Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
Last week I mentioned that I borrowed a camera from a friend but hadn’t had a chance to use it. Well that oversight was rectified during the blog staycation this weekend. I literally spent hours baking/cooking and then taking pictures of food this weekend. So much so, that I forgot to actually eat the food a couple times 😳
Ate Photographed Wednesday
So today’s spin on WIAW is gonna be all about the pictures I took. And of course, with all those things I baked, I have a new recipe for ya:
Before we get into the deliciousness that are these two bite brownies, let’s chat about cameras and food photos.
The camera I borrowed was a Cannon Nex-5. I’ll admit that I don’t know much about the features and capabilities as I’m still working my way through the manual, but I do know the pictures are a million times better than what I get with my phone camera.
My first foray into the big leagues was with a Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens and a bowl of cherries. I took more than 60 pictures of this bowl of cherries. The first fifty were blurry. Good times.
Next I moved on to what I thought would be an amazing recipe. It was a flop taste and texture wise, but man was it pretty to photograph.
75 pictures and forty minutes later I realised that it was 2pm and I hadn’t had anything to eat since breakfast at 8. Whoops.
I decided to do some experimenting with nutritional yeast and make some ‘cheesy’ pasta. It actually wasn’t half bad but I need to work with it some more before I get the hang it.
Funny story: I stood over my food taking pictures and feeling super impressed with my ‘mad skills’ when I realised I forgot to put the memory card back in. Yea, I’m that kid. #Giselle
Flourless, Vegan, Two Bite Brownies
After all my hard work, I was craving something sweet. Since my recipe of the day had been a major fail, I headed back to the kitchen for some inspiration and that’s when the Flourless, Vegan, Two Bite Brownies were born.
When I was a kid, there was a bakery in town that sold THE best brownies. Seriously, they were ridiculously good. Then, when I was about 17, the bakery was sold and franchised and the brownie recipe did not make the move. It was horrible. I may have cried.
So, when I made the original version of these two bite brownies last winter and realised what they tasted like, I actually called my mother to tell her. That’s how important those brownies were to my family.
I’ve been making the original recipe at least once a month since then, and I’ve always wanted to try making them vegan. I’m obsessed with flax eggs for some reason. Don’t ask.
Anyway, I never went the vegan route with these because the original recipe uses 2 cups of peanut butter. No way was I going to risk that much pb in a brownie experiment. #sorrynotsorry
But, this weekend I only had 1/2 cup of peanut butter left and figured it was a sign. I took the risk and thankfully, it paid off 🙂
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)*
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ⅛ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ⅛ cup peanut butter chips
- ⅛ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine ground flax and water and set aside for 5 minutes
- In a medium bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients, on at a time, in the order listed.
- Fold in peanut butter and chocolate chips
- Fill each cup of a greased, mini-muffin tin with equal amounts of batter
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the brownie comes out clean
- Let sit for 5 minutes in the pan before removing and cool completely on a wire rack
One last thing. Isn’t this just the creepiest picture you’ve ever seen? That brownie on top was literally staring me! I ate it first.
What about you?
What camera do you use to take food pictures? Or pictures in general? Any recommendations? Do you have a childhood treat/meal that disappeared when you got older? How do you feel about flax eggs?
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