Domaine de Grand Pré Winery : Harvest Table photo shoot

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I was invited to Domaine de Grand Pré winery earlier this summer to photograph a small, intimate dinner at the winery's stunning new harvest table. Located smack dab in the vineyard, the idea for the table came to life after a huge old tree on the property was felled last autumn.

With Nova Scotia oysters and Grand Pré's Champlain Brut sparkling to start, followed by a selection of Grand Pré wines paired with a sumptuous, multi-course meal by Chef Jason Lynch and his team - including house-cured charcuterie, homemade cavatelli, Nova Scotia game, seafood and more - it was an evening, and spectacular sunset, not soon forgotten.

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Wild Blueberry-Star Anise Eton Mess with Tangerine Curd

We hand-picked Nova Scotia wild blueberries last week.

They're so tiny. So juicy. So flavourful.

Sorry highbush beauties.

I adore you but my heart belongs to these exquisite little darlings.

I simmered 1 cup of wild blueberries with 3 tbsp. of sugar and 2 star anise pods until thick - about 15 minutes. I made my 6-Minute Microwave Lemon Curd but substituted 3 tangerines for the lemons. I whisked a small batch of unsweetened whipped cream. I opened a package of pre-made meringues. I crumbled a meringue, mixed the pieces with some whipped cream, then topped with dollops of blueberries and curd.

Divine.

Gorgeous blue ceramic plate handmade by Kelsey Watson in Inverness, Cape Breton. Please visit Kelsey's Instagram page for more information - www.instagram.com/potsbykw

Lively Bakery : Bedford, Nova Scotia

I was contacted by Sasha from Lively Bakery in Bedford to do a few shots of her cakes and tarts for Simply Gluten Free magazine.

Sasha's baking is 100% gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar-free. 

It's also 100% delicious.

I know because I ate three pieces of cake and the strawberry tart in the photo above.

Ha.

You can find Sasha at the Alderney Farmer's Market in Dartmouth every Saturday, on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/livelybakery) or over on Instagram (@livelybakeryhfx).

Wild Card Creative : Taste Of Nova Scotia JULY : SEAFOOD

Client : Taste Of Nova Scotia

Objective : 3 original recipes + 6 horizontal photos for July's seafood theme

Food styling : Kathy Jollimore

Photography : Kelly Neil