I am an avid follower of Foodgawker.com. I read it like it's the New York Times, and the big story of the day is how to bake mini pear tarts in mason jar lids. That site is like crack to me. I can't look at just one page of pictures; I have to scroll through at least three and usually only end up stopping because I am either late for something or get too hungry to continue. I love the way that each picture links to its respective food blog and recipe, and yes, it is a dream of mine to some day be linked to that site as well. Dream big, Kaci! Dream big!
So I couldn't bear the thought of starting a food blog (especially one linked to my website and travel blog) if I couldn't provide you with quality photos of my culinary projects.
Now that I'm back at home, I've been able to enjoy the luxury of having every cooking utensil and piece of machinery imaginable. (Except a stand mixer, but I've resigned myself to the fact that I won't have one of those until I get married. Which won't be any time soon.) I did a lot of cooking this past year in Germany, and I had to be pretty creative at times to get around certain obstacles, like a shortage of bowls (mixing and serving), a tiny workspace, and a refrigerator one-third the size of what would be considered normal in the States. Which I shared with a roommate. But I gained a lot more experience with cooking, and went from "becomes paralyzed without detailed recipe" to "is capable of baking cookies without one."
Since being back, I have been cooking and baking up a storm. It was one of the ways that my status as "funemployed" manifested itself. I have a job now, but the hours are flexible since it's a start-up company, so I anticipate being able to keep up in the kitchen.
But what about the pictures? you ask in a polite but concerned tone. Well. You would think that since my mother is a professional photographer, I might know my way around a camera better than I do. But I guess maybe I've just never shown enough interest in learning, or never felt the need to since she's already got enough skills for the whole family. Those days of complacency and ignorance are over now, though! I've got my hands on her old camera (a Canon something-something) and through five-minute tutorials from her here and there and the great big world of the Internet, I will be learning to take Foodgawker-worthy photos in the days and weeks to come.