Posts by Nelleke

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad

Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad

This is a recent post I wrote for the awesome blog, The Mom Diaries by an inspirational mamma friend of mine. Please check it our for inspirational stories about motherhood, the highs and the lows, and great recipes, of course! Often, we as mothers decide what our children will or will not like without giving them a fair chance to explore and try new ingredients. This said, it’s really important to cultivate an interest in food from a young age. My daughter of eighteen months has surprised me again and again with her adventurous spirit, but lets face it, all toddlers are inquisitive and...

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Salad on the go

Salad on the go

It’s a beautiful September afternoon, a light rain is falling outside and the branches are covered in bright green new leaves… It always makes my heart skip a beat when the seasons start to change, there just seems to be this excitement and expectation in the air as nature holds her breath for summer to arrive. One of my recent projects is a salad shoot with my dear friend and fellow foodie Jill Chen. We’d planned this salad shoot before the arrival of Summer and crammed it in-between our busy schedules. The more I look at this picture the more I wonder why I haven’t...

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The Andaman Islands

Way back in 2000, I, Michael, tried to catch a ferry from Kolkata to Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. The promised crystal clear waters, snorkeling, beautiful beaches and cheap huts on the “un-touristy” island chain just seemed too alluring after having trekked in Nepal for two weeks. Unfortunately a delayed flight and a missed ferry meant that the plans had to be curtailed, with the thought in mind that I’d have to come back. Little did I know it would happen 8 years later with my incredibly beautiful wife! The last 30 days on these islands have been truly special. We have lounged through...

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A Creative Collaboration

A Creative Collaboration

I recently assisted a dear friend of mine on an urban engagement shoot she did with this gorgeous, oh-so-cool, hipster couple who are just radiating love and joy. Michelle is a real up-and-coming wedding photographer to keep your eye on, you van view her site here – where she blogs about life and her passions, apart from photography, that is. She had the idea of photographing this newly engaged couple in Cape Town, the city they love, just being who they are and allowing their love for one another and their city to really tell the story… She had asked me to bake her some treats...

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Red Wine Poached Pears

Red Wine Poached Pears

Red wine poached pears are such a classic. I’ve seen them paired with rare roast beef and this is my variation of that salad that I recently saw while flipping through an old Gourmet magazine… On sunny Winter days like today, I sometimes get a salad craving, but still want something hearty and filling for lunch. This is a seared pork fillet and red wine poached pear salad for an occasion just like that. There’s something so lovely about the texture of a soft poached pear in a salad. I love to use fruit in my cooking, I need no excuse to combine most things with it. Red wine...

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