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Mini-muffin Monday | Orange & Ginger Muffins | Kitchener/Waterloo Food Photographer

Monday, January 30, 2012

Baking and simmering up a little storm in the Novella kitchen this morning and I thought I would try my hand at creating my own mini-muffin recipe using orange zest and grated fresh ginger as my flavour base.  The following recipe is my standard loaf/muffin recipe and it's very easy to incorporate your flavour base (whether it's just chocolate chips and bananas or something a little more zesty like the following orange and ginger recipe :).

Orange & Fresh Ginger mini-muffins ~ recipe makes approximately 24+ mini-muffins
1 c. white sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened

1 egg
1 tsp vanilla (if you wish to add it)
zest and juice from two oranges
1-2 tsp fresh ginger, grated (of course, you can use ginger spice but should only then use 1 tsp)

2 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and butter or spray your mini-muffin tins.
2. Cream tog. white sugar and butter.  Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
3. Add orange zest and juice, as well as grated ginger to creamed mixture.
4. In a separate bowl, sift tog. flour, baking powder and salt.  Add to creamed mixture.
5. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes or until toooth-pick inserted in centre comes out clean.

I hope you enjoy! 

Saturday Travel Photo | Erice, Sicily

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Just for fun I was thinking that, every Saturday, I would post an image or two from our travels.  Fortunately, I married a handsome nerdy researcher who happens to collaborate abroad with others in the physics community...and incredibly fortunate to be able to tag along on some of his journeys/conference travels.

The above image was taken in Erice, Sicily on a conference trip in 2007, and is of la Torretta Pepoli dal Castello di Venere.  I haven't been able to find much information (besides the name) on this landmark, aside from the fact that there is no public access but a possibility of using the structure to host future cultural events.  As well, the torretta was built by Count Pepoli between the years 1872-80.

What secret meetings may have taken place in this tower?

The view past the tower.  The farmlands below are just on the outskirts of the city of Trapani, Sicily (accessed from Erice by cable car...or via road, but the cable car ride is too much fun to pass up!).

Yummy Cream-Cheese Icing and Vanilla Cupcakes | Kitchener/Waterloo {FOOD} Photographer

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another sweet sneak peak today!  And don't fret - recipe for cream-cheese icing will follow tonight :).

Baby Alexandra Florence | Kitchener/Waterloo {NEWBORN} Photographer

Just a sweet little sneak peak at baby Alexandra Florence!  Many more to come but I thought I would share a few images I was working on this morning.  These images were taken during the 20 minutes Alexandra decided to sleep :).  She was most comfortable (and so alert and sweet) sitting on Dad's lap.  Definitely know who's cuddle-bear this one's going to be.

Pear & Pecan Cake | Novella Photography {FOOD}

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My good friend Martina (from Martina Wendland Photography), her little one Miss A and I got to taste test this cake just last week...and it's amazing and sooooo good with coffee (this cake has inspired me to keep all of my cakes/baking next to our coffee maker = easy access!).  In fact, I pawned off pieces to my lovely neighbour Rachael and another photog-friend Mandy (from Mandy Blake Photography :).  This cake sure does make the rounds and I thought I'd share it's yummy goodness with you via recipe:

{Pear & Pecan Cake}
Cake Ingredients
- 4 cups peeled and diced pears (you could also add peeled and diced apples :)
- 2 cups wh. sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour, unbleached
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves (ground)
- 4 egg whites
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cups pecans

Brown Sugar Crumble Ingredients
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- roughly 2 tbsps flour
- roughly 1/4 butter, softened

1. Mix pears and wh. sugar together and let sit for 1h.  I'm guessing you could also boil the pears in sugar for about 5-8 minutes to reach a softened consistency.
2. Pre-heat oven to 325 C and grease your baking dish.
3. Mix together egg whites, oil and pear mixture.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together flours, salt, b. soda and spices.  Add, gradually, to pear mixture and mix until smooth.
5. Pour into baking dish.
6. To make crumble, place br. sugar, flour and butter into a plastic baggie.  Hand mix and add more brown sugar until crumble texture is achieved.  Sprinkle on cake along with pecans.
7. Bake for 1h 10mins.  Let cool for 10mins before serving.

Enjoy guys!

A Sunny Fall Morning in New Hamburg | Kitchener/Waterloo Family Photographer

Monday, January 9, 2012

It was quite the chilly morning but we had little bursts of sunshine throughout our session at the Waterlot in New Hamburg, Ontario.  The kids were completely gung-ho for their session and just LOVED being in front of the camera!

You might also recognize these folks from their wedding post from last November!  They seriously had the sweetest, funniest and most charming family and I'm so very excited to get the opportunity to photograph the entire clan again this weekend!

Don't forget to show these guys some love and comment away on this post!  15+ blog comments will earn them $50 towards print products or future sessions!