It’s been awhile since I last posted photos of my mum’s home cooking, so I figured I’d try my best to get in at least one more post before the sun really starts setting early. I’ve come to the realization that if I want to take photos of my mum’s cooking, I can only do so during the spring and summer months with the exception being weekend breakfasts. If I’ve learned anything over the past year writing this blog, it is that I absolutely HATE using flash on my camera, I HATE the yellow glow that my kitchen light casts on everything in photos, and chasing the sun does not always result in the nicest photographs. Taking 10 photos resulting in only one nice one and cursing about it later also does not help.
Okay, so I took away more than one nugget of knowledge over the past year, but I’m not lying when I say that I can’t take any more photos of home cooked dinners after September. By the time I get home, wash up, put away my things, and head on down to our kitchen table, I’m already squinting and reaching for the lightswitch. And I know other food bloggers who face the same dilemma! How did I manage to post so many photos of my mum’s culinary endeavours last winter then when I first started the blog? Here’s a secret: they were all “backlog” photos, meaning I had a stockpile of photos I had saved for months, even before I went live with the blog. Aside from some of the scrapbooking, I don’t talk about “behind-the-scenes” stuff much (maybe I should?!), but this was definitely one of the ways I prepared weeks, even months, in advance before Ate by Ate’s launch and I’m relieved it paid off!
We had pasta night yesterday and I thank my lucky stars that my brother made the initial suggestion because, really, we don’t eat pasta as often as we’d like because of my dad’s distaste for it. But as my mum likes to say, “it’s one meal, he can suck it up!” She says this any and every time she wants to make pasta for the three of us or when she wants to go to Frankie Tomatto’s for some occasion or another. Ah, marriage 😀 And funny enough, these photos are actually of my dad’s plate of pasta just before he sat down at the dinner table. When my mum asked me why I was taking photos of his and not mine, I said, “his looks a little prettier on the plate” to which she replied, “oh…I’m sorry!” *snort* I had a good laugh over that and told her I didn’t care how the heck mine looked; I was just grateful to be having pasta!
Anyway, the pasta of choice was fettucine alfredo and we had ourselves a gorgeous Fall colour inspired dinner that left me in a happy food coma for the rest of the night: fettucine pasta noodles with green and yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and chopped green onions (I love green onions/scallions so much I will eat it with almost everything) with a creamy fusion of roasted red pepper and mushroom alfredo sauce. I relish meals like this and it was the perfect meal to warm us up on a chillier day.
In less than a week, the official first day of fall – September 23rd – will be upon us and I don’t know about you, but I am so, so excited about all the fall activities going on, the cooler weather, and the anticipation of tree leaves changing colour. I’m really hoping to get out to an apple orchard this time around (can you believe the last time I went to one was when I was 6?!) and continue getting in as many farmers’ markets visits as I can before the outdoor ones start packing up for the year. I’m preparing SO much fun stuff for the blog and I can’t wait to unveil a fabulous Fall Food series at the end of the month! There will be lots more details to come, but for the time being I leave you with my weekend food baby.