sabatomic: perth photographer » fine art photography: portraiture, animals, food

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I’m back to blogging and I hope that you’ll join me for my journey from here. I am taking a year off medicine which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. I have so many ideas about what to do with my time but I am a little nervous about failing at these things. My partner says to enjoy the year, strive for health & happiness and then, regardless of what happens, it’ll be a success.

Every day is a new beginning. Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.

Why I am so focused on being successful at everything, isn’t it ok to be mediocre? I have this pervasive feeling that I’m not good enough and no matter how many times I cuddle my cats, no matter how much people tell me that I’m good at things, it’s still there. It’s more of a mindset than a reality and that’s something I want to work on.

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I’ve been enjoying my last holiday as a student by relaxing, doing fun photoshoots and introducing a new member to the household; my kitten, Jaska. I like to joke that I wanted a kitten name that sounded like IKEA furniture, but really it means “quiet” in an ancient Nordic language, as he was sleeping so quietly and looking very peaceful when I met him for the first time. Life’s been a bit of a blur since I got Jaska, I seem to always be playing with him, training him, cuddling him, grooming or cleaning up after him. It’s my first cat and I am very excited :)

Anyway, I managed to squeeze in this month’s challenge between all the crazy cat lady stuff, so here it is:

Pan Pepperoni Pizza {Perth Food Photography}

The challenge was to use a cast iron pan. There’s not a huge range at the shops in Perth (or perhaps I was not looking in the right places) but I managed to source a little Le Creuset skillet at the last minute in a lovely bright red colour. I look forward to experimenting more with cast iron, I have never cooked with it before but it is handy that I can put it in the oven from the stove, and it will work with an induction cooktop too! We currently have an electric stove (no gas here) and are hoping to upgrade to induction at some point in the future.

Pan Pepperoni Pizza {Perth Food Photography}

I used this recipe for Foolproof Pan Pizza, which looks delicious, however, clearly I am quite the fool as this pizza was a bit of a flop taste-wise! I would like to try it again with different cheese – I ended up using a kind of provolone cheese that was far too salty for my taste because I couldn’t find dry mozarella until 2 days after I shot this. Also, in my opinion, there was a bit too much oil in the recipe, so I’d like to reduce that and try again. I’m happy with the look of it though ;)

I leaned over to Tom and asked him how my photos look. He said “Looks good! Much better than it tasted!” Hahaha – I agree!

Pan Pepperoni Pizza {Perth Food Photography}

Let me know if you try the recipe and have any more luck than I did or have tips on making pan pizza, clearly I could use some help :)

Be sure you go, please visit Jennifer Olson | California Food Photographer | Pretty-Eats.com, who is next in our blog circle. She produces absolutely beautiful work and shoots for Edible San Luis Obispo Magazine!

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  • December 30, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Jennifer Olson | Pretty Eats - That looks gorgeous!! Never tried pizza this way before. Lol I love that you shared that the recipe needs some tweaking, I’ve been there too where the food looks pretty but doesn’t taste as good as it looks! Wonderful images!! And congrats on Jaska, love that name.ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 12:07 am

    cast iron skillet cooking {roasted rosemary red potatoes} | Allison Jacobs Photography - […] members of The Inspired Plate were cooking this month in their cast iron skillets!  Start with Sabrina Wong, Perth Food Photographer who always has mouth watering recipes and […]ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 12:42 am

    Allison Jacobs - Love that red handled pan! The pizza does look like it should taste delicious so I am sorry that it didn’t! I just had that happen a few days ago with a homemade ice cream recipe… :(ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 3:39 am

    Stacey - AWESOME Sab!! I used my big white Le Creuset in the first recipe I tested and I thought it was a fail (although my ex said it was really good). Love the great shots – the red checkered cloth is perfect as well! Just sorry it didn’t taste as good as it looks. Happy New Year!! :)ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 7:18 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - Oh Don’t you hate when things don’t work out the way you expect :(
    If it’s any consolation, it looks delicious. And your use of the red napkin is a great addition to your set up. Great jobReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    pretty eats » A Happy New Year with The Inspired Plate! Caramelized Pork Shoulder & a Moroccan-Inspired Cous Cous Salad - […] miss the rest of TIP’s posts, starting with the lovely Sabrina Wong, Perth Food Photographer and continuing on to Allison Jacobs, Orange County, California Food Photographer, Stacey Siegal | […]ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    Bryt - As always, love your food photos. And I love seeing all the pix of Jaska on Facebook. There are never enough cute cat photos!ReplyCancel

I haven’t updated this blog for a little while because of solid studying for my final exams and celebrating graduation. Apparently I am a doctor now, which is an honorific I don’t yet feel that I have earned! I had just enough time to recover on Sunday and today, I challenged myself to styling, cooking, editing and blogging this update in one day! Considering my time limitations, I’m happy with what I managed to put together :)

If you want to open up a new tab and follow our little circle around, feel free to check out what beautiful things Jen Olson has prepared this month: Jennifer Olson | California Food Photographer | Pretty-Eats.com

Woodland Table Settings

Please excuse the shoddy piping on the gingerbread. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere, eh?

Woodland Table Settings

I used a new gingerbread recipe this time – from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook – I was too lazy to type it up – I found the recipe here. I absolutely love this recipe, it has more spices than other recipes (all spice, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg) and includes dark molasses / treacle. Additionally, the half teaspoon of salt makes these cookies taste a lot more balanced than most, not too sugary.

Woodland Table Settings

Would love to enjoy this table setting with a full meal. Perhaps I will prepare one tonight… right after I’ve cleaned up the kitchen. There is a gigantic mess in there and Tom is home and wondering what is for dinner… Gingerbread, apparently.

Gingerbread noms

So that’s all I’ve got time for today, but before you go, I want to know:

If you arrived at my house and the dining table was covered in artificial grass, would you be weirded out or cool with it?

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  • November 26, 2013 - 1:06 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - looks great Sab! I live your tablescape too! Your so creative, and all your little details flow together so nicely…..you could teach me a thing or two about the art of design. Great jobReplyCancel

  • November 26, 2013 - 1:18 am

    Kim - Liv Life - First of all… congratulations!! I proud of you Sab, as my son has begun researching what med school is all about I am aware of the hours that go into what you have done, and you did it! Congratulations!!
    And the fact that you keep us all motivated to get our posts together. Thank you! and your table is awesome!! Your piping skills have outpiped mine… I’m SO not a decorator.
    Grass on the table… first I thought, no. But the more I think about it, the more fun I see it! But, I’m an elbow on the table person (My mom still gets after me about that), and it might be scratchy?
    Your photos are all beautiful, but I think on of my favorites is Tom eating the cookie. That’s your new lens, right? It rocks!!ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago, I dropped by Russell’s house and took some photographs of his cat, Trunks! Trunks is a beautiful ginger tabby with the softest fur and a friendly, talkative nature.

Trunks the cat

Russell inherited Trunks from a friend who was moving in with a cat-allergic partner.

Trunks the cat: King of the Garden

He was named Trunks because it was the name of a character on Dragonball Z and his original owner was a huge fan of the show.

Trunks the cat in black and white

I thought Trunks was a young cat due to the agile way he moved around and his friendly, kitten-like temperament, but he is actually 12 human years old, which means he is 70 in cat years!

Trunks the cat

Russell’s favourite thing about Trunks is when he sits on Russell’s belly with his tongue sticking out, purring, a picture of contentment.

Trunks the cat silhouette

Russell’s least favourite thing about Trunks is when he wakes Russell up at 3am because he’s hungry and he’s forgotten where his biscuits are.

Trunks the cat meows a lot

Russell and his housemate joke that even though Trunks is old and scrawny, he beats up all the strays in the neighbourhood when they venture onto his turf.

Trunks the cat explores the garden

Trunks doesn’t like to be picked up like a baby, but he will tolerate it for a very short while.

Trunks the cat doesn

Trunks’ eyes look a little different because he has had eye surgery – it’s a hereditary condition in his family that cause his eyelashes to grow into his eyes. He is fine now, though!

Trunks the cat looking regal

Russell describes Trunks as “affectionate, unpretentious and an adorable dork.”

Trunks the cat rolling about on the floor

This is where Trunks likes to sleep during the day; on a comfy bean bag in his housemate’s room next to the blinds.

Trunks the cat at nap time

At night time, Trunks likes to curl up with Russell!

Trunks the cat is so cute when he sleeps

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed playing with Trunks while the boys were playing Pokemon on the 3DS! It had been newly released that day ;) Thank you for having me over Russell!

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  • October 31, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Skye - Awww! These photos are fantastic and really capture his personality.ReplyCancel