Posts tagged ‘photoblog’

November 26, 2011

Turning Vegetarian – Jalapeño Tofu Scramble

by Nicole Lee

Tofu is such an up in the air ingredient for some people. It’s something that puts a lot of people off as either a sub par “meat replacement” or just “totally bland”. I, on the other hand, find it both fun to work with and delicious- you just have to know what you’re doing.

That said, this recipe was a little…bland. I think if/when I try it again I am going to marinade my tofu overnight in either a dry rub or a sauce of some sort. It needed more time to take on some of the flavors this recipe put forward, but I think the theory is here and I’m definitely going to make a habit of having the ingredients at the ready! Without further adieu, the instructions below!

Serves: 3-4
Start to finish: 20 minutes
Cost per serving: ≈ $2.25

Nutritional values (will vary depending on brands)- Per serving: 143 calories, 8.5g fat (1.1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 30.8mg sodium, 9g carbohydrates, 2.2g fiber, 10.8g protein

Ingredients:

 1 16-18 ounce package of organic extra-firm tofu
 1 tbsp. olive oil
 2 jalapeños, diced
 1/2 white onion, diced
 2 cloves garlic, diced
 1 tsp. chili powder
 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
 1/4 tsp. salt
 1 c. chopped roma tomato
 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
 Garnish; fresh cilantro leaves

Method:

1. Drain tofu, cut in half (horizontally), squeeze as much liquid out as possible, pat dry with a paper towel and crumble into a medium bowl.
2. In a skillet heat oil and saute  jalapeños, onion and garlic until translucent. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt; cook for approximately 30 seconds.
3. Add crumbled tofu to chili mixture. Heat for approximately 5 mintues.
4. Stir in tomatoes and lime juice and serve.
5. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and enjoy!

November 23, 2011

Turning Vegetarian – Lemony Garbanzo Bean Sandwiches

by Nicole Lee

Night two of cooking at home out of the Vegetarian cook book I picked up Sunday. This recipe was insanely simple, incredibly inexpensive and yummy, yummy, yummy! I think I’m going to start adding the cost per serving to my list of “just so you know”s about each recipe.

Now this one I liked for dinner, but I think I prefer for lunch. I’ll be bringing the left overs to my office tomorrow and I have no doubt I’ll eat the heck out of it- I might even share if my coworkers are lucky!

Notes: I got stuck looking all over for focaccia, but I could not, for the life of me, find it. I got French bread and it was entirely wrong. I definitely suggest looking around more thoroughly than I was able to get it.

Lemony Garbanzo Bean Sandwich

Serves: 4
Start to finish: 20 minutes
Cost per serving: ≈ $2.50

Nutritional values (will vary depending on brands)- Per serving: 401 calories, 8g fat (0g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 472mg sodium, 71g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 16g protein

Ingredients:

 1 15oz can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
3 tbsp. fresh parsley
1 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
 1 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
 1 tbsp. olive oil
 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
 1/2 a large cucumber peeled, quartered and sliced
 1/2 c. arugula
 1/3 c. roasted red sweet pepper strips
 1 12″ loaf focaccia quartered

Method:

1. Combine garbanzo beans, parsley, lemon peel, lemon juice, red onion, olive oil, and black pepper. Gently mash beans with a fork or potato masher (leave it coarse, you want some texture). Stir in cucumber, arugula and roasted pepper.*
2. Cut bread in half and fill each portion of bread with a quarter of the bean mixture. Enjoy!**

* Honestly, as long as you’re not too harsh you can add everything other than arugula right from the start.
** I did not toast my bread, but I think next time I will. Having the crunch sounds like a really good idea!

October 8, 2011

Caturday Challenges

by Nicole Lee

I find it exceptionally hard to photograph black cats, which makes Caturday exceptionally hard for me to follow through on. I have bad lighting in my house and my cats are entirely black. I cannot pick up good detail in their fur, and their eyes look like they are coming out of a black pit. That said, I want to photograph them well. I don’t want to miss these years of their lives. I look back and I don’t have nearly  enough photos of either of them as kittens.

So here’s my question to you- if you have a black cat, or if you know someone that does, please let me know how you get decent photos. Exposure, ISO, post processing all of it.

Thank you in advance for your advice!

September 30, 2011

Informal Photoshoot with David

by Nicole Lee

So my friend David and I have been talking for months about getting together to take some photos. Unforutnately things had not worked out until recently. Yesterday I headed up (down? across?) to the Hyde Park area with camera in hand. It wasn’t anything staged or arranged. We walked around, talked, drank some coffee and he ended up on the other side of the lens. I loved it. I think the photos came out fairly well. I’d like to try again with him with a little more light (ISO at 800+ is too grainy for me), but overall it was wonderful. Now it’s Friday morning and I’m all smiles. Things are on the up and up.

July 16, 2011

Fourth of July 2011 – Part 4 – Miami Tour

by Nicole Lee

And to wrap up the Fourth of July here are a few photos from around town. By the time I was taking most of these I had been drinking a little bit so I had to over edit a lot of it. The black and whites are blown out beyond belief, but I think I kind of like it. (The “Scott does Spiderman” at the end is my favorite, though. He was hanging from that tree and within two seconds of the shutter snapping he fell, flat on his back. He had a huge sore for days. Poor sir.)