A Spring Ladies Lunch…
Posted in Uncategorized April 11th, 2009 by piablog

So here it is, the full spread from my last shoot with Maria magazine. And I am very sad to say it will be our last shoot with the magazine as it recently announced that it will no longer be published, like so many others. I loved working with Yvette (recipe writer + food stylist) and Jeroen (photographer), and I would really like to keep working with them as we make a great team. So, if anyone out there needs a fab food production team, please email me. Yvette and I have a number of awesome stories suitable for international publication that we are itching to produce, and if you’d like to see our previous work please click here, here, here and here.

This shoot, as Yvette mentioned in her post in the (blog)house kitchen, was shot at her mother’s beautiful home. I had just arrived back from sunny Sydney and had developed an horrific flu. I was barely able to walk, it was the middle of winter here, and I needed to create a Springy atmosphere! in the freezing cold! The pressure was on… but I made it through the day! with thanks to Yvette and Ms. v. Boven helping me through with plenty of hot cups of herbal tea while I stood outside with Jeroen “creating Spring”. By the end of the day I flopped onto the couch while Yvette and her mum cleaned up. I felt so guilty for not helping! But I was in no shape to do so and they wouldn’t let me. Bless their little cotton socks!

Here is what we produced, I do hope you like…

I will tell you more about the menu and the story of the shoot next week, with some behind the scenes.
For now, I give you these, and two of the recipes in English, posted in the (blog)house kitchen with many thanks to Yvette.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I am going to indulge in a computer-free weekend myself, which I will be sure to tell you all about next week. I will also be gorging on chocolate, but what’s new! Lately it’s with no thanks to Green & Black’s making the most delicious easter eggs ever.

See you back here on Tuesday, mes chers amis!



Lente Ladies Lunch courtesy of Maria magazine.
photographs by Jeroen van der Spek.
food styling and recipes by Yvette van Boven.
styling by Pia Jane Bijkerk.

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  1. josephine says

    gorgeous! love the last shot of the salad with the tomatoes spilling over. very spring and healthy. you three are like the “dream team” of food stories. here’s hoping you have many more opportunities to work together soon!

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  2. Helen says

    Lovely! You’re so talented, Pia. I love coming here and finding inspiration. Happy Easter to you.

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  3. emily says

    I am sorry to hear that Maria Magazine is folding. You have had some gorgeous spreads in it. You are very talented. Happy Easter!

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  4. heidi says

    That’s just scrumptious & gorgeous… LOVE how you used the jelly jar to show the inside of the salad.

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  5. sofia says

    beautiful work Pia. I would never thought that it had been shoot during winter. It’s so spring like.
    Happy Easter and doucement avec les chocolats 🙂

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  6. Brittany Noel says

    I love this spread you worked on! It’s so sad seeing so many great magazines go out of print. There’s nothing better than holding a beautiful piece of work in your hands.

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  7. Valisa says

    A little confession, YOU are the ONLY reason why I buy Maria:P

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  8. E says

    So beautiful, so summer/spring. Everything looks fabulous. What is in that last photograph? It looks EVER so tasty – I’m up for anything with shrimp in it 😉 Happy Easter!

    April 13th, 2009 | #

  9. brandeye says

    i just found your blog via bloessem and i really love it. it is so neat to see behind the scenes shots of how you bring to life the pages of magazines. sadly, all of my favorites are folding as seems to be the story everywhere.

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  10. Caroline says

    Ah..this made me so hungry. Beautiful sets 🙂 I always get inspiration from you. Cheers 🙂

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  11. Kim Gray says

    You have been given a Kreativ Blog Award by me, see my link for more details…


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  12. Jolie Musick says

    what a shame! However your photos are beautiful. I especially love the one of the tart with the wine. Lovely.

    April 15th, 2009 | #

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