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/

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

Mexican Vegitarian Casserole

This dish was very simple to make and really only consisted of layers of goodness; quartered tortilla wraps, black beans, roasted red pepper, cheese, cumin, more cheese, corn and green enchilada sauce. I think we’ll be taking a break with the Mexican dishes as of late we’re getting pretty tired of the tortilla wraps. If you have some Mexican recipes to suggest that don’t require these I would love to hear them!

 

 

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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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!

Italian Sandwich

I thought I would try something different. I’m reading up on Food Styling and Food Photography and they talk about styling a sandwich and tricks no one would think that goes into styling such a “simple” dish like folding the meat (which I forgot to do), using toothpicks to keep tomato and pickle in place (forgot to do that as well) oh and I forgot the onion but only due to the fact that I did not have any in the house. Man is it tough to style a sandwich! I don’t really think my sandwich holds any enticing, thought provoking qualities but I wanted to post it anyway…maybe one day I can look back on this sandwich and think “wow I have come a long way” and show you a deliciously stacked cold cut sandwich! Until then…