vanilla cupcakes

I love cupcakes.... they are just so cute and their are so many ways to decorate them. I kind of went for simple this time and that can be just as lovely too!
I was flipping threw my array of cookbooks, like I do on any old day, for inspiration and stopped at one of Bill Granger's books, I love his stuff!  He had this great recipe for the vanilla cupcakes, cause secretly I wanted to use my vanilla extract I had just made all my own, I was pretty excited.  Making you're own vanilla extract is so easy, I was surprised, a whopping two ingredients!  Use either vodka or dark rum, de-seed the vanilla bean pods and add them to the bottle too, shake once a day for two weeks.  

Vanilla cupcakes
250g (9oz) unsalted butter, softened                       
250g (1cup) caster sugar                                              
4 eggs
1 tsp natural vanilla (or you're newly made one!)
185g (1 1/2cups) self-raising flour
60g (1/2cup) plain four
185ml (3/4cup) milk

60g (1/2cup) icing sugar
2-3 tbsp hot water
a few drops lemon or vanilla extract

Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy, add eggs one at a time, then vanilla until combined. Sift the flours and fold in while adding the milk.  Put the mixture into a 12 cup muffin tin and bake for 20min at 350F or 180C.  Makes 1 dozen

Oh.. Snap!

I thought I'd just sneak this pic in... I've recently fell in love with Ginger Snaps, they are so addicting! These are oh so thin, plus you can eat quite a few of them before you start to feel bad about how many you just ate!  So I thought I'd share this photo I took of them with you.  Now I didn't make these, they did indeed come from a box of a Swedish brand, but now I'm thinking I may  need to try my own out soon...  or at least when this box runs out.

no ice, no cream...

Ohhh, I love ice cream, but this quite isn't that! Can you believe these aren't real? Here's my attempt at the fake art...
Right now I am pursuing a career in food styling, or at least attempting. I'm going to school for Food and media which combines quite the range of food related courses, like learning how to cook for a start, food photography, food writing, and of course the art of food styling.  I've got one more year left and I'm enjoying every bit of it!

something old, something new?

Vintage finds...I'm always on the look out for them. I scope out antique/flea markets and thrift shops for the perfect props for my photography. There's always something to buy and sometimes quite a bit cheaper then a regular ol' shop. Besides you can find some pretty interesting things and it can be a lot of fun looking. I'm a huge fan of scarves from the 60s' and 70s'. The colours and patterns are amazing and they only cost around two dollars each! ...Aren't they back in fashion now too? Bonus!
 I tend to pick up some of the most random things too, like the old tiffin tin shown in the pics. Its a cute little steel three level carrying case, perfect for those on the go food journey's. There really is so many things to buy at second hand shops. Even old sheets can make great backdrops for pics, especially if can find some great patterned ones. Or use an old sheet (in good condition) and staple it to a wooden frame for some cool retro art! Cups and glasses are huge. I'm always on the look for those. You can't have the same one in all you're pics right? Cutlery too, is big, I like the old cutlery, its got a lot more character then the new stuff, especially if you're shooting something rustic.