Fun Food Friday :: An Invitation to Fellow Foodies

January 8th, 2010  |  Posted in fun food friday

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.
Honey Granola
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.