Life’s been busy… yeah, going to school along with a full time job can really mess up my special “blog time”. I have been busier over the weekends – good kind of busy; I’ve been going to the Institute of Culinary Education since the beginning of the year and to tell you the truth, I have been cooking up a lot of stuff there! In the upcoming posts, I’ll be sure to share some of the specific culinary skills I’ve acquired and some amazing new techniques I have learnt.

The other love in my life is clicking what I love cooking. And, yes, there’s a school for that too!! A few weeks ago I attended a special workshop – food styling and photography at ICE. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop playing with my camera! This workshop was such an eye opener for me. I have been trying my hand at food styling and photography on my own since I started writing my blog, but I never knew there was so much more to it! In the three days of that workshop, I discovered that all those little buttons on my camera can do crazy wonderful things and was trained in the black art of Food Styling. Thanks to the gurus Matt Noel, Jim Peterson and Laurie Knoop, my concoctions never looked this good.

Today, I’m sharing my initial foray into professional-level food photography and styling. A picture speaks a thousand words; you bet … these mouth-watering concoctions need no recipes!

Beet & Goat Cheese Caprese

My spin on on the classic Italian Caprese salad uses slices of beets and goat cheese laid over a bed of arugula. This salad is perfectly balanced with the sweetness from beets and subtle tang from the goat cheese.

Some white truffle oil beautifully compliments the peppery flavor of the arugula.  Garnish with some chopped toasted walnuts to add a little crunch to this light ‘n’ healthy first course salad!

Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Pesto Panini

Here’s an idea for a quick fix meal, a light sandwich I put together one afternoon with some ingredients that I had lying around in my kitchen.

It’s a simple sandwich with basil pesto spread on top of a multi-grain ciabatta roll topped with a slice of tomato and then a slice of mozzarella, marinated in olive oil and herbs. With its fresh clean flavor, this sandwich is my new lunch favorite!

Cold Coffee Shake

There’s coffee and then there is instant coffee. Even with Via in stores, there is nothing that beats the taste a cup of cold coffee brewed and chilled the old fashioned way. Well, think twice. Here’s my tribute to growing up in India on Instant Coffee!

Its a cold coffee latte beverage that hails from India and has a unique formula – its made by blending instant coffee (Nescafe recommended, not regular coffee) along with cold milk and sugar, till the sugar dissolves and gets a  nice froth on top (2-3 mins on high speed).

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14 thoughts on “lights, camera and … no recipe!

  1. Absolutely gorgeous pics. Its hard to believe this pics are from the kit lens (i.e. 18-55mm) Are they? Or are you using some other lens?

    If possible, try your hands on Canon 50mm prime lens, fabulous lens to use and its very cheap to buy. Try borrowing from someone and you will instantly fell in love with it 🙂

  2. Oh gawwwd! Vas, you rock! Firstly, let me appreciate the photography skills of your Gurus. You are lucky to get trained under them 🙂

    The pics are out of the world, especially the cold coffee shake ones. You have to teach me how to use those “small little buttons” on my camera effectively 🙂 Pls. impart some knowledge to me as well.

    I’m looking forward to learning the culinary skills from you, once you resume to blogging in full form.

    Till then, good bye and happy cooking!

  3. Yeah this is all with the kit lens itself. I have been thinking about the 50 mm lens for a year now! Gotto take that leap and go get it 🙂

  4. I know…the cold coffee are my fav too! Lemme get to Cali first, then we’ll cook and click together 🙂

  5. Yes, you guys cook, and I will come eat 😉 hehe
    Great pics…made me super hungry!

  6. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  7. Vas..I actually visited the blog after a while..geee girl…you are kicking @ss with these pictures.
    Simply Fabulous…

  8. Hey, great pictures, loved the tray you have the coffee glasses on.

  9. Hi, I was reading your article and I just wanted to say thank you for putting out such great content. There’s so much nonsense on the internet these days its hard to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend and it turned out really nice! I’m extremely eager to try your variation of it though, it looks fantastic. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and great ideas.

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