Happy New Year! This is the first Fun Food Friday for 2010 and well, I’m a week late, but I was too busy eating my black-eyed peas last week to post anything.
If you follow this blog you know that after photography my second passion is food. Whether it’s eating
, photographing it
, experimenting with something new to bake
or enjoying an old favorite
, I’m an official foodie.
Do you love food as much as I do? I invite you to join me for a little food and photography fun. Share a favorite recipe with me. (Hint, hint, I love to bake!) I’ll prepare the recipe, photograph the end result and share here on this blog. To participate leave a comment telling us what recipe you’re considering then email the complete recipe to me wendi (at) thompsonpoole (dot) com
With all this food talk, are you wondering if I ever do any wedding photography? Yes, yes, and yes!! I have a back-log of fun portraits, brides and weddings coming your way over the next few weeks.
Until then, I’ll get us started with a little granola love. As an attempt to start the new year off right, I made something healthy — if you ignore all the honey and sugar! At least I used local raw honey.
This was the first time with the recipe and I thought it turned out great. Next time though I’ll cook it a little less and not turn it as much.
The recipe I used comes from the beautiful book Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Little Meals of Rose Bakery by Rose Carrarini.
5 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups whole almonds
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 golden flax seeds
1 TB wheatgerm
Mix all these together in a large bowl.
Heat the next 6 ingredients in a sauce pan stirring constantly until boiling.
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
a few drops of vanilla
a couple pinches of cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and stir until no liquid left at the bottom of the bowl. Add oats if it is too wet.
Spread on a parchment lined baking pan and put in a preheated oven at 325 for 45-1 hour. Stir once. Lower the oven temp to 275 for another 45-1 hour stirring a couple times so it doesn’t burn. Turn the oven off and leave to dry in the oven overnight or a few hours. Put back in a big bowl and stir in 1 cup or so (however much you like) of dried fruit like cherries, cranberries or golden raisins. Serve with milk or dry.