut in half. The pears were quite remarkable themselves in that they had beautiful rich colours, ranging from light greens and an array of yellows up to orange hues and deep reds. One only needed to gently rub their surface to give their lovely skin a glossy shine.

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Pears on wood board

Pears on plate, one cut in half