Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, I had real concern about how I would readjust to the gluten free community. I had gotten used to my usual stops in Rochester. Wegmans had my baking needs, the co-op had my special treats, and the Owl House was my regular grilled cheese stop and hang out when there was a special occasion.
It didn’t actually take too much effort to find my new outlets. Giant Eagle has a respectable gluten free aisle, and I can even find pasta in Target and Kuhn’s. Then, of course, there’s Gluuteny with their fresh cakes and cookies (I worked there long hours everyday, and I still have endless cravings for those snickerdoodles).
It was a little bit before I found the Gluten Free Zone. It was just on a drive home that I spotted their sign outside their store. I was drawn in by their green logo and immediately knew what “GF” meant. How exciting! A new, safe place to explore. I didn’t really know what to expect. Was it a bakery with a few select items? Did it just have boxed cereals and pastas like I’ve seen in the organic section of groceries stores?
I was really stunned when I finally walked in. It’s a small store, but still so much bigger than I anticipated. And walls just covered in cakes mixes, flours, pastas, crackers, chips, sauces, protein bars, breads, chips, pretzels, waffles, pizzas, pies…!! I’m talking packed! I’ve been there a few times now and I still am surprised at what I find. My last trip I even picked up ramen and soba noodles! They carry products I hadn’t even considered eating again. And best of all, they have a bakery and a lunch menu.
My hope is that, with this new excitement, I shoot and blog more. I am very happy with everything I have bought there, and I am to eager to try more. I am slowly reintroducing foods back into my regular diet, instead of cutting them out and forgetting they existed.
Over this past week I have been planning my earl grey shoot. With some encouragement, I have found that I need to start making more detailed plans for my photographs, otherwise I just try to throw things together as ideas come to my head.
It has been a big help, although I still feel like I haven’t quite gotten in a comfortable position with my shooting since moving. I shouldn’t blame the move too much though. I think I’m just a little rusty from not having shot in a while.
So anyway, this is an earl grey infused creme brulee. Basically, you steep earl grey tea in the hot heavy cream for your creme brulee and it gives you a nice, light, tea cream. The earl grey can be quite bitter (but I think I steeped mine too long) but with enough caramelized sugar on top, it brings it to a nice balance. Someone very sweet that I know bought me a kitchen torch just for this project (and more to come).
I followed the recipe from this blog - Honestly Yum
The macarons are also earl grey flavored…! :]
I’m not completely happy with my shots, but I never am. But, I’m glad I took the time to do it, and really try. Now I have some direction for what I need to improve on and study.
What should I do next week?
Hello. Happy Easter. What did you do today?
This morning me and love went to church, and then to lunch.
This afternoon I mixed up a batch of my mom’s peanut butter candy.
Last night I signed up for Society 6. I’ve put up a couple 35mm images hoping that someone might be interested in getting prints. I can put up any up on request, of course. Take a look, and share with your friends. http://society6.com/LisaEggleston
I’ve been caught up with work and winter blues, but soon I’ll be shooting again. There’s a wedding this weekend, and many more coming up in the summer. With spring comes breath, and cakes.