Autumn colors (2) : carob pancakes



Mix 50% flour and 50% carob powder, add some baking powder, a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk. Pour in coconut milk, enough to obtain a creamy batter. Let 10 minutes.


Heat a pan, pass a little oil. On medium heat, pour batter to get 2 mm of thickness. Cover. When the lid is hot, pass on low heat.


Done !


One side has lots of holes.


With a coconut milk café au lait.



They are delicious with a little raspberry jam, and coconut cream.



Black power 3

Ultra-simple and very nutritive dish.

Only 3 ingredients : black pepper, black soy beans and black neri-goma (pounded sesame, tahini).

Kuromame is there Japanese name.These beans are huge and very hard. I soaked them 48 hours to minimize cooking and that still took hours. It’s better to make big batches. But the taste and texture are really great.

The sesame kuro nerigoma brings its velvety feel and nutty richness. Mmmmmm !

Black lights

Rule 1 : don’t take a photo with insufficient light
Rule 2 : don’t use artificial light

Rule 3 : only natural colors, vivid colors
Rule 4 : make square photos to fit main portals

Commercial break :
The menu… there is tofu with l.o. of mango blueberry salsa. Soba noodles with black natto and wasabi. Mesclun (baby salas mix) with pink okras. 100 year eggs with shichimi-togarashi 7 spice mix, young ginger and sesame oil. Broth (from boiling soba) with wakame seaweed and sesame.

Rule 5 : show only consensual food that would please a fussy teenager
Rule 6 : get rid of all those shadows, reflect the light blah blah

Rule 7 : no close-ups
Rule 8 : buy a SLR camera, gadzillion gadgets, photo softwares

Rule 9 : show expensive tableware (only once per item) on 8/9th of the photo. 1/9th for the food is perfectly enough
Rule 10 : spend 4 hours arranging your food like an ikebana, 4 hours taking one perfect photo

Rule 11 : text-image balance. Only one photo of the food. And a Martha Stewardess format recipe, even if it’s your 20th recipe of instant oats soaked in cold water.
Rule 12 : get pro training, take an agent, build your brand like a celeb

Rule 13 : serve all your meals in your stylish castle, at 7 a.m. (best light) so you can enjoy dinner at 11 a.m.
Rule 14 : follow the standard strictly otherwise blog police will arrest you.

Don’t look for philosophy in it. Just the feeling that those guideline push everybody into the same cookie cutter. Also I think that either it’s a job or a hobby. Surely, one can learn a little more technique. Or a learn everything in my case. Or it’s possible to fight the race to get more and more readers. But there is no point in it for small bloggers.
For me, it’s a little hobby. A daily relaxation. Like taking 5 minutes to arrange my meal. Just the fun to take 5 minutes per meal to shoot photos -no longer otherwise the food goes bad.
And frankly the perfect mood of my meal is reflected by this bad photo :