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.

I Discover Kookery and a Quick & Tricky Thermomix Buttercream Icing

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. kitchenalia : “miscellaneous kitchen utensils, pieces of cooking equipment, and other items typically found in kitchens”. Those who know me well know that I am somewhat nuts about kitchenalia and use any excuse to go off rummaging in op-shops in search of it. I have a peculiar penchant … Continue reading I Discover Kookery and a Quick & Tricky Thermomix Buttercream Icing

Spreading the Word About Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day Through a Spicy Tomato Soup Challenge

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. I was rather excited when two weeks ago I received an email from Jamie Oliver’s Australian P.R. company asking if I’d like to be part of Jamie’s official Food Blogger Soup Challenge to coincide with his international Food Revolution Day campaign. The brief was to create a soup … Continue reading Spreading the Word About Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day Through a Spicy Tomato Soup Challenge

Sticky Spicy Ginger & Honey-Glazed Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. The beautiful thing about learning to cook is that you learn not only how to properly feed yourself, but you also learn how to control flavours and what happens when you mix this with that. I find cooking one of the most satisfying things in life and don’t … Continue reading Sticky Spicy Ginger & Honey-Glazed Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Babushka Eggplants (Georgian-Style Eggplants Stuffed with Carrot, Parsnip & Capsicum)

Recipe by Julia Zouev. Photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. When my Babushka was alive, she would ask me not to think too much. She used to say, “Let a horse do all the thinking, it has a big head”. Well I’m not sure I would leave all my thinking to an equine, but it was … Continue reading Babushka Eggplants (Georgian-Style Eggplants Stuffed with Carrot, Parsnip & Capsicum)

ANZAC Biscuits (Gluten-Free). Lest We Forget on Anzac Day.

Recipe, photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. I sometimes wonder why it is we go through life taking so much for granted, too busy to stop and question why things are the way they are, whether they be circumstances, events or what we eat. For example, I often think about food and associated traditions, such as … Continue reading ANZAC Biscuits (Gluten-Free). Lest We Forget on Anzac Day.

Gigantes Plaki (Greek Baked Beans) with Maple Syrup

Recipe, photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. I love baked beans and the most likely type a Russian kid growing up in Australia in the 1970’s would have eaten was Heinz. I remember the jingle “Beanz Meanz Heinz” with some fondness as the TV ads gave me a sense of what it was like to be … Continue reading Gigantes Plaki (Greek Baked Beans) with Maple Syrup

European-Style Potato Salad With Sour Cream Dill Dressing

Recipe by Julia Zouev. Photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. Like most Russian kids, I grew up eating a lot of potatoes. They were usually mashed, fried into chips, or crisps eaten out of a bag and there were even occasions those very crisps were dipped into a jar of pasta sauce (childhood vice). When … Continue reading European-Style Potato Salad With Sour Cream Dill Dressing

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Cherry Tomatoes & Cannellini Beans

Recipe, photography & styling by Tanya Zouev. When my four year old son Marc is presented with a food he doesn’t like he says, “that’s not my favourite”. Well, cauliflower wasn’t my favourite either for a good part of my life. Then as with other foods that I didn’t eat until well into adulthood, something … Continue reading Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Cherry Tomatoes & Cannellini Beans

The Muddiest Chocolate And Vodka Mud Cake (Gluten-Free)

Adapted from an original recipe from Marie Claire cookbook Taste 101. Recipe adapting, styling and photography by Tanya Zouev. Easter is a time most of us in the Western world have come to associate with chocolate. I’m all for chocolate at any time of the year, and not necessarily in the shape of an egg. For … Continue reading The Muddiest Chocolate And Vodka Mud Cake (Gluten-Free)