September’s round up

A little retrospective about last month.
In September, the readers’ favorites are :

Sprouted hemp seed bread, improved version
Simple 10 minute falafels
Milk your beans (make soy milk)
Eating like a queen : bouchée à la reine
Yaki ika, Ika yaki (Japanese calamari)
Kabocha and carrot kibbeh

Sweets :

Farz fou ! Crazy pagan baking.

Guilt free chocolate cake
Kabocha polka-dot yokan

Hey, the kabocha is getting popular as Autumn is looming…

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Desserts :

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Whole hemp seed pain brioché

Not just bread. That’s like cake. Pain brioché.
There are no eggs and no butter in it, but you’d swear the contrary. It’s a variation of :

Sprouted hemp seed bread (click here for recipe)

I have added kurozato (black sugar) and blueberries into the dough after first rise.

Then second rise in the molds, more kurozato on top.

Mmmm… caramelised top.

Melty blueberries. It’s delicious served hot, with coffee. Next time, I’ll made it muffin shaped.

Caliph’s berry crémet, a creamy luxury pause

Let’s say the crémet d’Anjou that you’ve seen before has moved into an Oriental palace…
This fresh cream is flavored like Ottoman sweets with honey, orange blossom water, cinnamon, a hint of mace.

Garnished with berries.

The strawb’ soup is pimped with créme de framboise (raspberry liquor).

Decorated with gold powder if you have. Cinnamon is cheaper and tastier otherwise.

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 :