Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Post Number 100! And a crazy idea...

First of all, happy 100th post to me! Huzzah.

Although I've been more or less absent on here of late (busy taking care of my grandfather, for one thing...), I have been cooking quite a lot.

So here's my thought... I will try to post, more or less regularly, pictures of what tasty tidbits I've concocted in the kitchen. Ideally this will be a weekly occurrence, but frankly I'm not going to tie myself down to that just now.

The idea here is threefold: 1) It will get me to actually post something, even though I'm not currently working on a farm and unfortunately too busy to delve into researching sustainable agriculture-related issues; 2) It will help me practice taking attractive pictures of food; and 3) It will hopefully get me to care more about food presentation. Which, most of the time...... I don't.

So without further ado, here are the pictures for the week of January 30! (And maybe a couple from before that.)

Roast Beef in Red Wine (Julia Child recipe)

White Bean, Potato, Carrot and Kale Soup

German Pancakes with Apples

Roasted Broccolini

Belgian-Braised Beef Stew (Julia Child recipe) (And yes, I know the picture is hideous. But it tasted great!)

Pear and Apple Tart with Walnut Crust (picture taken pre-cooking)

Clockwise from upper left: Roasted Cauliflower, Panzanella Salad (courtesy of my friend Steve), and Orcchiette Pasta with Sundried Tomato Pesto

If anyone every has suggestions for how to make the pictures and/or the food look nicer, do share! I'm always striving to improve.


  1. The biggest thing I can see as far as improving the pictures is you need much more light. Sunlight is always the best for photography in terms of evenness and color. Obviously if you're making dinner that's not an option, but a bright lamp or light you can shine on the plate will help. Most of the food photography I've seen seems to use a little bit lower angles as well.

  2. Yes, I definitely prefer natural light by and large. But not only is that a problem at night, but my parents' kitchen has just one tiny window, right above the sink. Not so great for natural light, sadly. I want a kitchen with big ol' windows.