Behind the scenes at Fresh Living


I cannot speak for the other bloggers who entered the FreshlyBlogged competition last year, but for me the opportunity to have a recipe featured in Fresh Living Magazine was a very compelling reason for me to throw my name into the hat.  The prize package changed substantially from the outset of the competition; but this was one prize which did not and for that I really am grateful because it was the one I had my eye on throughout the long competition.

Just after New Year the January / February 2014 issue of Fresh Living hit the newsstand.  I am not too proud to admit that when I saw it had been released I was kid-in-a-candy-store kind of excited.  I was however very mature and did not actually jump up and down in my local Pick and Pay when I saw it.  When I showed Pretty Girl my face on page 3 she shrieked “WOW Mommy” and then laughed her excited laugh really loudly at the till point and that was just excellent.

I only bought one copy but I have read it about a gazillion times.  I am not ashamed.For the recipe spreads, there are two more still to come; I had the pleasure of working with Anke Roux the Food Editor of Fresh Living, who is petite and just generally amazing at what she does.

Anke would send me the brief; I would think about it for too long; Anke would ask me where the recipes were; finally somewhere in the final hour I would send her volumes of writing and explanation and a couple of recipes to go with the brief.

For this first issue, Anke asked that I do a Valentine’s inspired set of recipes; he cooks for her, she cooks for him etc.  Well in my house she cooks for him every other day so no romantic inspiration to be had there.  Instead I did recipes inspired by some of my favourite “chic flicks”.  I do love a good sob your heart out chick flick. (Dear Husband is sitting somewhere rolling his eyes).   Anyway, I chose three of my favourite movies, I probably could have done ten but the brief only asked for three.  Then I sent it all to Anke; she worked her magic and what you see in the magazine is the final result.



This recipe is from the blog, you can find it here.


Anke kindly allowed Photogirl and I to join her and the talented Dawie Verwey at Flat Art Studios in Woodstock to watch them shoot my recipes.  Anke and Dawie are so laidback and easy going, and together with their hardworking interns they made this shoot look like a walk in the park.  Anke and Dawie were both so generous in answering our questions, a lot of which were “what is that?” and it was a really fun and inspiring way to spend the day.


 Studio Kitchen, Anke’s team were finishing off Christmas shoots on the day too.


 Shoot set up

 Should we talk about the background possibilities?

While Dawie was checking that the spread looked cohesive, I got my first idea of what it would look like.


I have to just add a small tale about the popcorn you see in the left pic.  Anke decided she wanted to do a page with popcorn.  There was no porcorn.  The intern got to drive to all the way to Merry Pak to buy one popcorn box and popcorn kernels for that shot.  Poor girl, we didn’t see her for an hour.So much fun.  Also really fun, when old friends that worked with you in kitchens send you this:



Thanks Kate and Denbeigh for the pic, I love it.


This issue is currently still on sale in store.


Cheers, Sam



10 Comments on Behind the scenes at Fresh Living

  1. Kit
    January 22, 2014 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    How exciting, Sam! Definitely the best prize of the competition. Well done with the inspiration – that chocolate tart looks divine!

    • Sam Taylor
      January 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm (6 years ago)

      Kit, it really was such fun. Worth all the stress! The next two issues are still to be published, but because I have finished working on all of them, I already feel a little sad that it over.

  2. Teresa Ulyate
    January 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm (6 years ago)

    A gorgeous spread, well done again! 😉 Look forward to seeing the next ones.

    • Sam Taylor
      January 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Teresa. The brief for the second issue is easy going / laid back….again there is something from the blog and something new.

  3. Saaleha Idrees Bamjee
    January 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Superb work Sam:) I hope my local still has a copy on its stands.

  4. Sam Taylor
    January 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you Saaleha, so lovely to hear from you. (Your new look website is very chic.) I am sure there are still many copies available, there are at my local anyway…its a small town.

    • Sam Taylor
      January 27, 2014 at 8:52 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Linda. That chocolate tart has been a favourite recipe of mine for years. I do hope you try it. Sam

  5. anna @ annamayeveryday
    January 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm (6 years ago)

    That looks amazing, well done – you must have been fit to burst when you saw that for sale!! I will ask someone to pick me up a copy so I can collect it when we come over later in the year. By the way, fab looking chocolate tart.

    • Sam Taylor
      January 30, 2014 at 9:58 am (6 years ago)

      Ah thank you Anna. You know, even though I knew it was coming and I knew what it looked like I was still beyond chuffed when I saw it. So fun.


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