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This is my entry for the culinary arts still life contest. They asked for creative so that is what i tried to do. I really wanted to make something creative, not just food wise but in the presentation and staging too.
I also wanted to show that art doesn't have to be a painting or drawing to be interesting, art comes in all shapes and forms and i feel that the culinary arts and still life photography section gets over looked far too much. It can take just as much time and planning to create and photograph the perfect dish/photo as it does to paint for example.

On to the food. Two tiny cupcakes the size of a 2p coin filled with vanilla sponge in a silicone mold, topped with chocolate butter cream and sprinkles.
The canvas is a square homemade shortbread cookie decorated with rolled white and pink royal icing, piped with more chocolate butter cream and sprinkles. On the "table" (a box covered with a table cloth) is some left over sprinkles as creating art is a messy business, well it is for me anyway!

As always i got my idea at 3:30am this morning and baking by 6am!

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UPDATE with new photo, better lighting and different cloth
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My submission for the Capture Your Pumpkin Contest! :la: [link]

I'm so proud of my Oreo Pumpkin Tarts; these cheeky little calorie bombs are full of autumn flavours and colours :pumpkin: :heart: and perfect to celebrate my favourite season!

The original idea is from the gorgeous Lauren and can be found here [link] ! :)

Here are my changes to the recipe:
Makes 4-6 Tarts, depending on the size of your tart pans. Be careful not to make too big ones as they are really rich.
20 Oreo Cookies; You can always use other cookies if you don't like Oreos !
4 tablespoons melted butter

200g homemade pumpkin puree
100g lowfat quark
30g cream cheese
80g granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a dash of cinnamon

100g heavy cream, whipped
Some pumpkin seeds

You may have noticed that I changed the recipe a lot, that is because I used her recipe only as an inspiration for my own creations. :pumpkin:
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I didn't make this cake myself I just took photo of it. Hope you will like it
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self-made vanilla panna cotta with strawberry sauce made of grandma's garden strawberries. Tastes like heaven.
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so, this is pancakes with strawberry :D
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This entry was made specifically for the Still Life Photography Contest.

Between my laptop breaking, my baby teething, going broke and having really crappy rainy weather, I haven't had much time to think about cooking or baking for the contest. Hope this is original enough for the rules.

One thing that I always have the time to do is think about how much I want to eat ice cream (seriously, I think about it ALL the time). So Saturday when I finally got a few minutes to myself, I looked at what ingredients I had. I saw the peanut butter staring back at me. Thunder struck and I started laughing like a villain (this all happened very quietly because I didn't want to wake my baby).

Confession: This is the last bowl... SURE! shake your head at me but IT WAS WORTH IT!

The Food
This ice cream was made with 1 part heavy cream, 1 part whole milk, peanut butter, vanilla sugar, reese's chips, belgian milk chocolate chunks and a whole lot of awesome.

The Photography
The camera I use is actually an HD video cam (I know, I know don't have anything better).

Today for the first time in what seems like years, the sun came out for literally 10 minutes, then it started pouring again.
I set everything up, less the ice cream and took a few shots with my camera to see what it would look like. When I felt confident, I grabbed the ice cream and struggled with the container a bit until the sun started to retreat (nooooo!! I exclaimed *very quietly*). I took a few shots and felt that this was the best one (you should see the ones of the empty bowl, THEY ARE PERFECT! guh).

Wow! You actually read all of that? sheesh, I wrote it and I wouldn't even read it all. muahahahaha! Thanks :)
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Oreo drink that is a delight with every bit. :)
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cupcakes for lunch! "popay`s choice" and "viva Mexico"! :hungry:

tastes better then it looks like, believe me. will give recipe if anyone wants :)

due to amount of baking and cooking recently, decided to give it a chance with contest too :) wish me luck!

update: recipe can be found here [link]

but here is in English:

200 g flour
baking powder 1 tablespoon (7 grams)
2 eggs
225 g spinach puree (cooked and mashed or frozen a la creme)
50 g honey
80 ml extra virgin olive oil
0.5 tsp salt

200 g butter (room temperature)
200 g soft young goat cheese
freshly ground pepper
50 g honey

just mix everything and bake for 25 minutes at 180ºC :) feel free to experiment with recipe as I did - my topping is mixture of other cheeses :)
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Today is my Dog's birthday,so i baked those macarons for me :aww:

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A Finnish tabloid had a contest titled "Paras pipari" (best gingerbread) and when I saw it I knew I would have to participate. Perhaps not such a good idea when you have CFS and struggle to take care of yourself. The other parts weren't that straining, but rolling the dough is very exhausting. And decorating wasn't so easy with the problems I have with coordination and motoric skills. Making the piece took about three weeks and cleaning up afterwards will probably take two more weeks. A few times I got way overexhausted and had to spend a lot of time resting in bed afterwards. The piece is also participating in DA's Gingerbread House contest.

Some random facts about the piece:

  • The carousel is designed by me and my SO planned the actual realization and did the necessary calculations.
  • There were about 1.75 kg of gingerbread dough and 700g of confectioner's sugar used in this piece, the amount of candy and cake decorations used can't really be measured, most of the candy I bought wasn't used in the end.
  • The diameter of the circle at the bottom is 28 cm.
  • The piece is put together with melted ordinary sugar like we tend to do in Finland. It can leave nasty trails of brown sugar, but it dries very quickly and holds together much better than royal icing.
  • The carousel includes six animals: an elephant, a camel, a leopard, a giraffe, a horse and a zebra. The last two are made with the same pattern. All of them were drawn by me.
  • There are little silver cake decoration spheres on the vertical seams of the cylinder to mimic the lightbulbs of the carousel we have at the Linnanmäki amusement park here in Helsinki.
  • The cake decoration stars at the top stick there because the ceiling has been brushed with a watered down version of the icing.
  • The little rectangles surrounding the bottom aren't bubble gum but candy.

    In the end I donated the piece to the psychiatric unit of Lastenlinna, a children's hospital here in Helsinki. The leopard broke a leg on the way (I had the piece in my lap in a huge plastic bag, but other than that it was still fine when it got there. I hope the kids like it.

    I can probably upload the pictures you can use to build a similar carousel, but it will take some time as they exist only in paper at the moment (and hopefully I haven't lost any of them).
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