Anti Plagiarism

17 August 2011

Disappointed and Disgusted

This blog has been in existence for about a year and today when I checked some of my posts I noticed that this blog has been toyed with. 

Two posts of mine had two photos changed into an icon of someone whom I don't know and when I checked on my badges, I noticed that one of them was changed as well into something that I would never even think of putting up. 

For that someone to take time to change the contents on this blog only means one thing, that person cannot write anything decent, take decent photos and even take time to put up a blog. Should you be reading this post, I hope that you do realize that destroying someone's intellectual property is a very low blow, it is disappointing and definitely disgusting.

I ask that you not destroy other people's hard work. Try respecting others, it works.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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14 August 2011

Food Photography Tip | Enhancing Your Photo

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If there's one golden rule that we all have to remember when it comes to taking photos is knowing our cameras. It doesn't matter if you're using a point and shoot camera, a bridge camera (point and shoot with manual settings) or a DSLR with a good lens, if you don't know how to use your tools properly then the plating, lighting and presentation of the food would not matter at all because at the end of the day we wouldn't be able to capture the food in a manner that would make it look really delicious and appetizing.

Now that we know our cameras a little better, let's talk about enhancing your food photos. When dining out at a restaurant we can easily take photos of the food because they are all plated and presented well. How about if you're at home and you want to take a photo of your food so that you could post it on your blog or website? 

The answer to the dilemma is enhancing your photos. Oh, no, we're not talking about taking your photo to your favorite editing software and edit it to your heart's content. Here are a few tips that you can follow to make sure that you get the best photo of what ever it is that you have prepared.

Presentation. To enhance your food photos you must present your food in a manner that would appeal to your viewers and readers. The basics of presentation would be, color, height and texture. For color, if you have ingredients in your food with multiple colors try grouping or arranging them in a sense that they would compliment each other instead of clashing with one another. Height, try to give your food some height, stick something edible on your rice vertically to draw the eyes of your viewers to other parts of your photo. Give your food some texture by arranging elements that have the same texture on one side and then another texture on the other side - give it contrast.

Once that you have these elements on your plate, enhance what you have by let's say brushing some olive oil on your fried food to make it glisten a little more. Let's talk more about how to enhance your presentation next week! 

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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05 August 2011

Cream Dory with Mayo Garlic Dip

     
After tasting this fish for the first time, I said to myself, I'll look for other ways to cook this fish and make my own menu from it. So far, I have gotten around to at least three recipes and they were all edible. =)

For this dish you will need:

4 pieces of cream dory fillet
1 garlic head, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of unsalted peanuts, grounded
1 medium lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon each of thyme, basil and coriander or cilantro finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
About 5 tablespoons of Olive oil

For the dip:

1 cup of light/lite mayonnaise
1 garlic head crushed
1 tablespoon of coriander or cilantro
1/2 teaspoon of honey mustard sauce
salt and pepper to taste

To prepare:

> Marinate the fish in lemon, herbs, salt and pepper.
> While marinating the fish, heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan and toast the garlic along with the peanuts.
> Once the garlic is done, remove from the pan and set aside.
> Sear the fish on both sides first using high heat. Once both sides of the fish is seared, turn the heat down and continue cooking the fish until it is well cooked.
> Place the fish on paper towels to drain excess oil.

For the Dip:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

To serve:

You can serve the fish with freshly steamed rice, topped with the sauce and some toasted garlic with peanuts. Enjoy it while it's warm.

Brightest Blessings!



Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.



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02 August 2011

Memories with Thermos


Today I'm not going to talk about food. Indulge me as I walk down memory lane with something else, although still connected with food.

I have said in my previous post that I, together with my husband attended the event that Thermos Brand hosted in cooperation with Shangri-La Plaza. When I got there I was surprised at all the new products of Thermos.

My memories start with having two Thermos jugs when I was in Pre-School. My mom used to pack two drinks for me in two separate Thermos flasks. The first flask contained Hot Milo because I always wake up late and I don't eat breakfast, she packs something with substance for me. The other one would be a flask with some cold juice or even water so that I don't get thirsty during my stay in school. This "tradition" so to speak continued until I was in 4th grade. After which, my mom would then let me choose my drinks and pack it in my bag, still using my Thermos flask. One thing that I can safely say, my flasks lasted for a long time.

Other things that I remember, at home, we always have a big Thermos flask to keep our hot water in and those flasks really kept the water warm until I arrive home from school. Mom would usually make me those instant oatmeal snacks using the water from the flask at home.

I can't speak for my husband, but we have talked about the brand and he has told me that he also had the same experiences as I did.  By the way, he fell in love with one of the new flasks which were on display during the Thermos event and his request, he wants one as either a birthday present or a Christmas gift. The only thing that worries me, it wouldn't be a surprise anymore, since I have to ask him which one he prefers, or if there's a new product out by then, he may want the new product as his gift. =)

Some may say that the products are quite pricey. This is my only rebuttal, if a product is quite pricey, but it lasts for a long time, then I prefer the pricey one. The reason, the costs of replacing something that breaks down within a short period of time would be a lot higher over time than buying something that is pricey but would last a long time.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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