Bloom Restaurant :: Ballard, Seattle

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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!

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Cheers!

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Pike Place Market’s, Chan Seattle – Seattle Food Photographer

Hello All!

I had the pleasure of photographing Chan Seattle for the September/October issue of Edible Seattle Magazine.  Chan is nestled in a tiny courtyard in Pike Place Market’s, Post Alley. Chef Park’s Korean dishes are classic and modern combined with western cooking techniques. After the shoot, I tried the spicy pork sliders and they were super good with lots of unique spicy flavor. Here are some of my favorite snaps!  To see more of my work, come visit me at my website! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy Thursday!

Edible Seattle Magazine article about Chan Seattle photographed by Hilary McMullen

Article about Chan Seattle in  Edible Seattle Magazine shot by Hilary McMullen

Endless Organic Eggs

My mother has 7 Bantam Silkie hens and they are crazy adorable.  They all have equally adorable names, but so help me, I’m always getting confused as to who’s who, except for Mrs. Button cause she’s the fattest and oldest, so I mostly call them all Fluffy. Anywho, I went out to collect the morning bounty to discover that Mrs. Button was the only one left in the coop and was hunkered down for the ages in a giant pile of straw… broody again.  When I got close to coax her out into the sunlight she greeted me with soft peeping noises and moved a bit to reveal at least 20 mini brown eggs.  Apparently, when the other gals leave for the day to begin their bug and plant foraging, Mrs. Button scuttles around the coop collecting and pushing all the eggs she can find into her carefully made straw nest. CUTE! I felt a little guilty snatching her treasure but the fact that she had been sitting in this one spot for a week made me think she probably needed some nutrition from the great outdoors, and poor girl, the eggs are never going to hatch! She soon decided that it was indeed time to hit the lawn and almost instantly found a juicy caterpillar thing, ew. The nice size pile of pretty brown speckled eggs inspired me to have a little fun behind the camera and here’s what came out of it! Happy Saturday!

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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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Perfect Endings Cupcakes

Here’s another project from Port Townsend.  I had the great pleasure of working with owner LaTrecia of Perfect Endings Cupcakes for a day while I was in this lovely part of the North West.  She makes the most wonderfully beautiful and tasty cupcakes! Her shop is located right on the main street of PT in an old brick building.  The enticing eats and pastel colors of her shop through the windows will certainly catch your eye and pull you in to try a sweet treat.  I had to try four; carrot cake, raspberry chocolate, classic vanilla, and lemon =)   All AMAZING!  If you are ever in the area, be sure to check out this gem of a place.

These were all shot with natural light and one white card camera left.  Lens: 24-105mm & 100mm Macro

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Perfect Endings Cupcakes

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.Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

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Lemon Cupcakes

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Carrot Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes

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Simple and Healthy Fried Eggplant

The eggplant is such an interesting vegetable and one of my favorite looking (giant purple raindrop with hair).    Whether eaten as a snack, or as the main attraction in a hearty meal, eggplant is something I enjoy frequently.

A great and really simple way I like to prepare it is fried or grilled with just a dash of salt/pepper and a good lug of extra virgin olive oil.   Sometimes things are just best plain and simple!  I eat this as a snack or as a side dish with dinner or lunch.

Get a couple good sized eggplants as they shrink when cooked and slice them into 1/2 centimeter thick round slices.  If you want the eggplant to have a denser consistency, rub coarse salt on the slices and let them sit in a colander for about 40 minutes to an hour.  This draws the water out so you won’t end up with soggy eggplant.  I have done it both ways and like both; it doesn’t get gross soggy if you fry on a med high heat and crisp the edges.  Just personal preference I guess.    Then salt and pepper to your liking, drizzle with some nice flavorful olive oil, or butter if you prefer, and you’re ready to go.  Heat up your skillet or throw some coals on the barby, and cook each side until golden brown.   To take this a step further, you can dip the slices in an egg batter and then rub them with bread crumbs.  Eat up!

More Eggplant ideas:

-eggplant lasagne

-stuffed, baked eggplant with meat, veggies and spices (kinda like stuffed peppers)

-grilled eggplant panini

-eggplant parmesan

-roasted eggplant soup

Images shot with natural light.  4 black cards; 3 camera left to bring in shadow, 1 camera right to block light.  3 white cards; 1 directly camera right, 1 camera back right, 1 camera back left.  24-105mm lens at 100mm. iso 125

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Sliced Eggplant on wooden table

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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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