Sometimes You Need a Big Bowl of Pasta and Some Rest

I think it's safe to say that yesterday's photo isn't my best photo to date. I'm disappointed with how it turned out, but also do admit, that I could've made a more elaborate photography set up. Here, I focused more on cooking and styling rather than taking photographs because, to be quite honest, I was hungry and a tad lazy.

My learning lesson from yesterday is that I need to rest up. Yesterday desperately called for my hair tied up and pajamas glued on, but I ignored what my body needed. This is another data point for the books to help me better explore what I like to do, when I like to do it, and what I can get good at. 

My experience also reminded me of Adam Grant's book Originals. He writes, "Simonton finds that on average, creative geniuses weren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers. They simply produced a greater volume of work, which gave them more variation and a higher chance of originality. 'The odds of producing an influential or successful idea,' Simonton notes, are 'a positive function of the total number of ideas generated.'" So hey, my work is not all that bad. I just need to keep creating through intentional practice.

The photo included in this post has a very easy-to-make and comforting low-cal fettuccine alfredo recipe

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The Crostini SEO that Worked like a Charm

Today, I tested myself by doing two things—making a crostini appetizer for the first time and photographing a savory dish. Let's just say the latter was more strenuous.

I found my crostini recipe by typing "crostini" in my Chrome bar then choosing the first suggestion, "crostini with brie, dates, and toasted walnuts." With SEO like that, I figured this recipe has to be good (spoiler alert... it was great). 

The cooking experience itself was straightforward and relaxing. I definitely see myself coming home and using cooking as a way to wind down more often. Though I do admit, my biggest learning curves are learning to pair ingredients with food I already have on hand and resisting to devour everything before my final dish is put together. 

I should also mention that Tim, my loving partner, and I were FaceTiming while I was cooking. He noted that he really enjoys seeing me in the zone. His sweet comment made me realize that I've been having a hard time getting into the state of flow lately. Luckily though, cooking and food photography are outlets that make a total of nearly 3.5 hours go by quickly. More analysis of how cooking and food photography stimulate flow in a later post (maybe). 

The photography portion of today's project gave me the toughest time. I rarely photography savory dishes and with crostini, it was difficult for me to find a good angle that showcased all its elements. I was thrown off by the similar colors blending together in the crostini topping, but an aluminum foil reflector and a lot of post production seemed to do the trick. *Proceeds to purchase reflector* I'll be applying my learnings to my next dish.

The final photograph I came up with is showcased above. I'd love to hear feedback if anyone has any!

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