Happy Friday all together! I never was a huge fan of erica, but when I crossed this flower pot yesterday, I had to buy it. The colors are so vibrant and as it was a rainy and dark day yesterday I appreciated this little color boost! In the mountains the first snow is falling. So I decided we need to make our home cozy for these long dark winter afternoons and nights. I did a little tea light holder, to get some autumn decoration into our apartment. It is a made quickly, just take a little glas and put a elastic strap around it. Cut some erica branches and stick them to the elastic strap like in the second picture below. When you have completed the circle, put some very thin flower wire around the erica. That makes the elastic strap needless and you can cut it away. That’s all just light a tea light candle and enjoy your work!
Erica is also predestinated to make little chaplets, crones or bracelets. It is so easy, just take a thin ribbon and add the erica branches with the thin flower wire to it. You decide how thick and how large your chaplet will be. You can make big ones for your house door or tiny little ones to top a present. I thought how lovely it would be to make myself a fresh flower braceletevery day? I mean, not that there is time for it, but wouldn’t it be great? To treat yourself with just 5-10 little flowers and meditate while doing your bracelet of the day. Maybe one day, when the garden is right in front of my door and when the kids are out of the house! Have a happy friday and a wonderful weekend everyone!
This was a perfect lunch break. Gathering for an easy but tasty AND healthy meal with friends – a perfect combination. We had falafel sandwich with loads of micro greens and it was pure joy to eat together. I had a stroll with my youngest to the market to get all the lush and lovely greens. I don’t know, but I find it really hard to stop myself from buying almost everything, once I am at the market. In Munich, we have the famous “Viktualienmarkt”, quiet a special place. It is beautiful, like you can walk around and just indulge all the food and flowers. But it is as well a little microcosmos with it’s own rules! Never, ever try to serve yourself, no way! Take some time and go with the flow, that’s the way you need to behave at this place. Otherwise, you might end up always the last to be served.
But I wanted to talk about lunch: especially about juicy, greenish falafel sandwiches! Take a look:
We were happy enough that one of us brought the falafel and some pita with her, so we were ready to build our falafel sandwiches once all were here. You can find tons of recipes in the internet to make them fresh, or you can use a ready steady go falafel mix, that you get at your local organic food retailer. just add water, let sit for a couple of minutes and start baking them. Sometimes there is just not enough time to start from the scratch, although it is always preferable… We had a lovely green smoothie as a starter from my neighbor above… Very satisfying!
I got some homemade crispbread from my godmother (who is norwegian) a couple of weeks ago. We haven’t seen each other for a long time and it was so much fun to spend some time together (although I would say it was way to short). I know in Scandinavia, crispbread is a big thing and there a tons of recipes out there. We really, really loved the one we got as a present and when it was finally over, I couldn’t wait to get the original recipe from my godmother. I just had a look into my kitchen and took what I got. And it turned out really good. It is fun to do with kids, because they can measure and mix the ingredients together so easily.
And now take a look at this old pair of scales I got from a dear friend of the family! Isn’t this a beautiful one? For the last decades it was hidden in a barn, you can still see the dust! I guess there are many stores behind and I would love to hear them…
But coming back to the crisp bread. You can take my recipe as an inspiration and then play with all you like to have in a bite of your very own crispbread! I can only encourage you to play around a bit, the only really important thing is, that you absolutely need to cut the bread into pieces after 10 minutes of baking! Otherwise you’ll have a HUGE crisp bread :-).
To serve there are millions of variations… Sweet or savory, there are no limits. I had mine with some soy crème fraîche (wich was surprisingly good) and some blackberry jam. Mhh, so yummy, I can only recommend it. Honey or agave syrup are great with it, but I can see it as well with some salmon and fresh herbs… cheese…. there are to many options popping up!
It is also a lovely gift. at least I was so pleased when I got it. You can store it in airtight container for up to 2 weeks, but I bet it won’t last as long! My kids love to eat them like crisps, without anything… So, now I have given you something to try on this happy friday and to enjoy on a hopefully lovely weekend!
It’s friday again!!! I can’t believe how time is rushing at the moment. But take a look at some garden impressions yesterday. We have beautiful days here in Munich, it’s warm and dry and the colors are amazing. The orange is boosting on every corner and there are still leaves on the trees. It won’t be long and the first autumn storm will bring the wind to blow them all away. I am always a bit wistful at the end of summer, but there was no reason for it the last days We were able to harvest the last raspberries and even some potatoes. Our kids love the search for them, it is each year like they are searching for real treasures! So sweet. I love that they can see how vegetables and fruits are growing. I was able to pick some last flowers, I will miss them during winter time. Each time I leave the garden, I need to take at least a tiny bouquet with me ( so often my hubby is rolling his eyes, when the kids are ready to leave ( after calling them 14374385628 times that they should get ready to jump on their bikes) and then I need to pick some flowers! But hey, I need my personal garden impressions at home, and I love them to be fresh and colorful, so I NEED FLOWERS… I hope you all enjoy a happy friday and a wonderful weekend!
We took advantage of the German national holiday and left the city to do our traditional autumn family hike. Since a couple of years, we were lucky to pick a perfect autumn day to go to this specific walk. The colors are boosting right now, the air was fresh and crisp in the morning, and warm during the day. Each year we realize how much our boys have grown again. The little one is not longer a baby, he wanted to walk on his own once in a while. But for sure he enjoyed being carried on his dads shoulders as well. Take a look at this perfect autumn hike:After the hike we decided to stay out of town a bit longer. As we live one block away from the famous Oktoberfest, we get tired after two weeks of grilled chicken and beer smell, so we enjoy the fresh air even more. Luckily we could stay at our friends house which is only a 5 minutes stroll down to the river Isar, we ended our day by throwing stones into the river… In these moments I really wish we could live out here! So this was our happy friday, how was yours?
What a rainy morning here in Munich! It is cold and wet and I have to admit it was tough to leave my cozy warm bed. But happy me, I had my favorite breakfast today! It is end of season for the berries, but I can still find some in our garden!! Served with popped amaranth, some soyghurt and a couple of pistachios it makes the perfect energy breakfast! To sweeten it a bit I used agave syrup.Try it out! It is easy to make, gluten free, vegan, healthy – all the attributes needed for a fancy breakfast at the moment, right? I try to eat less dairy products these days, to see if I can feel any impact. I don’t mind to substitute yoghurt with soyghurt or milk with oat milk for breakfast. But what i really do miss is my milk coffee!! There is nothing comparable to it… and cheese. So I really want to work on some interesting bread spreads the next couple of weeks. I let you one, if there are any news. But for now, I will indulge my energy breakfast, try it out and let me know if you like it as much as I do!
Ok, today I want to share a little behind the scene story. That is one thing I am always curious about, I just love to read and see how other people work. What is their favorite setting, what are their favorite tools… I learned a lot over the years, reading those shared informations and I want to give back a little. I guess it is nothing new, but everyone works a bit different and maybe you’ll take one idea out of this article – I would be happy about this!
So let’s have a look what I ALWAYS want to have close to me, while shooting food! My favorite food styling tools:
Windex and Q-tips: they can be a life saver. You want to have them around on every set, not only with food I guess (maybe not while shooting portraits…). But shooting food and interior always comes along with dishes and glasses or windows and you don’t want to see any fingerprints or any dust on them. I also always have a roll of Paper Towels right next to the set and in the kitchen – it is really handy. Q-tips can save you a lot of time. Imagine your whole set is prepared, light is fine and you fill your soup into the bowl and ups, one little drop goes the wrong way and ends up on the edge of your bowl. Instead of cleaning the whole bowl, a q-tip with some windex will let the drop easily disappear. But be aware, sometimes if there is no way to clean it this way, you have to go the long way and start over… Or you are a Photoshop lover and spend some more time editing the drop out…
A can ofcompressed air can also save you hours. Every time you work with dusty ingredients like flour, salt, crushed pepper, dusted sugar… you’ll have kind of a mess on your background, or sometimes it is just to much and you want to get rid of it. Instead of taking all the props away to clean the background, you can spray it away. It is a little bit like magic! Like this you don’t have the chance to rub anything into your surface, it is just a very easy way to clean up :-). Please make sure to follow the manufacture’s instructions on how to use and store it.
Good knifes are fun to work with. For me they are even essential tools, I carry them with me to every set. I don’t think you need a whole bunch (even though it is great to have special knifes for special needs), but I suggest you get two or three high quality knifes – and you are set. Just try out which knife feels good in your hand and which one you use most of the time. The more confidence you have while cutting something fragile, the easier it gets. My favorite knifes are the japanese one you can see above, the universal one in the middle (perfekt to cut tomatoes) and I like to have a bread knife with me as well… To have a clean cut can be tricky and here, a set of really sharp knives will be extremely helpful! Make sure to sharpen them once in a while. If you don’t have the equipment to do it at home, ask the butcher of your trust :-)
Tweezers are another must have while styling food. They’ll help you to get pieces of food exactly where you want them, you can nestle in different parts of food ( for example, let’s say you want to shoot a cherry cake – unfortunately my time was to limited, I would have loved to bake one to show you what I mean and to eat a little piece right now…). You cut out a piece and place it on your dish and everything looks great except that you are missing a tiny piece of these juicy cherries in the left corner of your cake piece! Well you can start and try to find a better piece ( and this is often a good option), but if you end up with nothing better you can make a tiny whole into the cake and fill it with a tiny piece of a cherry. Can you see what I mean? And for this I can promise you, a tweezer is great! There even is a great blog, called “Running with tweezers“.
Half an apple or some mashed potatoes (instant), are great fillers. You just have to decide which one you like more. For me it is a clear decision. Most of the time I go with the mashed potatoes, but this is really a personal choice. They both have advantages and disadvantages. Take a look at the images below: if you have dry food, like nuts, or granola, or even let’s say a bowl of rice and you want to get this “tower” shape, then the apple is brilliant. You can build your food around it and your food will gain interest… But if you want to shoot for example a nice bowl of soup and want to show some croutons on top, or like in the picture below maybe some yoghurt with fruits, then you need a flat base! Take the instant mashed potato flakes and add as little water as needed to get a compound. Like this it is not a messy thing at all, use your fingers to mix it together and then make a nice fundament for the pieces you want to show. Cover the mashed potatoes with a little bit of soup and decorate as you desire!
Toothpicks andPaint brushes, are great helpers. You’ll need toothpicks to hold things together. Like in a sandwich or burger you can pin the ingredients and even the bread together, so that every piece stays where it should stay. And brushes are alway handy to push this tiny little piece of pepper one mm more to the left or right… just make sure to use really high quality brushes, You don’t want them to lose a single hair on your set!!
Coarse Salt, Peppercorns, Colored Salt always travel with me, because sometimes they can make the difference. Coarsed salt or even colored salt like this is so much more interesting then normal salt (which by the way you can hardly see on food…). Often it is nice to add a tiny bowl with salt to your arrangement, it makes it more lively. I add some crushed peppercorns to almost every savory dish. Just make sure to not “over crush” it. You want to see these little pieces!
Fresh Herbs, I guess I don’t have to explain it, but sometimes I am still surprised how much of a difference they make. Fresh greens are always a winner!!! So maybe you can get some nice plants on the farmers market or in a nursery and keep them on your kitchen window bench. Again, alway check them before you use them. There a nasty little flies, who can appear overnight and leave eggs under the leaves of your herbs. Nothing you want to see in your macro!
Seperating Spray for baking is something I don’t use really often. I want to have my food as natural as possible (and my whole family wants to eat it after the shootings). But it can kick in very handy, when you are just preparing a plate of pasta, a salad or some meat and are disturbed. For me having my 1 1/2 year old little one around me most of the time (when shooting for myself at home of course :-)), this happens once in a while. The nonstick cooking spray can “re-animate” your food. It gives back a little shine so the foods instantly looks juicier and it can catch the light a little bit better.
So that’s it for today. This post was on my “want to write a post about it” list since I started this blog and today my lovely instructor Christina was saying a sentence that stuck with me right away: “I prefer action to perfection!” How great is this.