The Definite Food Photography Gift Guide

Need to brush up on your Food Photography skills and equipment? This Food Photography Gift Guide will cover everything you need to get started if you have been bitten by the food photography bug.

It’s early December and I am already going to tell you my 2017 blog resolutions. If I don’t write it down I tend to let things slide. This way you can hold me accountable for my slacking tendencies. 2016 was a huge year for me blog wise because I rebranded my blog name completely. It was a big ordeal and then I jumped ship for the rest of the year. Bad Evelyne! Let’s get back on track, shall we? 1) I really need to change my theme to a better and quicker one. 2) I want to pick one social media platform and abuse it to the fullest positive capacity. 3) And I have been putting of my food photo skills for too long. That is where I got the idea to prepare this Food Photography Gift Guide for you just in time for the holidays!

P.S. Post has already been updated a few times with amazing suggestions from you amazing readers and social media fans. Keep sending me your ideas if you think something should be added to the list!

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La Cure Gourmande: Get your Sweet on

The heavenly shop of confections and sweets, known as La Cure Gourmande, is celebrating the 1st anniversary of its Montreal location!

La Cure Gourmande is known for its savoury and sweet artisanal biscuits, but you will also find here traditional Berlandises (sweets made with fruit pulp), Choupettes (lollipops), chocolates, caramels, calissons, nougat flavoured with strawberry paste or candied orange peel, and chocolate olives (chocolate-covered roasted almonds), madeleines and cakes.

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Great book gift ideas

Still looking for a few great gift ideas for the chef or foodie in your life? I have a few excellent suggestions for you today. This is a very varied mix of books touching on recipes, travel, health and treasures to be found in the pantry.

I have been enjoying every moment spent leafing through these books, testing their theories, trying out recipe and planning a few future seasoning purchases. I am including the main description of the books and a “my-2-cents” paragraph for each. Enjoy!

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Ethical Chocolate Easter Egg

So it is Easter morning and you find a box of chocolates with your name on it. What do you hope will be inside? A delicious good quality chocolate or a cheap bunny shaped artificially flavored chocolate essence candy? Not a tough one to answer…quality for me. And how wonderful if this box could help out the planet and its people in an ethical way too?

I was lucky enough to receive a box of Green & Black’s Organic Butterscotch Mini Eggs to try and judge. These small eggs are created with delicious milk chocolate blended with crisp, crunchy toffee. There were 13 eggs in the box, all wrapped individually in foil. Now I am more of a dark chocolate kind a gal so milk chocolate does not knock my socks off but I do have to say these were quite tasty. And you can definitely taste the toffee. I loved them enough that I would buy them myself..probably in regular chocolate bar format during the year.

I am not at the point where I regularly seek out organic foods but trying and incorporating one slowly into your shopping habits would be a good thing. Chocolate is a great way to start. You can read below parts of the the Green & Black’s Eggcellent Easter Collection Press Release:

Known for its high-quality, premium organic chocolate bars, Green & Black’s — the world’s leader in organic and Fair Trade chocolate — offers a mouth-watering, indulgent Easter range made with fine, ethically sourced ingredients.  With Green & Black’s large Dark 70% and Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs and organic Mini Eggs, Easter will be more delicious than ever!

This year, when consumers choose any of Green & Black’s Organic premium, organic chocolate Easter Eggs they will be helping to improve the lives of farmers and their families living a world away.  Just in time for this Easter, the entire collection of Green & Blacks Organic Easter Eggs has been Fair Trade Certified.

Fair Trade has one of the leading product certification and labeling systems in the world. Green & Blacks Organic is recognized as the first company to ever launch a Fair Trade chocolate product, with its Maya Gold Chocolate Bar.  Fair Trade principles are simple:  farmers are paid a fair and guaranteed price for their crop, plus an additional social premium that is invested back into their communities.  The farmers choose where the premium is invested and the entire process is managed and audited by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations (FLO) International and its member organizations, including TransFair Canada.  All Green & Black’s Organic chocolate bars and Easter Egg Collection bear the Fair Trade mark, letting consumers know that the sourcing of the product meets rigorous standards.

You can follow this company on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GreenandBlacksCanada and Twitter @greenandblacks

Holiday Treats

Can you believe Christmas is 39 days away? I know we do not want to think about it yet but if we don’t the next thing we know is we will be scrambling with the masses in the shopping centers. Urgh.

But in the last decade holiday shopping has changed dramatically. There has been 2 movements getting stronger every year: the internet shoppers and the back to basics home made gifts.

If you know what you want to buy online NOW is the time to shop. Get a cup of coffee while in your jammies and keep your credit card in hand. I know of several people who do all their shopping online. That is good if you know what you want to buy. Then the opposite movement is those who choose to give simpler gifts (because a gift is about the thought…not the materialism, right?) that they made themselves: a knit sweater, a painting, baked goods, recipe mixes.

Now…let’s combine the two for the culinary challenged who want to give simple gifts? Perhaps a nice box of peanut brittle, truffles, toffee or maybe nuts as a hostess gift. A simple treat can be just as wonderful as a gift then an unnecessary 10th body lotion or scented candle!

What do you plan on giving this holiday?

Chocolate Date Surprise

Well since I seem to be in a candy mode with may last post (grrr have no sugar treats at home right now) I thought I would share with you my own little candy recipe. Its not a new recipe but this is my version. Its a quick one and a great hit. I have brought it many time at pot-lucks.

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What you need:

  • whole dates
  • almonds or marzipan
  • chocolate, you choice

How to make them:

1. If the dates are not pitted slice one lenths and remove pit.
2. Stuff date with an almond. If using mazipan take a small piece and shape it like an almond and stuff in the date.

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3. Melt chocotale on low heat in a pan
4. Dip 1 date at a time in the chocolate to cover completely and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.

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5. Put in fridge till chocolate has hardened
6. Enjoy !!!

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If you want to can sprinkle on still cooling dipped dates with coconut, nuts, cocoa powder, etc.

Hugs and Biscuits
Evelyne