Broccoli puree

Broccoli puree

Not all of us love broccoli. I am not a fan, but I need to eat broccoli because is very healthy. My little boy loves broccoli. So I prepare it for me with more spices so I can feel less of it taste. Here is a recipe for a broccoli puree which you can eat with bread or put in mini tarts as appetizer.

Ingredients:

- 1 big broccoli

- 2-3 cloves garlic

- salt

- fresh ground pepper

- ginger (depends on your taste)

- still water

Broccoli puree

Directions:

Place broccoli into steamer rack and steam over medium heat until the broccoli is very tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic and a little bit of water. Process until the broccoli is pureed and almost smooth. If you need more water just add during the process. You can use a blender too. When is done add salt, pepper and ginger. Enjoy!

You can add also potatoes to the mix to have even less broccoli.
Broccoli puree

Types of food photography

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There are three main types of food photography: Packaging, Advertising, and Editorial.

1. Packaging

Packaging tends to be the most technical, tedious, and anal-retentive type of food photography. Product packaging shots need to show whatever the subject is in the best possible light. The food should be as clear and should have as much detail as possible. Since the photograph is used on package of a product, it is important to show exactly what is in the box and nothing more. The color, the number of pieces and the product itself should be shown as realistically as possible. Lighting must be relatively flat to show maximum detail and there is definitely not room for special effects.  Most details of the shoot regarding cropping, propping, and backgrounds will be pre-determined.  Your input and creativity will be put on the back burner.  Most of the time at the shoot will be spent poking very small details and dropping images into layouts to see if everything fits just right.  Legal technicalities are carefully considered here and being aware of laws and legal issues is helpful. This kind of work is the toughest.

2.  Advertising

This type of photography is not just used for ads but also for menus, brochures and bill boards. Props, supporting objects can be used more generously and creatively. This type of food photography tends to be less tedious than packaging, but still can be quite restrictive because of layout parameters.  There is usually a layout, and everyone expects that the final photo to end up looking very close to the Artist’s illustration.   There is usually some room for taking advantage of unforeseen opportunities such as props or lighting special effects, but the end result must communicate the idea behind the photograph. There are some constraints here but not as many as in Packaging type Food Photography. In addition, not all the food in the shot needs to be real.  Since these photos can be used on bill boards and large ads in the magazine, the quality of photograph needs to be very high. This translates to high megapixel and high-end cameras.

3. Editorial

This is my favorite one and of most photographers. Food photographs for editorial are often more about cooking-related products than food itself, giving the stylist and photographer a lot of freedom. Editorial photography has broadly saying no limit to creativity and  the most important thing is “making a beautiful image”.  This kind of shot usually makes “lighting” the big issue of the photo.

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There are also the other types of food photography: recipes, restaurants, stock photography, video and television websites, blogs and eBooks.

4. Recipes

This is the most common form of food photography. The shots require an edible finished dish and should represent the best representation of the recipe. They are for magazines article, cookbook or website.

5. Restaurants

This shots tend to be for editorial purpose : feature in magazines, advertising or menus. In most of the shots the chef prepare the food and you don’t use a food stylist.

6. Stock photography

There is a good market for this type of food photography. Can provide a modest income.  You can use images which were not used for a commissioned shoot. Stock agencies are looking for images that follow popular trends, and they have a “which list” for their contributing photographers.

7. Video and television

This days, a photographer can use his DSLRs with all their lenses, to record short, HD video for all different kind of food subjects.

8. Websites, blogs and eBooks

This is very similar to editorial photography and in fact can be called as a subset of editorial type of food photography. Most of this photography is done at home without much pomp and show, by the amateur.  Is usually taken in natural light, is focused on the food  and attempts to make you “eat the food off the screen”. This days there is a new market for professionals for food blog photography.

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Summer dessert

summer dessert

First day of fall is here. But, for me, is still summer. So, summer delight dessert on the table in the morning, and is still feels like summer. Outside are 12 degrees Celsius in the morning , but in the middle of the day is 25 degrees. So…. love the weather, love the summer, love the sweet thing in the glass…

Ingredients:

- 100 ml home made yogurt

- 4 tablespoons gluten-free cereals

- 1 cup of blackberries

Directions:

Make layers in the glass with yogurt, cereals and at the end, blackberries. Leave it in the fridge till it served. Enjoy!

summer dessert

Blackberry smoothie

blackberry smoothie

I think you are tired of so many smoothie recipes, but, I am thinking about your health and energy so I have another one. We have in our garden blackberries. This is their time so we use them as much as we can fresh,organic and full with aroma.

Ingredients:

- 1 cup blackberries

- 1 peeled banana

- 1 cup water or soy milk

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses.

Nice and easy, this smoothie is great for breakfast or between meals. Enjoy!

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Honeydew melon smoothie

honeydew melon smoothie

This healthy smoothie makes a great quick breakfast or snack and is  full of healthy ingredients. Is lightly sweet and creamy with a very refreshing flavor, a perfect smoothie for those hot summer days!

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cups seeded and chopped honeydew melon

- 1 peeled banana

- 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or yogurt)

- 1/2 cup ice cubs

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses.

honeydew melon smoothie

Ginger bread

ginger bread

I know is not Christmas yet, but here is a recipe for ginger bread easy to make and for all seasons. I made it for my little boy and he loved it.

Ingredients:

- 6 eggs

- 300 g brown sugar

- 300 g black  wholegrain flour

- 4 tablespoons honey

- 1 glass oil

- 1 knife edge bicarbonate

- juice from 1 lemon

Directions:

Whisk the whites and add the sugar little by little. Add the yolks. In a bowl mix the honey with the bicarbonate, and then add it to the whites. Mix it very slow with the lemon juice , flour and at the end the oil.

Preheat oven at 160 degrees. Put the mix in a pan and leave it in the oven 20 -25 min or till is done. Enjoy!

 

ginger bread

Small wild berries cakes

wild berries cakes

 

In full wild berries season I prepared for my little boy small cakes with wild berries. All natural , all organic, my wild berries from my garden or our around forest are the best for this small cakes.

Ingredients:

- 5 eggs

- 3 tea cups olive oil

- 1 cup brown sugar

-1 and 1/2 cups flour

- 3 cups of wild berries (raspberry, mulberry)

Directions:

Preheat oven at 160 degrees.

In a bowl mix the yolks and the oil. Separate, in another bowl, whisk the whites and the sugar. In the yolks mix,  add slowly the sugar and white mix alternative with  the flour.

Put the mix in all the pan till half of the pan. Add your fruits on top. Bake it in the oven for 15- 20 min. Enjoy!

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Black cherry pie

cherry pie

It’s almost the end of cherries. So before you can’t find them at the market I will give you a recipe for pie without sugar. I am trying to cut the white sugar so I am looking for recipes without sugar or with brown sugar, honey or maple syrup.

You can change the cherries with other fruits. Just keep the rest of ingredients the same. Try sweet fruits : mango, peaches,bananas, pears etc.

Ingredients:

- 5 eggs

- 5 tablespoons white flour

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

- 500 g black cherries

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Directions:

Preheat oven at 160 degrees. Separate the eggs. In the whites, add a bit of salt and mix it with the mixer. In another bowl mix the yolks with a tablespoon of flour. Add the whites and the rest of the flour. Mix it easy and at the end add the oil. In a pan put the parchment paper add the mix and on top put the fruits. Put it in the oven for 15 – 20 mins. Enjoy!

cherry pie

Cold cream red lentils soup with turmeric

red lentils soup

I tried to do a red lentil dish. In the end, I got a soup which was so great that I decided to tell you about it. It’s better served cold. I tried it both was.

Ingredients:

- 100 g red lentils

- 2 tablespoons turmeric

- salt

- pepper

- juice from a lemon

- chia seeds for decoration

- 8 to 9 large cloves garlic, sliced thinly

- 2 table spoons olive oil

red lentils soup

Directions:

Boil the lentils till they are soft. When they are done rinse them and put in a bowl.Keep the water from the lentils. Add the garlic, turmeric, lemon juice  and olive oil. Mix everything with a blender. Add more water from lentils, salt and pepper as needed.

When is done leave it in the fridge for 1 or 2 hours. Serve it cold with chia seeds on top and bread crumbles. Enjoy!

Wild strawberries

wild strawberries

Fresh organic wild strawberries from my garden.

The wild strawberry originates from the whole of the Northern Hemisphere, excluding the tropical regions. The strawberry derives its name from the habit of placing straw under the plants to protect the strawberries.

Wild strawberries are a common native plant found growing in open fields, woodlands and even our yards.  Some people consider them to be nothing more than a weed. Yet, it’s so much more than that.

It can grow up to six inches tall. Wild Strawberries bloom from April to June. Many animals eat strawberry fruits.

Birds and other animals can help Wild Strawberry spread by pooping seeds out in new places. Wild strawberries produce one or more clusters of flowers. These blooms are followed by the familiar red strawberries. You may already have them growing somewhere on your property.

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wild strawberries

 

The herb represents a great remedy and its usage is situated somewhere between food and medicine, but it can also cause serious allergic reactions. The small yellow dots that cover the fruit (the herbs seeds) are the ones that give the herb its power.

Strawberry juice is recommended in treating liver disorders such as hepatitis, chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. It is best if the juice is consumed on an empty stomach, 3 cups a day. The juice stimulates liver activity and encourages the renewal of hepatic cells and tissue.

Benefits:

- Leaves and roots of wild strawberry are traditionally used as astringent to treat diarrhoea.

- The strawberry fruit is considered to have cooling, calming and diuretic properties. Strawberry fruits and leaves are used to treat urinary tract disorders.

- In vitro studies have shown that strawberry extract can reduce cell proliferation of breast cancer cells and colon cancer cells.

- Strawberry extract inhibits the formation of platelets, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.

Special attention must be directed at those who suffer form allergies, because in those cases it is best to consume small quantities of wild strawberries. The consumed quantity can be increased gradually only if there are no digestive, dermatological or respiratory problems.