Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orange Pound Cake


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#OrangePoundCake #HolidayCake #ThanksGivingDessert #CAke #FruitCAke #SimiJoisPhotography

Last weekend my teen baked an orange cake for us. I just love citrus, I have to have either an orange or grapefruit every single day and I am serious when I say everyday, I can finish a whole crate of oranges in a week and still want more. Well, you get the point. When teen asked me, if she could use 4 oranges, I was not sure If I would love the cake as much as I love the fruits that goes in it. But frankly did not want to disappoint her so agreed and played along. Am I glad I did, because this cake is the cake of the year, I just love it, it is SUPER MOIST.  Don’t go by the photographs, as I could hardly do justice to it. It was hard for me to keep my hands on the camera, all I wanted to do was eat this thing. It is a great recipe for the holidays. I am going to be baking this for Thanksgiving. It’s a no fuss recipe and you can make it ahead of time, stays very moist.

Since am literally running between ten things here today, I am going to stop writing and go straight to the recipe. But first I must thank Anjana from ‘Happy and Harried’ for the recipe.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOLIDAY LINKZ PARTY

We are back with another week of the holiday Linkz party. Thank you so much for all the links and amazing response. Absolutely loved pinning every single recipe. I hope you are joining us this week too.
Stay warm and stay happy :))

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Great holiday recipes from now through Christmas from the best and most popular bloggers on the net!


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Poached pears with mango sauce

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I love to have fruits in my desserts,  it not only adds flavor and color, but you can also enjoy it with a little less guilt. There are endless possibilities of cakes, pies, tarts, poached, ice creams, sorbets, custards and list is endless. I almost panic when I run out of fruits at home, husband and teen don’t get the urgency of refilling the fruit bowl…. it’s a sign of a poorly stocked kitchen. That’s a huge one for me, I am so proud of my kitchen stocking abilities and hate to have it threatened even in my own mind. :)

Poached pears is a great breakfast idea for the holidays, goes so well with french toast.  Hot french toast with poached pears and vanilla ice-cream. ahhhh…..this is life. When I posted the first image on Facebook, one of my friend commented “calories for the soul “ I love the phrase. Thanks Rumki for your beautiful words, I have added that as text on the last image, hope you like it.

I forgot to mention it in my last blogpost, I now have a portfolio site, to showcase my work. It’s a work in progress, any suggestions are welcome. I still have to write an ‘about me’…..postponed that forever, I really don’t know what to write. I hope I come up with something.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

365 days of photography : October, 2014 : Food Photography Resources.

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This month I have done a collection of color and b&w. Colors of fall, be it the vibrant leaves or the painted skies….fall is the most scenic season of all. It last for a very short time but it is  spectacular. The B&W images are from a Facebook challenge, we had to post five black and white images for five days. So, shared it on 365 as well. 

I often get asked about sources to learn food photography, photography is a two fold learning process.


Visual learning, where you 'study' images that inspire you. Just looking at them will do little or nothing, you need to ask some questions. 



1- why does this image catch my attention,  what do I like in it, what emotions does it evoke.

2- what's the light source, read the shadows
3-what's the color pallet, how does the prop support the colors and mood
4- read the angle, ponder why it was picked
5- study the frame


Once you form a habit of looking at the image and asking some basic questions, you will start doing this subconsciously.


How does studying an image help you ? You will know why an image is appealing, how the angle, frame and colors add to the final story. Try it.


How do you find  food images, go to Pinterest and explore. I have created a lot of boards on Pinterest to help me learn. You guys are free to repin. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and have learnt a lot there, 
Reading/studying : Reading about photography, understanding the technical aspect. Understand all the settings of your camera, don't be afraid to use manual setting. Read the manual. Read about photography in general, these are a few sites that taught me a lot. Since am not as smart as a lot of you, I need to write things down, so I have a diary where I write down everything I learn about photography



Learn food photography - Neel : one of the best resources online for food photography. There is soo much to learn there, Neel has done a lot of work and trust me it’s a huge database of knowledge. Do not forget to subscribe to his podcast. Neel has helped me a lot to learn, I owe a lot to him. 


Drizzle and Drip : 10 tips for food photography and styling

Gourmet in the kitchen : Moody tutorial 


Cookie + Kate : Food photography for bloggers

Fstoppers : tons of tutorials

MDR photography classes : How to take photographs in a restaurant 

Dessert for Breakfast : How to shoot a cake

Great book to haven your book shelf : HELENE DUJARDIN - PLATE TO PIXEL


I also subscribe to lots of  food photography magazines. Donna Hay being my favorite. Photography weekly is a good magazine to keep you unto date. 

If you ask me that is a lot of resources, a lot of reading and join creative live, lots of classes for free. The ones that I recommend to buy, I have them and often go back to it.  


I do have other classes from Andrew on Craftsy. So That is another place to check out. Always great stuff on sale. 

The most important of them all, your camera manual. That’s your photography Bible. So these were some study material, some are free and some at a reasonable price. I hope this helps. 
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

HOLIDAY LINKZ PARTY

We are back with another week of the holiday Linkz party. Thank you so much for all the links and amazing response. Absolutely loved pinning every single recipe. I hope you are joining us this week too.
Stay warm and stay happy :))

Happy Holidays Link Party | bakeatmidnite.com | #linkparty #recipes #DIY
Great holiday recipes from now through Christmas from the best and most popular bloggers on the net!


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