What’s Your Fancy: PORT

Happy Friday!

It has been a productive, long week and I am so happy to have a couple of days to recuperate.   A pastime that I enjoy is sipping on a glass of port with friends, or while meandering about the house in the evening.  It has quite a sweet pallet, if you enjoy that sort of flavor, and definitely is something to sip on slowly and responsibly.  I find Dow’s to have a nice well rounded flavor with a good depth to it and an affordable price tag.   Most port wines come in quite large bottles, and has the potential to go bad before one can finish its contents, no worries, port is great for cooking!  You can pour a bit in the frying pan when sauteing onions to get a caramel-y flavor or into a marinara sauce for added depth and intensity of flavors.  It’s wonderful to use as a reduction atop steak and other red meats, or perhaps to give subtle sweetness to a dark chocolate cake.  Yes please!

I used natural light and manipulated it with 3 cards.  2 White: one right in front of the camera and the other camera left.   1 Black card camera right to give depth and shadow.  Shot at F4.

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What’s in the Cupboard?

I find that when one has an inspirational moment and has a terrible urge to go cooking crazy, which is quite often for this lady, these are some of the handy dandies I use most.  You just cannot go wrong with a simple variety of cookery, though it does take awhile to collect.  Many of these treasures I found at second hand shops and antique stores; the muffin pan, the bundt cake pan, many of the cloths, the cookie rack, even the vintage cupboard.  To make the smile even larger on my face at the time, they happened to all be quite affordable!  You know what they say, “someones garbage is another ones treasure!”  So search around and find those bargains!

I love the way Le Creuset pots slowly heat up and simmer or roast a tasty meal to perfection.  Oh, and you can put them in the oven as well as atop the stove!  Now that’s what I call convenient!  These are more expensive but last a good long time and become more and more beautiful as they age.  Can you tell one of my favorite colors is red??  =)

Thanks for reading and happy spring!

The top image was shot with a 24-105mm at f.11 and 3 white cards, 1 on each side and 1 on the floor tilted up,  to manipulate the ambient light.

The bottom image was shot with the same lens and a q flash camera left turned way down for a bit of fill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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