[Moments] Spontaneity

While spontaneous moments are sometimes fun and exciting, I’m not one who embraces impromptu activities with arms wide open. In fact, I sometimes feel lost and aimless in unplanned moments. Or worse, when plans are disrupted.

But I’ve come to realise that it’s also moments like these which inspire creativity and encourage one to try out something new. Maybe because spontaneity carries with it, a certain sense of impulsivity and carelessness. You usually won’t think too much in moments of spontaneity.

Last Sunday, we had a whole series of activities line up but both of us woke up feeling unwell so all the plans got thrown off the track.

Came back from the clinic and had the urge to bake so that the Sunday could be a little more fulfilling.

So I turned to one of the quick-bake recipes which I’ve been wanting to try – Eric Lanlard’s Peanut Butter Blondies

And it was perfect for an impromptu bake because the ingredients were really simple and even more so, the baking process. And it smells so fantastic fresh out of the oven! What’s more, I got to share them with the lovely peeps at the office on Monday 🙂

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“Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.” – Oscar Wilde

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[Gallery] Les Jardins

It’s been some time since our last post because I have been thinking about how to make the blog a little more interesting and personal. I did not want it to be like most of the other food blogs because 1) I’m usually not the one cooking and Wayne cooks in such a  laissez faire manner, it’s not easy for me to blog about the process and 2) cooking and baking are fun, but I find myself always looking forward to the process of photographing the final product and actually spend more effort on it than the cooking itself!

Recently, my interest in foodstyling and food photography have been growing with inspiration from some amazing food magazines, blogs and instagram accounts. I’ve long wanted to take photos of better quality and with more interesting composition but found the quality of the cameras I had rather limiting.

Couple of days back, Wayne finally bought a new DSLR and we’ve been having so much fun with it! For future posts, we’re hoping to showcase more thematic food photos and I hope to experiment with more interesting attempts at food styling.

Some days back, we came home to a sweet surprise at our doorstep from my dear girlfriend, Jia, who just returned from Paris.

A delectable selection of vibrantly colored macarons nestled in a lovely purple box.

2013 Les Jardins Pierre Hermé

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Couldn’t tell you how excited I was, but I had to try so hard to convince myself (and Wayne) not to eat them till I take some lovely photos.

Spent whatever free time I had the next day thinking about how I’d style the shoot. Had such a tough time deciding on the flowers to buy to complement the macarons and this beautiful rustic bunch just stood out. Colorful and full of character but doesn’t steal the show. Perfect!

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Here’s our first (and very amateurish) shot at food photography!

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(the set-up)

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“She was sitting in a garden more beautiful than even her rampaging imagination could ever have conjured up, and she was being serenaded by trees.” ― Lynn Kurland, Spellweaver