I did something yesterday that I do not normally do – and that is not much of anything. My weekends are usually very busy. It is a rare occurrence that finds me plopped down in a chair and reading on a weekend. Yesterday was that rare occurrence – there I was in my chair reading my camera manual in between jumping up and trying some more food shots and then some more and more and more. I never photographed food until I started my blog. To say it is challenging for me is an understatement. Food staging and photography may as well be a different language as far as I am concerned. One of the biggest hurdles I am facing is lighting, lol notice that I say ONE OF my biggest hurdles. Most of my cooking occurs at night and if you are a food blogger you know the challenges presented by lighting or lack of. My husband, sensing my escalating frustration, said to me “You weren’t born walking, you didn’t take fantastic nature shots right away, you can’t expect to be great right away with food photography; you have to start somewhere. For now I guess I have to be patient and learn and allow the process to unfold and one day I will be happy with the results of my photos; one day my photo will be accepted by Food Gawker or Taste Spotting … until then I will be plopping down in a chair more often reading a lot and practicing, practicing, practicing.
Fortunately I didn’t have a big, time-consuming dinner planned since that took up a greater part of my afternoon. I made a Caesars salad and took some homemade sausage stuffed ravioli out of the freezer, heated up some sauce and dinner was ready quickly with little preparation and great results. Sigh … at least dinner was great!
Sausage Ravioli Filling (Source: Better Homes & Gardens)
Makes: 6 servings Yield: 1 cup filling (enough for 6 servings)
- 4 ounces bulk Italian sausage
- 3/4 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
- 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon snipped fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
- 1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up sausage as it cooks. Stir in spinach; cook and stir until wilted. Drain off fat. If mixture is too coarse to stuff ravioli, transfer to a food processor or blender; cover and process or blend with several on/off pulses until chopped.
2. In a medium bowl, combine egg yolk, ricotta cheese, sage, and nutmeg. Stir in sausage mixture. Cover and chill until needed.
Wow! These look amazing – I may even try these and put the recipe on my food blog! Great job – keep it up! (Personally, I’m just amazed by the colours :O wow)
Thank you 🙂 Give it a try, it is not as hard as you might think.
Gorgeous raviolis! They’re so pretty that I just want to stare at them and not eat them 😉
Thank you Malou 🙂
What a sweet, encouraging husband you have. Continue to be persistent and one day you WILL nail it. Be patient. I think you are doing well and you’ll continue to make strides.
My hope is one day I can feel confident enough to submit to FoodGawker. Maybe when I get a professional camera. Until, then, I’m happy with the few people that come by my blog. I do it because I’m passionate about food and I’m confident in due time (with determination) I’ll get in the leagues of the big dogs!
Have a sweet day!
Thank you Tia, I appreciate your comments and words of encouragement! You made my day! 🙂
Oh by the way, your ravioli looks amazing! I love how creative you get with the pasta. THAT, takes talent.
Thank you so much. I’m waiting to see your pasta posted 🙂 give it a try!
This is simply adorable!!! I do agree with you. I most often miss out on natural lighting! I’ve received complains from my family regarding my midnight baking sesh…..
Thank you so much. 🙂
This looks so pretty I’d have trouble eating it! How do you get such vibrant colors?
Thanks! 🙂 The colors are all natural – yellow dough is made with tumeric, pink with beets. Surprisingly, it doesn’t affect the taste of the pasta.
Wow! Aren’t you SO talented?! I found your blog through Tia’s site… and I can’t believe the pasta you make, it’s amazing (so is everything else)! 😀
Hope to catch you around… will be back for more!
Thank you so much for the compliment and for stopping by. 🙂
Funny–just before leaving you a comment saying that I thought ALL of your food pictures were amazing, I read this post saying that you were getting frustrated with your food photography.
Your food looks delicious in all of the pictures. I’d say mission accomplished!
Thank you so much for the awesome compliment – I appreciate it! 🙂
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Hey there … congrats on your 100th post! Isn’t it amazing when you look back and see all that you have made! Thank you so much for your awesome compliments … that is so nice and I appreciate it! 🙂
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I am loving your blog, your pasta, and your images! Pasta is next on my list of things I need to make at home.
(And I too found myself reading my camera manual and being frustrated by lighting and staging when I started blogging!)
Thank you so much Mason!! I appreciate your comments and compliments!! Once you make your own pasta you will never want anything but home made pasta!