Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

peach dumplings with vanilla sauce | smitten kitchen

I'm not much of a cook as in I tend to avoid cooking whenever possible and usually stick making the same things over and over. I do, however, enjoy baking - well, except for the cleaning up afterwards part. I approach baking as I do pretty much any crafty endeavor - I dive right in and make a huge mess in the process. Another thing I seem to like is taking photos of food...I find it relaxing when compared to the somewhat stressful experience of photographing the kiddo. I get to take my time and make thoughtful decisions when it comes to snapping photos of food.

For this baking/photography experiment, I made Smitten Kitchen's Peach Dumplings with Vanilla Sauce. Since I made no changes to the recipe I have no adaptation to'll just have to go get the cookbook! It's so worth it. I've tried four desserts from the book so far and they were all delicious. 

As far as the photo set up goes, I kept things simple since I don't have any cool props yet. I ventured over to our local thrift shop in hopes of finding some food photography props but that mission was a bust. Apparently I don't live in an area that is conducive to great thrift shopping. I'll just have to stick to online shopping.

I am really drawn to the darker, moodier photos like these and these. The first two photos in this post were shot in the kiddo's room using her Ikea chalkboard easel underneath the peaches and black foam core board as the backdrop. The rest of the photos were shot in my kitchen on the counter top with black foam core board as the backdrop as well.  I managed to get the dumplings baked and out of the oven just as the sun was setting and was able to get just a few "finished product" images. It was so hard not to just dive right in with my fork....the smell was heavenly! 

pumpkin bread and food photography...

I tried my hand at a little food photography today while working on a section of the photography class I'll be teaching at Sewing Summit. Obviously I needed something food-related to photograph so I figured why not bake? I tried a whole wheat pumpkin bread recipe I found over at Cookie and Kate and it is SO good! And the kiddo gives it two thumbs up as well so I think I'll be making it again. I stuck pretty close to the recipe but had to use a bundt pan instead of a bread pan. If you're looking for a fall inspired treat that goes well with coffee, this is it!

strawberry yogurt + orange juice popsicles

I spotted these adorable pink + yellow popsicle molds at Ikea last week and had to get some. I wasn't sure I'd ever use them but for $2 I was willing to take the chance. Yesterday, I grabbed a few things from the fridge and got to work. I blended up a couple of tablespoons of nonfat greek yogurt with several strawberries, poured the mixture into molds, and set them into the freezer for about an hour. Then I simply poured in some orange juice, put in the handles, and back in the freezer they went. By the time we got back from running errands, the pops were ready to eat. Since I didn't add any sugar they were more tart than sweet but we prefer them that way. Next time I think I'll try adding in some blueberries and raspberries too.

recipe: white chicken pizza

I first had this pizza years ago in an all night pizzeria in Mobile, Alabama. It was amazing and I tried my best to replicate it at home. It's really easy to make, which alone makes it a winner in my book. It's also very tasty and depending on your ingredients, fairly healthy. You'll need:

Start by spreading a few tablespoons of pesto over the top of the pizza crust. Place a single layer of spinach leaves over the entire pizza. Add a layer of bite sized pieces of cooked chicken and then top with as much feta and mozzarella as you like. Bake according the pizza crust directions. Done!

Sewing and Chocolate. . . does it get any better?

Last year sometime my friend Lyann sent me a box of the most delicious candy I've ever had. She likes to call it 'Crack' and I think it is a very appropriate name. The stuff is wildly addictive. I inhaled the entire box full in a few days and had big plans to make some myself. Well, I lost the recipe and forgot about it. Luckily, the last time I went grocery shopping I saw matzoh on sale and remembered ALL about it. So, I googled the recipe on my phone, grabbed up the rest of the ingredients, and made some yesterday. It turned out perfectly! This stuff is the perfect blend of sweet, salty, chocolate, and crunchiness. Quick and easy - try this recipe!

I also stayed up late last night finished my first mini rag quilt. I lucked up and found all the episodes of Buffy on Netflix so I watched, sewed, and cut fringe. That's probably the trickiest part of rag quilting-cutting the fringe without cutting into the seams. I discovered a few spots after washing the quilt where I had cut through the stitching and had to a bit of repair. Other than that, it turned out well. I may splurge on on rag quilting snips before I make anymore.
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