Sunday, February 19, 2012

Natural Greens

I'll be the first to admit that plants are fun to take pictures of, but I usually choose my subjects from the garden. So I went on the wild side today. (Taken with a micro-lense on a D5000 Nikon body)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Portraits of a Different Color

Just experimenting! Trying to find what the style that strikes my fancy.

Black & White (Panasonic)

Sepia (Panasonic)

Saturated (Panasonic)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Malawi Portraits

Taken either in Mstlitsa or Chirumbo with the panosonic. (Villages in Malawi.) Or maybe both? :)

Birds of a feather

Taken back at the Roseburg wild animal park in Oregon about a year ago, accompanied by my elderly grandmother and endearing, supportive overworked Mom. <3

Micro Magic

Figured out how to work the Micro Nikkor lense! So I exercised some power over a few unwilling subjects, and, VIOLA! (No worms harmed in the making. I hope. It's hard to tell.)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Double Whammy

Recently, I got smacked with another severe intolerance; Fructose. Making me not only gluten intolerant, Pah! Oh no! Imagine taking the Atkins and No Sugar diet all at the same time. I'm starting to feel a bit like a POW now. Bottom line, I have to learn to cook.

I loathe cooking.  Cooking sucks.

And so at the moment, The Endearing Mother is dragging a reluctant moody adolescant into a world of math, science, and patience. And, patience, science, and math aside, it's not too bad. :)

Seeing as all things commercially made are off limits to me, Mom and I decided the first priority on our edible list was to construct something to show to me that commercial-free didn't have to be repulsive. These little guys were delicious. Not particularly sure where Mom got the recipe, but I wrote it down below for any curious hungry somebodies.

Taste; mousse meets death by chocolate
Texture; Extremely airy chocolate cake/mousse
Served; usually with a dollop of whip cream, pref. cold

  • 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • lightly sweetened whip cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange 4 1 cup ovenproof coffee cups or mugs in a baking or roasting pan.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter together in double botler set over barely simmering water. Whisk occasionally until liquid and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Stir eggs and sugar together in a mixing bowl, then set bowl over simmering water. Stir until warm to touch.
  4. Remove from heat, beat egg mixture with electric beater until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Gently pour egg mixture into chocolate mixture and mix until egg mixture dissapears.
  5. Spoon batter into selected cups/mugs. Add enough hot water to baking pan to come halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake in oven until the chocolate's top looses it's glossy finish, about 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully remove cups/mugs from water filled pan.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature with a generous dallop of whipped cream if desired. Puddings may be refrigerated up to 1 day at a time.
  7. To reheat, bring to room temp. and set in 350 degree until warm. (About a 5 minute wait.)
End product looks like this;