02 December 2013
Back in August I got an email from Kinfolk magazine. When I first saw the sender I just thought it was one of their mass emails about a new magazine or article or something. But it wasn't. It was the art director asking me if I would like to shoot a photo for their winter issue. I was in a utter state of shock. Kinfolk is that kind of magazine that I would dream to shoot in, but never though my photos would get in. I like the photos I take, but Kinfolk has just such a certain kind of beauty in it's photos, that I didn't think mine would be up to par. But they wanted me. AMAZING. I immediately replied back of course! So I shot two photos for the issue, gingersnap cookies all packaged up for giving and a hot toddy drink. Nerves took over the day of the shoot but I somehow managed through, with the help of my mom coming up, with my little cousin, to help out.
They sent me the new issue last week and to see my photos in print was such a dream. To have photos with the likes of Alice Gao and Nikole Herriott made me feel like I was finally doing something right. Here are the photos and a few of the outtakes as well, my favorite being the one of my mom holding little Alana.
1 stick (114g)
1 cup (200g) brown sugar
1/4 cup (85g) molasses
2 cups (250g) AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
white sugar for rolling
Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift in flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix until combine. Chill in fridge for 1 hour.
Scoop out into 1 tbsp balls and roll in white sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly on sheet then let finish cooling on rack.
On a sadder note, my beloved little cat, Cosmic has past away. She has been my cat for more than half my life and was my love. I begged my parents for years and years to get a pet when I was little, every birthday and christmas it was the only thing I wanted. It was always 'No, our condo is too small" etc etc. Then one day my Aunt called us up and her neighbor's cat had kitten, seeing if we wanted one. Somehow the answer became yes from my parents and we drove over their to pick out one. This little grey kitten with a white milk mustache became ours. I loved her from the moment we saw her. She was not the normal type of cat that most people fall in love with. She was really tough, acted like she didn't need anyone and was so fiesty she would even sometimes nip at my ankles walking by. But if I was really still, just laying on the couch watching tv, she would sneak up and crawl onto my stomach and purr while I pet her. It made those little moments more special. We were just alike. Tough and aloof on the outside but really just a little softy at heart. I will miss her more than anything. She has been slowing fading away this past month. When my parent's came back from a trip, she had lost so much weight and just slept on a chair all day long, barely eating or drinking. Luckily my dad is home from work recovering from a surgery, so he was their with her all day long until the end. She will be greatly missed.
by Julie Marie at 17:18
04 November 2013
The time has changed. Now it is pitch black by 6 o'clock. It's moderately depressing.
I went back home today to have my dad help me set up a retirement account, by tickets to go see A Christmas Carol and deposit my paycheck. A massive load of laundry was done in the meantime and running a few errands with my mom when she got home from work. A typical day off for me. A guess not really keeping in contact with anyone from high school, going to 3 different colleges and moving often has led my days off to be for errands instead of hanging out with people. Even though I have lived in St Helena for over a year now, I still feel like I don't know anyone here. Besides the people at work.
I've always been a bit of a lone wolf.
Work for me.
After I spent one day photographing my new baby cousin Kai, we ended the photoshoot in the garden of my Aunt and Uncle's house. The have a massive amount of things growing. I came away with a few tomatoes, some type of squash and a few little aubergines. The tomatoes were to go into a salad, the squash could be cut up and roasted, but I didn't know what to do with the aubergines. Besides a ratatouille, have I ever done anything with them? Probably and I'm just not remembering. But those suckers sat in my fridge until I knew I had to use them or toss em.
So after seeing what else was in my always empty fridge, I there was butter and ricotta. A tart it all became.
With many photos....
Aubergine and Ricotta Tart
1 9inch tart
For the dough I used a classic Pate Brisee dough
1 1/4 cup (156g) AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 stick (114g) butter, cold and cubed
a few tablespoons of ice water
Mix the dry ingredients together, then cut in the butter until you have small pea sized chunks. Then I add water by the tablespoon, mixing it, just until it holds together. Then wrap in plastic and chill for 1 hour.
Roll out on a lightly floured surface, to just bigger than your pan. Fit into your pan and cut off any excess.
For the filling I just did about a cup of ricotta mixed with salt and pepper and herbs de provence. Then spread over the crust. Next time I would beat an egg into it. It baked off into a bit of a solid layer for me, so I think the egg would make it stay lighter.
Then I just sliced two small aubergines (eggplants) and fanned then on top of the ricotta. Drizzled it with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with salt an pepper.
Baked in a 375 degree oven for about 1 - 1 1/2 hour. Ate once cooled.
Not the best thing I have ever made, but good enough to suffice for a meal.
by Julie Marie at 20:41