Well, I’ve spent the last week or so reading up further on different food photography philosophies and techniques, hence the gloomy dark backdrop, but yowza, finding a spot in the house where there’s light is a pain. At the moment I’m using Gastby’s window by the front door and his cat sitting post as a prop for my foam reflector. Poor lamb! It’s rather amazing when one thinks about the different techniques and moods one can create – for example apparently having steam in a photo is a pain – I tried it yesterday and it was rather an epic fail. Nevertheless, let me share something that, at least taste-wise, is not an epic fail:
No-bake fig and prune nut bars (serves 8)
AKA my afternoon tea-time snack
- 6 dried figs (or roughly 1/2 cup) – cut off the woody stems!
- 1/2 cup pitless prunes
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1 TBSP diced and crystallized ginger pieces
- 1 TBSP goji berries
- 1 tsp cacao
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- Some orange zest
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Throw everything into a food processor except the goji berries – blitz till the mixture comes together and you can pinch it with your fingers.
- Add in the goji and pulse once or twice, til just mixed.
- wrap up in cling film or wax paper and let it rest in the fridge for 1/2 an hour.
- Slice into 8 pieces!
- I freeze mine because I like the icy bite and so that they can last forever (or as long as it takes before Man-thing discovers them and they disappear into his black-hole stomach).
In fact, I made some other bars that I had wanted to show off, but they’re pretty much crumbs…a day or two later.
Ok, ok, I’m done spamming with these bars, but they are that good that I can’t help myself! Seriously, delicious snackage ready pretty much immediately? Oh yes! I usually eat 6 almonds or so after work anyway, so this is a thousand times more decadent. Yum! Of course, it’s not all sweetness and nutty goodness.
Come rain or shine, there’s always half a cup of heated soy milk with cinnamon and some dried tomatoes. Looovee the combo! 😀
Anyway, with my two weeks of leave I have been having hectic insomnia over food. No jokes. With my to-do list of things to make and bake increasing on a daily basis, my existential crisis is in what order to make everything! So I’ve decided to take it slow and work my way up to the more magical, challenging items, and instead focus on comforting munchies. Sure, it’s a non-stop heatwave here in SA, but I don’t mind putting on a fan just to enjoy something warm and tasty. Oh, the sacrifices! :p