Photo/Foodie Fun part 4

October 8, 2012

Well the photos are done.  I opted for the cookbook style shoot.  I’m happy with what I got.  I had some leftover dough, and veggies but couldn’t face another tart so I wrapped the dough around some rainbow trout instead.  First time with that.  Ugly as sin but delicious, definitely will do that one again.  But I digress.  Here are some beauty shots of the ingredients and the end product.  For everything in between check out my set on flickr.

I think the shears are bonsai scissors.

Roasted Veggies, crust and cheese. So simple and so tasty.


Foodie/Photo Fun Part 3

September 30, 2012

Just a short note:

Well the event went off splendidly, due to the organizer (thanks Ashley!), and all the participants. I was a bit panicked due to the time constraints and the realization that I may have bitten off more than I could chew. Thanks Reimar for all the great tips and helping me refocus. If you are looking to get into photography find a group of like minded folks in your area. Amazing!

I’m editing now. Pics in a day or so. My internet is a bit flinky at the mo so fingers crossed.


Foodie/Photo Fun Part 2: Prop Hunt

September 18, 2012

I kind of have a thing for props. I’m having a storage cabinet built to accommodate all of the crap I’ve collected for shoots. Yeah I know, sale soon. My favorite place for prop hunting is the Value Village thrift store. I got a new set of white plates, a ceramic fruit bowl, fruit stand, and kitchen utensils. They look like they might go in a French kitchen. Still looking for a wine glass and white bowls to show off the ingredients.

The hoard. This was truly filthy, but as you’ll see soon it cleaned up really nicely.


Upcoming Foodie/Photo Fun

September 18, 2012

Food & photography, what could be better!

1st Attempt at the Rustic Roasted Vegetable Tart

There will be about 10 of us cooking, shooting & then feasting.  Really looking forward to it.  The last one was really fun.  This time I’m going to make a vegetable tart.  Really simple, 4 veggies, crust and blue cheese.  Yum.  I haven’t decided how to approach the shot.  I think I’m going to shoot it like a cookbook with the ingredients laid out and puffs of flour everywhere.  I just hope I don’t end up with too much stuff to bring with me:

  1. tart dough made the night before
  2. eggplant, orange pepper, zucchini, patty pan squash, tomatoes
  3. blue cheese, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt & pepper
  4. rolling pin
  5. flour
  6. silpat
  7. cookie sheet
  8. egg
  9. mini pumpkins
  10. wine glass
  11. red wine
  12. white ingredient bowls
  13. white serving platter/plate
  14. white gourds
  15. white stands of variable heights
  16. lace
  17. old school kitchen utensils
  18. roller suitcase

A tale of two strippers

December 23, 2011

Hi!   The cold is on its way out.  So I’ve started stripping the paint off my 1960s bassinet.  First I tried an eco friendly low odor furniture stripper.  Sorry planet, this stuff is kind of useless.  The paint only began to bubble after 2 hours.  And then it only went through the topcoat with a lot of elbow grease. Sometimes harsh industrial chemicals are your friend.  Five minutes, right down to the metal.  More later.



December 15, 2011

Thrifting is fun. I know it’s hot now with the bad economy, but I’ve always been cheap. Something I got from my parents I guess. I just don’t understand how anyone can pay $1000 dollars for a coffee table it probably costs $100 to make. It’s like asking to have your pocket picked.

I’ve had a number of good finds lately but right now I’ll just highlight a few: my $5.00 vase and an old 1960’s hospital bassinet I intend to turn into a bar cart.

I got this Torre & Tagus vase from a Salvation Army store. $4.99. The lovely shape made it really stand out. It’s in great condition.

My other find was a stainless steel hospital bassinet made by the Imperial Surgical Company of Toronto. It came from St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario.  An antique market find for $200.00.  I found a similar one online selling for $495.  Not bad.
Bassinet to Barcart
I want to clean up all the paint and rust and then paint the inside turquoise or sky blue, maybe put tin tiles on the back wall on the inside. Since the paint might contain lead I’ll use chemical paint removers rather than sanding.
Bassinet to Barcart

Bassinet to Barcart

The sliding top drawer will be great for holding glasses & serving. There’s also a chart holder (unshown) which will be be good for holding bar tools.
Bassinet to Barcart
I intend to keep this 23.

I have a horrible cold stopping me from jumping on this project, but as soon as its done, I’m ready to dive in.


Garbage – Pick up your own @*#$%!

July 17, 2009

Toronto is in the midst of a outdoor city worker’s strike.  Translation, no garbage collection.  There’s other services affected, but I’d like to focus on the garbage issue for a moment, and how we as consumers might want to rethink our own contribution to the unsightly nature of our streets.

For regular street garbage I find what’s thrown out just as interesting as where it’s thrown out.  It’s all drink containers, plastic dome cups and straws.  I  just had no idea how much crap we dispose of everyday until it was literally piled up at my feet.  (Pictures soon).

A 5 cent charge for plastic cups might not be a bad idea.  It’s a good reminder.  In Toronto we now have a 5 cent charge for each plastic shopping bag.  It’s not enough to break the bank but just enough to inspire memory.  I wonder if a modified version of this program could be done for drink containers.  Either there could be a deposit or surcharge; just enough to make people remember to bring their reusables from home.  I have to confess that I myself am very inconsistent with my reusable coffee cup.

It would be nice if people treated the city streets with the same reverence they reserve for the forrest:  leave nothing behind but footprints.  Take your crap with you when you go, don’t leave it for someone else to deal with.  After all the environment is right here, not somewhere down the highway.  Sure we are mad at the strikers for making the city look like a tip (Brit speak for dump).  But we are reponsible too.  No one is forcing us to pile up crap on the street and any available flat surface.  Just a thought.