Gooseberry Galette

Gooseberry Galette

I wish summer could last forever or at least 6 months. There are so many reasons to love this season but fresh produce is one the most important ones; strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, red currants, cherries, green peas, tomatoes, radishes to name just a few of my favourites. This summer is especially amazing because I can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables everyday. Morning yogurt with granola and freshly picked berries, lunch salads made from crunchy lettuce and greens, handfuls of fresh picked berries going straight in my mouth, snacking on radishes that were just washed off the dirt, that's my everyday reality and I can't even imagine it's going to end in a few weeks. I've been also baking a lot. Gooseberry galette was my latest experiment and I'm definitely going to make it again. My gooseberries were more on the sweet side, so I was surprised that they turned out to be quite tart and acidic after baking. However, I really like the contrast of sweetness of the crust and acidity of the gooseberries in this galette. It's a perfect hot summer day dessert.

Red Gooseberries
Red Gooseberries
Gooseberries
Gooseberries
Gooseberry Galette
Gooseberry Galette

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Gooseberry Galette
Serves about 8

Ingredients
125g plain flour
125g spelt flour
2 tbsp golden cane sugar
1/4 tsp salt
115 g cold unsalted butter, diced
3 tbsp cold milk
500g fresh gooseberries, topped and tailed
35g golden cane sugar
1 egg for egg wash

Method
Combine flours, sugar and salt in a medium bowl, then add diced butter and using your hands rub the butter in to the flour until you have pea sized crumbles. Add the cold milk and blend everything together with a fork. Do not knead the dough, just gather the clumps into a ball.
Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and flatten it a bit. Refrigerate for at least an hour. (I left the dough in the refrigerator for two days, because I didn't have time to bake the galette the same day.)

Preheat oven to 180℃. Unwrap the dough and press the edges so that there are no cracks. Dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour and roll out the dough into a 25cm circle about 0.3 - 0.5cm thick. Transfer the dough on the parchment paper to a baking sheet. Sprinkle over the gooseberries, leaving a 5cm border. Sprinkle with most of the sugar, reserving 1 tbsp of sugar to sprinkle over the edges. Fold the edges over the gooseberries, brush the edges with egg wash and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Bake on the lower half of the oven for about 35-40 minutes until the crust is golden brown.


Food Photography & Styling Workshop in Prague

Prague Food Photography & Styling Workshop

Two days spent with two groups of talented and enthusiastic people, talking food and photography, styling and taking pictures, eating, learning and laughing together.  That was Food Photography & Styling Workshop which I organised in collaboration with Czechdesign.cz in my beloved hometown Prague.
Being overwhelmed by the number of registrations that came through within first two days after opening registration, I decided to reconsider my original plan for a small one-day workshop and added day two of the workshop.

Shooting with natural light is not always easy when weather doesn't cooperate (read as the biggest hailstorm ever), so the Tuesday group experienced what 'chasing light' really means in a photographer's life. Nothing can, however stop a group of passionate food lovers when food, fun and cameras are involved.
Many thanks go our partner Svet Bedynek who supplied us with beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers. And more thanks to my lovely assistant Peta who not only baked all the desserts for the workshop but also spent both days making sure we were all well fed and hydrated.

Prague Food Photography & Styling Workshop
Prague Food Photography & Styling Workshop
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Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
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Prague Food Photography & Styling Workshop
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague
Food Photography & Styling Workshop Prague

Some of the participants shared their photos from the workshop on their blogs, so if you wanna see more photos, follow the links to view their work.

Jana of Sweet Pixel
Veronika of Kafe a dort





Insta Food and Love

Instagram_February

Since I joined Instagram about 3 years ago, it has very quickly become my favourite social media and sharing platform. It's obviously its visual element that is so appealing to me. I love virtually travelling and tasting the world through photos of many talented people I follow. I feel so grateful to be part of such an amazing community. And therefore, I was super excited and honoured to be featured as Instagram suggested user last week. Thank you Instagram for this fabulous app and all my followers for their likes and comments, I like and appreciate every single one.

Follow me on Instagram! Happy Monday everyone! :)


Dubai Creek

Dubai Old Creek

This post is kind of "part two" of my Dubai Old Spice Market post. We were passing by the Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai) on our way back from the spice market. We were so lucky not only because we happened to be there during golden hour, but mainly because we got invited to take a peak inside one of the docked old wooden sailing vessel filled with cargo. It was quite an experience!

Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek Boat
Dubai Creek - Drying fish
Dubai Old Creek
Dubai Old Creek
Dubai Old Creek Boat
Dubai Old Creek Boat
Wooden Sailing Vessel Dubai
Wooden Sailing Vessel Dubai
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Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
Dubai Old Creek