Thursday, August 16, 2007

Summer produce

Ok, so I found these awesome yellow beets, so I made a quick batch of basil garlic 'ricotta' and surrouned the dish with siracha and fresh thyme. Next time, I would slice the beets paper thin, but this was a tasty snack.

They are so vibrant! I wish I had a dehyrator.


Banana cake and muffins....I'm not a huge fan of banana anything, but this turned out well. The spices I used gave it complex flavor that wasn't too overpowering. I've been making trifles with soy yogurt and raspberry sauce for my son's lunch this week (he's at band camp 12 hours a day). Next week, he will be going down to Boston to Berklee School of Music for a guitar camp. He is really looking forward to that! This cake/muffin was a cross between totally healthy and not healthy. I think my family was just relieved that I used some fat and sugar in my muffins for once.


Raw noodles (daikon, zukes, carrots and summer squash)


Raw noodles with a low fat sesame ginger dressing , siracha, black sesame seeds and avocado. Fabulous lunch.


Super spicy red bean stew and rice... Not for the weak of heart! (actually, people with a bad heart would benefit greatly from this dish, as beans contain a lot of magnesium, potassium, fiber and other great vitamins and minerals. The fresh herbs help help with water retention and the hot peppers and cayenne are a natural anti-inflammatory, which help keep our tickers in tip top shape!)..
One Ugly Tomato! Just proof that what is on the outside doesn't always match with what is on the inside.
I just love the color of this pepper.

So, this fall, I will be workings as a photographer's assitant. It will be close to full time, but it ends early enough in the day that I can still prep for my cooking classes and take on Personal Chef clients. I am excited about this!

28 comments:

  1. Your raw pasta looks so beautiful! What do you use to get the veggies so perfectly thin and uniform?

    Congrats on the new job for the fall! I hope you enjoy it!

    Courtney

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  2. That look so cool!!

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  3. congratulations in the job, as always your photos are amazing!!

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  4. Wow Melody. You are up to so many cool things. Photography assistant and personal chef! How cool!

    I second courney's question, what kind of mandolin are you using?

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  5. the ingredients you use are always so fresh, and the presentation of your dishes look too good to eat!! fantastic photos, as usual :0)

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  6. Oh wow the color on that beet is amazing!

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  7. The colours of the fruits... so exceptionally gorgeous!! i love it all. Beautiful stuff, Melody. And if you ever want to get rid of bananas, gimme a holler. i'll have 'em anytime and all the time!

    Your son must be crazy busy with the band camp and how amazing to get to a guitar camp at the Berklee School of Music. What an honour and how awesome for him! Totally psyched, i'll bet he is.

    i laughed at your note about your family's relief at using some fat and sugar in your muffins... heh.

    That tomato is NOT ugly, by the way. But isn't it just so true that it's what's on the inside that counts!

    Congrats on working as a photog assistant. You are amazing with all that you are doing!!! i am so proud of all of your accomplishments, now and in the days and months and years to come.

    Go Mel!!!

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  8. Congrats on your new job! I am glad you will still have time to do your cooking adventures.

    Everything looks great. The spicy red bean stew would be a favorite of my DH. He is not afraid of spice!

    I love banana bread, but hate how fat most recipes are. Did you cut all those raw noodles by hand?

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  9. incredible beets! Congrats on the new job. how do you make the ricotta?

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  10. Wow, what great photos.

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  11. The new job sounds great--I have come to love photography and would probably love that job myself, hee hee.

    I love that raw pasta dish... wow.

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  12. I use an Oxo Good Grips Julienne Peeler for the noodles and love it
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    the best 7 bucks I've spent!

    I have several mandolines that do not work as well as this simple peeler!

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  13. The pictures are beautiful!

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  14. I know this new job is going to be a great thing for you Mel :) No more commuting long distance YAY! Although I will miss the midday phone calls LOL. You are amazing and I know you'll get to learn a lot from this experience.

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  15. Congrats on the new job. It seems like you have such a productive life--I bet you're never bored! Those golden beets look so cool, too. I bet they tasted lovely with the basil 'ricotta'!

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  16. Stephanie12:43 PM

    What BEAUTIFUL photos! Makes me want to run straight back to the farmer's market to look for yellow beats and white peppers!

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  17. Mmmmmmm, Ugly Tomatoes are the best. Everything looks so fresh and vibrant.

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  18. Oooh, congratulations about your upcoming gig as photographer's assistant. That's like a dream job for me! Will it be food photography? Will you still be working at the cafe?

    Ok, enough questions! That ugly tomato is gorgeous, very similar-looking to an heirloom tomato I had earlier this week. And the beets are gorgeous! I also love your raw slaw dish. Oh, and I'm with your family on this one- fat and sugar in baked goods is a good thing! ;-)

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  19. Congratulations on the new job - you totally deserve it!

    I'm not a fan of beets, but your dish sure looks nice. I would love the muffins and spicy stew. And the raw pasta noodles look fabulous! I've been enjoying lots of fresh tomatoes this summer too.

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  20. wow, what a beautiful collection of your creation!

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  21. gosh i've tried to leave a comment thrice ! lovely beet roots. I've never seen these before .How did they taste ?

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  22. I love the raw noodles. Lovely presentation.
    Everything looks so fresh !

    I hope you have a lot of fun with all these interesting things you'll get to do !

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  23. Look at all that rawsome yumminess. Glad your employment situation worked itself out...and that you'll have time to build up your vegan chef business.

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  24. Congratulations on your new job! Sounds exciting. Your food looks great. As always!

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  26. Congrats at your new job. Based on your photos here, I know you'll be quite successful at that job!

    Your food looks amazing and tasty, as usual!

    BTW, I've been enjoying your veggie cream cheese on my morning bagels -- very yummy.

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  27. I've alway's loved raw beets. I agree that they need to be really thinly sliced especially the yellow beets.

    Have fun with the photo assistant's job that sounds like it could be so much fun.

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  28. Congrats on the new job - and I LOVE your photos - and I agree with you about the 'ugly' Brandywine heritage tomato: they're awesome! Thanks again for some lovely ideas - that soup has me hopping to try it! Hugs.

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