I hesitated to call these coconut macaroons because we’ve all had at least one bad experience with those misshapen, heavy, tooth-achingly sweet confections that pass for macaroons sometimes. The kind whose cloying sweetness hits you over the head at first bite and whose flavor is barely reminiscent of coconut. A good macaroon is quite the opposite.
The French call their coconut macaroons rochers à la noix de coco or congolais and they are an altogether different breed from the tooth-aching varieties. Baked until lightly golden on the outside, but still creamy white on the inside they are bites of pure coconut goodness.
My pantry door refuses to shut.
The shelves are increasingly packed with an ever-expanding myriad of ingredients I seem to collect each time I go to the store.
Sometimes I wonder if a few aren’t jumping into my cart on their own, hitching a ride home to join the rest. They must be; I couldn’t possibly have bought that new jar of olives when there were 2 waiting at home, or that bag of black lentils when there was an unopened bag in the back.
Wednesday I talked a little about the impact of camera phones on photography, and today I have a fun giveaway related to that subject. It’s a set of smart attachments for your camera phone that allows you to get even more creative with your mobile photography.
As much as I love the freedom that camera phones like the iPhone grant us, they do have some constraints. The lens on a camera phone is fixed and that makes it more difficult to get very close up to your subject or take shots from a distance. So when I discovered that interchangeable lenses were available for camera phones I had to check them out for myself.
On January 9th 2007 the iPhone was born and changed photography and the camera market forever.
Five years later there are millions of camera phone enthusiasts and mobile photography has gone mainstream. People can now visually document every experience and event in their lives and share those moments through social media.
iPhoneography/mobile photography is, at its essence, a form of mobile art and expression. In the words of Chase Jarvis “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Your phone is always with you, ready to capture the little moments of life that might otherwise go unrecorded.
So let’s talk juice.
Not the kinds you buy in the grocery store, but freshly pressed homemade vegetable and fruit juices.
Juicing is one of the best things you can do for your body. It provides your body with a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals in a highly absorbable form. You get a hefty dose of vegetables and fruit and all their valuable micronutrients down to the very last drop because the process of juicing makes them so easily assimilated by the body.
Not only that, but a freshly pressed juice in the morning can be easier on your digestive system and a good way to start the day off with a nutrient-dense drink.
Following a month of sumptuous celebratory feasts, during which our dining room tables groaned under the weight of our festivities, we naturally gravitate towards a return to balance. We seek out lively and clean flavors to reset our taste buds and brighten the dull winter days.
Fennel, celery and apple are such wonderful partners in this endeavor and offer a welcome respite from the heavier foods of late. Crispy, crunchy and light, they combine to create a winter-time salad that brings a little cheer to a dulled post-holiday palate.
Do you know what the worst piece of equipment you have in your camera bag is? I’m fairly convinced it’s the strap that comes with your camera.
Have you ever noticed how incredibly uncomfortable it is to walk around with a camera hanging from your neck? Not only does it rub against the back of your neck but it flops against your chest and swings precariously close to the nearest object when you bend over.
I cringe just remembering the time my camera strap had come loose on one side and I watched helplessly as my camera plummeted towards the concrete. Suffice it to say I was not happy with traditional camera straps and had altogether given up on using them until I found Black Rapid.
(To view the recipes for any of the images above simply click on the photo.)
Another year has come and gone and 2011 fades into history. Has it sunk in for you yet? It hasn’t for me, it never does. I can never quite figure out where the last year escaped to. I remember everyone telling me when I was young that the older I got, the quicker time would seem to pass. Funny thing is, I don’t feel old, yet the years already seem to be flying by faster than I can keep track of them.
So ready or not, here we are in 2012 and despite the fact that I still don’t know where the past year went, there is something undeniably wistful and hopeful in embracing the endless possibilities of a new one and contemplating what the past one has left.