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.Β  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 πŸ˜‰

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

The Inspired Plate monthly food challenge-Textures

This month brings a challenge for sure…TEXTURES! I bought a couple texture packs from Jessica Drossin a couple years back so these came in very handy for this month’s challenge. While I don’t use them for my client portraits, I do like to play around with them for personal use. This month I chose something simple and something I didn’t have to cook. I drove to Panera Bread and bought some Broccoli Cheddar soup in a bread bowl along with their Frontega sandwich…viola! The sandwich was NOT put together very well, in fact I couldn’t tell if it was put together at all when I got home. It looked like 4 pieces of bread were thrown into a box with chopped chicken, tomato, etc…you get my drift (not photo worthy unfortunately). I envisioned warm tones, hearty soup and texture. Here is what I came up with as my final submission.

Now go check out Allison Jacobs, Orange County Photographer

http://www.allisonjacobsphotography.com/?p=2514

Greek Quesadillas

Ok so technically this does not fall into Mexican…as far as I’m concerned πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

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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Southwestern Bean & Beef Burger Wrap

Here we go again, back on a Mexican kick! This was pretty different…in a good way. I found the recipe off of Eating Well. I subscribe to e-mails for recipes and it really inspires me as a photographer and a cook.Β  Packed with refried beans, beef, avocado, cilantro, pepperjack cheese, romaine lettuce and topped off with a squeeze of a lime this dish was easy and quick to make.

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 πŸ™‚

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.

Banana Pancakes

If you know me then you know I love anything that has Banana’s as an ingredient. Because I have to be in theΒ  mood for pancakes, my husband was psyched to know I was making this for breakfast this morning. He loves anything that is sweet…someone needs to have a sweet tooth in the family right? He holds that in ours πŸ™‚ I loved these fluffy pancakes, they hit the spot but in hindsight I would have made them green! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

 

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast = TRUE LOVE.

I made this amazing breakfast recipe for my love the weekend before Valentine’s Day and boy were they beautiful to photograph, hearty and delicious! Next time I would make them a little thinner, they were so thick I could barely get one down! My husband loved them and what’s great about this recipe is you can substitute and change up the filling. Blueberries, bananas, cherries…oh I’m starting to get hungry again just thinking of the variations!