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A wonderful welcome at a refurbished Roux.

Earlier in the Autumn, I was give the opportunity from Handcnews to attend the relaunch of Roux at Parliament Square after its glamorous refurbishment.

There was a warm and friendly welcome on arrival at Roux at Parliament Square, with plenty of Taittinger and a personal handshake from Michel.

The canapés came out in delicious waves leaving behind content guests and delighted faces.

They included Socca pancakes, with courgette, white onion and romesco, perfect to hand roll and devour. Mushroom crackers with stilton and kale, with their exciting textures and sublime flavours and little urchin-shaped bowls of delightful dorset crab, apple dashi and fermented chilli.

Then came the 56 day aged beef, freshly sliced, with pomme puree, and the famous veal sweetbreads, complimented by the most beautiful Chilean Bravos.

The Bearded One and I found ourselves quite comfortable in the wine corner enjoying the stunning new interiors and the company of the other guests.

In between all the outstanding food, I found time to pass on my congratulations to Steve Groves, who floated between the floors, answering questions and sharing jokes with friends old and new.

Personal desserts of Manjari chocolate, hazelnut and creme fraiche were available for those with a sweet tooth, and upstairs in the bar were cocktails and the largest cheeseboard I had ever seen. (As most of my friends know, I am a serious lover of cheese) These kept our attention until an hour after the party was supposed to end.

The hospitality was exceptional and I was even given a box of cheese to take home as I couldn’t bear to see it wasted.

Thank you to Kate and Holly for the invitation and to Michel, Steve and their team for making us feel so at home.

Throwback Thursday To A Favourite PhotoShoot

My Blog today is photography focused. It’s about one of the first photoshoots that I ever did.

I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Clifford at the Electrolux Cube event. Electrolux practically mounted a glass cube containing a full kitchen and a table for 16 persons, on the top of the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank in London.

It was spectacular.

I mentioned to Daniel about my passion for food photography, and very soon after, I was lucky enough to be invited to Midsummer House to perfect my camera skills on some of the most beautiful food I had ever seen.

This perhaps 5 years ago, maybe more..

This is a cod dish that went on to be featured in Handcnews.com for Image of the Month.

This is a stunning fig dessert taken from above, which is not normally my style but I was still learning about my skills and preferences.

This dish is my favourite of the collection. This image went on to be published by FOUR Magazine online, with the recipe from Daniel. It is smoked Quail. I love this action shot and when it was published by FOUR, I nearly fell out of my bed with joy.

When I look back at these images now, I recall my excitement and pride about the shoot and the results. I remember back then, I wasn’t even shooting on raw format nor making use of focal points. They definitely are not as sharp as the images that I produce today. There is still something magical about them though.

If I could give any advice to budding photographers, I would say “Practice, practice, practice and also remind yourself, that even when you make mistakes, you are still learning”

Thank You for reading,

Majella x

My Blog of the Recent Antics and Releases

Happy Sunday to my readers.

Hopefully you’re reading this with a glass of wine in your hand, as I am writing this in the same way and with a little cheese on the side.

It been a pretty good weekend at this end.

I had my last day at my morning job on Friday and it was a little emotional. I’ve been there for 16 months and had made some good friends that helped me through a difficult time in life. I am grateful for the time I spent there and it taught me so much about myself and other people.

On the same day I had some food photography released in an article I created for Handcnews.com. It made the front page on the day and can now be found in my own section Majella’s Reflections

These were taken with a mixture of natural light and flash, and various small f.stop readings. The top one was taken with my macro lens at f.stop 2.8.

The chef I collaborated with on this day was Dave Pigram. If you are on Twitter. I recommend you follow him. He’s ideas are quite mind-blowing and his small F.stop imagery is very cool indeed. You can find him @chefdave_82 I will be releasing the handcnews.com Image of the Month from him before this month is over.

I also attended a Black Cow Vodka event and will be releasing that blog on Tuesday. It is delicious, by the way and was the perfect Bloody Mary material that I needed on Saturday to help me recover from a small celebration that I had on Friday night.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. I will be editing some images from a trip to Billingsgate Fish Market that I embarked on earlier in the month.


Majella x