The January Inspired Plate challenge was “Healthy” as the majority of us have some sort of health-related New Year’s Resolution! I haven’t gotten around to making any resolutions yet as I have been run off my feet with work experience in Esperance and preparing for my imminent 4 week trip to the US (I’ll be flying out in 9 hours!!). Tom & I are going to try to stay healthy in the US by sharing meals, perhaps entree sized meals – Luke has informed me that he couldn’t finish a kids meal at Burger King so I’m not expecting that I’ll be able to finish any meals over there! I also will try to ask restaurants to replace carbs in the meal (like potato / rice) with extra vegetables, as recommended in my current favourite health/fitness book, The 4 Hour Body.
So let’s get onto the food photography challenge! My idea was to make some healthy snacks that might be good as appetisers at a party, as compared with the usual appetisers offered at my friends’ houses: chips, lollies or M&Ms.
Healthy Snack #1: Roasted bell peppers with light cream cheese, strips of fresh basil atop a vitaweat biscuit.
I was too lazy to roast the bell peppers myself, I used pre-prepared bottled ones and cut it into strips. The cream cheese was Extra Light Philadelphia cream cheese, and I chose multigrain Vita Weats to lower the GI of the food as much as possible with those wholegrains & seeds!
Healthy Snack #2: Tasmanian smoked salmon, sprinkled with fresh dill and light cream cheese ontop of a cucumber slice.
The combination is a fairly typical one; I see dill and smoked salmon combined all the time as well as cucumber, cream cheese and dill in sandwiches, so why not put them all together? :) I thought this would be a good gluten-free, low carb option as it uses the cucumber as the base instead of a biscuit.
Healthy snack #3: Safe Sex on the beach (modified)
People tend to look at me like I am the biggest killjoy when I am at a function and say I just want water (usually I bring my own bottle in my bag heh). It’s more socially acceptable to at least have a mocktail, which is a healthier alternative to a cocktail. Fruit juice really isn’t healthy in the strictest sense of the word – essentially having a cup of sugar, whether it be fructose or glucose is not really very healthy at all but it’s healthier than having alcohol in my opinion. I made Safe Sex on the Beach, which should have peach puree in it which I couldn’t find, so I substituted with apricot puree. I substituted the artificially flavoured maraschino cherries with real cherries, which I pitted and chopped into quarters. Here’s the original recipe I modified from: Safe Sex on the Beach from Drinks Mixer.
Credit: Food photography, styling & editing – Sabrina Wong
I photographed these images over 2 days while I was in Esperance as I was out of Perth for half the month, away from my styling materials! I stained some pine boards from Bunnings, bought burlap/hessian & brown paper from a craft store and filled a trolley with food from Woolworths. Would have preferred to source vegetables from the Esperance grower’s market but the timing was not right unfortunately. This time I did not have helpers, I did it alone :) Could’ve done with some helpers to help me eat the snacks I made though, I struggled to eat it and had to throw out some of the smoked salmon which was a small travesty.
Ok, that’s all from me! Now, follow the circle around to Stacey Siegal | Longboat Key & Bradenton Photographer, her food photos always have a touch of class ;) Love her styling!
P.S.: While I was proof reading this post I had to remove 4 or 5 exclamation marks. I get way too excited when I write blog posts!!