It seems Autumn has finally come to Weimar. September was filled with non-stop sunny days, bright blue skies and summery high temperatures. It spoilt me. Basking in the warmth of an extended summer I got used to walking out of the house in flip flops and shorts, leaving the warmer jackets behind, hanging on the cloak rack. It felt unusual to enjoy the pleasures of summer right through into September.
The last September weekend Simone of Junglefrog Cooking came for a visit to Weimar. Back in May she was one of the 12 participants at the Plate to Page Weimar workshop and liked being here so much that we arranged a weekend together again. The weekend was filled with a lot of prop shopping, food, picnics, BBQs and bike rides. We had a real blast together, relaxing in each other’s company and simply enjoying getting to know each other. I am glad she took up the initiative and contacted me to arrange this weekend. I hope we can arrange one in Amsterdam soon.
It’s been a busy few weeks so I was glad to be able to take the short break. The past few months have brought in quite a few photography jobs and projects that I have wrapped up or am in the middle of. A fantastic seven page spread in the German magazine Laviva out this month, an incredibly fun project for Eckes-Granini, which took me away to the gorgeous Mainz for a couple of days and a feature in the December issue of India’s Harper’s Bazaar, were all in September.
Now that blustery October is here, the leaves have turned colors and they are glimmering in their usual rusty, yellow and orange glory. And October seems to be as busy as September was. A few new photo projects and of course in two weeks time we will be opening the doors to our food photography and writing workshop, Plate to Page for the second time. This time we are welcoming 12 new participants to gorgeous Pistoa, Tuscany. I will be flying off to Florence at the end of the month and will join my talented colleagues Ilva, Jamie and Jeanne for a weekend of writing and photography and hopefully making new friends with the 12 from the Class of Tuscany.
We’ve been busy preparing and organizing the last tasks. A detailed weekend program and guide is being sent out to the participants, sponsor items for goodie bags have started to arrive, we’ve fixed the weekend menu and are looking through and evaluating homework participants have sent in. We’re also preparing and discussing assignments, exercises and presentations for the entire weekend to ensure the participants have plenty to help them to hone their skills and to take back innovative ideas and a lot of inspiration with them.
We’ve also secured an incredible venue for Plate to Page UK, taking place in Spring 2012. Keep your eyes peeled and watch the Plate to Page website for details coming soon! You will not want to miss out on this.
You might wonder, so what’s for lunch, honey … when honey is busy?
Something quick, using simple ingredients and easy to prepare, but definitively full of big time flavor.
We love the classic tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil leaves with a good glug of extra virgin olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar. These tartines use the same ingredients and with the addition of spicy bacon, it makes for a brilliant rustic lunch. Use the freshest bread, juiciest tomatoes and best olive oil you can find. Buffalo mozzarella adds a stronger kick to the dish but regular works just as well. It’s how I eat to give me the energy boost I need when I have spent a whole day on my feet shooting and running around from kitchen to studio.
Add a nice big salad with lots of greens and this meal is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxed lunch. I love the slight spiciness the sprinkling of chilli powder adds to the bacon. The warm melted buffalo mozzarella on top of the crispy bacon brings together amazing textures and sublime flavors. Absolutely awesome!
The Monthly Mingle this month takes us all the way to Russia, where the lovely Nikki of Arts and Lemons is hosting a Zakuski party for us. A fantastic theme and hope you all will find time to join us.
Deadline: 31st October 2011
More great lunch ideas from WFLH:
|Spanish Tortilla with Asparagus, Fennel and Cress||Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas||Lavash Crackers & Roasted Bell Pepper, Aubergine & Garlic Dip|
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