Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts and Photography

Finally, Jade’s favorite!   Tonight’s dinner; grilled rib steak (entrecote), mushrooms and brussel sprouts.

Mushrooms on the sink. No flash.

I’m trying to take better food photos, so for the first time in the 3 year life of my camera, I looked at the user guide.  The above photo was taken with no flash, on the kitchen sink under the window for “natural” light, as the experts recommend.  Problem is, the flash compensates for shaky hands so I had to take a lot of pictures.   I think I read somewhere in the guide that there is something you can turn on to reduce this; not the shaky hands but the out of focus results.   Got to find that!

You can find this mushroom recipe in an earlier post at: These brown Paris mushrooms are my husband’s favorites and with the parsley, garlic and butter are a gastronomic experience.

Cooked mushrooms on the stove. No flash.

Washing brussel sprouts in the sink, underneath the window. No flash.

In the market today, the nice vegetable guy tried to point out the brussel sprouts that were already cleaned.   But I don’t know what happened.   I think my mind was temporarily hijacked by an old school French body snatcher and I insisted on the uncleaned brussel sprouts.   Fool.

Anyway, clean sprouts and cut in half.

Saute 1/2 cup of chopped bacon until just starting to brown.    Add 3 sliced shallots and continue to saute until the shallots are soft.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add the brussel sprouts and brown a bit.

Stir shallots and bacon into the brussel sprouts and saute for about 1 minute.

Pour the sprouts into a shallow baking pan and roast in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

What a day!   I’ve learned quite a bit:  1)  I don’t need to use the flash for my food photos.   2) Buy the brussel sprouts already cleaned.  3)  I really like brussel sprouts.

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6 Responses to Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts and Photography

  1. Laura says:

    I also love brussel sprouts when we can get the good, small, tight ones in the winter – much of the year they’re kind of cardboard-tasting here in FL. And I’m so happy to get this recipe, I don’t eat much main course meat these days so this is very nice. With a crusty baguette and a good parmesan or similar, I think? Yummmm

  2. Kevin Mullally says:

    You know, I really like Brussels sprouts. At home in the US , they taste really bitter – never like them. but in Europe, especially Ireland, they are fantastic!!! These look fantastic – would really like to be there – tasting! And you know those French mushrooms!! Cooked or uncooked! Love ’em.

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  4. The Cook says:

    Brussel sprouts and bacon…I imagine that is quite addictive. I will be sure to try this one.

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