Welcoming Craftilicious to the northern food bloggers map

craftiliciousThe latest addition to the map of northern food bloggers is Sheffield based Craftilicious.

Blogger Tara tells me she is hoping to get her blog as active as her current crafting one.

I am a keen foodie who loves to cook, entertain and eat out. I host a monthly book group which these days has less to do with books and more to do with dinner… I have an insatiable weakness for cookbooks and can’t pass a bookshop without one (as my now groaning walls full of bookshelves will testify!)

If you belong on the map, please let me know via the comments below or twitter @foodiesarah or email foodiesarahATme.com.

Ready for the first International Food Photography Day? #foodphotoday2012

Snapping that plate of food! Well, we all love doing it don’t we? Well I do, much to occasional embarrassment of family and friends. Whether it’s for the flickr group, blogging, foodpspotting, Instagram or Twitter, almost seems rude not to these days.

So whoever came up with the world’s first International Food Photography Day challenge for tomorrow would seem to be onto a winner – they want everyone to snap a meal and tweet it with the hashtag #FoodPhotoDay2012.

In Leeds there’s even a launch event going on to mark the occasion for invited guests ‘to celebrate food photography in all its tasty and delicious glory’.

The organisers explain:

“We are encouraging everyone to celebrate the art of food photography by taking a snap of their mid morning apple, a sandwich from their lunchbox, a takeaway curry or supper at a friend’s house.

“Everyone who takes part on Twitter using the hashtag #FoodPhotoDay2012 on Wednesday 14 November will automatically be entered into a draw to win the newly launched Canon EOS M. This compact system camera has been designed for people who use photography to share their everyday passions and combines the image quality of a DSLR in a compact and easy to use body.

“We hope you will be inspired to snap your crackle and pop at the breakfast table, get zoomy on your halloumi at lunch or simply shoot a winner at dinner – wherever you are with food on Wednesday 14 November, take a picture and create your own food masterpiece.

“Pictures on phones or cameras, whatever comes to hand, make this a day to remember, for an art form that has been around, astonishingly, for more than 150 years, recording and celebrating all aspects of the earth’s bounty.”

International Food Photography Day is conceived by the organisers of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 – I shall be adding my own tweet for the day and have also set up a little bot to track all of the tweets worldwide so that it’s easy to browse through them here: www.foodphotoday.n0tice.com.

Please Jamie, can we have some more (time)?

Seems Jamie Oliver is causing a bit of a stir with Christmas cookbook readers accusing him of poor timekeeping.

His bestselling 30-Minute Meals might have been top of the stocking list, but should more properly have been named One Hour Meals according to those who’ve attempted the recipes.

Amazon reviewers certainly are in no doubt;

“Unfortunately I received 2 copies this Christmas and both are being returned. I think Jamie’s great but this book has done him no credit at all. The recipes can not be made in 30 minutes. And many are extremely expensive too. Avoid!”P. Gedge.

“I’ve tried 5 recipes and enjoyed everyone, especially the Jerk Chicken. Only negative point is that 30 minutes is wishful thinking, I cook quite a lot and so know my way around the kitchen and am averaging about 45-50 minutes.”Steve.

“Last night I cooked the Piri Piri Chicken and, in spite of being an experienced and competent cook, it took me more than an hour, just for the one course. Most of the time was spent in trying to work out which bits I should be following and the absence of any timings for some procedures.”Mrs Janet Parr

……..and so on it goes with some of Jamies’ fans wading in to defend the new style cookbook and point out that the amount of time taken doesn’t matter too much.

Being a bit of a slow food fan myself I’d have to agree that there’s no need to rush for good food but, in this particular case, it’s easy to appreciate the upset as the whole USP of the book would appear to be around convenience.

Time undoubtedly = money for a busy celeb like Jamie and with more than one million copies rung through the tills already, that’s quite a lot of half hours he’s clocked up from time-hungry followers.