Rhubarb has a very interesting look and history. In most of the countries rhubarb is considered a vegetable, but in America is considered a fruit. It is mainly used in pies and other desserts. It is native to Siberia and spread through Europe and North America.
In Romania we use it as a fruit and vegetable. We make compote and pies but we use it also to sour the soup or the stew.
You can find rhubarb through the year. You can cultivated in the greenhouses or outdoors. From the rhubarb we use only the stalks because the leaves are extremely toxic.
Rhubarb is packed with minerals, vitamins and other nutrients to keep our bodies healthy.
- Rhubarb is low in calories and is recommended for weight loss. It also increases the rate that body burns fat.
- Due to the presence of dietary fiber, rhubarb increases the level of good cholesterol. Rhubarb poses no threat to cardiovascular health.
- Rhubarb is used to treat constipation and other digestive issues.
- The most important vitamin in Rhubarb is Vitamin K. Vitamin K prevents the oxidation of brain cells and stimulates cognitive activity. Vitamin K also stimulates bone growth and repair.
- Rhubarb is a good source of beta carotene and other compounds which protects the skin and the eyes from the effects of free radicals.
- Prevents oral and lung cancer.
- Stimulates the production of new red blood cells.
So, I am waiting for spring and for my rhubarb. We have a bush in the garden. I think I want to make some pies this year.
I wrote some posts about food photography on my blog, but they are not in the normal order. For a person who just starts learning is a little difficult to look for it, so I made a list with all the posts in the proper order. It will be easy to read them all or just the ones that you need.
We start with the basic ones some summary about food photography, tips and types. Then we go in details about white balance, depth of field, light, props, etc.
Learning about photography
- Learning photography
- Food photography tips for beginners
- Types of food photography/
- Make time for your food photography
For food photography you can use any camera you have or you like. In this post you will read about some of them and see if you like the one you use or you want to upgrade it.
In this 2 posts I am talking about the lens I use for food photography.
The importance of White balance in photography:
How to use in your advantage DOF – depth of field
Here are some settings for a dish with examples:
I can talk all day about props you use in your food photography, white or black background and the way they change the story in your photo. Here are some posts about it.
Here are some amazing photographers that inspire me all these years. Make a list of your own and keep it close.
I still have to learn a lot about retouching, but here are some of my examples that can help you at the begging.
As you will see in the photos, you can use different props for the same food. In my examples, I have a mushroom risotto and I use lots of props to make many different photos. This is the best exercise you can do to start learning about styling and props. Play around with everything you have.
Leave the same settings and just change the background or the props. I had natural light coming from the right side and I had a wooden background. I took a lot of photos from different angles and with different props. Later on, you can analyze them and learn.
Keep taking photos!
To get to be a good food stylist you need to be first a good cook. I am still working to be a good cook. Learning to style your food takes time, practice and lots of food. Paying attention to details is also an important asset for a food stylist.
The more time you spend to make your food attractive, the easier it gets to take the shot. Make more food than a plate so you have material to play with. Before starting to take photos get all the props on the table. Make a selection of pots, plates, cutlery, backgrounds or cloths you want to use in the photo. Maybe you will not use them all, but is good to have them near you. You can also stage some photos without the food.
Your food is the hero in the story. Every props you use need to participate in the story you want to tell. If you want vintage, everything must be vintage. If you want modern, everything goes modern.
In my story, my hero is mushrooms with cheese risotto. I used a brown rustic bowl on a wooden background because I wanted my story to be rustic.
First shot was only with the bowl and the cloth. I put some fresh parsley on top, to complement my dish. I have fresh parsley in the garden. If you by the herbs some hours before, keep them in a jar with water.
From there I build the second shot adding some ingredients from the recipe in the background: cheese and parsley. I used an old pepper grinder in the back and I put the parsley on a piece of wood. The focus is always on the bowl.
Keep taking photos!
Love, love, love… All we need is love in our life. Love for food, animals, nature, people, etc. Some are counting the hours till Valentine’s Day is here. This recipe will help anyone without ideas for breakfast or dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Made by you, this dessert will be a special gift for the person you love.
- 200 ml yogurt
- ½ banana
- 1 cup mulberries
- 1 cup oat flakes
- 2 tea spoon honey (optional)
Prepare the glasses for the dessert. I used whiskey glasses.
Start making layers with your ingredients in this order: oat flakes, yogurt, mulberries, yogurt, oat flakes, banana and mulberries. Add honey on top of the mulberries at the end. Serve immediately or keep it in the fridge.
You can make more or less layers, as you like it. You can also add other fruits.
We need food, quality food for a quality life. I love food. Don’t get me wrong, I am not eating till I pass out kind of love. Is more of a eating a delicious meal kind of love.
Eating good food in a healthy quantity is my philosophy.
I love trying new meals, new fruits or vegetables. Living in a small city in a small country, I discover almost every day new great things about food, and with internet and all the information out there, is so easy to educate yourself about it.
I always had this love for food, for the ingredients, for the cooking process and for the presentation.
George Bernard Show said “There is no sincerer love than love of food”.
I have food that I tried and I didn’t like it. I am teaching my son to taste the food and discover the love for it. Sometimes it takes time to appreciate a meal but sometimes you just fell in love with a meal.
I love food because brings family and friends together. We bond other a barbeque or a holiday dinner, or just a simple gathering.
I love food because we have so many choices: Chinese, Italian, Greek, Mexican, etc. Every day could be a different meal.
And most of all, I love food because I can cook it, I can make new recipes, I can improvise, I can make something special and unique, healthy for me and my family. Made with love, food will have a part of you and it will make you feel great.
So keep loving food!
We have just a few days till Valentine’s Day. So, February, the month celebrating love is here. In Romania we started celebrating Valentine’s Day just some years back, but in my country, we have in February a celebration of love day on 24th. So enjoy love all February and all year long.
This post is for men or women that don’t cook a lot or at all, but they want to do something special for their love ones. For some, Valentine’s Day is a challenge. Buying something nice, flowers, presents, something to prove their love, but when you don’t have a lot of money is difficult. My advice is go simple. You never cook or maybe just something simple like coffee, tea or toast. Don’t despair.
Try something easy. Start the morning with a beautiful surprise. Make her/him waffles the way you like it: gluten free, sugar free, eggs free or full sugar, gluten and eggs. If you don’t know how to make it just buy them. Use a cookie cutter in the shape of heart and make small hearts.
Use blueberries or other fruits. Add a coffee or tea and a flower. Yes, one flower. Bring the breakfast in bed and you won her/his heart early in the morning.
So easy! So simple! But, so beautiful!
Repeat this every day! 😉