It’s been a while since I did this, so here’s a whole bunch of things from the last few months. There was a (very stormy) trip to Hove for the weekend, lots of baking sessions (including the obligatory Christmas fudge)… and a move to Bristol. The city is treating me very well so far, still lots to explore. There’s a yellow wall and a green kitchen in the flat so we’re pretty much set there.
As soon as I saw the recipe for these, I knew I had to make them. They were a little fiddly in places (they each have a sweet cream cheese filling baked into them) but turned out so well. My brain was a bit confused by how much they tasted like real carrot cake. (recipe here)
I’m starting a little personal project (perhaps less of a project, more of a routine), of cooking something photo-worthy at least once a week. Hopefully it will:
1. Make me think more about food photography and what makes a strong image.
2. Force me to cook more, making sure the growing collection of cook books in the kitchen are more than just decoration.
3. Get me using my SLR more often. Bad bad iPhone habits.
For the last week I’ve been photographing our kitchen exploits to get me started…
Chocolate & Peanut cookies. This were amazing – a chocolatey batter and chips that were more like molten lakes of dark chocolate.
Last weekend we got a little disposable barbecue and had a vegetarian/vegan feast: peppers stuffed with cous cous, corn on the cob with homemade spicy sauce, vine tomatoes, halloumi with chili and lemon juice, spinach and lentil burgers, veggie sausages and sweet potato. I also made fancy mango and apple drinks to mark the occasion.
(and the cous cous… basically give me all of it)
Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes (with masterful swirly icing by G – see the top of this post). This one’s from our favourite – BBC Good Food.
A ginormous vegetable lasagne with tomatoes, aubergine, courgette, onion, spinach, looooads of cheese… This one I actually had nothing to do with, other than arriving when it was ready to eat and taking photos of it while a hungry G told me to hurry up so he could start eating.
And finally, sweet potato wedges with chili flakes and oregano. Yep – more sweet potato. We bought a huge bag and didn’t quite get through them all in the barbecue (not that I really need an excuse – sweet potatoes are like heaven).