Sunday, July 12, 2009
So I've learned something very valuable in the last 2 weeks, and food bloggers will appreciate my hard-learned lesson.
What am I babbling about? Photography and timing are what I'm talking about...
I said at the end of my last post that I was making cake balls and potstickers for a work pot luck. And I absolutely promise that I made them, but lesson #1 was learned- NEVER plan to "finish the last batch" of something the morning of whatever it's for. I had one more batch of cake balls to dip and one more batch of potstickers to cook, and it was pretty late at night, so I said "Hey, I don't go to work till 11, I have time in the morning!"
The Hubs ended up going into to work late that morning because of health issues he was dealing with, causing me to be behind. So I ended up taking one batch of naked cake balls and fewer potstickers in to work.
Lesson #2 was learned at work... anyone who's ever had a cake ball knows how delicious they are. Considering my coworkers had never had cake balls before, they devoured them like the world was going to implode that night! So I wasn't able to get photos of anything that day.
This all leads into the Barefoot Bloggers first Thursday recipe, Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes. Like other bloggers I've seen, I also omitted the olives because I felt the brine flavour of the capers and the vinegar flavor was enough vinegar-y flavor and Hubs isn't a huge fan of olives. I was actually expecting him to really hate this because there wasn't any meat, it uses sun-dried tomatoes (which he tends to turn his nose up at), and the only cooking to it was cooking the pasta! My saving grace?
Instead of using a mix of simple pastas, I bought a pound of fresh four-cheese tortellini and tossed those in the "dressing". Heavens to Betsy was this delicious... I will absolutely be making it again. And even better is that the Hubs LOVED it! :-O I actually may try it with more dressing, simple pasta, and cut up cooked chicken breast for more of a meal next time.
But I digress... Once again, I was unable to get a picture of this lovely concoction, because my timing sucks. I made it after coming home from work, so there was no good lighting. I went to take a picture in the morning sun, and found the bowl empty! Mother-in-law and Hubs had taken all of it for their lunches! lol
Moral of the food blogger story: Time your recipes carefully, not only for the sake of completedness, but also for the sake of photographic integrity.
*slinks away sheepishly* I promise I will get more on the ball this month!