Archive for October, 2012
With fall approaching and the weather being cooler some days, it makes me want to embrace autumn foods! I want to buy all the cans of pumpkin puree the store has, sweet potatoes, kale, etc. However, last time I was at HEB all the cans of pumpkin puree were gone, so I headed over to the produce to pick up a couple of sweet potatoes. I wound up making a pretty tasty sweet potato hash for breakfast.
How I made it:
Take 2 slices of bacon and cut up. Put in a hot, nonstick skillet and brown until cooked, but not crispy. Once cooked, drain onto a paper towel, leaving a little of the bacon grease in the skillet.
Peel 1 or 2 sweet potatoes (depending on how big they are) and cut into small chunks. Put the chunks in a bowl, microwave for 2 minutes, then stir, then for another minute or two to soften them a bit.
Slice up half of a yellow onion. Add a slight bit of olive oil to the skillet you have the bacon grease in, and then once it’s hot, add the onion and cook until translucent.
Add the sweet potatoes to the pan and stir every once in awhile to brown.
Add seasonings such as garlic, dried parsley, etc.
Once the potatoes are almost done to the consistency you’d like, add the bacon back in and cook and stir for a minute or two.
Salt and pepper to taste. Add bit of cheese on top if you’d like!
Midway through 2009, I found out that two of my photos were going to be in an issue of 7×7 magazine. This was the first time my photos were in an actual print publication. I was beyond excited. My photos! In print! Where people could see them! It was a first for me.
Since then, I’ve grown a lot as a photographer. I’ve taken photos for other magazines, restaurants, newspapers, and online publications.
And now, another first. A book. At the end of last year, and the beginning of this one, I spent a lot of time running around to different Austin restaurants photographing the delicious dishes that will appear in this book, the interiors, and sometimes the talented chefs. It was really a dream project. I hope my photos go along nicely with Crystal‘s eloquent writing. I can’t wait to see the finished book in person, but for now I’ll just be excited that it is listed on Amazon!
Once the book actually comes out March 5th, you can expect me to talk a lot more about it. But until then.. I’ll just go to the listing every few days and stare at it with anticipation.
I recently had the opportunity to work with the team over at Beetnik Foods on a few photoshoots for their site and promotional materials. Everyone on the team was fantastic to work with, and it is great to see the behind-the-scenes work that they put into delivering the best products possible out to their customers.
Here are a few of my favorite photos:
I had these packages of udon noodles in my fridge, and once Austin hit the cooler days of highs of only 82, it seemed like the time for some soup. I wasn’t even sure if I could make something decent from the ingredients around my kitchen, but I tried anyways, and wound up coming up with something pretty tasty.
Instructions below the photo.
I started off by cutting up half a white onion and sautéing it in a bit of olive oil I was heating in a pot. Once the onion got translucent, I added 2 minced cloves of garlic and cooked for maybe 30 seconds before adding 2 cups of chicken broth. I let that boil and then simmer for a bit. To that, I added a bit of cracked pepper, a dash of sesame oil, a few dashes of soy sauce, a tsp worth of hoisin sauce, and a bit of fish oil. Then, as I hard-boiled an egg on the stove, I added the noodles to the pot and cooked for several more minutes. Topped off with a bit of parsley from my garden and voila! Lunch.
One of my favorite things to eat and make are homemade waffles. In college, my friends used to make fun of me for whipping up a batch for dinner and just eating waffles topped with powdered sugar.
For these, I decided to skip the powdered sugar (too messy) and topped them with a bit of syrup and a pat of butter.
The Austin City Limits festival this year was filled with hot days, torrential downpours, great bands, lots of crowds, and food. I always get so excited about the food, especially because I find I work up an enormous appetite waiting for bands and walking around Zilker Park. There were so many things I wanted to have, but just never got around to. I wound up eating 3 lunches (1 for each day!) and then having snowcones.
You can’t take cameras with detachable lenses into ACL, so I would up just taking photos with my iphone. Here are some shots of the festival.. and the yummy food.
Yummy Chicken Banh Mi and Truffle Pomme Frites from Second Bar + Kitchen
Apparently rain makes people go crazy and just leave horse heads laying around
Steak Frit Sandwich from Between Your Buns. I left off the mayo.