Food and Cooking, Photography

Foto Friday No. 7

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This might be the last “Foto Friday” since I need to keep trucking along if I want to get any closer to my finish line of accomplishments for this project. I think I’ve learned a lot about food photography, forced myself to be more thoughtful in taking pictures and setting up a shot, and I definitely have much greater respect for the amount of work it is!!

Today’s photos are of  kale salad with carrot-sesame dressing. I found this recipe for sesame carrot noodles from the blog “Clean Wellness” and whipped up a batch of just the dressing last week. I was planning to actually follow the whole recipe, but ended up tossing the dressing with a big bunch of kale, and it was delish. Like, I-ate-it-for-every-lunch-all-week-delicious. Granted–I have an unusual capacity for eating the same thing over and over without getting sick of it, but I’m already dreaming of a way to modify the recipe into a carrot sesame soup so I can justify (essentially) just eating the dressing for a meal.

Anyways–the point is–this dressing was amazing. You should definitely consider giving it a try.

I’ve also been on a bit of a coconut kick lately (helloooo, coconut butter!) so I thought, what could be better than adding some coconut into the dressing? I gave it a try today, and here you have it: my own modified, carrot-sesame dressing for a kale salad.

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Kale Salad with Carrot-Sesame Dressing

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale (washed, thinly sliced, and massaged)

2-3 carrots (washed and/or peeled and sliced)

scant 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 tbsp. sesame seeds (or tahini, which I probably what I would have used if I wasn’t out)

2 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. fresh ginger (tip: keep ginger root in the freezer, and just cut off as needed for recipes)

1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

2 tbsp. water

1 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil

1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes

1 tbsp. maple syrup

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Steps

1. Put all ingredients except for kale into a blender, and blend until smooth.

2. Toss dressing with kale.

3. Enjoy. : ) It’s that simple!

The dressing will make about 1 1/2 cups. Depending on how much dressing you like and how large your bunch of kale is, you might have leftover dressing. Not that anyone’s complaining about that. : )

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Foto Friday No. 5

I’ll keep it simple here. Mainly because I’m already feeling like it’s time to climb into bed, but also because that’s what this soup is.

I had come home from the grocery store today planning on making up in advance some smoothies and kale salads to fuel the crazy week ahead. (To avoid a repeat of this past week, when I mostly ate cookies, apples, and cereal.) But I was in a mood where I just wanted to use up all the old food in the fridge, so I decided to tackle the crisper drawer-full of random CSA root veggies which we’ve been avoiding. Things like celeriac and rutabaga. Seriously. What do you do with these things??

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I, for one, whipped up this soup. I’ve put a recipe below, but t’s really more of  a guideline. I’m sure you could sub in parsnips or potatoes, or maybe even turnips for the rutabaga. Herbs are optional and customizable, and I’m definitely not one to be particular about apple varieties.

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This soup is slightly sweet, creamy and hearty, but not heavy. It’s simple, good, real food–completely unassuming. It’s pictured below with Wasa crackers, but some fresh bread would have been delicious.

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Celeriac, Rutabaga, and Apple Soup

makes approx. 4 servings

Ingredients:

olive oil

1 medium onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

1 celeriac

4 rutabagas

2 apples

4 cups of vegetable stock

1/2 tsp. dried Italian herbs

salt & pepper to taste

parsley for garnish, optional

Directions:

1. Heat a stock pot with a few glugs of  olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, and sauté until golden. Add minced garlic, and stir in with onion for about 30 seconds. Make sure to not overcook at this point, or the garlic will burn which really ruins an entire dish. I speak from multiple experiences.

2. Add diced celeriac, apples, and rutabagas to the onions and garlic. Pour in vegetable stock, and add herbs and salt and pepper. Stir it all together, and cover the pot.

3. Let the soup boil for about 20 minutes, or until your veggies are cooked through. You should be able to pierce them easily with a fork, but they shouldn’t be falling apart to mush.

4. Blend the soup either in a blender, or use an immersion blender if you have one. I reserved some of the veggies before blending, so I could add them on top of the pureed soup when serving. I like to have a little texture, and if you’re serving to other people, it’s always nice to know what you’re eating. 🙂 If however, you like to keep it as simple as possible, just blend away with everything all together. Taste it at this point, and add salt and pepper as needed.

5. Optional extras: I garnished with a  little parsley and cracked black pepper, but since the soup’s flavors are rather delicate, the parsley definitely stood out. If you’re not crazy about the flavor of parsley, you can sub another herb or omit altogether. If you’re not trying to keep the soup vegan, a swirl of cream or sprinkling of cheese would probably be great for finishing it off, too.

And there you have it. Super easy. Dicing up the veggies and apples will probably be the most time consuming part of the recipe, but even that goes pretty quick. Let me know if you give the soup a try!

 

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