Erica Lea on Feb 4th 2013
Hello all! Can you believe that February is already well on its way? Also, it’s only 10 days until my due date. I’m so ready for this kid to arrive!
Here are some things that have brought me joy over the past few weeks.
My first attempt at a splash photo. It made a huge mess.
Grapefruit + Avocado salad (spring greens, grapefruit, avocado, sea salt + fresh ground pepper, and a grapefruit juice vinaigrette). See the completed salad HERE.
My sister, Amanda, got engaged. I had the fun of taking the engagement photos. See more HERE.
Reuben surprised me with flowers one evening.
On days when the weather will permit, it’s been fun to take leisurely walks through the woods.
Meyer Lemons. Something new-to-me. So far I’ve made creme brulee with them, but I also want to try my hand at lemon curd.
Honey on fresh baked bread (with butter, of course). Is there anything better?
Hope you all are having a smashing 2013 so far. What has brought you joy lately?
Erica Lea on Jan 14th 2013
I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve really been into salads. In fact, I’ve had one nearly every day for past week. All of the nutritious ingredients that I pile into my bowl make me happy, knowing that I’m doing my body (and my baby’s) good.
Often times I fall into a rut with my salads: Stuff greens into bowl. Add cheese, nuts and dressing. Repeat with exact same ingredients every day. But I’ve been attempting to be more creative and try new combinations. Here are a couple that I’ve been enjoying:
Mixed greens with clementines, avocado, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fresh ground pepper and coarse sea salt.
Another lovely combo: mixed greens with cheese, pepitas, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Simple but satisfying.
I also tried an apple/gruyere combination. Very good.
Also, these Smashed Potatoes with Parmesan Gremolata are AMAZING. Get the recipe over on the Good Life Eats blog here, and make them tonight!
What are your favorite salads? I need some inspiration!
Hope ya’ll have a happy Monday!
Erica Lea on Aug 10th 2012
Hey everyone! This awesome, tasty salad is over on the Tasty Kitchen Blog - check it out!
And my apologies for my bad grammar.
Have a lovely weekend!
Erica Lea on Nov 15th 2011
Today for lunch I had a salad of organic baby greens and radicchio topped with cheddar cheese, pomegranate seeds, and honey french & blue cheese dressings. Absolutely delicious.
Recently I acquired a few things that make food photography a pleasure: A new tripod, a couple sheets of card stock (one black and one white), and white foam board. I’ve been having fun experimenting with them. The card stock I use as backdrops, and the foam board for a reflector.
Here I demonstrate different reflectors. All photos were taken with the exact same exposure settings. The only thing that’s different is the reflector used. All photos SOOC (straight out of camera).
1. No reflector | 2. White foam board | 3. Silver reflector | 4. Gold reflector
I ended up using #2 for the final shot.
Now for the Giveaway Winners!
Commenter #33: Michele, who said: “I baked whole wheat buttermilk biscuits!”
Commenter #158 garysgirl, who said: “The last thing I baked was some delicious bread.”
Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway!
Please share what you had for lunch today in the comments!
Erica Lea on Nov 9th 2011
What I do for you guys.
Yesterday, I was out shopping at lunch time. I was pretty sure this would be the case, so I made sure to bring along my big ‘ol DSLR. I felt just a little silly bringing my boxy camera bag into the restaurant, but I wanted to share my lunch with ya’ll.
Know what? Photography in a restaurant is pretty difficult and a bit embarrassing. First, in a crowded restaurant, you have to move around until you find a table with good light. Then, you have to furtively take out your huge camera and pretend to casually take photos of your food. Everything within you cries out as you want to bend over your food, finding the best angle. But everyone around you would think you were crazy.
What I do for you guys.
Here’s what I had: Crostini (toasted baguette) with a cheese spread, topped with bacon and scallions, and a side salad (one of the best salads I’ve ever had at a restaurant). It was excellent.
What did you have for lunch today?