Kim’s French Toast

Good morning!  I’d like to share a french toast recipe that my mother-in-law game to me.

Unfortunately it’s one of those recipes where the exact amounts are not written anywhere so I’ll do my best to explain.

The secret ingredient is pepper which seems sort of weird (in my opinion) for a breakfast item but it tastes great!

Ingredients (enough for 2-3 people)

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 6 slices of bread
  • 4 eggs
  • pepper

Directions

Crack the eggs in a large bowl.  Whip until scrambled.  Mix in the milk.  Then, sprinkle the desired amount of pepper in to egg/milk mixture.  I usually use enough pepper to cover the entire top of the egg/milk mixture and then I stir it in.  Mine looks like this when finished:

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Then, using your fingers or tongs, dip both sides each slice of bread in the mixture and cook on a pre-heated skillet set to medium heat (I cook at 325F on an electric skillet).  When the bottoms start to brown, flip each piece of bread and cook on the other side.

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When finished, transfer to a plate and top with syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever you’d like!

 

Have a great weekend.

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Food Photography

I’ve taken some food pictures for this blog but I never put much thought in to applying  the best techniques for food photography.  That is, until yesterday.

I am trying to put together a list of recipes that I use often and one of the stipulations I have for myself is that I need to include a picture that I’ve taken of the food to include next to the recipe.

Yesterday I made a breakfast sandwich and I could not get a picture I was happy with.  I used my 18-55mm lens and it was just not working out.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

I got frustrated with the 18-55mm lens because it would not focus if I got too close.  But if I got further away from the food, the picture lost some of the detail that I wanted to capture.  I thought maybe I can spruce up the picture in Photoshop. Nope.

So I read a few posts about food photography and two of the recommendations that stood out to me were 1.) use a macro lens and 2.) use natural light if possible.

So, that’s what I did this morning.

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photo taken with 60mm macro lens and natural light

Huge difference!  Before I took the picture, I wasn’t sure if it would work because there was barely any light coming in through the kitchen window.  But my lens knew how to make it work.  I like this picture because it shows the detail of the food and the lighting indicates that I was about to enjoy the sandwich in the morning – which I did.

Don’t get me wrong – I have taken decent pictures of food with my 18-55mm lens, like the one shown below but I think I’ll stick with the 60mm macro for a while.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

What tricks or tips do you have when taking pictures of food?