Food Styling : This shoot stretched me…

 

Pantone Colour Shoot

 

When Pantone released their much awaited selection for color of the year I was so excited!
My mind raced with all the lovely green things I could style and cook.

As the color is Kale I immediately settled on a vegan theme using Kale as my hero ingredient.

Well, what a surprise it turned out to be when I started on the recipe development, I’m not going to lie to you, it stretched me!

I ‘ve written before about cooking and styling unusual ingredients, so it wasn’t about that, curly kale is pretty main stream these days.

Can I say this ?

I totally, TOTALLY get vegetarianism, the cruelty to animals thing, reduce our carbon foot print, dietary awareness, less red meat and more plant based diets,etc.
But vegan?
Guys I just can’t imagine a life without cheese!
( I want to defend myself and say its Biblical to eat cheese Gen 18.8 ) The truth is cheese is almost my go to food for a snack, a meal, or just to add oomph to a salad.

I learnt a little about myself doing these recipes, and it proved an interesting experience. They were all absolutely delicious minus the cheese, and the virtuous rating was off the charts after munching my way through the salad after the shoot!

Whats your default food setting? Id love to hear :0

Love

Taryne

Photography by the green loving Roelene Prinsloo.

 

 

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Styling : I didn’t plan & don’t have a catchy title for this post …


Do you dread it as much as I do ?

New Years resolutions, bucket lists, ambitious goals and lofty dreams.
The mere thought of it all makes me feel pressurized and resentful.

I know it’s weird ( please tell me I’m not alone ) I actually dread new year, I feel the angst rising as I peruse Facebook.
I stop, switch off my mobile device and reflect. What is causing such an extreme reaction in me this year.
Have I had a bad 2016?
No, not at all. In fact I can not recall a more peace-filled year – personally ( I’m not talking globally)
So why the apprehension ?

I love planning, I plan my plans, I have to do lists of the plans I’m going to make. I have several note books for all my different plans.

I mind map, I use different colour markers, and gel pens, and every new piece of stationary TYPO launches.
And that’s the problem, right there.
I blink , and a day, month, year has gone by and I have wonderful, colour coded plans.
And little else.
I spend so much time and energy on the planning, I seldom get to the actual doing ….
I get stuck in my planning ( and procrastinating)
Oh curse the procrastination!

So I reflect, and in my attempt at living an examined life I realize that focusing on not having items to cross off or tick on a list is robbing me of something:
The observance of all the unplanned things I had no idea to plan or prepare for.

I never planned to be content with the simple life I now have, no striving, and driving, stressing and searching. They were all on my list, along with ambition, and recognition and acceptance.

I never planned to overcome my fear of authority, I never planned to speak up, and address issues that troubled me directly, not once, twice but thrice ( practice makes perfect )

And I never planned to love spontaneity; to make plans, and then have the freedom to adjust, or even ignore them, without guilt or condemnation.

So where does that leave me on the brink of 2017?
Probably in a similar place as last new year, with resolutions that won’t make it past Valentine’s Day, and a new found appreciation  and gratitude of the unplanned.

Happy 2017
X

PS. I’m going to take the advice of the fortune cookie – ” you will take a chance in the near future” and not make too many plans

I’ll let you know how it goes…

 

 

 

 

Styling: Are you ready…10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..

” coming, ready or not”

2017 is on it’s way!

Pop the champers, kick off your shoes, and light the sparklers – 2017 is approaching at a rapid rate

Happy New Year everyone

 

xxx

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Styling: Taryne Jakobi

Model : Beautiful Jen Andreoni

Photography: With thanks to the wonderful Nestling girls !

Styling : It’s Summer baby ….

It sure is !

Johannesburg is in the grip of a heat wave, and with tough water restrictions  already in place due to low water supply, it’s all we can do not to jump in the car and head south to the beach.

In fact, Ms S has been asking for a month now, “is it December yet?”

What better way to imagine it is already holiday time, than to create our very own beach scene; bake some cookies, pour some lemonade and lie back on a pool lounger… its summer baby, and almost, almost beach time 🙂

 

www.nestling.co.za

www.nestling.co.za

Sand Dollar Cookies

Growing up in Johannesburg, our family would make the annual trip to the coast for the December holidays. My mom ( not much of a baker ) would out do herself, and make 2 massive Tupperware containers full of biscuits. Custard biscuits and another she called “Kids Beach Biscuits” which were a kind of a rock cake biscuit, with raisins and spices, were my favorites!
We would lug picnic baskets, cooler boxes and all manner of beach paraphernalia onto the beach and set up “camp” for the day. All the children 
would pay on the waters edge building sand castle after sand castle, complete with special moats and “drains” for the incoming water, running back every so often to the adults under the umbrellas for a quick sandwich or biscuit. It was childhood at its best.

With so much modern convenience it hardly seem necessary to do any of this any more. To be honest I don’t even know if I would have the strength to do it all, when I see ALL my 4 year old keeps insisting we should “pack to take to the holiday house” 

I might just make these sand dollar cookies though. A lovely crisp biscuit with a touch of cinnamon. The mixture freezes well, and the baked biscuits will keep in a Tupperware , *wink* ( or any other suitable air tight container) for a couple of weeks. 

3 cups cake flour, sifted
1 cup / 200g castor sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
185g soft butter
1 egg
2-3 tablespoons milk – if required
Almond flakes – optional
Cinnamon sugar

 

  1. Combine all the ingredients together, except for the milk, in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon, or in the bowl of a food mixer and mix with the “K” attachment on low until the mixture combines together, add the milk slowly,  spoonfuls at a time if necessary.
    The mixture should be firm and pliable but not sloppy.
  2. Divide the mixture into two and shape into logs.
  3. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or freeze wrapped in plastic wrap.
  4. Preheat oven to 180oC
  5. To make the biscuits, remove from the fridge, drench a baking tin with cinnamon sugar and roll the logs in the sugar until coated in a cinnamon sugar crust.
  6. Remove logs and place on a marble slab or cool work surface and slice into disks with a sharp knife. Arrange on a baking tray with space between for spreading. Decorate with almond flakes if using.
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes for a soft biscuit and 15 – 20 minutes for a crisp biscuit.
  8. The biscuits should be a light golden brown colour. Remove and cool on the tray.
  9. Store in an air tight container ( if they last that long!)

 

www.nestling.co.za

 

www.nestling.co.za

 

I was thrilled to be asked by the beautiful girls at Nestling to partner with them in styling this Tropical theme for their summer Mini Sessions shoot . It was so cool to pretend we were somewhere exotic with a real beach in studio, giant swan inflatable, imported tropical palm trees ( almost putting our backs out trying to move them!) fun tropical fruit printable, and other sun, and sea goodies.

Roll on beach time…

Styling : Taryne Jakobi, with thanks to Carmen and Natasha for the best brief ever!

Photography: BIG hugs to the lovely Carmen & Natasha at Nestling 

 

 

New Work : Product styling

Today I want to be here, drinking these…

 

thats all.

 

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Adam Houghton Photography

Friday Favorites: How do you like ’em apples?

very, very much!
In fact, this shoot would probably make it into my Top 10 of all time favorite shoots. Not that I would ever have a Top 10, that would be like asking me to choose which one of my children I love the most.
*shudders*
Nah, not going to happen, so lets just stick with Favorite Favorite :0

Fridays are definitely a favorite, hope yours is a good one!

X

 

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Food Styling – Noir Part 2: Living in the tension of Black & White

Black OR White

Black AND White
It’s not always clear.
I recently gave away all my black clothes; not because black is drab, boring , or even some might say evil.
No. I gave them away because I well, wait for it, I gave away all my white clothes too…
I can’t explain it in definitive black and white clarity.
Only that I’m questioning the hard line choosing one of these opposing colours.
Is this a metaphor for life ?
Today is an important day in South Africa , anytime you make your black mark on a piece of white paper is,  isn’t it ?
Yet somehow is feels more confusing than ever.
It’s not an issue of black and white anymore, well it shouldn’t be, but 20 years on this  hard won democratic privilege still feels so much about black OR white.
It still feels like we are fighting the same fight.
Over and over again.
Maybe it’s just about learning to live in the grey zone, working through the tension, and still making a mark.

Im off to make my mark, dressed in, yup , you guessed it, grey…

Happy Voting ( for those in South Africa)
Go make your mark, it counts, no matter the color.

x

CupcakesRadishes Pears Nougat Mushrooms Meringue MarshmallowCoconut Carrots Camembert

Concept & Styling: Taryne Jakobi

Photography: Roelene Prinsloo 

 

Friday Favorites: Detail Overload… B is for buttons, babies and BEAUTIFUL !

I posted a few weeks back, when Facebook reminded me: thanks for that FB we know about my poor memory , pictures of my own baby shower, and a friend made a funny comment that even Martha Stewart would have been impressed with all the details.

Seriously high praise. I love details, Im all. about. the. details.
Sometimes a little too much.

But only a little. *scribbles notes on future post about self deception
I actually can’t get enough of pretty things, small touches that tie a theme or event together, beautiful flowers, props, and pretty, pretty, pretty!

This baby shower was for a friend who was having a little boy. I partnered with In Good Company, and they supplied all the pretty party printable ( which are a free download on their website), and props, and photographer Vanessa Lewis captured every single detail so beautifully, down to the very last button! ( which, I will just add I baked , sewed  ( – yes, I sewed the cushions, and sock animals just so I could add buttons to them) and crafted…All to my detail- obsessed- hearts contentment!

Happy Friday everyone

Hope yours is filled with all your favorite things

X

 

 

 

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New Work: Food Styling – NOIR part 1

I have a framed print on my wall that says ” Love is the new black”

I love it!

It reminds me that actually there is , as the saying goes, ” nothing new under the sun” … Love is not new, it’s not a trend, a fashion or a passing fad.

Love is actually the real deal.

I love this new series of dark food shots we did on a matt black background.
I love that I get to do this, and I love that sometimes creativity is simply doing what you love, regardless of fashion, fads, and an ever chasing after the wind newness…

Big LOVE to the lovely ( she really is, inside and out, one of the love-ly-est people) Roelene Prinsloo for the amazing photography !
Styling & concept – Taryne Jakobi Styling

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New Work: Can you keep a secret…

Can you keep a secret ?

I can.
I’m not talking about bad secrets. Stuff that should NEVER be secret, abuse, bullying, crime etc.
I’m talking about ” good secrets.” (We should probably call them confidences rather than secrets.)
A surprise birthday party, special gift, a proposal.
Clark Kents real identity.
Your colleagues crush on the guy in procurement.

In fact I’m really good at keeping mum.
Saint Taryne, patron saint of the zipped lip.
A work colleague whose unplanned pregnancy would have hampered promotion, I kept under wraps, for, well, 9 months.
And, a high power couples  immigration plans which were ( they thought) NASA qualifying TOP SECRET, for fear of an industry backlash, I feigned ignorance until all was revealed …

Now, before you go all judge-y on me, that I’m priestly & pious, let me share the my secret to to keeping confidences.

The antonym for a “Memory like an elephant”
A memory like Taryne ( ag shame)

Yip, the key to keeping a confidence is not the ability to be super spiritual, in my case anyway, it’s simply a rather poor memory.

When my cousin was pregnant she was eager to know the gender of her baby, but her husband was not. He said it was ok for her to find out but he did not want to know.
Once my cousin got the little pink piece of paper in the sealed envelope from her gynecologist she just couldn’t keep it to herself, excitedly she shared the good news with me and swore me to keep quiet for the next 6 months.
When the baby was born I exclaimed delightedly ” it’s a girl !” With as much enthusiasm as the rest of the family!
My cousin looked at me amused, ” you look as surprised as everyone else who didn’t know ” she laughed,
I had completely forgotten I was privy to this secret and so my surprise at the gender reveal was genuine !
It hadn’t been difficult to keep the secret because I simply forgot that I knew.

Now there are some things that should never be secret.
So I’m going to let you in on a big one.
It’s called talent.
Actually that’s TALENT!
IN CAPITAL LETTERS, bold and underlined
And this is it,
Photographer Dylan Swart
This guy is going places, and that’s no secret, so spread the word….

No need to keep this one quiet, it deserves to be spoken about 🙂

Many thanks to the super talented TALENTED, and humble Dylan Swart for the fun video we did with pasta.

PS, another secret, Pasta is really really easy to make, I hope you will give it a go.

X

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Recipe for pasta dough and really good instructions, here 

 

Robiola Cheese Ravioli, with Porcini dust

Robiola Cheese Ravioli, with Porcini dust

 

Homemade Tagliatelle with Burnt Butter, Pinenuts and Parmesan

Homemade Tagliatelle with Burnt Butter, Pinenuts and Parmesan

 

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Homemade Pasta

 

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Recipe and ~Styling Taryne jakobi

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Food Styling : This shoot stretched me…

 

Pantone Colour Shoot

 

When Pantone released their much awaited selection for color of the year I was so excited!
My mind raced with all the lovely green things I could style and cook.

As the color is Kale I immediately settled on a vegan theme using Kale as my hero ingredient.

Well, what a surprise it turned out to be when I started on the recipe development, I’m not going to lie to you, it stretched me!

I ‘ve written before about cooking and styling unusual ingredients, so it wasn’t about that, curly kale is pretty main stream these days.

Can I say this ?

I totally, TOTALLY get vegetarianism, the cruelty to animals thing, reduce our carbon foot print, dietary awareness, less red meat and more plant based diets,etc.
But vegan?
Guys I just can’t imagine a life without cheese!
( I want to defend myself and say its Biblical to eat cheese Gen 18.8 ) The truth is cheese is almost my go to food for a snack, a meal, or just to add oomph to a salad.

I learnt a little about myself doing these recipes, and it proved an interesting experience. They were all absolutely delicious minus the cheese, and the virtuous rating was off the charts after munching my way through the salad after the shoot!

Whats your default food setting? Id love to hear :0

Love

Taryne

Photography by the green loving Roelene Prinsloo.

 

 

Pin It

Styling : I didn’t plan & don’t have a catchy title for this post …


Do you dread it as much as I do ?

New Years resolutions, bucket lists, ambitious goals and lofty dreams.
The mere thought of it all makes me feel pressurized and resentful.

I know it’s weird ( please tell me I’m not alone ) I actually dread new year, I feel the angst rising as I peruse Facebook.
I stop, switch off my mobile device and reflect. What is causing such an extreme reaction in me this year.
Have I had a bad 2016?
No, not at all. In fact I can not recall a more peace-filled year – personally ( I’m not talking globally)
So why the apprehension ?

I love planning, I plan my plans, I have to do lists of the plans I’m going to make. I have several note books for all my different plans.

I mind map, I use different colour markers, and gel pens, and every new piece of stationary TYPO launches.
And that’s the problem, right there.
I blink , and a day, month, year has gone by and I have wonderful, colour coded plans.
And little else.
I spend so much time and energy on the planning, I seldom get to the actual doing ….
I get stuck in my planning ( and procrastinating)
Oh curse the procrastination!

So I reflect, and in my attempt at living an examined life I realize that focusing on not having items to cross off or tick on a list is robbing me of something:
The observance of all the unplanned things I had no idea to plan or prepare for.

I never planned to be content with the simple life I now have, no striving, and driving, stressing and searching. They were all on my list, along with ambition, and recognition and acceptance.

I never planned to overcome my fear of authority, I never planned to speak up, and address issues that troubled me directly, not once, twice but thrice ( practice makes perfect )

And I never planned to love spontaneity; to make plans, and then have the freedom to adjust, or even ignore them, without guilt or condemnation.

So where does that leave me on the brink of 2017?
Probably in a similar place as last new year, with resolutions that won’t make it past Valentine’s Day, and a new found appreciation  and gratitude of the unplanned.

Happy 2017
X

PS. I’m going to take the advice of the fortune cookie – ” you will take a chance in the near future” and not make too many plans

I’ll let you know how it goes…

 

 

 

 

Styling: Are you ready…10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..

” coming, ready or not”

2017 is on it’s way!

Pop the champers, kick off your shoes, and light the sparklers – 2017 is approaching at a rapid rate

Happy New Year everyone

 

xxx

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Styling: Taryne Jakobi

Model : Beautiful Jen Andreoni

Photography: With thanks to the wonderful Nestling girls !

Styling : It’s Summer baby ….

It sure is !

Johannesburg is in the grip of a heat wave, and with tough water restrictions  already in place due to low water supply, it’s all we can do not to jump in the car and head south to the beach.

In fact, Ms S has been asking for a month now, “is it December yet?”

What better way to imagine it is already holiday time, than to create our very own beach scene; bake some cookies, pour some lemonade and lie back on a pool lounger… its summer baby, and almost, almost beach time 🙂

 

www.nestling.co.za

www.nestling.co.za

Sand Dollar Cookies

Growing up in Johannesburg, our family would make the annual trip to the coast for the December holidays. My mom ( not much of a baker ) would out do herself, and make 2 massive Tupperware containers full of biscuits. Custard biscuits and another she called “Kids Beach Biscuits” which were a kind of a rock cake biscuit, with raisins and spices, were my favorites!
We would lug picnic baskets, cooler boxes and all manner of beach paraphernalia onto the beach and set up “camp” for the day. All the children 
would pay on the waters edge building sand castle after sand castle, complete with special moats and “drains” for the incoming water, running back every so often to the adults under the umbrellas for a quick sandwich or biscuit. It was childhood at its best.

With so much modern convenience it hardly seem necessary to do any of this any more. To be honest I don’t even know if I would have the strength to do it all, when I see ALL my 4 year old keeps insisting we should “pack to take to the holiday house” 

I might just make these sand dollar cookies though. A lovely crisp biscuit with a touch of cinnamon. The mixture freezes well, and the baked biscuits will keep in a Tupperware , *wink* ( or any other suitable air tight container) for a couple of weeks. 

3 cups cake flour, sifted
1 cup / 200g castor sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
185g soft butter
1 egg
2-3 tablespoons milk – if required
Almond flakes – optional
Cinnamon sugar

 

  1. Combine all the ingredients together, except for the milk, in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon, or in the bowl of a food mixer and mix with the “K” attachment on low until the mixture combines together, add the milk slowly,  spoonfuls at a time if necessary.
    The mixture should be firm and pliable but not sloppy.
  2. Divide the mixture into two and shape into logs.
  3. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or freeze wrapped in plastic wrap.
  4. Preheat oven to 180oC
  5. To make the biscuits, remove from the fridge, drench a baking tin with cinnamon sugar and roll the logs in the sugar until coated in a cinnamon sugar crust.
  6. Remove logs and place on a marble slab or cool work surface and slice into disks with a sharp knife. Arrange on a baking tray with space between for spreading. Decorate with almond flakes if using.
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes for a soft biscuit and 15 – 20 minutes for a crisp biscuit.
  8. The biscuits should be a light golden brown colour. Remove and cool on the tray.
  9. Store in an air tight container ( if they last that long!)

 

www.nestling.co.za

 

www.nestling.co.za

 

I was thrilled to be asked by the beautiful girls at Nestling to partner with them in styling this Tropical theme for their summer Mini Sessions shoot . It was so cool to pretend we were somewhere exotic with a real beach in studio, giant swan inflatable, imported tropical palm trees ( almost putting our backs out trying to move them!) fun tropical fruit printable, and other sun, and sea goodies.

Roll on beach time…

Styling : Taryne Jakobi, with thanks to Carmen and Natasha for the best brief ever!

Photography: BIG hugs to the lovely Carmen & Natasha at Nestling 

 

 

New Work : Product styling

Today I want to be here, drinking these…

 

thats all.

 

135618

 

135757

 

135758

 

135754

 

Taryne Jakobi Styling

Adam Houghton Photography

Friday Favorites: How do you like ’em apples?

very, very much!
In fact, this shoot would probably make it into my Top 10 of all time favorite shoots. Not that I would ever have a Top 10, that would be like asking me to choose which one of my children I love the most.
*shudders*
Nah, not going to happen, so lets just stick with Favorite Favorite :0

Fridays are definitely a favorite, hope yours is a good one!

X

 

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Food Styling – Noir Part 2: Living in the tension of Black & White

Black OR White

Black AND White
It’s not always clear.
I recently gave away all my black clothes; not because black is drab, boring , or even some might say evil.
No. I gave them away because I well, wait for it, I gave away all my white clothes too…
I can’t explain it in definitive black and white clarity.
Only that I’m questioning the hard line choosing one of these opposing colours.
Is this a metaphor for life ?
Today is an important day in South Africa , anytime you make your black mark on a piece of white paper is,  isn’t it ?
Yet somehow is feels more confusing than ever.
It’s not an issue of black and white anymore, well it shouldn’t be, but 20 years on this  hard won democratic privilege still feels so much about black OR white.
It still feels like we are fighting the same fight.
Over and over again.
Maybe it’s just about learning to live in the grey zone, working through the tension, and still making a mark.

Im off to make my mark, dressed in, yup , you guessed it, grey…

Happy Voting ( for those in South Africa)
Go make your mark, it counts, no matter the color.

x

CupcakesRadishes Pears Nougat Mushrooms Meringue MarshmallowCoconut Carrots Camembert

Concept & Styling: Taryne Jakobi

Photography: Roelene Prinsloo 

 

Friday Favorites: Detail Overload… B is for buttons, babies and BEAUTIFUL !

I posted a few weeks back, when Facebook reminded me: thanks for that FB we know about my poor memory , pictures of my own baby shower, and a friend made a funny comment that even Martha Stewart would have been impressed with all the details.

Seriously high praise. I love details, Im all. about. the. details.
Sometimes a little too much.

But only a little. *scribbles notes on future post about self deception
I actually can’t get enough of pretty things, small touches that tie a theme or event together, beautiful flowers, props, and pretty, pretty, pretty!

This baby shower was for a friend who was having a little boy. I partnered with In Good Company, and they supplied all the pretty party printable ( which are a free download on their website), and props, and photographer Vanessa Lewis captured every single detail so beautifully, down to the very last button! ( which, I will just add I baked , sewed  ( – yes, I sewed the cushions, and sock animals just so I could add buttons to them) and crafted…All to my detail- obsessed- hearts contentment!

Happy Friday everyone

Hope yours is filled with all your favorite things

X

 

 

 

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New Work: Food Styling – NOIR part 1

I have a framed print on my wall that says ” Love is the new black”

I love it!

It reminds me that actually there is , as the saying goes, ” nothing new under the sun” … Love is not new, it’s not a trend, a fashion or a passing fad.

Love is actually the real deal.

I love this new series of dark food shots we did on a matt black background.
I love that I get to do this, and I love that sometimes creativity is simply doing what you love, regardless of fashion, fads, and an ever chasing after the wind newness…

Big LOVE to the lovely ( she really is, inside and out, one of the love-ly-est people) Roelene Prinsloo for the amazing photography !
Styling & concept – Taryne Jakobi Styling

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New Work: Can you keep a secret…

Can you keep a secret ?

I can.
I’m not talking about bad secrets. Stuff that should NEVER be secret, abuse, bullying, crime etc.
I’m talking about ” good secrets.” (We should probably call them confidences rather than secrets.)
A surprise birthday party, special gift, a proposal.
Clark Kents real identity.
Your colleagues crush on the guy in procurement.

In fact I’m really good at keeping mum.
Saint Taryne, patron saint of the zipped lip.
A work colleague whose unplanned pregnancy would have hampered promotion, I kept under wraps, for, well, 9 months.
And, a high power couples  immigration plans which were ( they thought) NASA qualifying TOP SECRET, for fear of an industry backlash, I feigned ignorance until all was revealed …

Now, before you go all judge-y on me, that I’m priestly & pious, let me share the my secret to to keeping confidences.

The antonym for a “Memory like an elephant”
A memory like Taryne ( ag shame)

Yip, the key to keeping a confidence is not the ability to be super spiritual, in my case anyway, it’s simply a rather poor memory.

When my cousin was pregnant she was eager to know the gender of her baby, but her husband was not. He said it was ok for her to find out but he did not want to know.
Once my cousin got the little pink piece of paper in the sealed envelope from her gynecologist she just couldn’t keep it to herself, excitedly she shared the good news with me and swore me to keep quiet for the next 6 months.
When the baby was born I exclaimed delightedly ” it’s a girl !” With as much enthusiasm as the rest of the family!
My cousin looked at me amused, ” you look as surprised as everyone else who didn’t know ” she laughed,
I had completely forgotten I was privy to this secret and so my surprise at the gender reveal was genuine !
It hadn’t been difficult to keep the secret because I simply forgot that I knew.

Now there are some things that should never be secret.
So I’m going to let you in on a big one.
It’s called talent.
Actually that’s TALENT!
IN CAPITAL LETTERS, bold and underlined
And this is it,
Photographer Dylan Swart
This guy is going places, and that’s no secret, so spread the word….

No need to keep this one quiet, it deserves to be spoken about 🙂

Many thanks to the super talented TALENTED, and humble Dylan Swart for the fun video we did with pasta.

PS, another secret, Pasta is really really easy to make, I hope you will give it a go.

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Recipe for pasta dough and really good instructions, here 

 

Robiola Cheese Ravioli, with Porcini dust

Robiola Cheese Ravioli, with Porcini dust

 

Homemade Tagliatelle with Burnt Butter, Pinenuts and Parmesan

Homemade Tagliatelle with Burnt Butter, Pinenuts and Parmesan

 

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Homemade Pasta

 

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Recipe and ~Styling Taryne jakobi

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