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JD’s version of another wonderful easy recipe from a rock star of a food photographer, my idol Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate. The main and most important ingredient is tapioca starch which you can easily find in Asian stores. If you want to make gluten-free cheese bread, you’d love Katie’s Pao de queijo recipe!
6 Comments | tags: baking, Brazilian, bread, cheese, cheese bread, gluten-free, JD baked this, pao de queijo, quick and easy, sun dried tomatoes, vegetarian, whatkatieate.com | posted in Desserts and pastries, JD's Master Bakery
The Food Network Channel can be addictive. It’s a good thing I don’t have a television set! I never knew who Ina Garten was until I saw The Barefoot Contessa on TV while housesitting for friends in Portland, Oregon.
Ina’s potato-fennel gratin stuck to mind because it was so easy to make. You can prepare it ahead of time, keep it in the fridge then bake it when you’re ready. Which was exactly what I did on several occasions. I adapted her recipe and used what was available: parsnip instead of fennel and for this recipe, sweet potato instead of plain boring potato. The result is that extra sweetness that makes this an ideal companion to the roast turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Not that we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Kiwiland. But there is a lot to be thankful for. Every day that we are alive should be Thanksgiving Day.
4 Comments | tags: baking, cheese, fennel, Fennel Gratin, gratin, gruyere, Ina Garten, ramekins, recipe, side dish, sweet potato, thanksgiving, The Barefoot Contessa, The Food Network Channel, vegetarian | posted in Vegetables
One of the joys of grocery-shopping in America was finding the prices of commodities to be so low compared to New Zealand’s. Take mushrooms for example. It is twice as much here (NZ) if not more. So imagine my delight whenever I saw my favorite mushrooms in the fresh produce section of supermarkets in Portland (seems like ages ago now!)
4 Comments | tags: burger, caramelized onion, hummus, mushroom, portabella, portabello, portobello, vegan, vegetarian | posted in Vegetables
Following last week’s survival kit disaster, I found a good use for one of the rusty cans of chickpeas. If you’ve been following my blog back from the time I made a scandalous confession, you know that I drool over Katie Quinn Davies‘ food photography. I also drool over her recipes. She is a rockstar both as a food photographer and as a recipe developer.
2 Comments | tags: aubergine, chickpeas, eggplant, gf, gluten-free, lasagna, lasagne, polenta, vegetarian | posted in Vegetables
Living in Wellington is like living life dangerously. We are prone to earthquakes. They said the BIG ONE is bound to happen anytime. Every home has a survival kit. Mine is assembled by my loving partner-in-crime as a going-away present two years ago.
5 Comments | tags: baked, beans, caramelized onion, cheese, creamy, fennel, feta, vegetarian | posted in Vegetables
Canon 600D, ISO 400, 1/40 sec, f/4, 50mm
MUSHROOMS AGAIN? I know! I just posted a mushroom recipe two weeks ago. This is the same recipe. Except that it got fancier with the added walnuts and mint leaves and more pesto. The nuts made a lot of difference. Walnuts and mushrooms are like husband and wife. They are meant to be together.
7 Comments | tags: baking, cheese, feta, food, mint, mushroom recipe, mushrooms, parmesan, photography, portobello, sour cream, tomatoes, vegetarian, walnuts | posted in Vegetables
Canon G11, ISO 200, 1/30 sec, f/4.5
Canon 6OOD, ISO 400, 1/15 sec, f/4, 50mm
TWO TOFU RECIPES! Who likes tofu as much as I do? Like brussels sprouts, mushrooms and chicken livers (to name a few), you either love tofu or hate it. People who don’t like tofu don’t like its texture and its taste (or lack of it). But the trick is always in what you mix with it.
7 Comments | tags: appetizers, arnibal, bean curd, dessert, finger food, food, photography, pulutan, sago, side dish, snacks, taho, tapioca, tofu, vegetarian | posted in Desserts and pastries
Canon G11, ISO 400, 1/20 sec, f/5.6
IT’S ONE OF THOSE DAYS when an inspiration struck and you knew you just have to do it. Ahem, actually I was just cleaning out my fridge before stuff go beyond their expiration date.
10 Comments | tags: baking, cheese, feta, food, mushrooms, parmesan, photography, portobello, sour cream, tomatoes, vegetarian | posted in Vegetables
Canon G11, ISO 400, 1/50 sec, f/4.5
KAWAKAWA is my new best friend in the kitchen. After the discovery of this super plant in my garden, I have been experimenting with kawakawa. I mix it with anything I cook, bake or drink. I also challenged a fellow food blogger from the opposite side of the world (Seattle WA), lovely Seana of CottageGroveHouse.com, to a ‘cook-off’. Well, it’s not really a cook-off since we’re not competing at all. We wanted to present two dishes using the same main ingredient – PEAS, where she would use mint while I would use kawakawa.
7 Comments | tags: baking, caramelized onions, cottagegrovehouse, custard, food, kawakawa, pea, photography, vegetarian | posted in Vegetables
Canon 600D, ISO 3200, 1/400 sec, f/2.8, 24-70mm
“WABI-SABI is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly.” ~ Wabi-sabi: The Art of Imperfection.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese term that has no direct English translation. It is a concept, an ideal, a philosophy, an art. Try asking a Japanese about ‘wabi-sabi’ and they would know instantly what it is but would also tell you that it is difficult to explain. Not that I asked my Japanese friend Mari to explain what ‘wabi-sabi’ is (She knows it is about Japanese art, which is right too.) I asked her more about how to cook tempura the right way. But I’ll get to that later. This blog is, after all, a food photography blog.
I picked up the wabi-sabi wisdom from my pottery class instructor. I told her I wanted to make imperfect and odd-shaped props for food photography. She explained the concept of Wabi-sabi and that got me thinking about how it can also be applied to food, photography and everyday life. It is about appreciating things that are simple and unpretentious. It is about embracing happy accidents. It strikes a chord with me. My American boyfriend will agree. I want to learn more about wabi-sabi.
8 Comments | tags: food, photography, tempura, vegetarian, wabi sabi | posted in Vegetables