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Explore Your Creativity: A Resolution You Can Keep Whatever The Weather

It’s been a few weeks since the start of the year and the weather is starting to conspire against your resolutions to run miles each day and shed last year’s weight gain. It’s not that you made the wrong resolutions – you just chose the wrong time of year. Save that for Spring, when the […]

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Roast Plum Pavlova from Borough Market

British plums tend to be found at the likes of Jock Stark & Son’s stall in August and September, so really they’re both a summer and autumn market fruit. Finding the correct season in which to pigeon-hole plums, though, is less important than recognising that they make a very fine pavlova topping. Here they are […]

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Chorizo and Piquillo Pepper Traybake from Borough Market

This is an homage to Brindisa Ltd.’s legendary chorizo, piquillo pepper and rocket roll; one of the first and still one of the best street foods in London. This one-tray sausage dish is rich, piquant and deceptively luxurious. It’s simple to cook, though the specific sausages are essential. These can be found at good market […]

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Eggy Bread and Roasted Grapes from Borough Market

It’s easy to forget that grapes are seasonal, such is their ubiquity throughout the year. But autumn is the time of the European grape harvest, and it’s worth taking home a bunch or two of premium French or Italian grapes (such as the black muscat variety) if you come across them in September and October. […]

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Six things I’ve learned about maternity wear

Before I was pregnant, my idea of maternity wear fell in to two camps: The first: big billowy Laura Ashley dresses – awash with chintzy floral and worn with pride in the 80s and 90s by my Mother when she was pregnant with me and my sisters. The second: the more modern take on antenatal […]

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Banana and Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Banana and Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwiches This fun pudding is lip-smackingly good and great for all ages. It is also easy to assemble. I especially love making it with kids although every adult I know likes to behave like a child now and again too. The ‘ice cream’ is just banana mixed with cocoa powder and […]

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What I’ve learnt from a year without alcohol

This time last year I stopped drinking alcohol. There was no dramatic trigger and I didn’t have a booze problem. It’s just that several things happened around the same time which made me want to give it a go. I was working on a memoir called The Sober Diaries which is a funny, honest account […]

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Chicken Donburi

Donburi is quintessential Japanese comfort food. The base layer is a basic sushi rice bowl but then what sits on top can consist of any variety of meat and vegetables. This chicken donburi recipe is a very well-balanced combination that might not be a typical way of presenting food, but I think it is good […]

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Warm Barley Salad with Pomegranate and Feta

Barley has a unique flavour with a moreish chewy texture. The combination of ingredients here make this a sensational looking Instagram-worthy salad and the pomegranate jewels add a gourmet crunch. SERVES 2 100g pearl barley 600ml vegetable stock or water 60g pomegranate seeds 3 spring onions, thinly sliced 40g watercress 40g baby leaves, to include […]

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Try watching a music video on mute for inspiration

However you find yourself searching for inspiration, this exercise can be motivating and educational. It’s also fun and bit unusual. Pick one of your favourite songs and look up the music video for it. Watch the music video on mute; turn the sound off and just look at the images. Moving images are so similar […]

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Need inspiration? Try to capture the intangible

If you’re in need of an idea to spark your inspiration, maybe you need to let go of what’s real, and seek out something less tangible? Generally, you will go out into the world with the intention of shooting something tangible—a subject that you can see and touch like a person, object, or landscape—but the […]

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Finding inspiration through word association

This inspiration exercise is an excellent activity because of how quickly it will allow you to think of an idea for a picture. The premise is simple: there are four categories on a worksheet, each representing a different element in photography (wardrobe, colour, location, props). You can add or subtract from any of these categories. […]

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Stuck in a blogging rut? Create a project post!

Whether it’s a DIY project with lots of documentation, or an exploratory shoot in a given setting, project posts are a straightforward way to create interesting visual content. When you’ve got a creative block, nothing seems that interesting to photograph or blog about. Creating a project post is one way to find the one activity, […]

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Need inspiration? Try one-spot shooting!

Travelling or taking a walk are great ways to jump-start the inspiration engine when you’re bored with your camera, but for this exercise you’re going to do the exact opposite. Find a busy street corner—preferably one where people are coming at you from all directions—and find a spot that’s ideal for people watching but is […]

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A Yoga Retreat For All Seasons

This Christmas I decided to do something different. The sort of different that, if you knew me, would inspire not only raised eyebrows, but concern for the state of my mental health. I decided to go on a yoga retreat in the south of Spain which is about as close to my comfort zone as […]

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