30 June, 2009

Press & Media



Khaleej Times, wknd magazine, June 2014
 
Interview on Raw & Vegan Diets in wknd magazine, June 2014


good magazine, April 2014

My Chocolate Avocado Cake in good magazine, April 2014


yogalife, November 2013

Grain Free Recipes and an Interview in yogalife, Nov 2013


The National newspaper, October 2013
Anja's Food 4 Thought Best for Healthy Eating

Food & Wine Digital Food Awards 2013
Click here to get to F&W article
 
Shape Magazine Middle East, May 2013
Paleo Recipes from Anja's Food 4 Thought



 
Good Taste Magazine, December 2012
Christmas Dinner Side Dishes from Anja's Food 4 Thought


Shape Magazine Middle East, December 2012
Healthy Xmas Cookies from Anja's Food 4 Thought



BBC Good Food Middle East, November 2012
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Shape Magazine Middle East, July 2012


Live Gourmet Blog, January 2012 



Ahlan Gourmet Magazine, January 2012




 



 
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Copyright / Contact Me

All Text and Photography © Anja Schwerin 2009-2014, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. 
You may not use my work for any republishing purposes without my written permission. Please send me an email for any requests.

I am grateful for any sort of comment, input, criticism, ideas. I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please contact me over the comment function on each post or via email:

anjasfood4thought (at) gmail (dot) com
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About Photography

I have been working in the photography business as a photo editor for more than 15 years . My job as an editor was the reason why I never felt inclined to take pictures myself. The fact that I was surrounded by really good photos all day long, discouraged me to try it myself as the results would most certainly be meager compared to the professional images I looked at every day.

However, by editing photos over such a long time, I got to know exactly what makes a good image, when it comes to lighting, composition, colors, etc. I think I need to mention that in all these years I never dealt with food photography. In fact, I once turned down  a job in a food image library as I found it incredibly boring.

I use a Nikon D90 and a 60mm lens for most food photo shoots. I am learning with every single shoot, as I feel I start right from scratch.  I am often not happy with the results, but I love to experiment with backgrounds, compositions and light. I see a development in my pictures, when comparing my first attempts and more recent shots.
I don't really feel in the position yet to share my food photography experiences yet. But that might come at a later stage. For now just one advice: NEVER SHOOT FOOD WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY!

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling   Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera   Food Stylist's Handbook, The  
Working the Plate: The Art of Food PresentationDigital Food Photography
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About Food

At the beginning of 2008, I started looking more after my diet. It took me more than 30 years and giving birth to two children until I realized that the amounts of sweets and chocolates that I had at night after dinner very regularly were not doing any good to me. I felt lame in the morning, my appetite would not come until lunchtime, I'd eat healthy at lunchtime and dinner but would have another craving for food later at night which I again satisfied with chocolate and sweets.

I started looking for sugar alternatives, switched from refined grains to whole grains, refined flours to wholemeal flours. I started experimenting with spices. As a result, I started enjoying cooking from scratch.I got interested in ingredients and their nutritional values. Anything from the regular vegetable to the exotic spice I would examine.

In June 2009, in my never-ending search for new and exciting recipes, I came across Heidi Swanson's 101 cookbooks food blog which made a huge impression on me, with both the recipes and the food photography. I thought, I can do this too (or at least try): posting recipes, writing a little story to go along and take some pictures.

Now here we are: welcome to my little but ever expanding personal food journal and cookbook. Join me exploring new ways of healthy eating, "healthy" being based on mostly natural ingredients. We are carnivores, but I take a special interest in exploring vegetarian, vegan and raw foods as I find them incredibly inventive and tasty.

This blog captures my learning curve towards a healthier lifestyle as I learn about good foods and new foods, I learn how to cook and I keep myself open to inspiration and knowledge. Over the years, my diet has become 100% free of refined sugars and refined flours. Many of my recent recipes are gluten and even grain free, as I feel that my overall well-being has improved without them.

I hope to pass on some passion on healthy eating with this blog, as most recipes are simple and quick to make and most ingredients are easily available. Bon appetit!

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs  Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking  Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours  Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day









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25 June, 2009

Gluten Free Dishes

Breakfast

Snacks

Dips and Spreads

Soups


Main Dishes & Lunches

Salads
Cakes, Muffins & Breads
Cookies & Truffles
Others
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20 June, 2009

Grain Free Dishes

Breakfast


Snacks

Dips and Spreads

Soups



Salads
Cakes, Muffins & Breads
Cookies & Truffles
Others
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09 June, 2009

Sweet Treats

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No Added Sugar

I have listed all recipes here that have no refined or raw sugar added. However,  I have listed recipes that contain honey in its raw form, uncooked.

Breakfast

Breads, Cakes & Muffins
 
Cookies


Truffles & Balls

Snacks


Dips and Spreads
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03 June, 2009

Vegan

Breakfast

Bread & Baked Goods

Desserts

Appetizers- Savory Snacks

Soups

Main and Side Dishes

Salads

Dips & Spreads
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Dips & Spreads

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