SF Photography & Food Styling Workshop

SF Photography & Food Styling Workshop

Food photography and food styling are both things that I have generally figured out by myself so when I heard about a workshop being offered in San Francisco, I immediately jumped on it.

I do both professionally and personally so it's easy to get in a certain routine. I also really, really enjoy being in the comfort of my own home. In fact, I am reveling in the fact that I don't have to be anywhere right now. This all dwindled down to the thought that I should get out of my introvert comfort zone for a weekend and try something completely different.

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Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

Simple Roasted Shishito Peppers

Hello...just a quick pop in with a super easy summer recipe. 

I haven't posted in a while because I've either been traveling or clearing out all of the leftovers in my freezer because it's been too hot to cook. Also read, lazy. 

This also means that I have been neglecting the fact that all of this amazing summer produce is out and that I need to consume as much as possible before it disappears. Granted, I do live in sunny California where certain things are available year round but produce at its peak is the best. 

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Couscous Shakshuka

Couscous Shakshuka

Besides hiding from the heat, I've been doing a lot of cooking for one lately.

Cooking for one is one of those things that I don't remember how it feels like until I dive back into it for a while. It starts off with the excitement of trying something new and different. I'll peruse my bookshelf for new recipes to try or look up random ingredient combinations. I'm all about using up things in my freezer, fridge and pantry so if it includes that, extra bonus points! Then, it's a trip to the grocery store where I revel in the super high AC and talk myself out of buying too many things for one person to eat. These days, my weekends have been dedicated to cooking since it's nice to be able to heat things up during the week. Meal prep really does work! 

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Weekly Wander #12

On the last decently cool weekend of the Central Valley for a long while, I took a half bike ride and half walk to look at the corn field that I pass every day to and from work. 

Last year, this field was full of sunflowers but it makes sense that they rotate every year. It seems like these corn stalks just exploded! It wasn't too long ago that they were tiny seedlings so it's been pretty cool to watch them grow taller and taller. Even a few days later, they are still growing and producing corn. 

Even if it's not this corn, watching these stalks grow reminded me how much I am looking forward to getting my hands on some summer corn! The best deal is going to the farmer's market about 5 minutes before they close and getting ears and ears for super cheap. I'm thinking another corn chowder will be in the making soon. 

Although I came out for the corn, I got an even more amazing surprise with the dragonflies flying around! They were pretty hard to stalk because they fly around really fast and are easily startled but I was happy with these shots. There was another white and black variety but they were more elusive than these ones that stood still just long enough for me to be able to photograph.

The clouds were also amazing that day. And even more cool/surprising was the thunderstorm that happened the next day. It's pretty unusual for it to thunderstorm here in June so it was a pretty awesome treat to briefly return to spring/fall. 

Now to gear up for the week of 100ºF+...

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

"Cla-foo-tee"

Except I'm terrible at accents. But, if you want to watch a cool video about accents with Kate Winslet and Saorise Ronan, I found this fascinating because I feel the exact opposite of them where I would rather play myself than play the part of being someone else. 

So I will happily just be me in the kitchen but maybe that is the whole point?? Watch the video and you'll see what I mean. Or start at 20:16.

In the meantime, I received some cherries from my hapkido instructor, Master Rick, so I decided to take a stab at something I have always heard of but have never actually tasted before or made and having no clue if the end result is authentically correct. I will say this looks pretty damn ugly on the top and on the inside but it tastes really good. I found it to be a cross between a Dutch Baby Pancake or German Apple Pancake but with a custardy filling and of course packed with cherries. 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

So I think the pattern of this blog the past few posts has been cake, pie, bread-type thing, something nature-like and repeat. 

So here we are in the pie rotation.

Since strawberries are gloriously in season and rhubarb is also gloriously in season, I made a pie. To be honest, I'm not sure how much flavor the rhubarb added to this pie as the strawberries kind of overpowered it. But, the little bit that I did add probably helped reduce the water content since theses strawberries are JUICY.

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Lemon Passion Fruit Layer Cake

Lemon Passion Fruit Layer Cake

KBC is now two years old! Well, two years and a month because it's taken me a while to get to this celebratory post. 

And we'll also celebrate because I made a cake! And after making this cake, I'm not sure I'm really good at making cakes. But more on that later. 

I know last year, I said I was going to do all of these things like be better at blogging, share more and make my site the best it can be. I was ambitious about wanting to increase readership, tracking traffic and religiously posting and liking on Instagram. But lately, I am less likely to check stats and post on Instagram daily. I mean there is the daily check to make sure I had some readership and the leisurely scroll through Instagram but I think I got burned out from focusing on numbers and likes rather than the content and stories themselves. I had to let that go and accept that it was okay to not post on this blog every week and to not be obsessive about scrolling through my entire Instagram feed so I never missed a photo or get annoyed about losing followers. Okay, I will admit, getting below 1,000 again would be annoying. This year, I'm going to try to focus on posting things because I care about and like rather than wondering if this is going to be the next post that boosts my readership. 

I have found that things take time and sometimes not doing anything for a while and just letting the cogs and wheels turn is what is needed for both me and this site. 

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