Monday, July 30, 2012

Baked


I feel like I haven't baked for ages. Still thinking about Maui and, in particular, a little road side stop along the road to Hana that sold coconut pineapple bread. Thought I'd make some, but added mashed bananas to the combo (I had some really dodgy bananas kicking around). Very simple recipe, especially since I didn't hassle with a fresh pineapple, just opened a can instead ;) Wrapped them up for a picnic and that was that!

Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread - makes 6 mini loaves or one large loaf.


1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup coconut flakes, and a little extra for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Spray a little vegetable oil into each pan, line with parchment paper, and set aside.



With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, coconut milk and mashed banana in a medium size bowl. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly add to the banana mixture. Fold in the coconut and pineapple. Spoon into pans and top with coconut. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until skewer, inserted in centre, comes out clean. Allow to cool a little on a wire rack, then enjoy!


Have a good day!
janis

Friday, July 27, 2012

Loft Loveliness

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you had a great week.

To wrap up the week, I thought I'd share a pretty loft that I shot for House and Home (Sept. 2012). This beautiful space belongs to Katharine Horsman, a fashion stylist. I met Katharine via the Cross and have since worked with her on this shoot as well.

I quite loved this bit of neon. Love how this looks. 


I really loved how Katharine mixed girly elements with things like a beautiful native head dress perched atop a piece of driftwood. 

Mini Mick Jagger, anyone?



What do you think? You can also see more over at House and Home, just click here for a video tour of Katharine's home. 

Have a great weekend!
janis

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hawaiian Observations


I'm back. That was one relaxing holiday! We did a lot of swimming and snorkelling, and even made a new friend (see above pic). Thanks for all your emails and comments with your tips and suggestions for what to do in Maui. Who else finds it hard to get back into the swing of things after a vacation? 

Here's a bit of what we got up to. It's kind of long, hope that's ok.....


We stayed in Kihei, just across from Kamaole Beach Park III. Kihei Caffe is a great place for breakfast. I loved their very organized chaos. Shave ice from Local Boys is a must as well!

Fruit stands are everywhere. This was my favourite. Such a sweet couple, and I loved the machete action.

Ho'okipa Beach is near the town of Paia (home of Mana, best grocery store). 

Lahaina is a very touristy spot, but fun. Really, I suppose most of Maui is pretty "touristy". A very pretty place. Spotted these dancers preparing for a luau near where we were having dinner. Heaps of shops and restaurants. Didn't really do much shopping, but did spend a fair bit of time in ABC. ;)

Maui is all about beaches, but I really loved the up country too. These pics are of Makawao. Cowboy country. We didn't have much time to spend there (it was a packed day), but we managed to try out Komodo Bakery. Please go there if you find yourself in Maui. It's a family run business that's been around for about 100 years. We loved the donut kabobs and cream puffs.  We also had lunch at Polli's, a Mexican restaurant which was also pretty great and good value too. 

The road to Hana, is a stunning drive, though a slightly daunting. You really do have to start out early, as it's a long jaunt, narrow, twisty roads, and lots to check out. The rainiest part of the island, and so lush. Loved it (even though I felt a touch car sick).

This was one of my favourite spots, and beaches, along the road to Hana. Black Sand Beach is amazing. The bright blue water against the black sand looked so beautiful. I have to say, I was happy to have my "native" shoes (a Vancouver company) on this trip. They're so comfy!

Ahh, Makena Beach. I have new respect for the ocean after I was smashed and dragged by the shore break (note sign). I was happy that, when I emerged, my bathing suit was still on me. Definitely one of the best beaches, in my books. I'd also have to add Slaughter House beach to the list too. Small, quiet and an fantastic spot to snorkel.  

Whew. That is just a tiny portion of the pics I took ;) Now I've got some catching up to do. So many blogs to read! 

Have a great day! 
janis









Friday, July 13, 2012

TGIF


I'll be away for the next week and I may not be able to post. I hope to, though.  If you have any tips for what to do in Maui, I would love to know.  All I have so far is mai tai's by the beach. ;)

Have a great weekend, everyone!
Take care,
janis

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lemonade for Wednesday


How's your week going, so far? I've been trying wrap things up before we leave for Maui this weekend. Can't wait.
I thought today would be a good day to share a little funktified (made up word) lemonade with you. This is a snippet of a story I shot for BC Home and Garden, and it's on the cover of their current issue. With the help of Arthur Wynne and Nick Devine (who came up with the recipes) of El Camino's and The Cascade Room, Felice, Heather and I put together a grown-up lemonade story. So, so, delicious.  Check out the July/August issue for more recipes....I've given you one of them.

Rosemary Honey Lemonade, The "Nick Faldo", New Orleans Lemonade.

Pineapple and Basil Lemonade. The chicken is one of Heather's brood. 

Limonada Caliente with 100% agave tequila (this was our favourite!)
fill an empty wine bottle with still water, de-seed and slice a whole jalapeno, drop it in the bottle, seal and leave in fridge for at least 24 hours.
in a cocktail shaker:
add 1oz fresh pressed lemon juice,
add 1oz simple syrup (boil 1/2 water to 1/2 sugar, leave to cool)
add 4oz of your jalapeno water,
add ice and shake vigorously,
fine strain into tall ice filled glass.
to make this alcoholic, add an ounce or two of 100% agave tequila.

If you try out any of these, let me know which one is your fave.

Have a happy Wednesday!

janis



Monday, July 9, 2012

Weekend Observations


Monday seems to have popped up rather quickly. Last week had been a full shoot week, so I did a little editing on the weekend, and lounged around at a beautiful park. Quiet and lovely. How was your weekend?

Most of last week, was spent shooting beautiful linens for St. Geneve. There is something to be said for well made linens. I wanted to throw all of mine out, when I got home. It's also pretty great that it's a local company. They make amazing linens, pillows, and duvets. I wanted to pinch a certain silk filled number. It was incredible. 

After a crazy week, it's always nice to hang out at a place like this. Whytecliff Park is about 25 minutes from Vancouver, near Horseshoe Bay. It's a great place for scuba diving too (we used to scuba dive often). If you find yourself in the area, you really should visit. 

That's it for today! Have a nice Monday. 
janis



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Baked


Ah, hello sun! We finally seem to be getting a bit of a summer around here. How's your week been so far?

Went to see K.D. Lang last night. My husband, Robert Edmonds, designed her poster (that happens to be her profile pic on twitter), so we received a few tickets to one of her shows, here in Vancouver. I've always appreciated her talent, but I've never been a huge fan, didn't know much about her, but I am now.  Um, well, that voice. She opens her mouth and angels, butterflies and rainbows fly out of it. That woman can sing. Anyone else seen her live?

Ok, on to the chocolate ricotta cake. I had lots of ricotta in the fridge, along with some other things I wanted to use up. Here it all is, in a cake.

Flourless Chocolate Ricotta Cake - makes one 9" cake

500g (one container) ricotta
3/4 cup berry/superfine sugar
zest of 2 lemons
4 eggs, separated
250g almond meal
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Lightly grease a 9" spring form pan and set aside. Melt chocolate, in a large heat proof bowl, over a pot of boiling water. Stir chocolate until melted. Keep the bowl on the pot of boiled water and add ricotta, sugar, almond meal, zest, and cinnamon to the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Stir in egg yolks.





In another bowl, whisk egg yolks until soft peaks form. Remove chocolate mixture from stove and gently fold in egg whites, being careful not to over mix. The batter will be quite thick. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth out top. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer, inserted in centre, comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and allow to cool in pan before removing. You could glaze this cake, but I had a small jar of chopped pistachios, so I sprinkled them on top along with a little icing sugar.


Have a great day! Back soon....
janis

Monday, July 2, 2012

Weekend Observations


I'm a little late with this one but, technically, it's still the weekend (Canada Day weekend) ;) How was your weekend?

I received a copy of Canadian Living magazine (thanks Brett!) featuring a story I shot awhile back. "Trash to Treasure" features the talented Colleen Sawatsky, of Vintage Home, and her patio make-over.  Heather helped with the styling. Here's a peek....




I also added some prints to my etsy shop. A series of images of Salton Sea and a couple of pink houses....



Thanks for stopping by!
Back soon,
janis