Play with your food

Posted In: Creativity | Food | Life | Recipes
    I dreamt about this blackberry yin yang smoothie bowl… I had it sitting in my list of ‘foods to make’ for over a week before all the conditions came together and I could spend some time on a blissful morning to search for flowers on my walk about the Company Gardens in Cape Town. I was most consumed with the bliss of freedom I ha[...]
Claire Gunn

Introduction to Food Photography

I am going to share one of my passions with you today: food photography. I started photographing 7 years ago after changing industries from being a full-time chef to a full-time portrait photographer. I started with weddings and conceptual portraiture, then moved back to my original love - food. This was 3 years ago. Now I shoot Cape Town's most exciting[...]
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A Creative Sweet Spot at Majeka House

Every now and then we can experience a sweet spot: a perfect combination of factors that makes our experience sublime. For me as a professional food photographer, the freedom given to me by a client is vital. In addition, to that, it is paramount to me that I am photographing food that is ethical, healthy, mindfully crafted and just plain beautiful. This is[...]

CHOCOLATE, PECAN AND HAZELNUT BUTTER

Posted In: Food | Recipes
A toast! To the marriage of chocolate and nuts… A decadent lazy weekend breakfast! I smeared this nutty goodness on some wholewheat toast from my local, The Olive Branch Deli. Its also perfect for rolling into very squishy truffles once chilled or adding to nice cream. CHOCOLATE PECAN HAZELNUT BUTTER 1 cup raw hazelnuts 1 cup raw pecan nut[...]

Schoon bakery

Posted In: DESTINATIONS | Food
Our favourite Stellenbosch bakery, Schoon, has relocated and opened up a little shop in Somerset West. When I visited, it was clear that they already have a loyal local patronage and a warm, authentic feeling is in this very pretty space. Coffee is strong, bread is sour and dark and the pastries are light and nibbly. Perfection and integrity. The core of[...]
Boschendal by Claire Gunn

Foraging with Chef Christiaan Campbell at Boschendal

At the beginning of Spring, I had the fantastic opportunity to photograph Chef Christiaan Campbell and his sensational creations at Boschendal outside Franschhoek. One of the absolute highlights was joining him and his team to forage for mushrooms and greens for one of his dishes. This was veld to fork indeed, as we rummaged around on the property's extensiv[...]
Assisi Italy Claire Gunn

Assisi Through the Lensbaby

In the picture-perfect hilltop village of Assisi in Italy, there are scores of vantage points for magnificent photography. I was particularly interested in the tuille rooftops and how they looked at dawn and sunset. We stayed in a hotel with a tower and outlook point that made this type of photography easily accessible. The view of the whole valley is in[...]
Radish and turnip chips by claire gunn3

RADISH AND TURNIP CHIPS

Posted In: Food | Recipes
This week at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, I snapped up some beautiful turnips and HUGE radishes for a purple vegetable shoot. There were so many veggies with deep purple tones, I just couldn't resist. As you might know, those purple skins are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids, so eating more purple fruit and vegetables is a wise investment in your[...]
Claire Gunn Italy 2017 Assisi (68)

Assisi, Umbria

Assisi is a quintessential Italian hilltop town worth visiting. However, it is also one of the most visited towns, so it can be very busy and crowded during the day. It is not considered to be off the beaten track and is generally set up for day trippers who keep the town going. It is all so beautiful: stone and terracotta, steep hills and potted window b[...]
Claire Gunn Marsala peaches in Italy 2017

Marsala-soaked peaches with vanilla yoghurt and blueberries

Posted In: Art | Recipes
We find our inspiration wherever we are in the world or in the mind. I was inspired to try two new styles of painting from one subject: the charismatic Italian doughnut peach. Plump and rosy, swirly with hues of deep red and corals, squashed - one of my favourite words. Using watercolour to swish around the different warm tones is a painting dream.[...]
Claire Gunn Blueberries

What should I make?

Posted In: Art | Creativity | Life
I am lucky enough to have just spent three weeks on holiday travelling for replenishment and new inspiration. I saw thousands of paintings, sculptures and genius architecture all over Italy and I went through waves of complete excitement to create my own, as well as severe smothering depression with the thought, "How can I ever decide WHAT TO MAKE?" I t[...]
Claire Gunn Italy 2017

Where I ate in Italy

Posted In: DESTINATIONS | Food
If you are headed out to the tourist capital, Italy, you cannot help but be thinking about eating amazing food while you're there. Here is what I found on my recent trip around Italy, starting in Rome and then traveling to Assisi, Siena, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice. There are so many places to eat so you will need to become a judge of what a place[...]
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