Lunch break with friends

This was a perfect lunch break. Gathering for an easy but tasty AND healthy meal with friends – a perfect combination. We had falafel sandwiches with loads of micro greens and it was pure joy to eat together. Take a look:

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We were happy enough that one of us brought the falafel and some pita with her, so we were ready to eat once all were here. And we had a lovely green smoothie as a starter from my neighbor above… So unfortunately you can’t see the falafel sandwiches, as I was to hungry to keep on taking pictures, but I am sure you can imagine how tasty this lunch was!

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Happy Friday and Homemade Crispbread

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.

CrispbreadMaking crispbread

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…

WaageBut 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 :-).

Mit MarmeldaTo 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!

crisp bread with jamIMG_0085It 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!

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Crispy, crispy crispbread – easy but so tasty. Perfect as a snack, for breakfast or as a little gift.
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Recipe type: Bread

Ingredients
  • 120 g whole grain flour (I used spelt)
  • 120 g oat flakes
  • 100 g sun flower seeds (peeled)
  • 50 g sesame (I only had black one , but you can use white one of course as well)
  • 2 Tb chia seeds
  • 50 g flax seeds
  • ¾ TS kosher salt
  • 2 Tb Olive oil
  • ½ l water

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven 170°C (circulating air)
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Put parchment paper on to baking sheets and add a bit of olive oil to grease the paper.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, than cut your bread in your deired shapes.
  6. Put it bake to the oven, lower the temperature to 130°C and bake for approx. 60 minutes, until crisp.
  7. Let cool completely on a rack and store in airtight containers

 

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Happy Friday and some garden impressions

It’s friday again!!! I can’t believe how time is rushing at the moment. But take a look at some impressions from our garden yesterday. We have beautiful days here in Munich, it’s warm and dry and the colors are amazing. I am always a bit wistful at the end of summer, but there was no reason for it the last days. I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend!HerbsternteHerbst RoseBorretsch

Happy Friday

AutumnWe 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:early morningwalking up the hillEngtalautumnfamily hikeEngtal. AustriaEngtalin the woodsautumnAfter 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!
River Isar, Bavarialittle handsRiver Isar, BavariaRiver Isar, Bavariabroken stonehand on stoneSo this was our happy friday, how was yours?

Energy breakfast

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!

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My favorite food styling tools

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!

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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 of compressed 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 :-)Messer

PinzetteTweezers 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“.

Apple or Potatoe1Half 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!

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Toothpicks and Paint 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!!

SalzCoarse 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!

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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.

 

 

 

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Apple Love

Take a look at our youngest: he is in apple heaven :-), eating straight from the tree. I was picking flowers for a shooting (I’ll show you some results the next days), when I found him eating his apple with indulgence… Maybe we should have named him Adam?

Schaut Euch unseren Jüngsten an: mit Genuss isst er einen Apfel – direkt vom Baum! Vielleicht hätten wir Ihn Adam nennen sollen?

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