A frozen fruit crumb tart

Gluten and dairy free raspberry and rhubarb crumb tart

Gluten and dairy free raspberry and rhubarb crumb tart

Life seems to be moving fast these days.

In the last year, the busy-ness (which by the way… I heavily dislike to even admit that word) has really made me explore phone photography. It is a double sword this iPhone photography…

… part laziness, part portability, part swiftness.

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Snacks

Gluten-free snacks | Cannelle et Vanille

One thing I noticed when I moved to the US nearly fifteen years ago is that Americans love their snacks. Don’t get me wrong, I do too and I am a big snacker. I eat between meals constantly. An apple, some mashed up avocado, a piece of chocolate… You should see my bag.

I snack.

But American, you love your dipping sauces and casseroles no? Admit it. Yes?

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Bitter greens, lentils, beets and prosciutto for a winter-inspired dinner

Bitter green, lentil, beet and prosciutto salad

Bitter green, lentil, beet and prosciutto salad

This past Sunday, I hosted my first cooking class and communal table event at my studio. It was inspired by the Danish word hygge.

Hygge.

A concept I have heard often this winter in Seattle…

“The art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted and alive”

That was the spirit.

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Candied-apple île flottante for a winter-inspired cooking class

Candied-apple île fltotante

Candied-apple île flottante

PNW winter

PNW winter

Winter hit us with full force in the new year.

Not the blizzard, blankets-of-snow kind of winter, but in a very Pacific Northwest way. Drizzle, fog and grey skies. There is ths ghostly beauty to them. Very moody – inducing lots of soup-making and coffee drinking.

Hygge, as they say in Denmark.

I wanted to also let you know that we will be hosting a winter cooking class in the studio January 26th, followed by dinner. Time to gather around the kitchen with me for some gluten-free cooking and we will sit down to a beautifully styled table by my dear friend and stylist Jenn Eliott-Blake. Her work is amazing.

Please see the menu below, which includes of course, this candied-apple île flottante as the dessert.

And who says January has to be slow and boring?

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2-day food photography workshop with Ashley and Gabe Rodriguez, Feb 8 & 9

Ashley Rodriguez | Not Without Salt

All photos by Ashley Rodriguez

All photos by Ashley Rodriguez

Hope everyone had a great start to the new year. Lots of things happening on my front and some travels coming but, but first…

I am so excited to let you know about an upcoming food photography workshop with husband-wife team Ashley and Gabe Rodriguez in my studio.

Ashley Rodriguez is the creator of Not Without Salt, the winner of Saveur Magazine’s Best Cooking Blog 2013. She studied in professional kitchens before becoming a mother of three. Ashley’s work has been published in Martha Stewart, Saveur.com, BonAppetit.com, FoodandWine.com, and People magazine. Ashley is writing and photographing her first cookbook, which will be published in 2015.

Gabe Rodriguez has been shooting weddings for ten years. His work has been featured in Seattle Metropolitan Bride, Seattle Bride & Groom, Portland Monthly, Portland Bride & Groom and on Style Me Pretty.

WHAT: A 2-day food photography workshop where you will learn about their philosophy on food styling and photography. You will get to work on a shoot from beginning to end. From food styling techniques, camera basics, ow to manipulate natural light, putting together a simple artificial light set-up for when natural light isn’t a possibility and lots of post-processing tips.

You will get to walk through historic Pike Place market in downtown Seattle to gather ingredients, style and photograph recipes.

Lunch is included both days.

WHEN: February 8 and 9, 2014

WHERE: Aran’s Studio 207. 2315 Western Ave. Seattle, WA

FEE: $525

Purchase tickets HERE.

Hope you can make it!

You can also check other upcoming events on my shop.