Saturday, July 24, 2010

lemon-flax tutorial

well hello!
I have for you today a little tutorial on baking
to be honest, making the tutorial (for me) was less about the recipe
(I made it up as I went)
and more about taking the pictures and presenting a clear step-by-step

it's actually based on this book I found at t j maxx a couple months ago
(which, sorry, I just can't find online...)
I loved it instantly because of the way they present the food
and take beautiful, easy-to-follow photos of every step

[I will just write brief words at the bottom in case you want to make it...]


1 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup agave/honey
1 tablespoon lemon extract

1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups zucchini, grated
mix together the dry ingredients
whisk together the wet ingredients
add wet to dry and stir to combine
add zucchini to dough and stir to combine
grease muffin tins
bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so
do the dishes while you wait

and here is a question I really need/want answered...what kind of camera do you have?
if you have a really nice camera, I would love to know about it
what are the nice features? how much did it cost? what is it great at photographing?
I'm trying to figure out my lighting, and what cameras do vs. extra supplies for lighting and such.
know anything about this? I'll love you forever



Sarah C said...

i carry a little sony cyber-shot in my purse pretty much all the time. it's a few years old, and only shoots in 7.2 megapixels. it has a decent zoom and a few nice manual settings, but it's a pretty simple point and shoot. i feel like you can tell the difference between the pictures i take with that one and our digital slr.

we have a digital rebel XTi and the standard 28 to 135mm lens on it. the pictures it takes are BRILLIANT, and usually need very little editing done, except cropping and a little white balance adjustment.

i try to shoot in natural light as much as possible. almost everything on my blog, with the exception of some of the winter posts, utilizes natural lighting. if i don't have any natural, i take the lampshades of some of our lamps and move them around until i get a good amount of light. i hate dark shadows and such...

shoot me an email if you have any other questions :) helloauburnst(at)gmail(.)com

Lady Grey said...

not only do these look great, the pictures of the process are simply fabulous!

I bought my first SLR camera last summer.... it's a Canon Rebel XS and I absolutely love it! It's a pretty basic entry level camera (from a more professional point of view), but so far it meets all my needs! It takes wonderful landscapes and close-ups.... it's really a fantastic camera : )

Kelly said...

I like to shot on film rather than digital.

I use a canon AE-1 from the late seventies... you can get one for about fifty bucks on ebay, or stumble upon similar cameras at thrift stores and garage sales for pretty darn cheap.

Once I figured out the balance between shutter speed and aperature, my pictures have been lovely :)

(And film wise, I love fugi superia 400 speed. Colton shoots color mainly in slide film which is GORGEOUS, but also a little more expensive to process.)

Alison said...


rachel! said...

ohh, i love sharing people on my blog, i'm glad you like it! and i loveee your baking pictures. i never have enough patience to do it step by step, but it looks so nice. and they look delicious.

i have a canon powershot s90, which is like like a SLR in a point & shoot camera, and it's really nice. but i'm starting to really get into focus, and it only has great focus for close-up things, and so if i had $1000 i would buy a real canon slr.

that sounds fun about the film camera, i would do that! <3 good luck finding one!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

love your recipe and the pics and your blog! :)

we finally threw down on a nikon d90. it's remarkable and i love it! i'm still learning the ropes.

it seems like we have so much trouble with indoor lighting these days. flash mostly just ruins photos, so a tripod is a must! also along with a tripod (which we don't have, but would be cool!) you can get a remote control to snap the photo without touching the camera, to avoid every little bit of shake.

i've also seen some flashes that shoot light skyward, avoiding that direct flash problem and casting light on everything, as if it were lit like so naturally. also pretty nifty! :)

Regan said...

Yummm, these look so good!! The pictures are so cute. I love your blog!!

freckleonthenose said...

I love the table you are working on - it's so pretty!

I just bought some zucchini this morning and can't wait to bake with it!

ALFIE said...

LOVE everything about this post!!!! the pictures are amazing!!

as for my personal camera usage---i only have a point and shoot---but i take everything in natural light---which gives pictures such a lovely look.

ps. i have 4 pair of TOMS :)

rebecca said...

I'm so rubbish at cooking :P I could never do such a good tutorial!

britni @ Antika Moda said...

I wish I could help with the camera questions, but we're currently in the market for one ourselves...I'll let you know when we decide on one!! :)

These pictures are really good though!

Nicole said...

I love your photos! I actually am camera-less right now, but am thinking about purchasing a canon powershot SX210IS. I've heard good things about it--that it's a good medium between a point&shoot and a dslr!

Anywho, I love your baking pictures! Everything looks so fresh and delicious!

Karen Anne said...

You are such a great food blogger! I love having pictures of the steps you saw from the cheesecake episode...I need as much help as I can get.

I have a Canon Rebel Xti that I've had for a couple of years now. My husband bought it for me as a gift and I think it was about $600. I used it with the kit lens for a long time, and recently bought a super cheap fixed lens with a wide aperture (1.8).
I don't know anything about cameras/photography, but I love taking pictures and I like my camera!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is like a perfect little book...I love the step by step photos...So cute and lovely:) I really want to make this now...Yummy:) Kisses my lovely and have a fun day:)

chelsea rebecca said...

this is basically my all time favorite post of yours!!!
you are too cute and i love the step by step!

melonshots said...

you have fantastic photos!
and those muffins looks delicious. Awesome!!

Vicky Klbr said...

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chai am woman said...

this is SO presh. i love it. definitely have to bookmark!

as far as cameras... i've been through quite a few. i'll just kinda go in a list...

*my first awesome point-and-shoot in high school was a sony cybershot... loved it, great features for a point-and-shoot but i love photography and wanted a "nicer" camera so i stepped up to a DSLR for my 21st birthday (some people like booze, i liked cameras haha!). i will say that i did have a photo published in an art and literary magazine that i took with this little camera... so definitely don't underestimate the little ones while you're saving.

*nikon D50... great camera for a new and amateur photographer... i used it mostly to take pictures at football games and to take pictures of my dogs... i used it to take a few other photos that were published in later issues of the same literary magazine... so fun!

*canon g9... love this camera as well mostly because it is superty duper "rugged." it ACTS a lot like a DSLR but is much, much slower with the shutter. something like 12 megapixels?? it's awesome but is currently broken (sometimes rugged isn't enough for a toddler, haha!). honestly, though, for the money, i would save another $100-200 and go for a DSLR.

*my current mainstay: i traded my D50 for a nikon d5000 (another "amateur" model DSLR... i think it kind of "replaced" the D50 and is a little better... closer to what the D80/D90 do but not quite as fantastical). lots of megapixels... lots of amazing features that have before only been on the upperlevel DSLR's and not on the D40s/D50s... overall, i LOVE this camera! the lens that comes with it is amazing but it's also compatible with my old tamron that i had and all the newer nikon lenses. AND... it has VIDEO!!!! like... HD video. wowza! there is also a D3000 that (i think) is a wee bit cheaper but still amazing features... recommend recommend recommend. after having a canon (though not a DSLR) i will say i think nikon's menus are a little easier to work...

as far as lighting... i try to only use natural light. i'm saving right now for a lens with a lower aperture so i can take better pictures in the evenings without having to use a lot of flash. in my opinion, "aperture mode" is one of the best ways (other than manual) to get good lighting out of your photos... i am way amateur but i love reading tutorials that MckMama posts on her blog... i think the link is and she has a link somewhere to her photography tutorials and they are GREAT and easy to read.

hope this helps! i sure am giving you earfulls this morning

chai am woman said...

oh noooooooo it told me my comment was too large. it WAS a very long comment. hmm... i'll just tell you about my mainstay camera right now...

nikon D5000... i traded in my d50 that i had for this one and it's AMAZING. especially for a lowe rlevel DSLR. it has a lot of the same features that the d80/d90 had that weren't available before in the lower levels (like HD video!!!). the lense is great and is compatible with other lenses... this camera takes pictures WAY superior to the d50 i had... idk what it is. definitely recommend if you can afford or save up for it. christmas list!!