Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
So, having retired early right into a pandemic has left me with plenty of home-alone time. There was a long 'recovery' time for purging work trauma out of my system and then a release of the guilt of 'not doing something constructive' every single day to erase. A lot of my time now is seeing just how many 'Nailed It' moments I could create in an oven that has a mind of its own when it comes to following recipe set temperatures and a smoke detector with an itchy trigger finger! I'm running out of nerves to fray. I'm still working on bread. And pastries and muffins and cup cakes. Hell, I'm always crossing my fingers when I get that blast of hot air when I open the squeaky oven door and slide in that first batch.
Today's attempt was a Pinterest recipe my wee sister and I agreed to try. She can tell her own story. I have one solitary photo of the original attempt that luckily didn't deter me from trying again - with the right dough this time!
So, I think I've just started a routine of documenting some (if I remember the camera) of my steps from failure or success. Hopefully more successes than failures although they can be entertaining in their own right. So first. The first attempt then a few of the 'steps' of today's go at it.
Above is the original attempt - before I realized there is a big difference between Philo Pastry and Puff Pastry. These were a crumpled mess in my compost bag when I remembered I was supposed to show my sister how successful I was. I had to dig them out, flatten out the parchment (that I actually used) and half-assedly re-assemble them in order to shoot them.
Armed with the correct dough I began again. But was unable to 'unfold' the bloody dough despite every attempt. So, I McGuyvered it and just rolled out this lump until it reached the 13" measurement with as much sugar to press into it as I could (as per instructions?).
Got it folded up, cut into sections. How big is 3/8"s? Not what I cut, that's for sure!
The recipe says I should yield between 18 and 22 'cookies'. I managed to make 9. Nine! All that anxiety and near-death experience for nine pastries??? I think I need to figure out how big 3/8" is - pretty sure it's three times thinner than what I cut.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
A Beautiful Birthday Bouquet sent from my wee sister who lives too far away to see as often as I would like. I wonder if the rest of her family would notice if I suddenly just started living there with them. I hope we can see one another once the isolation orders are relaxed across the country. Soon.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
I really should download images after every photoshoot. There are a couple of shoots posted here. One a safety conscious stay inside/macro attempts. The other a drive out to have a look at an old church in Surrey. I guess the indoors shots are self explanatory; food stuff. The church has a bit more of a history than a field tomato. The St Helen's Anglican Church in Surrey was built in 1911 and has been holding services ever since and has a tiny cemetery on its property. The interior is off limits until further notice due to COVID-19.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Oh COVID-19. Will we ever see the end of you? Spending more time alone in the apartment than normal. Quarantine is making me notice all sorts of random things around the dusty house that I haven't in ages. Things that I find interesting and artistic. Oh man, when did I become a dust and grime collector? I'll ignore it and look for other interesting things to shoot in my limited square footage.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
We hopped into the trusty old buggy tonight and took a little spin around our neighbourhood to check out the fancy houses all decked out in Christmas lights. We were lucky that the rain took a break for the evening and the temperature was nearly tepid.
These are the result of hand-held shooting at ASA 1600 to 3200, from inside a idling (sometimes moving) vehicle. They are definitely NOT the greatest of shots but I thought lovely reminders that in these frustrating times people will find joy.