creative food blog

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I’ve been a bit… verbally exhausted (?) lately, so my boyfriend suggested I do some other creative activities so I’m not just doing nothing.
So I bought some paints and some mini canvas and I’ve been doing a little painting. I realised I haven’t painted on canvas since 2004, but I’m not doing it for perfection or for others. I’m doing it for me. Which is nice.
It’s kind of reminded me that I should be doing most of the things I do (like poetry, fictional narratives and screenplay) for me.
Hope you’re enjoying your week! 👩🏻‍🎨 xxmk

How did I start taking photos and where am I heading to ?

Photography has always been part of my life.

As many children of the 80s we had the so infamous photo books at home and daily life, holidays, celebration were recorded on film with points and shoot cameras.

Back then, only film was available and we didn’t know any technical aspect of photography. I happen to have found negatives and they are mainly 35mm film and some 110 film.

Back in the days, I owned a few compact cameras that I was using when i was going on holidays.
Disposable cameras were also a big thing and it was always nice going to the supermarket to buy one when an unexpected event arose.

I bought my first digital camera in early 2000, the polaroid ion230, a technology marvel (kidding), but i loved it and it went to places, recording memories.

In 2005, I realised one of my dreams, travelling to Japan, the Polaroid had been sold and replaced by a far better camera, the Sony DSC-T3.
Japan inspired me and for the first time I was making efforts of composing photos of landscapes, streets, people…although I didn’t know anything about the rules of photography.
For the time, that camera really delivered and I was pleased with the quality, so much that I kept it for 3 years.

In 2006, I travelled to Hong Kong for the first time where I met an amateur photographer, after seeing her photos it made me want to get into photography seriously.
Few months later I bought a Nikon D40 and started experimenting a lot. I learned a lot with this camera but sadly I also got G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).
Too many different cameras and lenses went through my hands.
At some point my skills didn’t progress much and I was getting bored of photography overall.

Back in 2012, I had friends shooting film which got me curious again, I actually didn’t know film was still readily available with many labs operating in Hong Kong.
I picked up a Nikon FE, again many cameras went through my hands, but this time I was enjoying photography.
I started buying books, researching on the work of photo journalists and immersing myself into the film workflow (developping myself, scanning).
I feel that I have progressed a lot in the last 2 years although I am conscious there’s still so much room for improvement.
As you’ve probably read, I have been doubting over the last 2-3 months but I believe that is a phenomenon that everyone can experience in photography or other activities and because I don’t make a living from my photography, I have no reason to pressure myself.

I realize that I still have a lot to learn in photography : composition skills, darkroom, books, long term projects but the most important thing ,for me at this stage, is to make it personal and enjoyable.

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Red velvet loaf with berry frosting 

I’ve never been the best at baking but I’m definitely learning and getting better. If you follow these 10 steps it’s actually very easy and fun to make! 

Serves: 12 Prep: 20 Mins cook: 50 Mins

YOU WILL NEED:

200g unsalted butter at room temperature

175g light brown soft sugar

2  eggs

175g self-raising flour

2 tbsp red food colouring 

150ml Greek-style natural yogurt 

1 tsp vanilla extract

30g cocoa powder

150g icing sugar

75g soft cream cheese 

250g frozen berries, defrosted 

METHOD (as pictured step by step above)

0. Pre-heat oven to 160 degree for fan ovens and 180 for gas ovens.

1. Grease a baking tin with a little bit of butter and line with baking paper.

2. Whisk 100g of butter with the brown sugar until it’s kind of fluffy.

3. Add one egg at a time and whisk in well. Then whisk in one tablespoon of flour. 

4. Use a wooden spoon and stir in the food colouring, yoghurt and vanilla extract. 

5. Mix in the remaining flour with the cocoa powder. 

6. Pour mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 55 minutes. (You’ll know it’s done when you take it out and poke a skewer in the middle of the loaf and it comes out clean) 

7. Leave to cool for half an hour whilst making the frosting.

8. Put 100g butter in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

9. Beat in the icing sugar and cream cheese until it’s nice, thick and pale. 

10. Spread it over the cooled cake and top with the berries! 

YUM!! Enjoy!