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Picture not-so-perfect food

As a wannabe food growing/creating blogger I realize that I fall short in one big area. My food isn’t beautiful. I rarely cook with a recipe so it’s hard to translate also. I guess that’s two areas. This is one reason for the lack of blog posts. I cook 2-3 meals a day from scratch and sometimes dessert if my teen doesn’t beat me to it. Each meal is a little bit of a work of art inspired by ingredients available, cravings and a lot of love. 9 times out of 10 we have six thumbs up in our family of three. I’m not afraid of failure and certainly create a few dishes we all vote out or vow to try differently. Brussel sprouts was one of those dishes that I tried 5-million different ways before I found a method that everyone loved. And that’s who I am as a lover of almost all things food is a desire to master each major component so we’re never bored with our food and I can toss together a good meal with few options.

This mornings breakfast was a fantastic example of yummy food that was less than picture perfect. I’m pretty sure there is no proper name for it either.


Last night for dinner I made pork meatballs (homegrown pork) with what I’d like to call a “sweet n sour” inspired sauce/salsa of purple onions, bell peppers, pineapple, diced tomatoes, fennel and some ginger beer. I served it up on rice, also made with ginger beer.

What does that have to do with breakfast? I chopped up the left over meatballs in a pan, put the rest of the chunky sauce/salsa in the pan with it, got it bubbly and hot then poured dutch baby batter on top and stuck it in the oven to bake.

The above is what came out. It was definitely worthy of seconds. But like I said, it’s not beautiful. Over the years I gave up on taking pictures of the food that I made except for the rare dish that I thought was pretty enough to lock the memory away in my shoebox.

Here’s some of my other not so fabulous dishes that look like they could earn me a place in America’s Worst Homecooks. I promise they all tasted amazing though.

On the other hand the main stars of my dishes I love taking pictures of! Here’s a few.

I suppose my goal should be to cook prettier food and build recipes that I can share with you all.


8 thoughts on “Picture not-so-perfect food

  1. Welcome to the blogging world! I think your food pics are good for the start. Since you love taking pics it is just a matter of time when your food photography is amazing. Keep blogging👍

    1. Thanks!

  2. Hi Katherine!
    Thank you so much for the follow!
    I totally recognize myself in your post! I’ll share some tips that I’ve learned along the way. I hope they help you too. Your blog is great and will only get better. I’m going to enjoy it very much!
    I don’t use recipes either….it’s sight, feel, taste. This becomes an issue when others ask me to share my recipe and now with my blog. I know what I’m making for meals so if it something interesting that I think would be a good share, I bring a note pad with me to the kitchen, estimate my ingredients and make notes on process as I go.
    After the meal is prepared, I make a plate to photograph. My husband likes this as he’s having his plate made for him. Lol. I clean up edges, splatters etc and photograph with my phone from different angles.
    The pictures seldomly turn out as vibrant as the actual item so use a photo editor to bring it closer to life, crop the photo etc. I like the app, snap seed. Its super easy to use.
    Can’t wait to see what else is cooking!
    – Laura

    1. Thanks so much for the tips! I’ll definitely be giving that a try.

      1. I can’t wait to read more of your blog! 😊 happy blogging!

  3. I take the occasional food photo to post online. They never look as good as food tastes, either. Regardless, the descriptions add to the readers understanding of the process and the results.

  4. I struggle with pretty food, too. 🙂 I try to really zoom in on photos so it’s at least eye catching. (I’m actually happy as long as it tastes good.)

    1. I’ve done the zoom in thing too. Just enough to show the major components and bright colors involved. I love cooking with lots of color. I’m not real hung-up on the pictures other than it really does add to a blog post which is why I’m trying to do better at it. 🙂

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