Practicing Food Photography: Mushrooms & Garlic

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I wanted to experiment with some more food photography, so I had a little photo shoot using some mushrooms & garlic.

I used a 50mm 1.8 Nikon lens for this, and I’m very pleased with the result.

But of course I would like your feedback on this, which one do you think is the best?

Thanks! Angela

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3 year anniversary

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I logged in this week to find a notification from WordPress wishing me a happy  3rd anniversary, so thank you very much WordPress! 

Thanks to everybody who follows me, reads my posts and enjoys my photos!! 

Rhubarb gets a second chance ~ Rhubarb Soufflé

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It’s the time of the year that almost overnight rhubarb pops up everywhere; when I go to the market to buy my fruits & vegs, there they are; any food magazine HAS to have some rhubarb related topic and of course the food bloggers… I understand it, from all the fruits & veggies, rhubarb has by far the most extraordinary and beautiful color!

But for as long as I can remember, I have always disliked this veg. I still have visions from when I was six, and my mother had a big pan of Rhubarb on the stove and as a special treat, we had stewed Rhubarb for dessert.

“If you think it’s too sour, just add some extra sugar.” my mother said to me, and as I scooped in heaps of sugar, my sister ladled in her second bowl, she clearly could not get enough of it.

But 20+ years later, your taste changes and I cannot deny that I’m not attracted by the color of this vegs and the many recipes that flirt with me. So I had to give Rhubarb a second chance and I did it with this Rhubarb Soufflé recipe.

It’s a fairly easy recipe to make and although I’m happy how the photos turned out, I can conclude that I really don’t like rhubarb and so I called sis and she ate both soufflés.

But if you like rhubarb, here is what you need & need to do:

250 grams of rhubarb, in pieces of 3 cm

3 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of cornstarch

50 ml water

1 egg white

1 spoon of butter

Grease 2 small oven dishes with butter and  sugar them. In a big pan, heat the rhubarb in 50 ml of water and with the sugar on a low heat. Let it simmer for for about 15 mins. Pour the liquid in a cup and set aside.

push the rhubarb through a colander sieve. Set a small bit of the juice, to serve as a side.  To the rest of the juice add the cornstarch mix thoroughly and heat this. Then leave it to cool down.  

Whip the egg white until stiff then the rhubarb mixture and mix thoroughly. Scoop the mixture in the oven dishes, and bake for 15 minutes on 170 degrees.

Serve immediately ( to get the full soufflé effect) and with the some of the leftover rhubarb juice on the side. 

Enjoy!! 

Ps. here is a great link for Rhubarb lovers: Bangers&Mash makes a collections of rhubarb recipes 🙂

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Cooking with sis ~ Indonesian corn cookies

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*** update : visit this post at my moved blog : HERE ***

If you scroll through my blog, it’s clear that I have a love for food. This love definitely runs in the family, my sister is a sort of MacGyver, when it comes to cooking. I was amazed to see, one evening when me & my father turned up unannounced, she whipped up half a rice table in under half an hour and it was delicious! I have to admit that I’m pretty jealous when I see people, who make these things look so easy.

On several occasions my sister made these Indonesian corn cookies, which always makes me happy, they’re so yummy and because they’re bitesize they’re ideal for any occasion. Also these little they’re tasty either warm or cold, you can easily make these little snacks a day in advance.

So I invited her if she could teach me to make these, and honestly now that you know the recipe, you should make them too!

~ Here is what you need for about 20 little cookies:

1 egg 1 spring onion

2 cloves of garlic 1 can of sweetcorn

1 00 gram plain flower 1 teaspoon kurkuma – tumeric

1 teaspoon ketoembar – coriander powder

and vegetable oil to fry in

~ Mix all the ingredients in a bowl

Heat in a wok or a deep frying pan a layer of vegetable oil.

Take 2 spoon, use one to scoop some of the mixture, then use the second one to carefully drop the mixture in the oil. Be careful that the oil is not too hot, because it may spit.

Fry the cookies a couple of minutes on each side.

Serve with sweet chili sauce and ENJOY!

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one snowy morning in Elswout

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It seems that sometimes I need a winter-stop and although I have been busy with some other stuff, I easily postpone my blog.

But the best remedy to start up again is to just do it!!  So hereby, although today is the first “warm” day in Holland since…. FOREVER! is a series I made on one the the first snowy days in Holland, made in the Elswout in Haarlem.

Therefore I have the greatest admiration for all those, ( photo,- food,-) bloggers out there who daily or weekly manage to produce new stuff for their readers.

So I would like to know what do you do, to keep your blog updated  or do any tips for people like me who get stuck now and then!

Thanks & Enjoy!!

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snowy morning in Elswout By LosAngelas

snowy morning in Elswout By LosAngelas

snowy morning in Elswout By LosAngelas

How beautiful autumn can be

*** update : visit this post at my moved blog : HERE ***

About a 10 minute cycle from my house is this beautiful estate called the Orangerie, around the estate is a forrest called Elswout, which is so beautiful, it looks like your taking a stroll through a forrest out of Lord Of The Rings!

In the last couple of weeks we’ve had quite a couple of beautiful autumn days, on some of them we  went for walks through Elswout. On one day I went by myself to photograph this beautiful area, so I can share with you, how beautiful autumn can be.


Meet Cedric & Mushroom

It been a ridiculously long time, since the last time I posted something here. You know how it gets sometimes, you neglect your blog for a while, but the stories and the photos keep building up and before you know it your a couple of months later and you sit down on a sunday evening and just decide to start.

So, let me start and the part that has changed my life in the last couple of months. As you might have read here back in March, I had to part with my sweet friend Brandy after 16 years of companionship. Losing someone, even though if it’s your pet, is so hard and the weeks that followed you noticed how empty the house is when you come home, or when sitting on the couch at night while watching tv.

But then my cousin, told me that her boyfriends cousins cat (do you still follow?), was expecting kittens. Since it was still a couple of weeks, I still had time to think about it. But then on May 18th, I got a message that 6 kittens were born. 3 weeks later my boyfriend & I got in the car, “Just to have a look”….. hahaha!

Like who could ever go and have a look at kittens and then just leave…. So 15 minutes later Andy & I were both sitting with a tiny fur ball in our hands.

When I saw Mushroom I knew that she was meant to be in my life and Andy chose one of the ginger males, and called him Cedric.

Since the end of July Cedric & Mushroom have been living with us and every single day we’re having so much fun with them. So I think you can expect some (or a lot) of kitty photos now and then.