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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Nature-inspired Summer Table & A Hazelnut & Honey Roast Chicken

Photographs by Meeta K Wolff
Published on this blog with her permission

When you entertain at home, would you go as far as personalising the table setting to your guests? Well one thing Meeta had taught me is that style is all in the details. These little details we think of and create communicate messages of welcome and make our guests feel more special. As Meeta explains, the details kind of become like our signature that makes our guests look forward to our events.

In today's video, food stylist and photographer Meeta K Wolff shows us how she takes the time to set the table when entertaining at home, and how she personalises the experience with thoughtful details. Meeta also shares with us her choice for dinnerware, table cloth and napkins, how she balances colours and sets the mood. She even shares with us her food inspirations and how she evolved her recipes to fit her lifestyle. Watch and get to know Meeta a bit closer and look at some of her gorgeous food photographs. When food looks that good, who doesn't want to dig in?

Find the recipe for Meeta's Hazelnut & Honey Roast Chicken below the video and find the quinoa tabouli recipe on her blog www.whatsforlunchhoney.net

Meeta was very kind to agree to shoot this video herself, being in Germany and I in Dubai. So the video footage and photography are provided by her :)

To Make her 'inspired by Yotam Ottlenghi'
Roasted Chicken with Hazelnuts & Honey
You Need
1 large organic chicken
2 onions, cut into quarters
2 carrots cut in large pieces
4 garlic cloves, crushed
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Masala Monsoon Jasmine Petal Garam Masala
Generous pinch of saffron strands
2 lemons - 1 juiced 1 cut in slices
2 teaspoons course sea salt
100 g unskinned hazelnuts, sliced and toasted until brown
70g raw honey
2 tablespoons rosewater

In a small bowl mix together the garam masala, saffron, lemon juice, water, olive oil and garlic.

Place the chicken on a roasting tray and arrange the onions and carrots around it.

Rub the chicken with the spice marinade and leave to marinate in fridge for 4-8 hours.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Place the roasting tray with the chicken in the oven and roast gently for 35-40 minutes.

In the meantime, mix together the hazelnuts with the honey and rosewater into a paste-like mixture.

Remove the chicken from the oven and spread the paste generously over the chicken and continue to roast for another 8-10 minutes until the nuts are gorgeously brown.

Transfer the chicken to a serving platter arranging the vegetables around it and serve with a quinoa tabouli (recipe on Meeta's blog).

Also arrange mixed olives, hummus and toasted pita breads on the table and a large pitcher of chilled infused water with mint, strawberries and blueberries. 

Meeta Khurana-Wolff

A freelance food photographer and stylist living in Germany for the past 20 years, currently in the culturally rich city of Weimar.

Meeta’s love for food photography stems from her obsession with food itself and she combines these two passions on her multi-faceted blog. What’s For Lunch, Honey? has been nominated for several awards and can also be found on the Times Online's Top 50 Food Blogs. Her photography is represented by Wonderful Machine and has been featured and recognized in magazines and websites around the world. Her work as a food photographer and stylist is regularly commissioned by advertising clients, book and magazine publishers including go direct publishing and the renowned Axel Springer and Burda publishing houses in Germany.

Meeta’s perspective on food photography and styling is unconventional and she is not afraid to break certain rules to capture the perfect shot. Due to her distinctive photography style she has been invited to speak on the topic of Food Photography and Food Styling at various conferences. Meeta offers very successful Food Styling and Photography workshops throughout the year in different cities throughout the world, where she has been instructing to sold out venues since 2011 from Dubai, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Helsinki, Venice and more. In September 2013 she joined the school of photography and multimedia - The Compelling Image (TCI) as the food photography instructor where she instructs and guides comprehensive food photography courses to students from around the world. You will find more details to her e-course schedule and workshop programme on her webpage.

Her photography portfolio Meeta Khurana Wolff Photography offers an insight into her work.

Find Meeta's Photography Portfolio on this link.
Check out her blog and feast your eyes on more of her food photos on this link.

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