The Sparrow's ShareA Food Photographer's Blog
photo essay

Bula Fiji !

By On 8 November 2018

Fiji is a South Pacific gem and the tropical holiday we really needed. We love Auckland, but not so much its Winter. So we hopped on a plane, sun hats in place [yeah we were that family with…

photo essay

Sweet Happy Birthday

By On 4 November 2018

Happy Birthday to my sweet little girl. Every year I photograph Nina to create a memory of each new birthday. I loved styling and photographing this year’s sweet theme. I baked and frosted for days, buttercream icing is…

recipe

Summer drinks

By On 19 October 2018

It is Friday and undoubtedly Summer today. It’s also a long weekend, so here is my Summer Long Weekend PIMMS cocktail recipe. You can also just get the stylish ready to drink bottles and garnish with fresh cucumber,…

photo essay

Glasshouses

By On 2 October 2018

Glasshouses are magical places. They create their own climate that can enable certain crops to grow throughout the year. The French called their first glasshouses orangeries, they were used to protect orange trees from freezing. The Victorian era was the…

photo essay

Mooncakes

By On 23 September 2018

Mooncakes are stuffed Chinese pastries enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn festival, which falls on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar calendar month. This year it is today – 24 September. The festival celebrates the harvest under a…

photo essay / recipe

Spring popsicles

By On 2 September 2018

Spring means longer warmer days with open toes, picnics, blossoms and popsicles. Here are my favourite popsicles and recipes, which we made on Spring Day! Happy Spring everyone! 1. Watermelon popsicles with yoghurt You will need: 3 cups…

photo essay / recipe

Citrus

By On 27 August 2018

Sunday brunch is incomplete without toast topped with marmalade and cheddar cheese and a strong cup of tea. When we moved to New Zealand I quickly fell in love with the citrus here and Sunday brunch has become…

Editorial

Auckland – City of Sails

By On 6 August 2018

We loved exploring and photographing Auckland [New Zealand] for Voyeur/Virgin Australia’s in-flight magazine. You can read the article on-line here. We love the fact that Auckland is so accessible, it is big enough to make it feel like…

photo essay

Persimmon

By On 11 June 2018

We went for a drive in the countryside on a rainy Winter’s afternoon, but quickly pulled off to the side of the road when I spotted an orchard of amazing glowing orange fruit. We always travel with our cameras on…

Editorial

I’d rather eat Pie

By On 5 June 2018

Pie is my favourite. Chicken leek, braised beef, rhubarb and apple and lemon meringue pie – so I was especially excited to shoot a pie feature for Nadia magazine.[June /July 2018] I do make my own pastry when…

recipe

Chestnuts

By On 5 May 2018

Chestnut season in New Zealand is March until May. I found these organic Johnny Moo chestnuts at my grocer and decided to roast them and celebrate Autumn. It could not be easier, cut a slit in the shell,…

Editorial / recipe

Weekend mushrooms

By On 13 April 2018

Weekends are for easy but delicious meals. I photographed this easy recipe for Nadia magazine. Turkish flatbread with mushrooms, mozzarella, chilli, hummus, garlic and red onion, it will only take 30 minutes to make. Simply brush the flatbreads…

recipe

Blackboy Peach

By On 11 March 2018

  Blackboy peaches are in season! It is not a hybrid plum-peach, it is an actual peach variety. Their pretty dark velvet skin and fleshy inside make them my favourite peach. Her is an awesome jam recipe which will…

recipe

Nina’s Valentine’s Cake

By On 13 February 2018

So, Nina has made her first cake! A pink Valentine’s lemon, almond and raspberry cake. It’s an “adapted from an adapted” recipe from The Caker. Adapted because we didn’t have 300g almond meal and we used yoghurt instead of…

photo essay

Amour en cage

By On 5 February 2018

My granny had a magical plant in her backyard, it had little golden tomato like fruits hidden in fragile little husk houses. The French named the fruit ‘Amour en cage’ – love in a cage. We used to carefully…

photo essay

Strawberry Summer

By On 4 January 2018

A highlight of our  “stay at home” holiday so far is picking and eating our own strawberries from a nearby strawberry farm. The farm is open to the public after the professional pickers got their share [for export],…

Editorial

Mahurangi Oysters

By On 8 November 2017

Andrew and Lisa Hay welcomed us on their Shuckle Ferry, where we documented the harvesting of their Pacific oysters in the inter-tidal zones of the Mahurangi River. It was a beautiful sunny day and the low tide allowed…

photo essay

Rhododendron / Rose Tree

By On 22 October 2017

These pretty pink clusters of pink greet me whenever Im looking out my kitchen window making a cup of tea. Flemish botanist Charles l’Ecluse discovered them in the 16th century. They are the national flower of Nepal.

Editorial

Globe Artichokes

By On 10 September 2017

I learned “how to globe artichoke” while shooting an article for the latest TASTE magazine. I was always a little intimidated by this archaic looking thistle. We actually eat the unopened flower bud before it comes into bloom,…

Editorial

Lemon balm citrus tea

By On 8 August 2017

One of my favourite commissions is called Backyard Abundance for Nadia magazine. Each article features a food and fun craft  idea with ‘in season’ produce. We used herbs in our latest article and Tracey  experimented with flower, citrus…

Editorial / photo essay

Colourful Stir-fries

By On 26 June 2017

I just loved shooting and styling this stir-fry feature for Nadia magazine June/July 2017. Recipes included Beef and beet stir-fry with greens, Chicken, bacon and brussels sprout stir-fry, Pork and fresh pineapple stir-fry with cashew and coconut dressing,…

Editorial

Feijoa

By On 24 May 2017

Autumn’s little egg shaped gifts of Feijoa are what I’m eating just about everyday. Originally from South Brazil, this aromatic fruit is available mid March to early June. Im lucky enough to have a tree in my garden…

photo essay / recipe

25 Winter Soups

By On 12 May 2017

It’s 14 degrees in Auckland. That means soup time. We love soup, my daughter ends up eating more bread than soup with her dipping-eating the soup, but who can resist a Wild Wheat soup dipped sourdough? Best bread ever….

Editorial / recipe

Walnut tapenade

By On 3 May 2017

I can eat nuts on and in everything- salads, meat, chocolate, porridge and ice cream! Walnuts and Macadamias are delicious eaten fresh, but this walnut tapenade is so good, I had to share it. Read the whole article…

photo essay

Happy Bright Easter

By On 14 April 2017

My daughter Nina made a beautiful bright Easter egg basket at school- I loved the bright colours and our Easter party table reflected her colour craft masterpiece. Chocolate hot cross bun “cake”, loads of chocolate eggs, mini cupcakes…

recipe

My favourite Indian dish

By On 22 January 2017

Three words. ALMOND CRUSTED PANEER. I’d choose this dish over chocolate ganache cake any day, and I LOVE cake. My dear friend Yudhika Sujanani [www.yudhika.com] introduced me to this treasure while I was shooting her book Memoirs – my…

recipe

Mulled wine

By On 29 December 2016

  Who likes warm wine with spices? I do! It’s so Christmasy and  it smells delicious. I was thrilled when I was asked to photograph this spicy mulled wine and Copper Kettle Kumara Crisps –  my favourite snack! The…

Editorial

Holiday lunches

By On 16 December 2016

The December holiday is my favourite, I just love Christmas, Summer and the festive food and mood. The last thing I want to do is get stuck in the kitchen making complicated lunches. School day lunches are very…

photo essay

Cheese month

By On 2 December 2016

  October is cheese month in New Zealand. We met some amazing buffalo cheese makers on assignment in Whangaripo and they gave us some beautiful cheese! I will post more about their farm, family and cheese soon. I loved their…

photo essay

Coastal living and eating

By On 25 November 2016

  The really neat thing about living at the Coast is the fresh sea air and fresh seafood in abundance. I added some asparagus, lemon, chilli, dill and garlic and my weekend was looking very good indeed. Crafters Union produces the most…

Editorial

Tamarillo

By On 25 November 2016

Here are some images from an editorial shoot I did in Kati Kati [New Zealand] at an amazing farm where they grow Tamarillo’s. They are from the same family as the tomato and are also known as the ‘tree tomato’….

Cook Books

Little Tables

By On 20 November 2016

Little Tables is my first cookbook where I am author, photographer and  décor stylist, I enjoyed complete freedom to create a beautiful and functional cookbook with a difference. It was inspired by my daughter, Nina, who is featured…

Subscribe Now
Join our mailing list to get the latest blog posts, tips & tricks, special features, recipes, calendars from Vanessa Lewis.
Your Email