Amsterdam in April, there was still blossom in the trees and tulips starting to fill bicycles and flower beds and boxes. We were celebrating both our wedding anniversary and 48 hours child free, we clocked up 60,000 steps, ate pancakes, the best ever apple pie, walked up and down nearly every canal, crossed all the bridges, visited the Botanical Gardens, peered into various hotels, found the plant and globe house and sat watching sunrise by the pool atop of Soho House Amsterdam. Here are our favourite images from our trip and our recommendations….
On Saturday I was hired to photograph an outdoor event in Buckinghamshire, a private wood is host to Nomadic’s unique dining experience. Guests experience an immersive foraged feast surrounded by nature with dinner cooked by a talented chef. Each event differs, depending on the time of year, the chef and the weather. The chef creating Saturday’s feast was Chris Hruskova, a Danish michelin starred chef who now runs a bakery in London. It was a joy to photograph, something I just love shooting observationally, capturing events as they happen and this event gave me so much to capture. Thanks for having me Noah!
Disclosure, I was hired to photograph the event, I was not asked or paid to blog about the event. All thoughts my own I just wanted to share something I enjoyed here.
My recent visit to Venice was an incredible 48 hours out of reality just me, my good friend Julia and our cameras. We were up at 5am seeking the perfect Venetian sunrise, followed by coffee at my favourite coffee shop in Venice (Bar da Gino’s Cale Nova Sant Agnese) we explored, drank more coffee, visited the island of Burano and were in bed by 9pm! Photographing for pleasure was so, so good for the soul. These are my favourites from our trip.
This post was originally featured on 91 Magazine, posting it here with some more imagery from the day
Daylesford farm began its organic journey 35 years ago. Now, one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK, its 2350 acres in the Cotswolds is also home to a beautiful farm shop, restaurant, café, a spa, cottages and a cookery school.
There’s a huge amount of social interest at the moment in slow living and home cooking with edible flowers (according to my online world), which seemingly has never been more popular. Elderflower season is starting and Instagram and Pinterest are full of images of foraged finds being turned into cordial, cakes and more. So it was hugely inspiring to spend the day at Daylesford on the Wild Food & Foraging Course to find out more about the plants and flowers that we pass by everyday that can be added to make simple meals more interesting and visually more stunning.
Tim (pictured above) is Daylesford’s resident forager and we were lucky enough on this day to have Garry Eveleigh AKA The Wild Cook join us adding his expertise in what can be eaten in the woodlands of the Daylesford estate.
We spent a good two hours walking through the woods, fields and by the lake, stopping along the way to collect or avoid certain plants, taste what was being picked. This included wood sorrel, ground ivy, yellow celandine and pretty purple honesty flowers. At the time I visited, wild garlic was in abundance and we all collected huge bunches of it, some to be used when we returned to the school but plenty to take home with us too.
Back at the school we snacked on Anzac biscuits from the farm shop and drank Bloody Marys with wild Horseradish that the chef had prepared before making our own Foragers Butter. (find the recipe at the end of this post)
With our baskets of plants and flowers we made our own salads; creating salad dressings and choosing from an array of vinegars, mustards and oils from the larder to suit our own palettes. Added to our salads, chef served venison carpaccio and raw asparagus in a simple dressing.
Nettles were used to make a nettle ice cream, which was served with forced rhubarb. There was a huge amount of knowledge being shared and lots of tasting and simple recipes being whipped up, like homemade mayonnaise, to show us how quick and easy it is and also how much better it tastes than shop bought.
The whole day was a wonderful experience, a great introduction into foraging and simple ways you can implement it into a busy life. When lunch was over we all had a browse in the farm shop, I bought the cider vinegar and those Anzac biscuits and there may have been a few other things that made it into my basket too!
Three interesting things I discovered:
1. Washing stinging nettles will take out the sting
2. Buttercups are poisonous(!)
3. Raw asparagus in a simple dressing are delicious.
Making your own butter
- 900ml of cream will make around 400g of butter
Beat the cream with an electric whisk until it peaks and starts to clump and then white liquid starts to appear. The cream has now separated into curds of butter and buttermilk. It takes about 10 minutes. Strain the curds out of the buttermilk
In a bowl of very cold water drop in the curds to draw out any further milk. Squeeze the butter together to form a ball and then add your foraged flowers and a little salt (if you want a salted butter). Work the butter so your added ingredients are evenly distributed. Roll the butter into a sausage shape and wrap tightly in cling film.
The butter will keep for a week in the fridge or 6 months in the freezer.
I was invited to spend an afternoon in Mr Foggs House of Botanical’s it’s a pleasure to step inside, it’s thoughtfully curated with props nodding to Mr Foggs 80 day trip as well as being filled with plants and foliage, from prints on the wall, ceiling installations to floral wallpaper upstairs. Whilst I could have spent my day enjoying the surroundings I was actually here to enjoy afternoon tea. But not any afternoon tea this one involves choosing from a selection of elaborate sounding cocktails and them being served in a china teapot and teacup! No earl grey here!
After getting over my shock and delight at what my teapot contained we were presented with our tier of edible delights. Sandwiches on the bottom of mini buns with a selection of hams, cheese and salad and a soft white bread triangle (crust less of course) filled with smoked salmon and kimchi.
The middle tier contained lemon and coffee macarons, pan au chocolat, mini croissant and blueberry muffins. The final tier contained mini donuts in thick blankets of sugar cinnamon!
Afternoon Tea runs every Saturday from 130pm to 330pm. The service was impeccable, friendly, fun and welcoming with our servers dressed in the spirit of Victoriana. As an experience I highly recommend a visit. Yes I’ve had daintier teas with absolutely exquisite treats but what this tea lacks slightly in finesse it more than makes up for in atmosphere, delightfulness and it’s set in an absolutely stunning location.
I made this simple but ever so tasty and nutritious curry that will see you through the dark days and cold nights, for the Laura Ashley blog. Usually made with Coconut Milk, swap it out with a plant based alternative; I used Innocent’s Coconut drink. Yes it will mean the sauce is a little thinner after reduction but you get that same, creamy indulgent tasting coconut sauce but with far less calories and fat. Perfect for January/February intentions without feeling like you are missing out.
You can find the recipe over on the Laura Ashley blog or below
Wild Things Flowers are a boutique florist in Mayfair, not only do they provide exquisite floral arrangements they are always striving to achieve effortless, modern, with bohemian whimsy - it is such a pleasure to work with Louise who just has this natural ability to create the most incredible, luxurious bouquets and floral installations.
Below is a collection of favourites from various shoots over the last few years
Last year I had the pleasure of a working with Soho House and officially photographing at a number of their houses, from interiors, to menus to behind the scenes in their kitchens. It was a year long project and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The content I created was mainly used to top up their numerous individual Instagram accounts.
Each House has their own account and constant, creative story telling imagery is hard to keep up with in-house when I think there are something like 30+ accounts to manage.
Below is a collection of favourites
Cafe Boheme, Soho
Dean St Townhouse, Soho
White City House, West London
Electric Diner, Portobello Road