Friday, 8 November 2013
A few more new food shots from a recent chocolate project I've been working on, and a recipe.... I don't often have a chance to share recipes but thought I'd take a few minutes to write up the info for the little chocolate pots shown on the right - as they're brilliantly simple to make but the results are super impressive! The finished chocolate cream is extremely decadent, so it works best served in miniature portions, either egg cups or little vintage sherry glasses are perfect...
MINI CHOCOLATE CREAM POTS
*Recipe adapted from Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes
INGREDIENTS (serves 6 approximately)
400ml single cream
1 vanilla pod
100g dark chocolate, minimum 60% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
6 large egg yolks
half a level teaspoon of salt
*Gently heat the cream with the vanilla pod until bubbles begin to form at the edge, but ensuring that the cream does not boil. Remove form the heat and set aside to infuse.
*Melt the chunks of chocolate in a heatproof bowl, suspended over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Leave the melted chocolate to cool, then gently beat in the egg yolks until the mixture is smooth. Stir the sugar and salt into the mixture until they are fully dissolved.
*Remove the vanilla pod from the cream and stir the cream into the chocolate mixture until fully blended. Replace the bowl of chocolate mixture over a simmering saucepan of water.
*Cook the chocolate mixture, stirring continuously, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
*Pour the mixture into your chosen mini containers and chill in the fridge for approx 2-3 hours, or until it has set.
A belated Halloween food post, it's been an unexpectedly hectic few weeks, so Halloween and Bonfire Night have flown by, but these images still feel autumnal and appropriate. I shot them with a Brothers Grimm Victorian gothic version of Halloween in mind, with the giant cleaver and cast iron teapot becoming the perfect props.
There's also a host of new food shots from recent projects up on www.hollypickering.com as I'm working through editing lots of new work at the moment, and you might have also noticed that the blog has had a mini restyle with a cleaner, punchier layout!
Monday, 21 October 2013
A quick sneak peek at the beginnings of a new shoot celebrating all things dark and caffeinated, and a good excuse to break out some new props - in love with the green of the Victorian plate that pops against the rusty tabletop.
A quick post to share some recent food work, a fun shoot playing around with a selection of retro biscuits, from old school Jammie Dodgers to those little pastel pink wafers that grannies always seem to have stashed in their biscuit tins!
Eating a few leftovers is definitely a perk of the job!
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
A bit of a belated blog to share some recent work! I've been working on some lovely foodie shoots of late, but won't be able to share any images until they're released in a few months time, so thought I'd share a portrait project that I worked on last month.
I spent a (very early!) morning at the fascinating New Covent Garden Flower Market, over in Vauxhall, and had the opportunity to capture some of the characters and incredibly varied produce found amongst the stands.
A huge thanks to Kathryn at Covent Garden Market Authority and all the traders who were so accommodating, despite the early hour!
You can see the full shoot over on my portfolio website, www.hollypickering.com
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Another mini interiors shoot to share, the starting point for the styling/props was an image of a slightly 'off' 1930's colour palette, mixing nude pinks, egg yolk yellows and a pop of lime green. I'm in the midst of finishing off decorating my studio/office in Farrow and Ball's gorgeously sunny Lancaster Yellow, so I think my head is filled with chalky pastel tones at the moment!
Take a peek at the rest of my interiors/still life work at www.hollypickering.com
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Just a quick post to share some new work, playing with scale and the idea of creating immersive/ethereal mini floral 'landscapes'. I've also been tweaking my portfolio site layout a bit, so do check out the revised interiors and still life pages....