Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

A bit of this and that….

WELL GIRLS…

…seeing as it’s Feb 29th – for any of you brave enough to ‘pop the question’ today to your beloved, I think you deserve a BIG pat on the back… and load of chocolate… :)

Black forest butterscotch trifle with mascarpone cream

Images © Katie Quinn Davies

 

WHAT KATIE ATE AND PENGUIN AUSTRALIA /LANTERN MONTHLY BOOK GIVEAWAY!

So I have great news! A few weeks ago when I was chatting to Julie Gibbs at Lantern/Penguin Book Australia, we were discussing the fabulous feedback offered by you all on the Barbecue Book giveaway (well done again Susan, the book is on it’s way to you as I type) and Julie mentioned to me they would love to give away some of their stunning books on What Katie ate.We chatted about it and have decided to offer one lucky reader a copy of a different new Lantern release every month. Also, and excitingly, Penguin will try their best where they can, to have the book personally signed to the winner, by the author.

So to kick things off, for March and the start of this ongoing feature, the book we’re giving away is a copy of:

TASTING INDIA by Christine Manfield.

It is a story of India, a story gathered across many visits, connecting with people in various walks of life. The recipes Christine has collected along the way reflecting the stories of countless mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons of daughters, brothers, sisters and aunts, as told to Christine during her travels.

It contains More than 250 authentic recipes for traditional and contemporary Indian dishes. Includes India’s iconic destinations and remotest corners brought to life by Anson Smart’s beautifully evocative photography, and serves as an extensive directory of recommended places to stay, eat and shop.

Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs – a perfectionist inspired by strong flavours, and a writer whose successful books; Fire, Spice, Stir, Christine Manfield Originals and Christine Manfield Desserts have spiced up the lives of keen cooks everywhere.

Her professional culinary life has culminated to date in three ground-breaking restaurants: Paramount in Sydney from 1993 to 2000, East@West in London from 2003 to early 2005, and now back in Sydney with Universal, which continues to win accolades from critics and diners alike.

An inveterate traveller, Christine regularly works alongside respected chefs around the world and hosts gastronomic tours to exotic destinations including India, Morocco, Spain and Turkey. Having eaten her way around India for more than two decades, she is a passionate and erudite guide to the food of this endlessly fascinating land.

The photography is utterly stunning and I discovered a great link here showing the contents of the book.

To be in with a chance to win a copy simply add a comment below mentioning what feature you’re most like to see on a new, updated What Katie ate ~ see section below* re. blog update.

All images © Anson Smart and Penguin/Lantern Books Australia

USA MAGAZINE-STYLE FEATURE

Thanks again for the continuing submissions for the America feature. I am bowled over by the amount of emails I am receiving, believe it or not, so much so, I am actually going to have to hire some one to go through all the mails for me and work with me to compile the pics – there are THAT many!

On that front, since I mentioned the feature, I have had word that I am now travelling to the US for 2 weeks in mid-April. A very exciting opportunity has arisen for me to shoot at an incredibly cool location (I am beside myself at the possibility) just about 1 hour North of Los Angeles which will be an incredible fit for this American Food/American Photography feature. Therefore – as it only seems fitting, I am going to push back the publication time for this magazine (note – I am looking into costs to actually get a hard copy, printed magazine’ to be sold on the blog of this feature and will – if successful look at doing a quarterly magazine-style piece on various foods from all over the world or different topics each time). Please note too – if I haven’t personally replied to each of your mails, I apologise and it’s only due to me just being choc-a-block with work and getting the book finished. I have received them all and am very grateful, I will get back to you all individually in time.

BTW please feel free to keep sending photos, but from now on if you could add ‘USA Photo Submissions’ in the subject line that would be fab – thanks.

A few little tasters….

Images © Valery Rizzo

Image © Fiona Gohari

Image © Roséline @ This is Glamorous

WHAT KATIE ATE BOOK VOL 1 UPDATE AND BLOG UPDATE*

On the book front, well WooHooo! It is done – well at least from my end it is **PHEW** what an undertaking, I can assure you, writing, styling, shooting and designing a 300 page book isn’t to be taken lightly. I spent the past 2 weeks designing the publication from start to finish, lots of late nights and early starts but I got there in the end for my deadline which last last Sunday just gone. So it is now in the hands of the wonderful guys at Penguin who are doing all the final tweaks and it’s great to be on the final home stretch now.

This obviously also means I can find more time to update the blog, on a more regular basis, I was a little thrown there over the past few months how all-consuming the book was when you are responsible for so much of it as a single entity, I literally was working 7 days per week up to 16 or 17 hours per day between the book and regular photo work. My plan going forward is to get more regular posts up and am now working with a designer to re-vamp the blog; take is off a blogging platform and make it much easier to navigate. You’ll be able to search for recipes and posts with the click of a finger; recipes will be indexed and there ‘may’ – ahem note may, even be a new video section *eeeek!* All in all I really want to make the blog very user friendly and almost like a photo-journal cookbook online. I’ll be looking for one or two regular contributors too. So stay tuned on that front.

Please feel very free to add any comments you’d like to see, I’ll be aiming to get the new site up and running by July or August (just in time for the book launch a month or two later). I am very keen to hear what the readers of WKA want from the site from a functionality point of view. I am always interested to hear what sort of food you like to see listed but please keep in mind I can’t write about food I have little or no knowledge about – aka by this I mean, I am not a Vegan, so the chances are I won’t be posting Vegan recipes, or say Moroccan food as again, I have really no knowledge of this cuisine ~ some day maybe, but for the moment my recipes are based on good, home cooking with a leaning towards dinner parties and entertaining for friends etc.

Actually on that note, I’ll introduce a feature, most importantly where I can reply directly to each of your comments and keen to know too if you would like a ‘forum’ feature for some good discussion and a bit of casual chit chat?

So please, comment away folks and on March 30th, announce a winner for the Christine Manfield Tasting India book.

REAL LIVING RECIPES ~ WEEK’S WORTH OF DINNERS ALL FOR UNDER $100

I still shoot on a regular basis for Real Living Magazine, we shoot 3 months in advance of each issue going on sale, which is pretty much the norm for most magazine editorials. These are a few shots I took a few months back featuring Food Editor, Ali Irvine’s great ideas for meals @ $20 a pop! That is seriously no mean feat here in Oz as food is so expensive so hat’s off to Ali, as she continues to muster up fantastic ideas on a budget. All the recipes can be found here on the Real Living food section.

All recipes Ali Irvine @ Real Living. Photos © Katie Quinn Davies.

 

AND FINALLY ;)

THE HOMIES 2012!!

It’s ironic that the first book I’m giving away is based on India as last night I received word from a wonderful reader in India (Hi Bijay!) that my blog had been nominated for The Homies 2012′ in the Best Food Photography Category, which was very exciting news to hear :) I’d love a vote from all you guys (and yep, I know how annoying it is to have to register on a website in order to do so but it only takes a second and it’s all pretty straight-forward), it would be really, really appreciated :) Thanks!

152 Responses to “A bit of this and that….”

  1. February 29, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Mmmm I love trifle and that recipe looks divine! I’m going to have to say that I’d most love it if you could do a feature about healthy recipes for soups and salads, stuff that we can make and not feel terribly guilty about eating so much trifle!

  2. February 29, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos as usual! Just beautiful!

  3. February 29, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Hi Bea thanks for that. Yes no bother, now that I have time to get back into the blog I will indeed post up lots of healthy salad recipes, I have a load in the book and to be honest, they are my favourite sorts of recipes to post. This is a recipe I had up my sleeve for a while so decided to stick up up as I know a good chocolate dessert always goes down a treat :)

    Next post will be choc-full (pardon the pun) of great savoury, healthy yummy stuff!

    Thanks again!

  4. February 29, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Hi Katie,
    Congratulations on finishing your book.
    I must say I’m so excited for a more user-friendly blog. More categories and ways to find recipe’s will be so helpful. Also consider how user friendly it is on the ipad too.

    I would love to see budget weeknight dinners, healthy recipe’s too, and maybe modern middle eastern dishes for a challenge.

    Farrah

  5. February 29, 2012 at 3:44 am

    So looking forward to your book release, please let us know when we can pre-order it.

    One feature I would like to see, is tips on photography, prop/food styling etc or even a work shop OMG that would be fabulous. Perhaps when your workload isn’t so hectic… one can only hope!

  6. February 29, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Pantry staples!
    I am always looking for great meals to make with pantry staples.
    Everyone can make something wonderful with fresh ingredients, but I want to do the same thing at the end of the week when there’s nothing much left in the fridge.

  7. February 29, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Such great news! I READ IT ALL! I am looking forward to see the new design of WKA (and even more your book, but I already say that!) And new contributors? Wow! Sounds exciting! You’ll never cease to amaze me Katie!

  8. February 29, 2012 at 4:09 am

    i love the blog and it would be great to see more regular posts!

  9. Anonymous
    February 29, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I took advantage of February 29th, four years ago and proposed to my now husband upon waking up that morning. We did a simple wedding by our lake, threw a pig roast with wonderful sides of end of summer seasonal dishes. So chocolate sounds appropriate to celebrate this day in my book.
    Much envy and respect for your blog and adventures. Much success. Looking forward to the book. Aside from Heidi of 101 cookbooks, I haven’t felt compelled to own any new cookbooks until now.
    If I wanted to see anything it’s recipes that still incorporate the exotics of international recipes that a palate of of a 11 year old can handle. This a foxhole prayer but then again, miracles happen every day. peace-meghan.

  10. February 29, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Hi Katie!
    I love your update posts – I always feel so involved with what’s going on for you :)

    Thanks!

    p.s. can’t wait for the book!
    p.p.s. can’t wait for the new-look blog!

  11. February 29, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Congrats on completing the book etc. I wish you were coming to Florida. But I am sure you’d enjoy LA (West Coast in general) :)

  12. February 29, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I would be exhausted doing all that you do, seriously…so excited about the book and the new look blog. I love any features on easy entertaining ;)

    Loved Ali’s recipes and your photography for Real Living feature & the Black Forest looks divine!

    xxx dj
    ps just voted for you

  13. Jenn Shin
    February 29, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Receiving your blog updates is such a treat for me throughout my busy days over here in California. My quick comments are as much as I am a meat lover, I am trying to broaden my veggie intake and would love to see simple yet delicious recipes of vegetables like brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, etc. The more colors, the better, right?
    From the functionality standpoint of revamping the blog, it would be great to have a lookbook of recipes with pictures of the cooking/baking process. Accompanied with videos would be a great walkabout as readers are cooking at home too! Readers are drawn to your beautiful photos so bringing the cooking process through the photos into the homes would be a great way to shift the blog towards a more functional tool versus a visual to absorb. Organizing the lookbooks on topics of quick dinners, meat lovers, etc would be great too! Thanks so much for all the hard work Kate, truly love reading about your work!
    PS-I would love to see a list of your favorite kitchen tools and essentials too!

  14. Jenn Shin
    February 29, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Receiving your blog updates is such a treat for me throughout my busy days over here in California. My quick comments are as much as I am a meat lover, I am trying to broaden my veggie intake and would love to see simple yet delicious recipes of vegetables like brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, etc. The more colors, the better, right?
    From the functionality standpoint of revamping the blog, it would be great to have a lookbook of recipes with pictures of the cooking/baking process. Accompanied with videos would be a great walkabout as readers are cooking at home too! Readers are drawn to your beautiful photos so bringing the cooking process through the photos into the homes would be a great way to shift the blog towards a more functional tool versus a visual to absorb. Organizing the lookbooks on topics of quick dinners, meat lovers, etc would be great too! Thanks so much for all the hard work Kate, truly love reading about your work!
    PS-I would love to see a list of your favorite kitchen tools and essentials too :)

  15. February 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I hope you wont discard the blogging platform completely – or atleast make it possible to read all entries chronologically by pushing a next/previous entry button. For some reason the few times I’ve experienced a blogger going from the blog format to a website with easier navigation, I’ve always been lost due to all the overwhelming new featues on the front page. It’s like… for me atleast… where do I even click to begin with?

    Of course I love to have everything organized in to categories – would make searching for a certain a recipe/themes/ideas much easier… but sometimes I just like to browse for fun. Hence, why the ‘next/previous’ entries would make my day :)

    ***

    Oh and on another note: I can’t wait for your book to come out! Excited much :)

  16. February 29, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Hi there Katie, to be completely honest I love your blog just the way it is, there is nothing I would want you to change. I love that it reflects the “realness” of you, your food and your style. There are a million food/recipe blogs out there that are slick, easy to navigate and come with all sorts of options, but they all lack genuine “personality”, they are too manufactured to seem real and wholesome, they just become too commercial and sort of loose the love along the way.. I can’t wait to get your book, I am so looking forward to that, but I don’t want your blog to turn into a book or even an on line magazine. Your blog is already easy to follow, if you want a recipe you can just print it off. Sometimes “new” is not always better. I love you just the way you are.

  17. February 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I’ll add another congratulations on your success. You are an inspiration and you have amazing talent. I feel that there are few people who can cook/bake and shoot as well as you (I’m guessing most people are a little better at one or the other). I agree with some of the other comments and would appreciate some staging tips or advice on food photos at home. Other topics might be impressive but simple dishes for entertaining, fun drinks, delicate summer desserts (can’t wait for berry season!)

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  18. February 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Looooove your recipes…and loooooove your photographs….can’t wait to see your book :)

    oxoxxoxoox

  19. February 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

    First – the book looks great, what a prize!

    I’m with Bea, the healthier the better. And, the easier the better. My culinary skills leave much to be desired…

    Thank you for your ENDLESS inspiration!

  20. February 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

    This is great news! I love your blog, and use your recipes all the time. I know every recipe you post will be worth making, but if I have to come up with a suggestion, I would like some recipes on your style of finger food. I know you would make a table of finger foods look absolutely breathtaking :)

  21. February 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

    “I would love to see a list of your favorite kitchen tools and essentials too” — I second/third/etc/ that!

    Also second the tips on photography/food styling!

    I think slightly more navigable would be great – especially something that easily allows us to see what recipes you have posted in the past. Whether through categories, or having more posts per page visible, or some sort of index.

    Truth be told I would love a few more veg/vegan friendly recipes, at least every now and then even though you said you don’t have the knowledge about this :-/

    I love love love your photography.

  22. February 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    What I love about your blog are photos! I think that no matter how your blog or website will be designed, photos and your food styling will make it perfect and inspiring :)

  23. February 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Boy! What a blog! and what pics!

  24. February 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

    What I love just now about your blog is the combination of deep rich beautiful food photography and clear, easy to follow recipes that make me want to cook what you cook. Scrolling through your photographs is like flicking through a favourite magazine – it’s time out from a busy day and the promise of relaxed eating with friends some day soon.

    What I’d like to see in addition is perhaps more about your life as a food photographer – the experiences you have on your travels and possibly more book reviews – I would likely not have come across the wonderful book on Indian cookery and travels unless you had featured it and it is this opening up to new tastes, flavours and perspectives that I find so interesting. I’m in cold, wintery Scotland. Spring isn’t hear yet. But I’m in a warmer climate when I visit your blog!

    Perhaps also you might consider adding a gallery of your work – I’d love to be able to buy some of your photography. Might that be possible?

    You are one of the few blogs that I check in on every day in the hope that you have added new content. It is lovely to see you grow, prosper and succeed.

  25. February 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I love this blog! amazing photos and food! Just now when I looked at the trifle photo I could feel the taste of chocolate and cherries in my mouth.. yum num num!
    I guess what I would find interesting in a future feature, seeing as I am not from Australia, is maybe something that is traditionally and typically Australian… something that you wouldn’t recognize unless you are Australian (except for vegemite :) )

  26. February 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Doing the happy dance that my barbecue cookbook is on the way from the land of Oz!!! Thank you so much, Katie!

    Congratulations on finishing your book! And THANK YOU for continuing to blog! I have my eye on a blog redesign as well, so I can’t wait to see what you end up going with in your re-design.

    I second the notion of indexing those recipes. I often come looking for a recipe based on the ingredients that I have (in particular the fresh ingredients) that need to be used up. Or by course: like, if I need a main dish, or a side dish for the evening’s meal. So that will really be a helpful feature.

    Those “Real Living” photos are a feast for the eyes, and what a brilliant idea to have 5 family meals for under $100. You know how many of your readers ARE home cooks with a desire for excellent, beautiful food. That’s why we come here.

    There are plenty of blogs with cheap easy ideas, but they offer boring recipes packed with processed ingredients. And there I cannot and will not go!

    The colors on the color of Tasting India are so beautifully vibrant, and they remind me of the lovely way that so many Indian women dress in their beautiful saris. Love that! Would love to win the book, but I’m starting to feel greedy… :-D

  27. February 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hi! I really miss being able to browse through your older recipes, it would be great to include these too, maybe in categories, as was possible in the past.

    Apart from that I love your photography and design, and can’t wait for the book to be published! It’ll be some eye candy!

  28. February 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations and good luck with all this work.
    With redesign I would advise you to remember about smaller screen users when choosing resolution, as this one width is slightly too wide fore me and I see horizontal scroll.
    Good recipe index will be perfect, I always have a problem looking through recipes as sometimes there is more than one, and sometimes I would love to browse only through cakes only.
    But anyway I’m here for beautiful photos.

  29. February 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

    i think search by ingredient might be useful, especially the kind of search where you can just type in some ingredients that you have at home and wish to use up. the search would then result in recipes having all or most ingredients on your list.
    i hope this is not too complicated :D

  30. Foteini
    February 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Congratulations for your wonderful blog! So inspiring, makes you smile :) A recipe index would be very useful but in general i believe your blog should stay as it is: colorful, authentic, fresh! Every new post is a nice gift for the day :)
    Greetings from Greece

  31. February 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Katie, your blog has always been amazing and what drew me in, and I’m sure most of your readers, are your deliciously delectable pictures!!

    As a struggling student, working towards my own creative success I would love to see quick, healthy but also beautiful dishes. I LOVE your Panzanella/Caprese Salad but must admit I often leave out the bell pepper because of the whole peeling thing (yeah I am a little lazy but also just a little scared of the whole process I think).

    Eek I am going to be brave and say something that I hope might be helpful I would love to see some of your posts split into two… you have SO much great content to offer but as only a humble reader when you are perusing your daily reads early morning or late night little tidbits get lost in translation. Also towards the end of the month our internet inevitably gets slowed (too much Pinterest I think) and large pages and pretty pictures often take an age to load and that’s just never very fun around here

    Anyho I am totally looking forward to your new site I am sure it will be super pretty and provide me with a whole ton of yummy inspiration :)

  32. February 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Huge congrats on finishing your book! That must be THE best feeling.

    Looking forward to watching some of you WKA videos :-)

  33. February 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Voted…good luck Katie! I love your blog, the hue, the food, the layout and your photography. Would love to see more fruit in baking, and if possible fewer listed ingredients. Blogging from India, that poses the first challenge. I enjoy each post amd your creativity.
    Congrats on your book…wow!
    And the India cookbook sounds so much fun! May I join the giveaway from India? Thank you!!

  34. February 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I honestly love your blog as is! But maybe a section for international food? You know, like Indian, Asian,French…Irish?

    So excited about this give away and I’m dying to trying out this trifle recipe!

  35. February 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Just recently, over the last year or so, I began visiting food blog sites, and yours is top on my list of favorites. Your photography, recipes and stories all intrigue me. As for the new: I have learned I like the option to search for recipes by ingredient – always looking for inspiration for my ingredients on hand (veges/proteins). Something I try to do at home and would like for you to occasionally delve into is cooking from the heart of the kitchen – family and traditional recipes from around the world with a fresh, new twist for today’s palate and access to fresh ingredients. Every Sunday in my kitchen we travel the world culinarily. Last week we visited Israel. Love, Love, Love what you do! Thanks.

  36. February 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    wow I really can;t wait for your book to come out :) the only thing i could say to make your blog better is for the email subscribers the font comes though really small in my case but thats it I love everything so much !

  37. February 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    The black forest looks really delicious and I love the twist of the flavours.

    Congratulation to your book, can’t wait read it.

  38. February 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    hi katie,
    your blog is great – it makes such a good read and is a wonderful combination of beautiful pictures and really tasty looking recipes!

    if i was to have to make a suggestion for improvement (it’s pretty good as is!) i would say a search function for key words in the recipes would be a cool idea. i wanted to find something in particular the other day and had to spend a little time scrolling through all the posts.

    also, i can’t work out how to zoom on the recipes to make the writing a bit bigger…

    perhaps both these suggestions are downfalls as a result of the user :)

  39. February 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    hi katie,
    congrats BIG time! can’t wait for the book to come out {any chance i will be able to get it in germany as well?}! and i can’t wait for your new blog/homepage to be launched… like the idea to be able to search your recipes :-) you always surprise me with your recipes so no suggestion from my side concerning recipes. and i LOVE your styling and pics! chapeau!!!
    xo, Helene

  40. February 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Katie,

    Your photos are lovely as always, and this book looks wonderful, I would love a copy for myself.

    A section that I would like to see you add is tips or tricks you use in your photography shoots, or stylings. I’d love a behind the scenes looks every once in awhile on how your pull off the gorgeous photos!

    Thanks!

    Katherine

  41. February 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    The cookbook on Indian food looks fabulous. I am all about dishes and travel photography. For your idea collection…it would be fun to hear/read/see more about your homeland of Ireland. We vacationed there last fall and I absolutely fell in love with everything about the country. Good luck with all of your incredible projects. Very well deserved!!

  42. February 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    There is a lot of great news for you and us! Love your trifle!

  43. February 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I love your blog! I can always count on nice text, beautiful photos and scrumptious recipes!

    I would like to see some photography tips next to the beautiful photo that is posted.

    If you pick my comment to win the book, I will have you send it to my nephew in WA State (US) who LOVES Indian food. I think it is time for him to start cooking. He comes from a family of great cooks, so I know he has it in him!

    Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for such a great blog. Cheers!

  44. February 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    The book looks amazing!

    I would love to see a section with details on your photos–e.g., lighting used, lens used, how you edited the photo. I want to improve my food photography, and it would be great to see how you get your amazing shots!

  45. February 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    That book looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to get more invovled with Indian cuisine! I would love to see more budget meals- you recipes are always beautiful and tasty looking- but often have a lot of expensive/special ingredients.

  46. February 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Jesse – interesting comment – can I ask by ‘expensive/special ingredients’ what do you mean? Thanks K

  47. February 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Great news Katie!I love your blog… sure I’ll love your book!
    But now i hope I’ll have a chance to win the book about indian food…
    Cheers!
    Dominique

  48. February 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Keep: the beautiful pictures and the relaxed writing, cooking what you know best
    Add: filtering by ingredients and occasions(party, brunch etc.), more meat (all the lady bloggers do fantastic colourful salads, fruit arrangements and muffins, I know that is good for photos but you can be (are already) different), make it easy to read also on iphone/ipad as we find the recipe last minute and do not have a printer. Videos would be great- not long, but something that shows the tricky part

  49. February 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    In terms of functionality for the site, three suggestions: 1.  Ability for users to save or favorite recipes and posts. 2.  Keep it clean and uncluttered. You have a beautiful style with white space balancing out photos and text. Please keep that beautiful, very readable esthetic.  3. When optimizing for mobile, do not freeze the screen size. Too often, site designers tell site owners they can optimize the site to automatically create a resized site automatically based on the device accessing the site. But, they fail to say that on the optimized site, the user experience is frozen in one font size and the user cannot enlarge or shrink the page.  Die to small font sizes, that makes many mobile optimized sites unusable on the mobile device for a vast number of people, and quite the opposite of what was intended. It would also be a shame to not be able to enlarge your gorgeous photos easily. Currently I cannot enlarge small photos on the iPhone when on the mobile site, and some photos are too large so only half the photo shows. Also,  I had to type this off the site then cut and paste to the site, because the mobile site did not let me make changes to text, and the font was so small I could hardly read it. Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing the new site.

  50. February 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous and you totally have my vote! I look forward to seeing your cookbook and new blog design. We just recently revamped our blog and I LOVE it and would highly recommend our designer if you are looking for someone. As far as blog posts go I think we’d ALL love to see some photography tutorials from you. Best of luck with everything! You are a HUGE inspiration!

  51. February 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I love the new blog layout, that trifle looks divine and that cookbook looks gorgeous! My coworkers took me to a new Indian restaurant yesterday and the whole time we kept talking about how homemade Indian food is a million times better then anything you can get at a restaurant. As for what I’d like to see, I’m going to be entirely unhelpful and say, whatever you dream up of making. I’ve loved following your blog and I’ve loved every recipe. I’ve made some of the simpler ones, with ingredients easier to find by me, and I’ve loved them, so maybe that’s my one request: more every-night dinner ideas please :D

  52. Sarah @ alittlepicnic.wordpress.com
    February 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Katie!!!

    I love your blog the way it is. In fact, I get super giddy when I see it in my reader. You have one of the most gorgeous blogs I have ever seen!! I totally hope to win your contest, but I really want to eat that chocolate cherry trifle!

    Lots of love!
    Sarah

  53. February 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    katie you are ten thousand pounds of fantastic!!

  54. February 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Katie! I love your blog and cannot wait for your book to hit the store! It would be really nice to be able to search for recipes and see is your most popular posts with the new site.

  55. February 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Katie, so excited about the new format! I love the prospect of guest posts and video content. It’s always nice to see how the magic happens! Looking forward to the book and that trifle looks amazing!

  56. February 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Katie – What are your thoughts on Pinterest? Your work gets pinned all the time, and I’m curious if you like it or think it’s a copyright infringement. If you are ok with it, I think having a “Pin it” button would be a great idea, so your readers who love your photos know it’s ok to shout it from the rooftops!

    Very much looking forward to your book!

    -Lara

  57. February 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Yummy pictures.

    I’d love a searchable index of all the recipes!

  58. February 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I think a searchable index and a page where recipes are organized by category so you can browse for something delicious (not that you’d have to look far!) would be great. Thanks for an awesome, awesome blog. (and please don’t start posting vegan recipes! :) )

  59. February 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Such a gorgeous post Katie. And you definitely took a vote from me last night. Your hard work is so so beautiful, keep it coming!! xo

  60. February 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Congratulations on all your current projects! I love the torn fabric and the roughly chopped chocolate in the first photos – “an organized mess.” And you’ve got at least 1 fan in Turkey!

  61. February 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Katie!

    Thanks for such a fab long post! You are always so cute posting so much – I always just feel like I’m hanging out in the kitchen with you!

    In your new blog, I’d love to see more Behind the Scenes with Katie kind of stuff. I’m always curious as to your process for cooking and shooting and so on. What kinds of tools do you use, I wonder? What does your prop storage area look like? haha. Maybe it would go under the forum area like you suggest, or maybe answering questions like that and talking about your photography a little bit more could be something that you address in a weekly or bimonthly post or something :)

    The other question I always want to know the answer to is: do you and your husband always eat your food cold? haha. My boyfriend and roomies sometimes get annoyed that I am always wanting to shoot food instead of eat it right away. I really do love that bit though.

    Anyways, those are my thoughts. Congrats again on finishing the book (YIPEE!) and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with! :) )

    The Indian book looks fab. Yum and gorgeous! :D

    -Simone :)

  62. February 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    That book looks wonderful! I love the photographs from what I can see.

    I think a forum would be wonderful as it’s hard to find good food communities online.

    Additionally, maybe a separation of topics such as: News, Recipes, Features, etc. rather than having one whole post/page for everything.

  63. February 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I’d love to see a feature on easy to whip up after work dinners, perhaps that still look stylish enough to wow last minute guests! Also love the idea of easier search functions for hunting down recipes.

  64. February 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I’d love to be able to search for different types of recipes more easily on the new website! also, I think i like clicking on an image to open larger on a new page better than the slideshow thing that opens now.

    i love your blog so much! it’s such a treat whenever there’s a new post!

  65. February 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Just found your blog and I love it! I would really appreciate dinner party ideas, I am always scratching my head when I know people are coming around and need some inspiration :)
    Congratulations on finishing the book too!

  66. February 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I just came across this blog and think it’s fabulous!!! Will definitely coming back and thanks for the great recipe ideas :)

  67. March 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Hi Katie! I find your dinner party posts so helpful so perhaps a button to link to all of them would be super. I would also love a ‘healthy’ section because it is what I search for online most. Congratulations on your book. Can’t wait to get my hands on one!

  68. March 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Hi Katie. Love your photos, love your recipes! I’m so pleased to see how far your work is taking you, what a success!

    For your new website, I would love to be able to save my favourite recipes in a folder so I can refer to my folder when I need to rather than searching through all of your posts.

    Thanks heaps for always showing us your work, I love food photos!

    Lacey x

  69. March 1, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Love your recipes, and would love to have them searchable in an index. maybe having multiple categories would help when looking for something specific.

    Also, I would like to see the posts split up a bit more. I like not having to click through to see more, but I think if they were split into shorter posts it would help visually separate everything. Of course its always nice to click through and get even more photos, but keeping me on one page is always nice.

    good luck with the redesign!

  70. March 1, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Hi Katie,

    Firstly, I just voted for you for The Homies award – best of luck! You are up there!

    I’m really excited for your book launch, and wow your workload sounds so exhausting. But it will pay off in the end I’m sure. As an aspiring stylist I am drawn to food and interiors work, and I always come back to see your projetcs and re read your journey. Your hard work and determination to make this passion your work has definitely stuck with me and my own journey.So thanks!

    I also look forward to your new blog/website design. I like the idea of a food journal, as I would use it in the kitchen on an ipad – I saw someone suggested keeping that in mind for the design and I would agree.

    Thanks again for sharing your beautiful work, it has such a lovely raw feel and the styling is always so spot on and creative.

    Meghan x

  71. March 1, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I have been making this recipe for a few days. I like to made it. It is easy to make and testy for eat. I like eat chocolate’s recipe.

  72. March 1, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Wow that’s such exciting news about your book I can’t wait to see it! I remember admiring your photos in Real Living. They’re fantastic. I’m always looking for inspiration for my pics for my blog. Oh to be so creative!

  73. Anonymous
    March 1, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I love everything about your blog but from the view of a photography student and aspiring food photographer I would love to see a behind the scenes post =D

  74. March 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Great Book! Yes please!
    Interesting might be a story about the scandinavian countries.

  75. March 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Congrats on finishing the book … can’t wait to start splattering butter on it in the kitchen ;)

    PS. I love Indian cooking ..

  76. March 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Congrulations on the new book! I know it was a labor of love.
    I loved the chocolate. WOW.

  77. March 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks so much for the chance.
    I’ve only been following your blog for a couple of months, but I love it already! In terms of what I would like to see, I think that directly replying to comments to open up a sort of forum would be fantastic. I also like the idea of being able to very easily search through all your fabulous recipes.
    Thank you!!
    x Katherine

  78. March 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Congrats on all these awesome things you have going on…I’d love to hear you talk about photography and what you do to set up your shots, style your shots, what speaks to you, how you are inspired because your photos are gorgeous. Congrats on being on The Kitchn’s list…at the top. I’m at the bottom :)

  79. March 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Congratulations for your lovely website and wish you good luck with your book.

  80. March 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Congratulations for your lovely website and wish you good luck with your book.

  81. March 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    On my feature wish list for What Katie Ate?
    A recipe directory page – to bookmark & browse for inspiration or to search by ingredient/occasion …

  82. March 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hey Katie, I love your photography and recipes, (can’t wait for the book), and super excited you have an opportunity to relaunch!

    Here are a few things from a functionality point of view:

    – First and foremost: Easy to access recipe archive where users can search recipes by name or category/tag. And a functional search!

    – Responsive web design (one website, but the display (HTML/CSS) is optimized to work awesomely on any device (iPad, iPhone, Android, whatever etc)). I think lots of people will or do use different mobile devices in the kitchen.

    – With web fonts these days you can do amazing things with layouts – bringing back some of the personality you used to have in JPEGS would be a really nice touch. If there was a way for you to customize each post to a degree or have a range of templates – that could be really interesting.

    – Big pictures!!! They could be huge, they are so lovely!

    On the content front:

    – Keep the lovely Australian style recipes coming, I love it as Sydneysider living in Berlin.

    – I’m always into vegetarian / meat lite recipes or things that are super simple buy on the way home to throw together after work.

    As an aside, I made a giant 6kg version of the pomegranate & Honey Pulled Pork served with a coleslaw of yours recently for a party and everybody loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

  83. March 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Katie, I love your photos – they inspire me to keep practicing my photography! Maybe one day I might be as good as you!

    As an enthusiastic and constantly experimenting cook, it would be interesting to read some tips on common things that go wrong in the kitchen and how to salvage them.

    Best of luck with the redesign,

    Rebecca

  84. March 2, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Wait for it, wait for it and there it is! I was wondering if you knew you had been voted for a Homey award. What a super giveaway, thanks for showing us the love. As always you photos are drool inducing!

  85. March 2, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Katie,

    There are so many brilliant blogs out there made by Katies don’t you think :)

    Love your work!

    Katie.

  86. Olivia C
    March 2, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Hi Katie,
    Congratulations on finishing your book that must feel super! Your blog is amazing I just love it.
    The only comment i could make in terms of functionality is something you’ve already mentioned to come – a recipe index, that would be fab! As well as ‘print’ option so that we could print the recipe directly like is possible on other webpages.
    That’s all from me, oh and I’d like to win that absolutely beautiful Indian book too please! : )

  87. Sarah H.P.
    March 2, 2012 at 4:21 am

    My request for future posts would be for healthy snack foods before dinner parties! Guests always tend to congregate in the kitchen and munchies before a meal are always popular. It would be great to have some ideas for healthy snack foods that are light and won’t fill up guests before they sit down for a big meal!

  88. Elizabeth Alvaro
    March 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Hi Katie!

    I love your pictures and I love your recipes and I even enjoy reading about all the exciting things that happen in your life (I am very jealous!) The only thing i could suggest to improve your blog would simply be to make it more user friendly – if you switch to website form you could have a separate section just for recipes that is searchable and categorised, and a section about photography, and a kind of general blog section…but yes main request would be an easy way to find recipes! Because yours are lovely!

    from Elizabeth

  89. March 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hello! Congratulations on your book (and for maintaining the blog at the same time)! The one new blog feature I would really appreciate is a recipe index! If we could do a search by ingredient as well, would that be asking too much? ;) Thank you for this lovely giveaway, and for reaching out to your readers.

  90. Greer
    March 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I’d love an index – would make it easier to find recipes – by ingredient, course, season?

  91. March 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    i’d love to see more pastries and bakes! :)

  92. March 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I think the recipe index would be so useful and helpful! Also to have a search box would be great! Keep up the amazing work!

  93. March 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I just found your blog and can’t wait to become a regular follower. My name is Kate, I love food, photography (though I’m not a photographer), and fell in love with Sydney when I lived there for 5 months. Can’t wait to live vicariously through you. Beautiful chocolate trifle photos!

  94. March 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Katie,
    The navigation thing is my bugbear so ‘sooo’ glad you will be easing our paths from July-August on that. But, as you get an even more pro make-over (away from Blogger perhaps I mean, not your amazing quality offerings), please don’t change your style. Love it just the way it is. Final thing, I’d really like to see some photo-styling tips (as someone above said already). That would be a useful category for newbies like me. Thanks Katie for being out there and inspiring!

  95. March 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I really really need a way to find the recipes you’ve posted here over the last couple of years. Without one it’s impossible to remember and find the baked eggs or frangelico cake recipes you posted ages ago, or even remember the things on your site I want to try, without scrolling through pages and pages. The search engine on your site never pulls up the recipes I’m searching for either. Make a recipe page divided into categories, and fix your search engine!

    Kaylen Baker

    p.s can’t wait for your book! You’re my favorite food blog out there.

  96. March 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Congrats for all your endeavors! I love all your photos so I would really love to see a styling and photography tip section.

  97. Aodhin
    March 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations on the book!
    Your blog is an endless source of inspiration. It would be great to have an easier way to search through your recipes, and I second TK regarding the styling section.
    x

  98. Hedda
    March 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’m REALLY looking forward to se the outcome of your book!! WOW, these photos and recipes of yours amaze me everytime i see them. I love them so much I can’t help myself, flipping through them over and over again. Kisses from Norway!

  99. March 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I love your blog – Its my source of inspiration when the business of life makes food more of a functional thing, than something to love on.

    I agree with some of the other users that I would love to have some sort of a recipe box.

  100. March 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Good luck with redoing your site! I just redid mine in January–and by saying “I” redid it, I mean, “I” did it–no hired help at all. I changed formats, used a whole new program, had to redo headers and other images. I was working 50-60 hours a week on it, in addition to homeschooling my children (I have 6 children under 10), being pregnant, being very sick, and still cooking every meal from scratch.

    Beautiful magazine spread. I know to some that is cheap, but I feed my family of 8 for under $100 a month (and I live in a higher cost of food area), so to me it is quite high to spend $20 on dinner for the family when we are eating for $3 a day for us (.40 per person a day for 3 meals plus a snack).

    Ali’s recipes look delicious; you’ve done a beautiful job.

  101. March 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Dear Katie,
    I’ve actually never commented on here before but I’ve been following your lovely blog for a while now and wanted to finally do so and say thank you for all the time you put into doing it. It has been a constant source of inspiration in both my photographic and culinary pursuits! Anyways, to answer the question you posted I’d like to see perhaps some posts on the foods that are apart of your culture, that influenced you and are tradition. I think food is such a wonderful way to get to know peoples cultures and traditions. I love exploring different food cultures and wish I had more of a defined one growing up. Also I guess in terms of a functional change, a recipe section? But I think you said you were going to add that so that’s it I guess. Anyways, just some ideas!

  102. March 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    i’m sure the new design will rock!
    the feature i look forward to the most is actually content-wise and not interface-wise – a FAQ section! it’d be lovely to read a little bit more about you, and how this blog came about, etc.

    my contribution to the faq section: where do you get your backgrounds? especially the metallic ones! are they scavenged off the street? what were their original uses?

    also, where do you find room to store all your gorgeous props?

    thnx
    maya

  103. March 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Healthy recipes are never without want. :) Your photos always have me drooling.

  104. March 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I’d love to see a section on the ins & outs of not only food photography, but food styling.

    Congrats on finishing the book and I can’t wait to see the new design of the blog!

  105. March 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hello Katie,
    Congratulations on finishing your book..
    Greet from Indonesia, and thanks for the recipe!

  106. March 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’ve only recently discovered you and I’m excited to explore all your old posts while I wait for what you give us next, and interested to see your book!

    It sounds simple, but the thing that would make your blog easier to navigate would be to have the headings for each section of your post more obvious – reading through the last post with so many different bits and pieces was difficult to scan for what interested me most as I scrolled down the page, and I couldn’t tell where one thought ended and the next began.

    Also, I like it when recipe ‘indexes’ use beautiful photos as thumbnails and the title will appear if you hover over the picture, rather than just listing the titles – I think it draws me in more. I like the way this is done on my other favourite blog ‘Vegie Num Num’.

    As long as your recipes continue to be so yummy it doesn’t matter so much what the page looks like!! :)

  107. March 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I would love it when there would be a “by random recipe search”. Let the faith decide your family dinner! ;)

  108. March 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Love the idea of a forum, although I really don’t need anymore encouragement to spend (note, not waste) time on the internet. An occasional “guest” blogger would be great too, it’s a lovely surprise to discover a wonderful new blog…

  109. March 5, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Love your BLOG….wonderful food styling eye and talent. I’m so hooked. Discovered you from Pinterest. Congrats on your new book!

    Joi

  110. March 5, 2012 at 1:38 am

    YUM! That trifle looks insanely good. I adore your food photography and home cooking is exactly what I love most – something that is getting a fair bit of exposure at the moment is sugar-free – I would love to see some posts from you on amazingly tasty home-cooked recipes that are sugar-free, or at least low in sugar. Says me who is a total chocoholic…. But I am TRYING to be more sugar-conscious! Would love to win the Christine Mansfield book – have been a fan of her spicy cooking for a long time! :)

  111. March 5, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Love your blog! It’s the most AMAZING foodie + photog blog :)

    Regarding blog advice: please keep your large photos! I’d suggest having food categories so it’s easier to search recipes.

  112. March 5, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Wow…India beckons. I’ll have to be content with trying recipes from this book. I’d love to see more food + travel without leaving your neighborhood features.

  113. March 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

    You have a nice space..excellent work!!! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful post’s. Definately going to follow you :)

    Regards
    Spice Ur Senses
    http://rumanarawat.blogspot.in/

  114. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hey Katie – Guess what you are right there tops at the Homies. So a treat is due!!

    Updates on the blog ..Indexed Recipe Search, A printable Recipe , and I’d always choose with Pictures.

    Thank You , for some of the most beautiful food! Bijay

  115. March 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Katie, I absolutely adore your blog. It is great to learn from someone who has such passion. Re the blog I would love to see more recipes in styled format as it makes it so much more exciting! thanks….keep up the great work x

  116. March 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Absolutely love the blog, and am looking forward to seeing the revamped one! Maybein the new blog you could incorporate a seasonality feature- telling readers what food is in season, and using the food in recipes to accompany. A recipe index will be awesome too!

  117. March 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    That cookbook looks delicious!! I’d like to see more vegan options on your blog!!

  118. March 7, 2012 at 12:46 am

    You got my attention right off the bat as I promised to my darling husband 15 years ago this year, although I don’t think it was a leap year, it wasn’t in February, I was just pushy!

    I’m very keen on your photographic style and would love to see perhaps something on the lines of a “styling tip” every now and again, or perhaps where to look for great props, something focussing on how you get your look.

  119. March 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Your blog and photography are gorgeous! Any food styling tips you could share with the rest of us would be great… although I’m sure I’d never take a pic half as good as most of yours!

  120. March 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hey!

    That’s why you’re on of my favourite inspirations.
    I really inspire myself in your blog, to get my “food photography” better and better.
    Thank you so much!

    Keep up with the great blogging!

  121. March 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Of course straight after voting for your food photography, I wondered what I would like to see on your new blog. Being swayed by having moved away from the city for the first time in my life, perhaps something on date night meals – just your self and your partner (kids optional, preferably having been given to inlaws for the night). Love the blog, thanks so much for asking for input!

    Sarah.

  122. March 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I LOVE your blog. I have made a few desserts that are already family favorites and I owe it all to you!! I did give my secret away and told them about your Ah-Mazing blog! Thank you!! I don’t really have any suggestions just maybe some weeknight dinner ideas that are fast and somewhat healthy! :) Keep up the beautiful work.

  123. March 9, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Hi Katie,
    I love your blog and especially your photos. They are so inspiring.

    I’d love to see simple meals showcasing fresh, healthy, seasonal produce.

    Congratulations on the completion of your book. Can’t wait until I can get my hands on a copy.

  124. Ant
    March 9, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Love your blog
    Would love to see your blog broken down into sections, travel / editorial / recipes, ect. With each post filed under a section with links at the side to those sections to quickly find the relevant posts I was looking for.
    Also some restaurant reviews – signature dishes
    Cant wait to see the new design.
    Do you have a sneak peek

  125. March 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    GREAT PICS:) I really like your blog…so much nice inspiration.
    I wish you a lovely weekend:)

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (Sweden)

  126. March 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Aaaah.. What gorgeous photos! Brilliant as always. Thank you for your work and creativity!

    /Karolina~ 

  127. Lou
    March 10, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Hi Kate

    A recipe section that is easier to access (maybe including two ways to locate a dish i.e. ingredients and meal type).
    Recipes adapted to use wholegrains or healthy options.
    What do you always keep in your cupboard.
    Ask readers to submit their favourite recipes i.e. favourite pie recipe.
    Wine or beer matching.
    More frequent posts.
    Photography tips.
    A little bit of a deeper peak into your life.

    Please don’t loose your beautiful rustic feel.

    Lou

  128. March 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Every time I look at your blog I am so inspired. What are those great looking cookies in the last photo?

  129. March 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I’m all ears for the updated search!

  130. March 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I love your blog and I would love it even more if there is a “save as pdf” button after every post (even if I am not sure that is possible); because I print them out and having them with the pictures and the same layout as your blog would be fantastic! :) otherwise great great photos!

  131. March 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Dear Katie,

    Congratulations on your book! I will definitely want a copy of it when it is available. I love your blog and the only suggestion I have is to continue the great work – I realize it is difficult to keep up with so many commitments and your effort is well appreciated!!!

    Regards, Olga
    http://olgaduron.blogspot.com/

  132. March 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I love your blog and your amazing pictures. My only suggestion is to post in smaller chunks and more often. I’d love to have a copy of your book!
    you can contact me through my google account in case I win the book, thanks!

  133. March 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    i really like when food blogs have recipe indexes listed by ingredient or meal – i find that really helpful! what great news about your book and the blog update! i can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  134. March 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    amazing recipes and amazing photographs, i love your blog!!!

  135. March 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    This trifle looks absolutely gorgeous! I am so happy that things are moving along for you– you are so talented, you deserve all of this wonderful success! And if I could request anything from this blog, it would most definitely be a recipe index. Oh! And more recipes that are “traditionally” Australian. I find it fascinating. Keep up the great work…

  136. March 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

    hi Katie, spectacular photos…I love your blog. bye…

  137. sembra buonissimo! complimenti :)

  138. March 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Katie, thank you so much! You’re the person with unusual sense of beauty and composition. Your pictures are my inspiration!!!!

  139. March 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I think I’m in love with your blog!

    ♥ sécia
    http://www.petiteinsanities.com/

  140. March 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    YUM! So much to enjoy. I just “discovered” you through a Pinterest link — so, lucky me! I would like to see a recipe index, too (read from another poster).

    Thanks for all you do. I look forward to some lovely times spent with you.

    April

  141. NancyLee
    March 22, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Hi there, I’m a new visitor and I like what I see so far. I love your food photos, composition is just great in everyone of them and the recipes. As a new visitor, it initially gave me the impression that you write for magazines like Saveur ( in which I’m a subscriber for a year now). But reading the articles, you also cook the food you photograph and I can’t wait to try that sweet butterscotch recipe! I guess what I would like to see more are photos of the cooking process (not exactly step by step) but I think it will encourage us more to cook the beautiful recipes ourselves. I’m sure a lot of your readers do already. Just my view as a new visitor who will from now on a follower. Thank you so much! Can’t wait for your book to come out….

  142. March 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I would love love love to see a few features on cooking fancy foods without many fancy ingredients! I’ve always had a problem with that.

  143. March 23, 2012 at 1:56 am

    The photographs are just great, and the recipe looks divine, I would like to see some posts about healthy food though, like a good greek salad or something that won’t make me go,”uhg, calories”. :)

  144. March 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Кэти, добрый день! Давно являюсь читателем Вашего блога, его поклонницей. С удовольствием читаю Ваши посты, беру в закладки рецепты,наслаждаюсь профессиональными фотографиями. Единственное пожелание для нового формата блога WKA – сделать навигацию по блогу более удобной.
    p.s. Прошу прощения, что пишу на русском языке, т.к. для меня достаточно сложно изложить все на английском :) )

  145. March 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    What a post! It is just too much. this is one of the best I’ve ever seen or read. Keep it up!

  146. March 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’m really amazed by your great photos!
    Greetings!

  147. Hi Katie!
    I just discovered your wonderful blog and it now feeds onto my homepage! Your photography is brilliant and your recipes scrumptious. I am so looking forward to ‘getting to know you’!

    One suggestion for your new blog design… if you could have an easy to access list of your past blogs by topic and/or a google search feature for your recipes that would be very helpful.

    Thanks Katie and bye from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Cathy Norrie

  148. March 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

    *love*love* your blog. Would love to see a feature where we can get sourcing information on some of your props and equipment that are shown in your photos.
    :)

  149. Claudia
    March 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I came across your blog only few days ago, and despite the fact that I love to read cooking/food blogs and check many of them almost daily, I don’t remeber I have ever seen such fantastic photos before!
    If I would live in Sydney and not at the other end of the planet (which is Hamburg, Germany), I would definatly drop into the Grounds…

    But also the photos in your older posts are same “wow” and I only wish you would post the recipe for every single delicacy you are showing there!

    Thanks a lot for this pleasure!
    Claudia

  150. April 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Katie
    How are you?
    Can i get in touch with you about your blog please?
    thanks, michelle
    m.tchea@gmail.com

  151. April 4, 2012 at 5:49 am

    This is a nice post in an interesting line of content, great way of bring this topic to discussion.

  152. April 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

    taking a look at your blog always makes me hungry !
    love your recipes and photography both!

    I’d love to have some details about the origins of the recipes (historical if any) and the ingredients. sort of the cultural stories related to the recipes.

    Would love to have your book btw!
    :-)

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