Shiitake/Portabella Mushroom Steak Burgers w/ Cheddar & Onion

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Hey guys! Being gluten free, I sometimes miss burgers. Although I can occasionally tolerate a wheat bun, If I want to stay on track, I make these awesome Shiitake/Portabella Steak burgers instead. You still get the burger craving pay off, without the sore tummy later! Makes (2) burgers. You will need: 4 shiitake or portabella mushrooms, de-stemmed. You can find them in Asian markets, they’re about palm-sized. 2 palm sized … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Beef Stew (Poverty Stew)

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Hey guys! This is something I make on a regular basis, it works with just about any meat and veggies – I also call it ‘poverty’ stew because it’s what I make when I’m trying to make the food stretch a bit further. This makes enough for two people, and can be done with even the cheapest cuts of meat.  You will need: 2lbs raw beef roast – leave the fat on, … Continue reading

Drunken Chicken Stew

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Hey guys! I’m slowly getting back into it after the NY break. Ready to rock? 😀 This recipe is easy as pie – it’s also designed to use up whatever random booze you have leftover from NYE. Slowly simmered in a crock pot over 6 hrs, you get just a hint of the wine, and a nice rich, garlicky, brothy chicken stew. You will need: 2lbs chicken thighs 2 heads … Continue reading

Paleo energy bar base

Hey guys! I’m feeling a little silly, because I forgot to take a picture of my energy bars…before I may or may not have devoured them. But, you may have heard of Larabars. This is a DIY, customizable version! You will need:  500g pitted dates 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut dash of vanilla extract Chunks of fruit, nuts, etc. Chocolate chips are also delicious. Basically, you Hulk-smash that until it’s … Continue reading

Chunky roasted garlic dip

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Hey guys! Today I finally tried making roast garlic. Although it didn’t turn out how I intended, I quite liked it. It makes an excellent dip/sauce for meat or veggies! It’s pretty easy though, just a little fiddly, depending on how big your garlic is. That being said, try to use bigger bulbs. You will need: 4 garlic bulbs a knife aluminium foil Step one: Preheat the oven to 400. … Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash soup with Ginger & Chipotle

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Hey guys! This week’s recipe is a nice, cosy roasted Butternut squash soup. But it’s got a yummy, spicy kick of Ginger and Chipotle! It’s super easy and makes a delicious lunch or dinner on those cold days. You will need: 1 medium Butternut squash 1 can coconut milk 2 Tsp butter/ghee 1 tsp Chipotle powder (paste works too) 1 tsp ginger powder Step one: Preheat oven to 400. Cut … Continue reading

Editing food pictures

Hey guys. This week is the final part of this series – I’m talking about photo editing. Now, one thing I will emphasis: Less is more. As a professional photographer, it’s my job to get it as perfect as humanly possible before it reaches my computer. I’d like to say that I do get it perfect, but it’s more like 95%. Food editing differs greatly from editing people pictures. Soup doesn’t really … Continue reading

Halloween friendly Paleo

Hey guys! for this spooky week, I’ve put together some of my most Halloween friendly recipes, along with tips to up the creep factor! (Pics are of the original recipes)   Nori Steak Wrap into Bloody Finger Wrap Make a gooey, bloody BBQ sauce, and use beef cut into finger shapes. Add slivered onions for ‘fingernail clippings’   Rhu-berry Pie into BOO-berry Pie (yeah I’m lame ok) Flip this recipe upside down: Instead of doing a crust, make … Continue reading

Food Photography tips part 5: Angles and balance

Hey guys. This week, i’m talking about angles and visual balance. This is something that’s actually quite different, somewhat, from people photography. Like i’ve mentioned before, food (generally) doesn’t have facial expressions…it can’t pose itself flatteringly. But, the important thing here is visual balance. No matter if the angle is from straight above, the side or below, there needs to be compositional balance. I’m going to delve lightly into some art theory … Continue reading

Friday Nails: Halloween Scratcher

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This week’s manicure is a scratch, messy look inspired by slime…and sparkles. Yes, really. Plus I wanted to use this Essence green 😀 Scritch scratch… You will need: Essence’s metallic green ’25’ Essence’s sparkly mauve ’19’ Some sort of fine point tool like a toothpick. A fine, dry paintbrush Nail polish remover + q-tips Step one: 2 coats of the mauve. Make sure it’s completely dry before moving on. I … Continue reading