This shoot was a reunion of sorts. Styled by Image Interiors & Living art director Marlene Wessels and with wonderful words and recipes by Lesley Tumulty (my future mother in law!) it centered around using seaweed as a key ingredient (did you know we have 500 different varieties here in Ireland?).
It was also brilliant to be working on Garden Heaven again. I edited the 2015 annual edition (and it went on to win Annual of the Year the Irish Magazine Awards, woop), so it’s a title dear to my heart.
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I loved the tones of the props – soft greys, subtle greens, natural fabrics and a pop of metallic.
Lesley’s accompanying piece, about the history of seaweed in Ireland, was fascinating. “In pre-Famine times, there was a saying, “Potatoes, children, seaweed”. This was the order of importance of care for the Irish housewife,” she wrote. “They were very aware of the significant role it had to play in their daily lives as it was a traditional soil conditioner all along the west coast and part of our then limited diet.”
I was really surprised at how varied the seaweed recipes were – from cheese and dillisk scones to traditional Furikake to Carrageen moss pudding. My favourite though was a delicious and insanely simple Teriyaki salmon rice bowl (pictured top). We noshed down on it during the shoot and it was so good I cooked it at home a day later!
Pick up Garden Heaven for all the recipes and lots of other gardening goodness – or head over to image.ie for a further peek inside.
Styling: Marlene Wessels | Words and recipes: Lesley Tumulty | Photography: Nathalie Marquez Courtney