On Pictures and Cameras

I have been dabbling with the blog for a bit and the pictures I have taken have been great. I have noticed that I  need to have a better eye when taking pictures.A couple of things have slipped through recently. Firstly the wine bottle showing in the mixer pictures on the Chewy Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies. While the Pinot Noir was excellent with dinner the night before the picture was taken, the fact that the dead soldier was in the shot was both amusing (to me) and disappointing.

Another recent gaff was in the skinning hazelnuts post. The problem was the background printing on a Silpat under the hazelnuts that were cooling. The printing was showing upside down. Too funny looking back on it.

The cameras I have been using for the blog are:

Sony DSC-HX9V and Canon AS 570 IS

Canon AS 570 IS

Sony DSC-HX9V

iPhone 4

IPhone4

I love all of them but for different, but equal reasons. The Canon was my first real camera that had good really good resolution and features. I took some 6000 pictures on my trusty Canon, but alas the lens retraction mechanism started to fail and needed replacing.

My iPhone is great . Excellent resolution and always handy and therefore a great thing to grab when my main camera is not easily available.

My newest acquisition is theSony … .Amazing Camera. HD & 3D video recording. 16 MP camera and great other features. With an extra battery and a fast charger this camera has become my favorite.

I hope you like the pictures. Feedback is always appreciated.

Happy Baking – And Eating!

I Can’t Bake Without……

I can’t bake with out:

Straight Rolling Pin

A straight rolling pin. Much is said by various bakers about the type of rolling pin they like. For me the traditional baker rolling pin using a spindle, or the french rolling pin that is tapered just do not have the right feel. The 20″ long and 2″ diameter gives me the control and final results I prefer. Cheap too!

One day I would like to get a duplicate but in mahogany.

I Can’t Bake Without…… Multiple Measuring Spoons

At Christmas time I am normally baking more than one batch of a recipe. If I only had one set of measuring spoons inevitably I will need to measure a teaspoon of baking soda then a teaspoon of vanilla for one batch and then the same for the next batch. Cleaning a set of measuring spoons between batches can be time consuming, even a little messy.

Buying an extra set of measuring spoons can make your life a bit easier.

Measuring Spoons – 2 Sets

January 2013 – now have 4!

I Can’t Bake Without…… Odd Sized Measuring Cups

There are many tools that can make things easier in the kitchen. Different tools for different people.

Today’s tool I can’t live without is:

Odd Sized Measuring Cups

These cups have been discontinued but another suggestion is here: Odd size measuring cups!

For me there are many times that you need 3/4 cup of something. Or even 2 cups of something. A set of odd size measuring cups includes: 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup, 1 1/2 cup, and 2 cups.

Not only do the cups make for easy measuring but also quicker clean up!

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