Food Photography at The Cook’s Digest

A food blog can live or die on the quality of the photographs. A blogger could invent the most creative, heavenly meal on the planet, but an out of focus, badly lit shot won’t entice readers in. So I’ve used some simple tricks, low-cost lighting and free software to improve picture quality.

Below are my top five tips on on how we get our pictures looking as good as the food tastes.

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Huckleberry Glazed Chicken Wings

We bought back the idea for awesome salt ‘n’ vinegar chicken wings from the USA. We also came back with some delicious huckleberry BBQ sauce. Well, heck, let’s try making some more chicken wings with a tasty, tangy sweet fruit glaze! This was outstandingly good, it’s now a tough choice as to which would be our go-to wing recipe.

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Triple Buffalo Pizza

Continuing with our theme of buffalo inspired meals, I made a triple buffalo pizza using strips of buffalo minute steak. Combined with sliced buffalo tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella and topped off with fresh basil leaves (that may have been near a buffalo at some point), this was one seriously tasty and good-looking pizza!

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Top 40 Pizza Food Blog Award

I am thrilled to announce that The Cook’s Digest has been honoured for our contributions towards the pizza food scene, following on from our award a year ago for Vietnamese food blogging. Once again, the good folks at feedspot.com have recognised us as a major contributing to all things pizza!

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Buffalo Chili with Roasted Tomatoes

Whilst staying in Yellowstone National Park, we had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious bowl or three of smoked bison chili. It was absolutely delicious, the meat and sauce had a richer flavour than beef chili dishes I had previously tasted.

After a bit of research back at the home ranch, we came up with our own version using buffalo and cooked up some tasty buffalo chili with roasted tomatoes.

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Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Chicken Wings

We discovered salt ‘n’ vinegar chicken wings whilst on holiday in the USA. It seemed like a crazy combination, but throwing caution (and a couple of dollars) to the wind, we gave it a shot. They were delicious, a superb fusion of classic British fish ‘n’ chip flavours with American cuisine.

And as it happens, very easy to make at home, either oven baked or al fresco style in a BBQ …

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Ranch Dipping Sauce with Gherkin

With the summer well and truly in swing, it’s time to BBQ some awesome meals in the glorious sunshine. This ranch dipping sauce with gherkin takes standard sauces up a few notches, and is perfect for ribs, chicken wings and grilled vegetables. It’s even great with cod goujon!

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New And Improved Pizza Dough Recipe

I’m a sucker for great pizza! So many different combinations of toppings and sauces, whether it’s steak and mushroom with BBQ sauce or a vegetarian pizza with passata. Endless possibilities. Yet my tried and tested pizza dough recipe has remained the same … could that be improved?

Yep, it could. And it has been. I tried one of Ken Forkish’s pizza dough recipes, this has upped the quality for our homemade pizzas. It’s easy to manipulate, not too thin and perfect elasticity. The pizza has more texture and flavour, is slightly chewy with just the right level of crispness. And it’s just as simple to make as ever …

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Photographing the Moon and Bears with Digiscoping

Yes, that’s a picture of the moon, taken by my wife earlier in the year … I’m going strictly off-topic with this week’s blog post. And if you’ve got a cellphone you could take shots like this too. All you need is a pair of binoculars (monocular and spotting scopes also work) and a handy little gadget and hey presto, you’re digiscoping!

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Mad Max Turkey Burgers

 

For the next in our series of burger recipes, we present the Mad Max Turkey Burger. Infused with the flavours of the unqiue Mad Max seasoning, and packed with a little chorizo, this is a great tasting lean meat burger. And utterly delicious.

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast

A simple recipe this week, perfect for summer evenings. Wild garlic leaf is in season, and my wife had made a batch of her excellent wild garlic leaf pesto sauce. Smokey bacon is a perfect match for it, so I cooked up some bacon wrapped stuff chicken breast with wild garlic leaf pesto pasta to enjoy in the warm summer sun.

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Sticky Tamarind Baby Back Ribs

I hosted an al fresco lunch event for my work colleagues a couple of weeks ago. We are sadly all going through a redundancy period, so to lift spirits I prayed for good weather and cooked up a few classic dishes, including some tasty sticky tamarind baby back ribs.

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