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

Wild Blueberry-Star Anise Eton Mess with Tangerine Curd | Kelly Neil

We hand-picked Nova Scotia wild blueberries and I made Eton mess for the first time 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.


  1. SIMMER 1 cup of blueberries with 3 tbsp of sugar and 2 star anise pods until thick - about 15 minutes.
  2. MAKE my 6-Minute Microwave Lemon Curd but substitute 3 tangerines for the lemons.
  3. WHISK a small batch of unsweetened whipped cream.
  4. OPEN a package of pre-made meringues.
  5. CRUMBLE a meringue, dollop on some whipped cream, topped with blueberries and curd.


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

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.


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