Food

On Finding The Right Tools For The Job

October 20, 2016

Dark and moody Artful Desperado

artful desperado

(oh hey that’s me!)

Hi all! How are you doing? Sippin’ the last bits of that pumpkin spice latte? Or if you are like me and don’t like them at all, sippin’ on an old fashioned..cuz you know, cozy cocktails in fall and winter are the way go to. Today I wanted to talk to you about choosing the right tools for the job, that is, styling and photography. In my previous posts I chatted about resetting my creative process and exploring other art forms as a way to gather new ideas – heck – I even went to Copenhagen to learn how to cook Nordic food!

In this post I’ll give you a quick glimpse into my go-to’s when it comes to equipment – it’s not a full list or I’ll have to break down in several posts, but it’ll give you an idea of what I use on the daily.

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Copenhagen Food Festival

September 28, 2016

Copenhagen Food Festival

Copenhagen Food Festival

Copenhagen Food Festival

Hey guys! I’m so so soo excited to share with you today all of my wonderful foodie discoveries at the Copenhagen Food Festival, which is part of my reinvention project with the HP Spectre.

Ok first of all, Copenhagen, I mean this city is just slap-me- in-the- face-am- I-dreaming fabulous, for reals; the design, the architecture, the fashion, and of course, the food!! No wonder why NOMA is there. It seems Danes live and breathe good design in all aspects of life (can you tell I fell in love with the city?).

READ MORE AFTER THE JUMP!

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Pear S’Mores Crumble

September 16, 2016

Pear S'Mores Crumble

Pear S'Mores Crumble

Pear S'Mores Crumble

YAS KWEEN YAS! Summer is not over yet! So just hold on to your turtle neck sweater for juuust a bit longer and continue to wear your booty shorts, ok maybe, just maybe, you can wear booty shorts AND a turtle neck, but don’t get crazy on the fall shit, mmkay?

This recipe I made for my folks over at West Elm is giving me life right now. It combines our favourite summer treat: s’mores! With the best of early fall fruit: pear! The result is one amazing ooey gooey chocolatey fruity sassy treat, and no, I am not describing my grindr profile.

For reals though, the layer of marshmallows on the top gets all toasty in the oven, but when it cools down a bit it get a bit crunchy on the outside. It’s a bit sexual to be honestly, so just be careful who you eat it with or it could turn into one of those “first thing I know we are just eating a crumble, next thing BAM! We are making pancakes the morning after”, know what I’m sayin?

Ok go get the full scoop and recipe on Front & Main and make it this weekend for your pals!

Pear S'Mores Crumble

Breakfast Hack: Tangy Hibiscus Yogurt (dairy-free), Warm Peaches, and Honey

July 7, 2016

Breakfast Hack: Tangy Hibiscus Yogurt (dairy-free), Warm Peaches, and Honey

Breakfast Hack: Tangy Hibiscus Yogurt (dairy-free), Warm Peaches, and Honey

Y’all ready for this? It’s tangy, it’s sweet, it’s summery and fresh….

Ok so since I jumped on the freelance train I’ve had to change my daily habits quite a lot, basically build a new routine from the ground up (almost), and let me tell ya, it ain’t easy! But it’s getting there.

One of the things I’ve had to really focus on is getting a good breakfast that doesn’t annoy me. I’m like that, I need a good breakfast to start the day or the whole thing just goes to the shitter – DIVAAAA, but for reals, cannot take oatmeal on the daily, especially in the summer. Hence, I decided to take steps to be a bit more gourmet about breaky. Yogurt is my absolute fave, but me cannot has dairy, so I’ve gone for those dairy free options which are not the best tasting. I still want to have the nutrition of the dairy-free yogurt but sans the chalk-and-dust after taste of some brands.

To solve this problem I used a plain non-dairy yogurt as a base and I totally accessorized it with ground tea, fresh summer fruit, honey, and nuts. IT WAS SO GOOOOD. And yes, you heard correctly, ground tea is a thing and I’m using it on almost anything these days.

Check out the full recipe after the jump to make your own! (Take the basics and add your own twist).

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A Floral Spring Salad with Poached Eggs and a Hello All!

May 24, 2016

Spring Salad blooms by Artful Desperado

Floral Spring Salad and Poached Eggs

Floral Spring Salad and Poached Eggs

HELLOOOOO. My dear dear friends. It’s been so long! First of all, I am so sorry for taking my sweet ass time to come back here. Better late than never!

The last couple months really pushed me to the limit and I got ganged banged left right and centre (and not the hot kind of gang bang, but more like, the work type). One thing though that was pretty sweet it’s that I got to host some awesome workshops with my buddy Joann Pai, one in Italy and one in Russia (!!), I’ll be sharing some of those photos later on. For now let’s talk about salad!

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Huevos Rancheros with Charred Kale, Tomatoes, and Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

January 5, 2016

Huevos Rancheros with Charred Kale, Tomatoes, and Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

Crispy Spicy Garlic Chickpeas

Huevos Rancheros with Charred Kale, Tomatoes, and Crispy Garlic Chickpeas

YAY! First post of 2016! Lucky for all of us it’s a healthy-ish one.

After completely destroying my stomach during the holidays with the consumption of dairy (in vast quantities), I decided I gotta give my gut a break…for a week or so at least! Don’t worry, I’m not trying any of the “new me new you” crap. I am more of a “eat whatever makes you happy” and yes, hence I am sharing with you today a recipe that’s a total favourite of mine; a staple in every Mexican table, but with a twist.

Cue: Huevos Rancheros! The traditional recipe utilizes salsa, cheese, and whatnot. For this version I am choosing something healthier but packed with flavour: charred kale and tomatoes and crispy, spicy, garlic chickpeas. All homemade, all super easy to cook.

You can make this recipe your new best bud in the morning, or you can make your friends drool over brunch with it. Either way, I think you should give it a go! Get the full recipe after the jump

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The Year in Food: Best of 2015

December 30, 2015

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Ooh la la! That time of the year when “the best of” lists start popping around has come, friends! 2016 is here! (well, almost here) and holy shit did time go flying. I must say this year was one for the books in terms of work and overall life lessons, and happy to say they were all positive things.

A few key personal lessons I learned this year were:

– I gotta get an assistant; it’s impossible to do 30 things at once and keep it all together.
– I need more “me” time; gotta block it in my schedule or it’s never gonna happen. 2015 was a year when stress ran high and ain’t gonna take it again. You with me?
– Say no more often; I (and I’m sure lots of you) have a bad habit of saying yes to a lot of things, this year I finally started embracing the power of NO and I think 2016 will be the year when NO will come out easily than ever before. Phew.
– Less dairy; I am lactose intolerant and I gotta deal with it. Would 2016 be the year when I finally start “just having a bite”? Probably..NOT…but maybe!

And obviously the year couldn’t be over without a little trip down memory lane – more like – foodie memory lane! You guys we cooked so many things together! And we virtually eat WAY too many goodies, but hey, I wouldn’t change it for anything. LOVE sharing recipes with you. LOVE this great community and most importantly, LOVE all the great comments and support you have given me so far.

So I say THANK YOU!! (sappy paragraph alert!) Thank you all for following me along this great journey of food and photography. I wouldn’t be here without you! (for reals, you are pretty damn special). I read ALL your comments on the blog and on Instagram and I sometimes have to pinch myself because I cannot believe how great and positive you all are. Thank you from the bottom of my chocolate covered heart.

OK, and now, let’s fucking eat with our eyes! Here are the most popular and some of my favourite posts of 2015. If you have any favourites I didn’t include let me know in the comments.

Happy new year!!

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