STAR-SPANGLED SCARFING

The first in a monthly series of food-related stories and story-related recipes.

Read about my experience with competitive pie-eating and pig racing in the USA.

" ... buckets overflowing with the unchewed stomach contents of the weaker contestants. I am giddy with anticipation. I’m just a nine dollar fare away from honest-to-goodness, all-American peristaltic entertainment."

Read full story

Recipe: Crisp-Roasted Pork Belly with Caramelized Apples

You'll find the recipe below the story, just scroll down!

HIGH TAILS PHOTO BOOK

In order to celebrate their ten-year anniversary, Capricious Magazine made a photo book dedicated entirely to horses: High Tails. I am honored to have contributed four of my own horse photos to this publication. Other photographers include Dorothea Lange, Helmut Newton, Tim Flach, Nan Golding, Jill Greenberg, Ryan McGinley, Charlotte Dumas and many others. It's such a beautiful publication, even if I wasn't featured in it I would have bought it on sight. My compliments to publisher Sophie Mörner. You can order High Tails here.

Cover image by Beni Bischof

Cover image by Beni Bischof

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Fishing for Vrij Nederland

Vrij Nederland sent journalist Thijs Broer and me out to do a story on sustainable fishing. We spent two days and nights on a boat along the North Sea coast, of which I spent the first 24 hours thoroughly nauseated. Despite that, it was one of the greatest editorial assignments I've ever done, and watching the water and skies turn every different color imaginable was worth being up at all hours.

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Sea Palace

Sea Palace is a huge and famous Amsterdam restaurant, and I shot a reportage there for Parool Magazine. That day, a traditional Chinese wedding took place and homemade dim sum was served.

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Johnny the Toy Poodle

Meet Johnny, a toy poodle who was imported from Japan, competing in the 'Dog of the Year' show. Johnny is one of the stars in a short documentary I'm working on about show dogs. Stay tuned for more news!

Poetry

So here's something I never in a million years expected to do: I entered in a poetry competition, and I actually won. Here's the link to the winning poem from the 2014 Amsterdam Writers Guild poetry slam.

If You Don't Care for Fucking, You Might as Well Go Home and Die Already

When I hear
that killer whales masturbate
it makes me wonder
How?

Read full poem here

Documentary Film Show Reel

I'm having more and more fun with filming documentary topics: it's so nice to experiment in a new field! I made a quick show reel of the (attempts at) documentary filming I've done do far. Enjoy!

Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro I photographed the making of Rio Shock's music video "Moleque Transante" with Safadin Dancy, one of the finest dancers of the Carioca favelas.

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DAWG Review Vol. 1, Out Now!

Last summer, I started a writing initiative with a group of fellow students at the University of Amsterdam to promote creative writing: the Amsterdam Writers Guild. This has grown into a full-blown organization with  workshops, lectures, and reading events. We just released an online publication full of prose and poetry, featuring two of my own stories: one about my experience hunting bears in California, and one about the adventures of a fried egg and a toad. Visit the site for these and many others, as well as info on the organization.

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Bahn Mi

Recipe
 

Finally, I found the perfect recipe for a vegetarian bahn mi! I love these Vietnamese sandwiches, but they are usually very meat-heavy, and most vegetarian versions just don't live up to the original. But the combination of roasted tempeh, red-hot kimchi and meaty pickled mushrooms is bananas, so you're way too busy to miss the meat.


Kimchi is a Korean cabbage pickle that's super easy to make yourself. I got my recipe from the Momofuku cookbook (one of my favorites), where I also got the mushroom pickling recipe, which comes down to this: boil dried mushrooms in a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar with sugar to taste until soft. Slice them up and keep them in the cooking liquid. The other pickle is just julienned daikon and carrot in vinegar with sugar and salt. You can use rice, cider, sherry or wine vinegar.

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Layer a sandwich roll (don't get high quality, sturdy bread, it should be crunchy but very light) with:

-Mayonnaise
-Sriracha
-Cilantro
-Mint
-Spring onion

-Fried tempeh slices (with a little salt or soy sauce)
-Mushroom pickles
-Kimchi
-Pickled daikon & carrot
-Lettuce