The Cook Who Knew Nothing | A Gluten-Free Food Blog

A Gluten-Free Food Blog

These gluten-free recipes & experiences are simmered, styled & shot by a curious food photographer dedicated to sharing explorations with other culinary-curious minds. See my commercial photography portfolio for more examples of my work.

The Cook Has Done What?! The Cook Has Gone Paleo.

Photography and food styling by Tanya Zouev.  I’ve been quiet for a while on this blog. I’ve missed posting, I’ve missed my readers. “Por qué?”, you ask? Well for a number of reasons actually, but mainly my health. You see, a few years ago my health started going downhill and about twelve months ago it … Continue reading The Cook Has Done What?! The Cook Has Gone Paleo.

My Mother’s Cold Chinese Summer Noodles (Gluten-Free)

Recipe by Julia Zouev. Photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. When it comes to carbs, my absolute favourite of the lot is rice and rice noodles. You see I grew up on the stuff. As my mother was born in China, rice with just about everything was pretty standard at my family home. As a … Continue reading My Mother’s Cold Chinese Summer Noodles (Gluten-Free)

I Can’t Believe There’s No Butter Dark Chocolate Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Recipe, photography & styling by Tanya Zouev I really love chocolate, really really love it. In fact I don’t know of anybody who doesn’t like chocolate, it’s just one of those foods that seems to have universal appeal. It is no wonder then that “theobroma cacao” translated as “food of the gods”, was highly prized for … Continue reading I Can’t Believe There’s No Butter Dark Chocolate Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Love OzHarvest, Hate Food Waste, Love Shakshouka

Recipe, photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. When I began working as a food photographer nearly thirteen years ago I was shocked at the huge quantity of food thrown out after being photographed. Entire turkeys and cakes would be swept off the set by the food crew and dumped into the trash. When I enquired … Continue reading Love OzHarvest, Hate Food Waste, Love Shakshouka

Eton Mess with Mulberries Steeped In Gin

Recipe, photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. Growing in the neighbour’s yard is an enormous mulberry bush, part of which hangs over our back fence. It spans several meters across and at least three meters high, and right now as I write this post the branches are laden with fruit. The birds are having daily … Continue reading Eton Mess with Mulberries Steeped In Gin

Quince Paste with Vanilla, Star Anise & Cardamom

Recipe, photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. I wonder what thoughts went through the mind of the first person to stumble upon a quince? Did he or she come across the large yellow fruit hanging heavily on its branches and wonder what on earth it was? Perhaps they puzzled over its furry skin? Or that … Continue reading Quince Paste with Vanilla, Star Anise & Cardamom

Acuka (Turkish Paprika & Walnut Spread aka “Magic Sauce”)

Recipe by Ozlem Ennor. Photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. What a magical thing it is to form friendships with people from different countries. In the time I’ve known my Turkish friend Ozlem, I have learned more about her countries’ cuisine than I’ve ever been able to by visiting Turkish restaurants or reading cookbooks on … Continue reading Acuka (Turkish Paprika & Walnut Spread aka “Magic Sauce”)

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter & Sea Salt (Gluten-Free)

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Every now and then I get an overwhelming urge to cook something from my personal list of illicit foods, the things reserved for “now and then”. Food that I rarely eat but enjoy when I do. The plain and simple reason for this is that if I allowed myself … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter & Sea Salt (Gluten-Free)

Turkish Paprika Lamb Shanks with Quinces & a Saffron Kumera Mash

This is a sponsored post. Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Recently I received in the mail from Kitchenware Superstore a much-coveted object of desire: a Le Creuset pan. However, not just any Le Creuset pan, it was huge, oval and blue. Just the right pan in fact to make this warming winter Turkish inspired lamb shank dish. Like so … Continue reading Turkish Paprika Lamb Shanks with Quinces & a Saffron Kumera Mash

The Sultan’s Pavlova (The Ottomans Come Down Under)

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Many random thoughts go through my head throughout the course of a normal day, particularly when I’m in a cooking-induced semi-meditative state. I think a lot about the “what if’s” in life, such as, what if the Ottomans had somehow deviated nearly 13,000km from their homeland and Australia had … Continue reading The Sultan’s Pavlova (The Ottomans Come Down Under)