Having first met the lovely Emma from Kiwi food blog My Darling Lemon Thyme over two and a half years ago, we thought it was about time we caught up with the talented food stylist/photographer, especially since she has now released her second cookbook!
If you are ever in need of a bit of healthy recipe inspiration Emma sure knows how to get you excited to get back in the kitchen! Her recipes are not only works-of-art but are made using only the best, good-for-you, mostly plant-based ingredients so are sure to leave you feeling good and ready for whatever life throws your way. Having recently returned to NZ from a stint in Perth, Western Australia, Emma shares with us how she found the move, some top tips for a budding food stylist or instagrammer, and how she manages the challenges of juggling both work and motherhood.
Q. Hi Emma! it’s been a while since we’ve caught up with you, how are you? We understand you’re back living in New Zealand now, how’s that going?
I’m great thanks! We’re absolutely loving being home in NZ again after our 5 years spent living in Western Australia. I never knew just how much I missed NZ, until we came home.
Q. Your new cookbook ‘A Year in my Real Food Kitchen’ was released back in April well done! It looks amazing! What was your main inspiration for the book?
Thanks again! I guess the main motivation behind this book was wanting to provide a glimpse into my kitchen, throughout the year. It highlights seasonal produce and they are the basis of all the recipes. Whether it’s using pumpkins in autumn in dishes such as (the cover dish!) Saffron-Buttered Pumpkin with Herbed Brown Rice or making the most of all the beautiful stone fruits available in summer, by making my little Nectarine Honey Cakes. The book is set out in the four seasons and features both savoury and sweet dishes.
Q. Do you have a favourite recipe (or two) from the book?
I have many! I adore my homemade Buckwheat Noodles which are served with a Gingery Carrot Broth and also my Flourless Chocolate Torte is insanely good (and is requested at every family get-together!)
Q. What are your current ‘go to’ breakfast options?
With the weather still a bit chilly I’m still loving my daily bowl of Millet + Linseed Porridge (recipe can be found in my first cookbook My Darling Lemon Thyme).
- You’re very talented with your food styling and photography. What would be your top 3 tips for a budding food stylist or instagrammer?
- Less is more. Don’t over-clutter your shot with unnecessary props.
- Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice styling and shooting, the better you’ll get!
- Use natural light. Set yourself up near a lovely window and get shooting.
Q. Who are your biggest foodie inspirations and why?
My dear friend Jude Blereau from Western Australia is one of my biggest inspirations. Like me, she’s not new to the world of wholefood eating, and this shows in her beautiful, non-preachy, realistic + nourishing recipes and the knowledge she shares from a life of living the wholefood way.
Heidi Swanson from 101cookbooks.com will always be a huge inspiration to me as it was her blog and books that first inspired me to start my own blog… which led to me writing two cookbooks!
Q. Finally, you must be very busy juggling your job as well as motherhood, what are your favourite ways to relieve stress?
I love getting on my mat as often as I can and doing a little yoga. Even if I’ve only got 15 minutes to spare, I’m always thankful afterwards that I took the time to be still and stretch.
I also love going for big long walks along the beach here in Raglan.
Lastly, I have some days where I just refuse to turn the computer on or reply to emails. This is possibly the best way I know how to avoid feeling stressed in the first place! Ha. xx