My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 

Baked Doughnuts for Everyone {From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free} 

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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free

 

Monday
Mar312014

Food Photography Tips |4|

Food Photography Tips |4|

If you’re tired of the current surfaces you photograph on try changing things up by using old, worn-in baking pans. The older the better! If you don’t have any weathered looking pans they are a cinch to find at thrift stores and antique shops [and usually just a few bucks!]

They can give your photos a vintage feel, help provide contrast when photographing vibrant food, contribute to making moodier, shadowy photos, create a “homey” feeling when photographing baked goods, and create more visual interest in comparison to a solid color flat surface.  The rimmed edges can also help provide shadows around your food to help frame the image.

I’m constantly finding things in my home to help with my food photography and this is by far one of my favorite “tricks.”

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

The pans can provide excellent contrast when photographing simple food objects.

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

Roasted Carrot Fries

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

Bright + vibrant colors really pop on a dark background.

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

Crispy Sweet Potato Straws – 3 ways

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

Spring Vegetable Quesadillas with Quick Smoky Salsa

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

Chocolate and Cinnamon Sugar Pan Bread

A little more earth-toned but still provides contrast and warmth.

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pistachios

Gives that “fresh out of the oven” feel while also adding a sense of hominess with a well-used pan.

Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

What’s your current favorite surface to shoot on?

I go back and forth between super clean + white to a more rustic, vintage feel with old pans and wood.

Ashley

Sunday
Mar302014

Hemp Seed Dressing with a Spring Salad

Lately, there have been more batches of brownies and pizza [coming soon!!] over here than I can count on both hands. While I have loved creating and eating these recipes my body is screaming for salad.  And with the warmer weather and spring produce starting to roll in it’s going to be an easy transition to make.

Hemp Seed Dressing with a Spring Salad | edibleperspective.com

This salad is loaded to the brim. You’ll find three different types of greens, broccoli sprouts, radishes, spring onions, fresh peas, and salty pistachios. I love adding some type of salty crunch and pistachios were just the right fit.

Hemp Seed Dressing with a Spring Salad | edibleperspective.com

But with this veggie loaded salad I needed a dressing that could hold up to all the flavors and textures but also not overpower the freshness.  A simple vinaigrette could have gotten the job done, but I wanted something with a bit more body. A dressing thick like ranch dressing but not ranch dressing. Enter, hemp seed salad dressing.

Hemp Seed Dressing and Spring Salad | edibleperspective.com

Ohhh, how I love hemp seeds. They’re incredibly nutty in flavor with a slight bit of earthiness and a soft but slightly crunchy texture. They are amazing on top of pretty much anything, sweet or savory, or blended into smoothies.  Beyond their flavor these little seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re a complete protein packing 10 grams in just 3 tablespoons, as well as healthy omega-3’s, and nearly half your daily intake of magnesium.  After joining Costco when we moved back to Denver I was shocked to see that they carry hemp seeds for a fraction of the cost at other stores. The same goes for hemp oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, chia seeds, quinoa, EBF greens, and frozen organic fruit [just some of my favorite Costco finds].

Hemp Seed Dressing and Spring Salad | edibleperspective.com

Anyway. This salad.  It’s a no-fuss, total body reboot. The dressing is blended together in about 30 seconds and thickens as it sits.

Then you can add anything and everything you want into the salad. Clean your fridge out, use some fresh springy veggie goodness, or keep it super simple by massaging the dressing into curly kale leaves and throwing a handful of salted nuts on top.

Hemp Seed Dressing and Spring Salad | edibleperspective.com

In the days after making this salad I found myself snacking on carrots dunked in the leftover dressing, which I believe is better than my recently acquired habit of eating cold pizza from the fridge followed by brownies straight from the freezer.

Hemp Seed Dressing and Spring Salad | edibleperspective.com

Print this!

Hemp Seed Dressing and Spring Salad gluten-free, vegan // yields ~12oz dressing

  • 1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 medium cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • small handful fresh basil, or parsley

Place all ingredients [except basil] in a high-powered blender and blend on low working to high until smooth.  Scrape the sides and blend again.  Taste and add more lemon juice/zest or s+p if desired.  Add in basil and blend for another 5+ seconds until finely chopped and incorporated.  The dressing will seem thin but thickens after sitting for 5-10 minutes and even more once chilled.  Store in a jar in the fridge sealed for 4-5 days.  Stir before using and thin out with a bit or water or lemon juice if needed.

For the salad:  I used a mixture of chard, kale, and red leaf lettuce as the base then added in radishes, spring onions, fresh peas, broccoli sprouts, and salted pistachios.

Hemp Seed Dressing and Spring Salad | edibleperspective.com

This week is going to be a crazy one, so a fridge full of greens and dressing ready to go is the exact thing I need to keep me going. 

Ashley

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