So many different food experiments happened this past weekend that I absolutely have to lump them all into one, extremely overwhelming post!
First, I’ll talk about my (slightly) improved food photography. I had an assignment last week for my photojournalism course to take photos using an external flash. Now I don’t know about you, but this seemed really intimidating to me at first. I don’t own an external flash, so instead of purchasing one, I borrowed a camera from my work which came with an external flash. To anyone who knows anything about DSLRs, the camera I borrowed might be a little impressive: it was the Canon 5D Mark II. Whoo! Everything was way over my head. There was definitely a learning curve coming from my Sony Alpha A55. So, long story short, I was super intimidated for about a week.
Thankfully…miraculously…somehow… I got over my initial fright and just started snapping photos of food last night. To my absolute delight, they came out looking quite nice! However in the future I’ll try not to shoot everything on a bright blue backdrop (which actually doubles as my bedroom curtains).
So the first thing I baked this weekend was a semi-failure. I baked a pan of slutty oreo brownies, from a recipe I found on What’s Gaby Cooking. These looked absolutely sinful, however, I made the amateur mistake of using salted vegan butter when the recipe actually called for unsalted butter. This was definitely a no-no. The salted butter made the brownies super oily and gross looking. I tried baking them for about 20 extra minutes, but all that did was overcook them and leave them with the curious description of solid yet oily. Gross.
I was quite disappointed in myself. (Also, I took this photo on my cell phone, not the 5D Mark II.)
However, one success did come out of that recipe! In the recipe it requires that you make too much cookie dough, and recommends saving the extra dough to make chocolate chip cookies later. Thankfully, the cookie dough came out marvelously, and I was still able to salvage the day of baking. I made oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies, which were awesome. Sweet, but not too sweet.
They look funny, but they are awesome! And oreos are totally vegan! Doesn’t that blow your mind?
Finally, on Sunday evening I made myself something healthy to eat. It was an offshoot of the brussels sprout potato hash I made a few months back. I basically used the exact same recipe, but substituted broccoli for brussels sprouts. It was still delicious.