Food Photography and Styling Challenge: February {Vegetable Two Ways}

Coconut Curry and Yellow Split Pea soup. Garnish with cilantro and avocado, pure yum!

So, did I ever tell you about my obsession with any kind of Mason jar??

Oh.  Well. We'll get into that later...


Our Bloom Food Photography and Styling Group challenge for February was to photograph a vegetable two ways...raw and cooked. I've been dying to photograph these yellow split peas, which have been in my pantry for about a month. Love their color and shape!

This Coconut Curry and Yellow Split Pea soup is just to die for! I love recipes that allow me to improvise or use what I have on hand, and this fits the bill. Don't be intimidated if you don't have all the ingredients (though coconut milk and curry should probably be in there). There's lots of room to make this recipe your own.

Recipe inspired from Heidi Swanson's site, (where she profiled the Esalen Cookbook).

Make your own!:

Here are some extras from the day...

May I introduce to you my assistant? I couldn't do it without him...ahem...(JESSEDON'TTOUCHTHAT!!!)

I gotta add that I never considered how difficult it would be to make split pea soup look appetizing in a photo. Quite a challenge, and one that I might attempt again some day. (I've never truly styled an avocado until now, and it wasn't as bad as I thought.)

Every shot a photographer takes should be considered practice/something to learn from, in my opinion; these challenges have helped me become more purposeful in my sets/styling/shooting. That darn Brookie in me has come out again, and I could pick about 20 things to change in these images (most obvious? include coconut, der). Can't wait to see the growth our whole group and I will have during this year.

Now move along our circle and see what the incredible Kirsten Geyer | Something Cheeky has in store for you this month!