2 months before I was due to have my baby, in the middle of last year, I was contacted by cook extraordinaire Caron Melamed to join the team she was putting together to style, design and photograph her recipe book.
I was flattered. She had seen my work in Savour, a friend recommended me and she got in touch.
It sounded like a wonderful project to be involved in, the dates fitted in perfectly with my “maternity leave” (is there such a thing when you’re self employed?) as I anticipated starting work again in October, which at the time felt m-o-n-t-h-s away, and so without hesitation I committed to the project.
In the blink of an eye my baba was here, I was a mommy, I loved being at home, and the start date of the book project was looming.
Before I knew it the day arrived when I had to entrust my precious bundle to a friend, and “go back to work.” As I packed my car with my once familiar props and styling tools I reflected on how alien they looked to me next to all the baby paraphernalia that now occupied my boot (and heart) space.
Needless to say one afternoon with Caron, in her home, with her fabulous family, lovely producer Charmaine Marcus, photographer Jonathan Andrews, and designer Sivan Portal I felt right at home myself! I breathed a sigh of relief and set my mind to work mode, it was all going to be okay despite my trepidation and feelings of “being out of it.” I even managed to take baby along on some of the shoot days as Caron’s home is so relaxed and family-focused.
It wasn’t long before Food & Home Magazine got to hear about the project and asked if they could do a feature on the soon to be released book.
I styled the decor, flowers, table-setting and lunch Caron hosted with family in celebration as we finished the 4 month long project.
I feel so privileged to have worked on my third recipe book project. I have loved each one and they have been as unique and individual as the particular authors. But, I think this one will have a very special sentimental place in my heart, Caron has written this book for her family I feel blessed to have spent time with them in their home. With my own little family expanding I hope that I too can one day give my children a legacy of love, food and family.
I will miss my bi-weekly trips to Orchards.
April issue of Food & Home magazine is available at the moment. ( on a super market shelf near you )
Pictures are courtesy of Food & Home Magazine and Vanessa Lewis.
LARGER pictures, recipes and article appear on page 103. Sneak a peak ….