The Inspired Plate – Food on Black – Monthly Food Photography Challenge

I came across a Halloween dessert online and thought it would be perfect to pop the orange on a black background! So alas here are my Halloween cupcakes.  I also have a confession to make…this was my first time EVER using a frosting bag with a tip. I’m not a huge baker, I prefer to make entree’s because I’m not huge into sweets but my husband is and he is forever grateful 😉

Now please go check out Tammy Bilodeau, Whitecourt AB photographer http://tbilodeauphotography.com/blog/food-photography/black/

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The Inspired Plate – Seafood two ways.

This month’s challenge was Seafood two ways; raw and cooked. Well this is a perfect challenge when you live in a coastal state and I had an idea immediately to work with Scallops. Then I saw their price tag: $14.99/lb! Now here me out, I would normally pay that if 1. I wasn’t cooking to feed a grown man who loves his seafood and my teenage godson and 2. this other idea didn’t come to mind when I came across Maine Mussels for only ONE DOLLAR PER POUND. I came up with a combination of a white wine, lemon and garlic dish. I added some tomatoes and parsley and it all came together so well!

The raw seafood I chose was a nice New England Lobster roll grilled on a buttered roll ( Mussels just aren’t that photogenic when they’re closed). Yes the Lobster is technically not raw because it’s cooked and then chilled but I’m sure the talented food photographers in our group will let this slide 😉 Please follow along and check out Tiffany Dahle http://www.peanutblossom.com/develop/2012/06/quick-and-spicy-shrimp.html

Greek Quesadillas

Ok so technically this does not fall into Mexican…as far as I’m concerned 😉 This was sooo good! A great alternative for a meatless dinner with fresh veggies. I must admit, I forgot the black olives. I love olives too, my husband didn’t mind though since he hates them! I’m known to forget an ingredient every time I make something and since we live across the street from a supermarket you would think that it would be easy to just pop over and pick up what I forgot but as I was already there TWICE today I said screw it. This dish was still amazing without the olives but I will make it again complete with every ingredient 🙂

enjoy!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

2 roasted vine ripe tomatoes

2 cups chopped baby spinach

1/3 chopped red onion

1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup feta cheese

1 small can of sliced black olives

olive oil

dried oregano

roasted red pepper

10″ whole wheat tortillas

Directions

Lightly brush one side of tortilla

turn tortilla over and place chopped spinach, red onion, roasted red pepper and roasted tomato and top with shredded cheese, feta and sprinkle oregano. Fold in half and place in frying pan on medium heat. cook until side has browned and turn over until cheese is melted (only a couple minutes each side should be enough). Viola!

I found this recipe here.

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Sausage & Pepper Salad

This meal speaks for itself…three ingredients: Spicy Sausage cooked in EVOO, Red and Yellow Peppers. That’s it! It was tasty 🙂 Oh the red wine in the background is something I need to rave about. I am not a red wine drinker, if at all I stick with whites but a friend brought this over a couple weekends ago and I went to three different liquor stores seeking it out. Flip Flop makes it and it’s called Headshrinker.  Lovely name right? It’s very sweet but that’s how I likes it and I love this sweet red.

 

 

Ranch Chicken Tacos…amazing!

If you haven’t guessed by the multiple posts of Mexican inspired plates here on the blog then you haven’t figured out that I’m crazy in love with Mexican food. I love it. I love it. I love it. I came upon this recipe and it caught my eye because of the Ranch dressing. I’m also a huge fan of Ranch dressing. We have a traditional meal in my family on the Portuguese side where we used to grill steak tips in my grandparents kitchen (they had an amazing built-in grill), load them up on soft rolls and smother with Ranch dressing. I’ll be posting on that once we get our new grill! We actually had them one night last year during the week after our wedding and it was such a nice touch to have family around and enjoy it. OK enough about that, I’m veering off course here!

Here is where you can find this great recipe, we had a ton of chicken left over that would be great to add to a salad. I didn’t have lettuce on hand so I just used tomato.

Dressing up Lo Mein

I looked up a basic Lo Mein recipe and added my own twist to it. I wanted to show the graduation of dressing it up, it was very flavorful (next time I would cut back on the soy sauce) and had a nice bite to it thanks to the crushed red pepper flakes. Recipe after the pretty pictures 🙂

Veggie Lo Mein

Ingredients

1/2 Cup low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp Canola oil

2 Tbsp Sesame oil

2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

2 Tbsp crushed red pepper

2 Tbsp Cilantro

1/2 Cucumber

1/4 cup shredded Carrots

1/2 cup steamed Broccoli

garnish with fresh Cilantro

Combine oils, vinegar, crushed pepper and cilantro and dress thin spaghetti, top with broccoli, carrots and cucumber. Toasted Sesame seeds were not on hand and I wish I bought some because they would have definitely added to the flavor. Enjoy!

 

Buffalo Chicken BLAT Wraps

I found this recipe from the Iowa Girl Eats blog and I’m so happy I did. See I have a love affair with anything buffalo and this healthy dish hits the spot. Not the typical BLT this also adds some Avacado…I urge you all to try this out if you’re also a buffalo flavor fan! You can find her recipe HERE.

Kielbasa breakfast skillet

I threw some of my favorite things together for breakfast this morning…Kielbasa, Potatoes and Eggs! Add a little salt, pepper and garlic and viola! Kielbasa reminds me of big Portuguese family cook outs with Kielbasa, corn on the cob, steamers, little necks and more!

Buttermilk Pancakes

Me and my husband have been craving Pancakes and well since Pancake Day was the other day, here are some delicious Buttermilk Pancakes I made for a quiet, relaxing Sunday morning. Oh and if you’re wondering what the heck is Pancake Day like I was, here’s an exerpt from Wikipedia ”

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Day, Mardi Gras, and Fat Tuesday) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is observed mainly in English speaking countries,[citation needed] especially Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States but is also observed in the Philippines and Germany. Shrove Tuesday is linked to Easter, so its date changes on an annual basis.

In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, the consumption of which was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.” Interesting stuff I say!