The Fat Hen :: Brunch in Ballard, Seattle

The Fat Hen is hands down one of my favorite places to get brunch in the city. Besides being super adorable and cozy, the food is amazing. The decor is rustic and charming with light warm tones, adding a great deal to the dining experience. Atmosphere combined with a menu that sports local ingredients draped with rich flavor, makes for a very happy me.  You can usually find Linnea, mama hen to The Fat Hen, in front of the espresso machine or checking up on her guests.  You can definitely see the time and effort that has gone into making the food and setting juuust right. Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday!

As always, to see more of my work, come visit me at hilarymcmullen.com

Cheers!

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Feast on the Farm : Salmon Safe, Hitchcock Restaurant and Oxbow Farm

This year Stewardship Partners, Oxbow Farm and Salmon-Safe teamed up for the 4th annual Feast on the Farm. Founded by Kate Bayley and headed by David Burger, Feast on the Farm is a not for profit fundraiser which promotes awareness of local farms that participate in environmentally conscious and healthy farming. YES! …and it’s real purdy.

The wonderful food was prepared by Brendan McGill of Hitchcock who was recently named “Peoples Best New Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine, and his supportive team. Fragrances of fresh caught barbeque salmon, barbeque chicken, farrow with romanesco florets, wine, and seasonings wafted around Oxbow’s beautiful field all evening. I ate vicariously through my camera lens and then for realz later, yes the food was fabulous.

Shelby Earl, who is receiving tons of great press, serenaded the feast with her bold voice and wonderfully catchy songs. Her song “Sea of Glass” was KEXP’s song of the day on Thursday. Keep it up girl!

The dreamy setting, the fantastic food and the supportive individuals made for a very fun evening which raised 15,000 dollars for an awesome purpose. Thanks to everyone who put in an effort to make this special event happen!

I sure had fun snappin and I hope you enjoy the photos! To see more come visit me at my website.

Cheers!

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A Creative City : Seattle

Here’s a little collection of old and new tumblr style. I have been working on a lot of fun projects and meeting so many new people with unique creative visions.  It’s always a pleasant surprise to meet new artists in the industry.  I’m sure many cities have a plethora of creative folk and I feel very lucky to live in one of them. Here, established artists and new artists work together and help contribute to Seattle’s reputation as a “cultural center for innovation and creativity”. I sure have learned from as well as been supported by many and am happy to have picked up some great friends along the way too. I’m just feeling especially thankful today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

A collection for food and still life photos by Hilary McMullen

The Whale Wins :: Seattle Restaurant & Seattle Food Photographer

What wonderful food!

I had the pleasure of photographing at The Whale Wins a bit ago and what a treat it was. Painted with captivating designs of seafaring lore, the building in which the toggles turn sits on a corner of Stone Way in Fremont, Seattle.  The atmosphere was light and airy with a hint of rustic meets sleek, riddled with well thought out woodsy decor. I was greeted with a shower of smiles from the ladies and gents of the floor and soon after a bit of chit chat, out came the food! I am told the cuisine draws influence from chef, Renee Erickson’s favorite places in Europe. The dishes showcase local veggies, seafood, meat and dairy with complimentary ingredients that mingle just right in your mouth. The drinks are great also! Manager Jeremy Price recommended a cocktail deemed The Thyme Bandit which was… frikken amazing. I was truly delighted by the food, space and people and can’t wait to go back! Feel free to stop by my portfolio to see more yummy adventures!

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Lemon Ideas – Seattle Food Photographer

There is no recipe that goes along with this post.  The only inspiration I had for this shoot was that lemons are pretty! I think that’s inspiration enough, don’t you?

The bright yellow color of lemons captures my attention and makes me want to cook everything under the sun that involves their zingy complimentary flavor.  Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and can’t put my finger on what I want to cook, so I cook nothing and become inspired by their true form.

I’m always looking for new recipes, if you have any that you love and hold dear and want to share, please do! They are so much more fun to cook when they have a story behind them.

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Lemon ideas:

Lavender Lemonade

Lemon Stuffed Chicken (don’t forget the garlic and rosemary)

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon-herb Vinaigrette

Limoncello

Lemon Salmon

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Scones

-Thanks for stopping by!

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Sorry for the long stretch dear readers.  Every year our photo program goes away to beautiful Port Townsend for the second years to finish their portfolios and for the 1st year to assist them.  This year it was my turn to finish up my portfolio which was intimidating but I had a great time and shot some fun images to boot!

And so, on this beautiful sunny day I bring you lemon tarts!  I bought these at a cozy bakery/restaurant called Sweet Laurette’s which sits atop a hill by the sea in a quaint old building with lots of character. (sorry! no photos, next time!)   Their food and pastries are very delicious with strong, unique flavors and a beautiful presentation.  I was quite happy when I walked in and saw lemon tarts sitting in the pastry case as they are one of my favorite desserts, or snacks… 🙂   They proved to be not only photogenic, but all kinds of tasty amazing!!

I experimented with using the 85mm 1.2 lens this week just to switch it up from the 45 tilt shift and the 100mm L IS.   Oh my word, I am all about it!   This lens is one of my new favorites because it gives tack sharp results on whatever one is focusing on.  It also has a excellent weight to it, meaning it’s a hot beast with a dainty, crisp look.  These photos are both shot with natural light and two white cards both on camera left.  Settings are 85mm at f/1.2,  1/500, ISO 125.  If you have a rental place close by,  I recommend trying this one out!

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A Plentiful Supper

What a lovely day it was today in the pacific northwest.  I was so happy to be awakened by the warm rays of sun shining through my curtains.   I could truly smell spring in the air.  Finally!  It’s amazing what a bit of bright sunshine and a brisk morning walk with the pup and the daffodils can do for ones mood.  With that said , my inspirational troubles vanished and off to the market I went, in search of a small fowl.  For, this weeks assignment was to photograph to the theme of yellow/orange and and I had decided upon roasting a chicken with organic carrots and fingerling potatoes.

I stuffed the bird with half a head of garlic, 1 shallot and 1 lemon cut in half, then into the glass baking pan it went.  I also added a good amount of whole carrots and potatoes, 1 sweet white onion spread around and the other half of the garlic.  Top it off with some salt and pepper, a dusting of fresh thyme and a few hefty swigs of olive oil, then into the oven it all went!  With that roasting away and making the the house smell all kinds of amazing, I started to set up for my shoot.  A Q-flash camera right for a little fill light, a couple of white cards camera left for some bounce and the rest day light.   Dishes here, no, there… fork here, or perhaps there… you get the idea; it’s all about placement and styling until you reach the look you like.

About an hour and a half  of roasting at 425 F later,  I pulled a purdy chicken roast out of the oven and took it over to my set.  It took just a bit of shooting to get what I wanted since I had a good deal of time to think on it while it was baking away.   Then for a plentiful supper and a sunset!

 

 

Hermit Mode


It’s a cold and rainy day here in the city.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain and the opportunities it brings to slow down and start a new project while drinking a cozy cup of steaming tea.  One of my favorite things to do on such a day is bake a batch of hot cookies which I then pop into my mouth right out of the oven.  Among my long list of cookie favorites are, oatmeal raisin, snicker-doodles and the classic chocolate chip.  You just can’t go wrong!

After a long but very productive day at school, I decided to go into hermit mode and let my baking side have a go.  After a quick inner debate about which kind to make I settled on chocolate chip, because… well, dark chocolate melting in my mouth just sounded divine.  Lucky for me, no cookie mishaps occurred.  They have been known to happen; such as my lovely kitty cat walking in the flour, then sneezing due to sniffing and making a floury mess, or me accidentally turning the oven a wee bit too high and crisping them just a liiiitle too much.  No worries this time, they came out great!   I enjoyed a couple of them with a cup of earl gray tea all the while being serenaded by the pitter patter of rain on the windows.  I have no idea where the recipe comes from; a very nice woman gave it to me while I was traveling in Europe for a spell.  It shall forever be a mystery, but that makes them all the more enjoyable.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cups butter (room temp)

1/2 cups shortening

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla ( I usually add 3 to 3 1/2 tsp)   😉

2 1/2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2-3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (if you want!)

– In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars until light, beat in eggs and vanilla.

– In separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and soda; then add all to large bowl. Mix together and add chocolate chips.

– Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an un-greased cookie sheet.

– Bake at 350 for 8 – 10  minutes or until edges are golden brown

…..and… Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients