Last month, I was tasked with shooting a Bouche de Noel for Melissa Clark’s Good Appetite column. I had never made or shot one before and I knew that this particular recipe, inspired by the great Dorie Greenspan, had to be aces. I also knew that when Melissa made her’s she had a ringer in the kitchen….Dorie herself. The pressure was on…but I have my own superstar on the bench to call on when in need of a big pinch hit…none other than my great friend, pastry maestro, Pichet Ong.
I have also formed a creative partnership with my former assistant Devon Knight and his editing partner Jason Lee to begin to shoot and direct food videos. We decided that this was a good chance to give our new collaboration a whirl…interesting, seasonal subject matter, a brand name talent on board and a recipe by a legend.
Here is the result…plus some snappy music to rock to while you roll. Merry Christmas!!!
Directed by: Andrew Scrivani
DP: Devon Knight
Editor: Jason Lee
Starring: The Hands of Pichet Ong
Julia Moskin and Melissa Clark compiled all of the essentials for a successful Thanksgiving Feast in this sprawling NYT interactive. We shot for a week and then ate like it was already the holidays. Go check out all the goodies before you plan your holiday meals.
So, today we had a really great Google Hangout with the folks at creativeLIVE and Foodista. We had excellent questions from the audience and it was a lot of fun as a warmup to my creativeLIVE workshop
One day left to enroll. It’s still FREE!
Here is another stir fry from Martha. We’ll be talking about how to noodle around with noodles on Day 1. See you there.
The creativeLIVE countdown continues today with a shot of seeds that appeared in Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cookbook last year. Keep your eyes open for her new e-title Crazy Silly Kids…shot by yours truly. Don’t forget to enroll. Can’t wait to get going.
So, a week from today my FREE creativeLIVE workshop will begin. Still time to enroll. One of the things I’ll discuss is the use of the diptych, like this one for this apple, fennel and endive salad by Martha Rose Shulman.
I was home and under the weather. Hungry. Cranky. Not a whole lot in the fridge and even less motivation to make lunch or leave the house to find something to eat. I scanned the cupboard and only found a little of this and a little of that…a handful of walnuts, a few dried cranberries, half a Granny Smith apple left from the Recipes for Health Apples shoot and some bread. Through the haze of my head cold I had some inspiration. I am really fond of the tuna salad with cranberries and apples that I get at the Whole Foods prepared foods section, so I crossed my fingers and searched for some canned tuna in the cabinet. I was in luck… and here is my approximation of that dish. I was a little less grumpy after lunch.
Half a small onion cut in small dice
1/4 C. walnut pieces
1/4 C. dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 Granny Smith apple, cut in small dice
2 6 oz. cans of Albacore packed in water, drained
2 Tbsp. mayonaise
salt and pepper to taste
toasted whole wheat bread
Mix all ingredients, add more mayo if you feel it’s too dry for you, serve on toasted bread and add some lettuce and tomato, celery, carrot…whatever you have laying around..it’s ok. Enjoy.
Last week we took Melissa Clark’s Appetite column out of my studio and to a dinner party. It deserves a night out once in a while. Melissa hosted a Modernist Cuisine inspired soiree and I was there to document all of the the mad scientist activities. Check out the article and the accompanying slide show of my shots.