You know food blogs have come of age when you have a professional food photographer (Petrina Tinslay), food stylist (David Morgan), food editor (Sally Courtney) and creative director (Anne Marie Cummins) join forces (and stomachs) to showcase their talent. Their digital playground is the food dept. – an editorial quality portfolio of enviable photographs and recipes worth bookmarking. The food dept. share how they got stared ... along with their (un)healthy obsession with doughnuts.
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5 Aug 2013 - 3:43 PM  UPDATED 2 Sep 2014 - 2:22 PM

The momentum to start our blog last year was because...

"We saw a gap in the blogosphere for a professional food blog that had the wealth and depth of experience that the food dept have. We knew we could produce delicious recipes that not only work but also push creative boundaries." Anne Marie Cummins
"The timing just seemed right for this type of outlet for our combined creative forces, and the team were all super keen to see what we could create together outside of our usual editorial outlets." Petrina Tinslay

 

The must-cook recipe on our website is...

"Banoffee milkshake." Sally Courtney
"Without a doubt the chocolate and pistachio coated brittle with vanilla salt. I’ve made it for a friend’s Girls Night In for breast cancer, a charity night where I bagged up 100 small bags, another friend’s wedding and I’m about to make it this weekend for my friend’s daughter’s sixth birthday (under the request of Teal, the six year old, who has also requested her name be written with PINK chocolate). It seems the more I make it the more requests I get." David Morgan
"Too many! But I’m big fan of anything Asian recipe-wise. This Chinese New Year recipe is a real cracker." PT

 

The best thing about working together is...

"Having a wonderfully talented team to bounce things off and workshop creative ideas with." PT
"Working with a team of creative people who are passionate about beautiful food is so inspirational." SC
"To be able to collaborate from the very beginning, and to be involved in the decision making right to the end, from the initial idea, to the recipes and the styling to how it looks on the blog. We all bring are expertise from what we do but it’s nice to be involved in the whole process." DM
"Laughing all day." AMC

 

The worst think about working together is...

"We started a tradition where we toast the end of a food dept. shoot with a glass of bubbles. Shooting more often means that this has become a more regular (and lovely) habit." PT
"Schedules!" AMC

 

The most difficult food to shoot/style and make look tasty is...

"Whole fish - there is always that little glassy eye staring back at you!" AMC
"Stews - lots of brown and no form." PT

 

My current food obsession is...

"Doughnuts (proper Italian ones)." PT
"Vino cotto – I’ve not found anything that it doesn’t make taste better!" DM

 

I learnt to cook from...

"My mum – she can cook anything." AMC
"All the wonderfully talented cooks and chefs I’ve worked with, via osmosis." PT
"My grandmother – she didn’t teach me everything I know but her passion for good home-cooked food is what inspired me in the first place." SC
"My mum gave me the how to’s and good basic skills but it was my nanna, who was the amazing baker and goddess of all things sweet that gave me my passion for cooking. I still can’t do an apple pie that is as good as my nanna’s." DM

 

I always have...

"Anchovies in my pantry, Champagne in my fridge and homemade stock in my freezer to make soup." PT
"In my pantry – nuts, good-quality olive oil, coconut milk and every spice you can imagine. In my fridge – salad leaves, herbs, lemons and natural yogurt. In my freezer – stock and good-quality premade pastry." SC
"Olives in my pantry, hummus in my fridge, vodka in my freezer." AMC

 

My most sauce-splattered cookbook is...

"Michele Cranston’s Marie Clarie Kitchen." PT
"Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion." SC
"Nigel Slater, all of them. Any time I feel I’m losing my inspiration for cooking, I'll grab Mr Slater. Love his food." DM
"Neil Perry's cookbooks." AMC

 

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