I met Amaryllis when I was in London and I met her through her husband Mike.
Mike and me worked together on a fashion photo shoot: I was on the production side and when I read his Greek name on the call sheet, I immediately got very excited to be able to speak little greek with someone new! We had two very intense days but it was fun and in between a set and another, we managed to speak a bit. I obviously told him about my 1/4 Greek blood, my story and my dream to move to Greece. He told a bit of his story, he’s an amazing Director of Photography, but I am not going to spoil more details now as I want him on my blog, too!
He told me that he was married to a beautiful young Greek lady, who, I discovered, I was actually already following on Instagram, and at some point our paths crossed each other thanks to (indian) food and photography.
Amaryllis is an incredible woman and her background is very fascinating and versatile: she studied Dance Anthropology (how beautiful!) and worked as a tutor, but now she is following her dream, focusing on food writing, styling and photography. And she made it!
I knew already her blog, The Tasty Other, when I met her personally. Fun enough the day we met we were in one of the coolest food market in London.
Food has quickly become one of my love and hate focusing points of my life and I am always happy to meet new people/friends through it.
What I envy Amaryllis is the positive flow you feel when you see her pictures or read her recipes. Everything seems so clean, pure, elegant, peaceful. And I think it says a lot about her persona.
She also uses food to discover a place she does not belong too, even though she has been living in London for years now.
I find that the contrast in between the calm inner (her blog-world) and the chaotic outside (London) of her place, very fascinating. The City is so fast, frenetic, full of tension, The Tasty Other is a corner where you can recover your eyes and soul and you can get some easy and yummy ideas.
I love Amaryllis’ concept: food has to be seasonal and local, you should be able to cook quickly, using what you have in the fridge and not making a mess (very important point!).
I am a big fan of her Friday features where she used to give tips about where to go, where to eat, where to shop… I am always a bit of a stalker, when I like someone and I feel close, I want to know what she/he likes, this enables me to know her/him better. I hope she will put this feature back on the blog very soon (hidden request Amaryllis!).
In our meeting in November, when I was visiting London, I was finally able to see her at work!
I was actually very impressed by the tidiness of her studio-kitchen, I am so much more messy I have to confess, even if I only prepare tea!
We had a very nice time together, in this situation in which: I shoot food, you shoot me while I shoot food. I am always curious to see the behind the scene, especially when it comes to food photography. I am a bit of a disaster at it, though my focus is on stories and not on ingredients!
We spoke a lot about the difference in between Santorini and London. In between living in a small place on an island and in a big city.
I was once again happy to speak in Greek to a person I ‘knew’ in english. It makes a huge difference to be able to speak the Greek language and I love the fact that to me it’s a bit like knowing the same people two times.
Amaryllis too is one of those people I wish I had more time to spend with when I was living in London.
If only I knew that those pears and mascarpone were such a heavenly pairing, I would have been sitting outside her door long time waiting for more invitations!
©Nicoletta Barbata/One Quarter Greek
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