I am constantly scouring through charity shops and catching the odd local jumble sale when I get chance to discover some interesting food props for my blog or cooking in general.
There are so many cool and unique unloved pieces out there and I love it when I stumble upon something that can dictate the style of recipe or simply set the tone. A couple of weeks I bought a genuine Drywites vintage chip shop scooper and it’s industrial design gave me the idea of turning my lemon and parmesan breaded salmon a chippyesque feel with newspaper wrapping. I loved cooking it, photoing it, eating it then blogging about it.
So in pictures, I’m going to show you this week’s thrift haul kitchen goodies. Some I have already used, such as the African salad servers as the weather picked up this week and the wicker basket for a handpicked vegetable garden feel and gathering things together my April Favourites blog.
I also purchased a soft brown and cream textured table runner, featured under some of my finds, for 10p amongst the bedding and rags sections at a jumble. I love the freshness of a plain white background am now ready to experiment with new textures for more depth of my pics. I read more and more established food blogs every day, continually paying much more careful attention to the intricacies of their photos, whereas I would usually only be there for the recipe itself. I am certainly learning it now a lot like a creative art form and am enjoying going with the flow yet practising with camera phones, lighting and colours before advancing to a DSLR with fancy lenses.
Another purchase I couldn’t resist due to buying my new tesco blender is a retro blender recipe book for 50p. I love the multiple sweet and savory dishes available in this book and love how I feel like a kid scanning through my mum’s old cookbooks again. I would hours going through them, trying to convince my her to bake something with me but the answer was usually no because it would make such a mess. Gutting.
I’ve also taken out a few library books in the past couple of weeks, so thought I’d mention these too. I’ve been rather interested in A Girl Called Jack for new ideas as I’ve got a lot of store cupboards that quite frankly keep accumulating and now want to resourcefully and tastefully work my way through to the bottom of them. Note: I have had so many cookbooks in the past and have had to cut down due to space issues, which is why I prefer library books these days. And of course, you can save your money for the real ingredients.
I also bought a giant heavy based wok style rustic dish for 50p which will need a good clean and a unique soup ladle with mini pourer, which has far more character than my IKEA one.
So that’s it for this week’s purchases. I hope you loved this post and keep your eyes peeled for the props in action. Let me know if you think I should create videos for these kinds of posts but I am happy just to blog-post them as I find it fun and great practice for photography.
Tastefully Vikkie x