11 / 2014

Slow Cooked Recipe Shoot for Williams Sonoma

So inspired by the recipes from shooting this book, I broke down and bought a slow cooker. I had been kind of rebelling against the idea my entire adult life, swearing I don’t like stew or soup and especially turned off by the texture of slow cooked meat. Well… I was wrong. I like it all! These recipes by Kim Laidlaw are delicous and it’s a HUGE bonus that this style of cooking is something I can easily fit into my life. Which recipe will I cook tonight??

Aside from the recipes being delicious, the other fun part of this shoot was collaborating with Art Director Ali Zeigler whom had this really fun concept of doing lots of very organized ingredient shots throughout the book. Lillian Kang our food stylist got super pro at putting together these food puzzles. I have worked with Lillian more than a hand full of times, but her eye for composition really shined on this project. Shooting the graphic visual recipes was a really smart solution adding a super fresh quality to the book.

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

A few more shout outs.. Big thanks to Weldon Owen Publishing for having me back in the studio. It’s always a pleasure working with Jen Newens (publisher/editor) and Emma Rudolph (associate editor) and when you are talking about spending 8 days in a studio together you want it to be with good peeps, which these ladies certainly are. Glenn Jenkins as usual rocked us with his amazing prop collection and stellar style. Thanks Glenn! Also got to meet Olivia Terenzio, one of the writers behind Williams Sonomas blog Taste during the shoot when she popped by the studio. Olivia casually interviewed myself, Jen and Ali and put together a behind the scenes blog post on the making of this book which you can find here.

11 / 2014

Chef Preeti Mistry for Weekend Almanac Magazine

I’m not sure how it happened.. I grew up in a pretty classic american meat and potatoes sort of family kitchen, and I never even tried Indian food until my twenties, but some how Indian became comfort food of choice. I’ll take it over mac and cheese, spaghetti and meat balls, mashed potatoes and gravy.. any of the usual suspects most any day. Of course my mother’s home cooked dinners will always retain a certain nostalgia that no other food can replicate, but there is just something so completely soul satisfying to me about indian cuisine. On those days I have a void in my stomach, mind or heart or any combination of the three a good Indian meal is a sure cure. It must be the spices! Who knows! I actually know very little (beyond a few miserably failed attempts to make chana masala) about Indian food so when the opportunity to meet and photograph Preeti Mistry came along I got pretty excited. Preeti is a alum of Bravo TVs Top Chef and the the chef behind the Indian Street food restaurant Juhu Beach Club in Oakland. My bud Tricia Turner interviewed Preeti for the story as we shot her in her garden planting tomatoes and following her to the kitchen where she showed us how to make a tomato chutney. Oh my god it was so good! I loved hearing all about Preeti’s style as a chef, her inspirations and background where it all began. I hope our paths cross again sometime! Until then, you better believe I’ll be whipping up her tomato chutney recipe whenever tomatoes are in season (and maybe a few times in winter as well)!

Chef Preeti Mistry | Eva Kolenko Photography

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Chef Preeti Mistry's Kitchen Garden| Eva Kolenko Photography

Chef Preeti Mistry's Kitchen Garden| Eva Kolenko Photography

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Chef Preeti Mistry's Tomato Chutney | Eva Kolenko Photography

This recipe is so easy you have to try it!

Preeti’s Tomato Chutney
(Makes 1 Quart)

2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup neutral oil (such as rice bran oil or sunflower oil)
1 tablespoon onion seeds
1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 tablespoon indian red chili powder
1 cup white wine vinegar
Salt

1. Heat medium saucepan on high heat for one minute. Add oil, onion and cumin
seeds. Let seeds sizzle but not burn for about one minute.

2. Add ginger and stir to cook without burning. A little bit of ginger will stick to
the bottom of the pan and that is ok. Add cherry tomatoes and stir to release
ginger stuck on the bottom of the pan. Let come up to a simmer, add chili
powder and vinegar.

3. Let simmer until cherry tomatoes begin to wilt but still hold their shape.

Season with salt to taste and remove from heat.

Chef Preeti Mistry's Tomato Chutney | Eva Kolen

This issue of Weekend Almanac can be found here.

10 / 2014

The Lee Brothers | Namu Gaji | for Food & Wine

I had been instagram stalking chef Dennis Lee and the Namu farm for over a year like a crazed fan, drooling over posts of whole roasted pigs and exotic produce grown on their farm, so when Food and Wine Magazine asked if I’d be interested in spending the day with these guys at their farm and in their kitchen I said YES PLEASE!

Since starting my own home kitchen garden, I’ve become pretty obsessed with growing edibles so it was particularly awesome to have the opportunity to visit the namu farm and pick Dennis’s brain about how and what they grow up in Sunol. Of corse hanging out with these boys in the kitchen and sampling the Namu menu was also treat to say the least. I tried beef tongue for the firs time and loved it.

Chef Dennis Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

David Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Daniel Lee  | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography

Each week Namu farm harvests and delivers creates of fresh organic and unusual asian veggies right to the large communal table at the center of the restaurant where chef samples it all. I’m dying to grow these purple beans (a few photos down).. they were so sweet and crisp and just stunningly beautiful.

Chef Dennis Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

David Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Eggplant and Tomato from the Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Lee Brothers | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Lee Brothers | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Chef Dennis Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography
Dennis Lee, Chef of Namu SF

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

It was so cool seeing this working organic farm first hand. At the farm they use a lot of really old school farming techniques like this companion planting method known as the Three sisters developed by the native americans (shown below). Corn, beans, and squash are all planted together, each plant providing benefits to it’s sister plants. The corn stalk becomes a pole for the beans, the beans add the nitrogen to the soil the corn needs, and the squash provides a natural live mulch that helps the soil retain moisture.

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Big thanks to the Namu fellas for having me along for the day. I had a blast and came away with so much inspiration for my garden and kitchen!

10 / 2014

AS OF LATE

July & August

Summer is officially over and it was a fun one. Here are some of my favorite moments.

Wooden Spoons | Props by Glenn Jenkins | Behind the Scenes for 10 Speed Press recipe book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
wood spoon props from Glenn Jenkins on set for Ten Speed Press

Recipe Book Shoot for 10 Speed Press | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
a pretty little window scene for a Ten Speed recipe book

Recipe Book Shoot for 10 Speed Press | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
the talented hands of food stylist George Dolese

Parker at Kids Discovery Museum | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
took a few fun trips to the Kids Discovery Museum

My Kitchen Garden | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
the garden grows and grows.. zucchini outgrowing it’s container as beans and cucumbers work up the trellis, had so much fun with my new obsessive gardening hobby

Giant Zucchini | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
moster zucchini.. I don’t know how the hell these guys go unnoticed, but through the season this happened often, they are so stealthy and before you know they are the size of your leg

Bounty | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
nothing like harvesting food from your own yard.. we ate well this summer and so heathy, all the planning and labor paid off big time.

Oysters | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
thank goodness.. Off the Grid makes it to Novato and finally we have some food worth instagramming up here!

Home Made Framented Dills from my garden cucumbers | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
This is me trying to keep up with the cucumbers that are going crazy.. next year I’m planing 4 vines instead of 10! Pickling every week!

Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
my fav summer outfit… all print

Parker's Play House | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Parker’s summer hide out

Behind the Scenes | Food and Wine Magazine | Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Sunflowers at the Namu farm

Behind the Scenes | Food and Wine Magazine | Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
sunset shoot at the namu farm for Food and Wine magazine

Behind the Scenes | Food and Wine Magazine | Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

BlackBerry Picking | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
the first step to making wild blackberry jam.. try not to eat them all wile collecting wild blackberries

Wild Blackberry | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
buckets of wild blackberries.. a new late summer tradition is born

Cucumber Vines | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
garden update… raised beds no longer visible

Carrot Harvest | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
what is it about purple veggies that wins my heart? must be all those extra anti oxidants

Carrot Harvest | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
pulled up all my carrots for pickling

Carrot Harvest | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
eat the rainbow

Oxbow Market | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
shooting at the oxbow market for SF magazine.. full post about that shoot here

Parker June | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
…and hello fall!