I know it’s been a while since I’ve had a recipe here, and I’m afraid I’m not here to remedy the situation. Not today. You see I have been shamelessly gallivanting around the Tuscan hills up until a week ago and I sincerely believe at least a third of me is still over there, feet tramping through poppy fields, skin refreshed by cool mountain air and gelato melting over my fingers faster than I can lick it.
So call it a kind of post-holiday lethargy, a time shortage, or let’s just blame jet lag, that old scapegoat, but I have no dish for you today. As the Italians say…..Is ok? Va bene!
What I do have for you are some images, a representation of what I got up to in the food styling and photography part of the Plated Stories workshop. And what I can say was that there was something inspiring about styling and shooting that assortment of foods in that sunny Tuscan Villa. Briana, Paola, Robin, Cathy and I jostled for space, cutlery and photography boards, claiming patches of sunlight like cats. And after the used and abused vegetables were fed to the resident donkey Socrates, we took a look at our images and were a little bit proud of what we had produced.
So here are some of mine and I promise that next time there will be real food. Or at least, a recipe.
A Tuscan holiday is just what I needed, and frankly I can’t think of a time when I wouldn’t welcome one. This holiday came with exceptional timing and I soaked in every minute. It was the perfect balance of touristy activity in Florence and immersion into a hobby I hold close to my heart, in the beautiful Val D’Orcia region. I realised I have so many photos from this trip that it makes best sense to share them in batches. These photos were taken during the first leg of my trip, a few days spent in Florence and surrounding areas.
I can’t wait to share more with you, particularly those from the Plated Stories workshop on food writing, styling and photography that I attended with 5 other fabulously inspiring women. The workshop was taught by Jamie Schler and Ilva Beretta of Plated Stories, both very patient and highly knowledgeable teachers, and I urge you to go over and read their post for their impressions of the lovely experience.
For now, I leave you with these images while I once again battle the beast that is jetlag.
Since I took the plunge into the world of blogging, I have been especially delighted by the supportive nature of the food blogging community both in Sydney and around the world.
When I found myself sitting at a table with several other food bloggers at the A Table for Two food photography workshop last weekend, I felt at once totally comfortable and incredibly inspired.
The ATFT blog and workshops are the brainchild of Billy Law, a previous Masterchef Australia contestant, food photographer, cookbook author and self-confessed sweet-tooth.
Over two days, Billy talked us through the technical aspects of food photography and what to do with that big hunk of metal and plastic that goes click when you press the button.
Then there was the personal advice and clever tricks he generously shared about the art of food styling. Billy’s bubbly personality put us all at ease, regardless of how silly our questions were.
There were a few Ah-ha! moments for me and a few things in my brain went ‘click’ as my camera did the same.
The good people of Mumu Grill kept us all well fed with a delectable and nicely staggered four course meal that helped fuel our bodies while all the new ideas fuelled our minds.
Somehow sipping a glass of wine at 11 am seemed perfectly acceptable when it was all part of the quest for knowledge and self-improvement.
As a newborn in this world of food blogging, this workshop was exactly what I needed and I hope to put all the little tips I picked up into action very soon.