Sunday mornings are good for waffles and eggs. Any mornings really. But yesterday was so absolutely gorgeous that we had all the windows open, shorts and t-shirts on. I knew I had a mile long work to do but I just needed to put all this aside and do something familiar.
Cracking an egg. Popping a few blueberries in my mouth. Making waffles. Hearing the whisk against the mixing bowl. Smelling the scent of freshly squeezed oranges. Doing things that require time and attention, away from the work list. It's not procrastinating but recharging my internal batteries.
We sat down on the back deck with our waffles and our hot coffee and talked. I listened actually. Writing feels like talking at times. And right then, I was out of words. We made a pact to have more Sunday mornings as cozy as this one. We usually don't need a reminder to take a break but just thinking about our schedule from now throughout the Summer made me appreciate some chilling time even more.
Yep. Looks like I am back on the road teaching workshops here and there. And talk about awesome workshops...All are located in gorgeous venues allowing one's creative juices to really get going!
In a couple of weeks I'll be heading down to Savannah, Georgia to be part of the firstGo Savor Culinary Retreats. Since it's so close to home, it's the perfect opportunity to relax, share, be with good friends and meet new faces. We are also looking forward to the time away.
We decided to team up and do a workshop on artificial light during the Go Savor retreat, targeted to the bloggers who can only shoot at night or when the quantity of light outside is not enough. B. used to operate his own portrait and wedding studio for over 10 years (in a life way before us) so it came as natural as buttering my toast to ask him to team up. He'll be doing an hands on demo on speedlights and I'll be doing one on a studio light kit.
Since natural light is definitely more my grove, there will be another workshop that weekend. One of my favorite peeps, Tami from Running With Tweezers is also coming to Go Savor and we will be doing natural light, composition and styling the next day. We aim to please and we aim to share as much as people want to take in or leave out. We've attended events together, we've worked together but we've never done workshop together and I am very much looking forward to it.
Check out the Go Savor site for updates on registration and great giveways.
In April I'll be doing a food photography workshop as part of Food Blog Forum Orlando, April 9th. I don't have my full schedule set out for April yet, but when Jaden emailed and asked if I wanted to be part of this awesome one day event dedicated to sharing information in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Just good peeps passing on what they know and are passionate about.
Jaden is good people...When Jaden asks, you say yes. I am really glad that Julie from
The Little Kitchen persuaded her to make it happen and I am really thrilled to be able to participate and give back.
For more info on the line up and registration, follow the (hot) link here. See you there I hope!
Moving on to May and going a bit further out West....all the way to Sante Fe, New Mexico to teach an awesome workshop May 6th - May 9th. Luxury of time, creativity of location, great workshop topics! Oh yeah...
When Angela Ritchie emailed last year asking me if I wanted to be one of the workshop instructors, I think I read the email 5 times before answering "yes please!". I was already familiar with Angela's workshops and how interactive, creative and completely hands on they were. Think of them as a complete retreats. I had promised myself I would do one in 2011, I had no idea I would be teaching one! I picked Sante Fe as the location because of all its earthy and colorful gorgeousness. I can't wait!
If you want to get more info about this amazing opportunity to spend a complete weekend learning food photography, head over to the site here. I can't wait to be there and share, practice, show and discover new things from hanging out with different people for a few days.
Hope to see you there!
An now on to the recipe and some darn good Blueberry Waffles...!
Gluten Free Blueberry Waffles
1 3/4 cups warm water
1/2 cup finely ground flaxseed
1/2 cup potato flour
2 cups superfine rice flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup fresh blueberries
Mix the ground flax seed with the warm water in a large bowl, and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
Whisk together the potato flour, rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Reserve.
Blend the coconut milk with the honey and then add to the flax seeds mixture.
Dump the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until the batter looses the bulk of its bumps. Add the blueberries and fold them in gently with a spatula
Grease both sides of the waffle iron with a little vegetable oil or butter and pour some of the batter (1/3 cup) into the center of the iron. Close the top and cook until brown or according to the manufacturer's directions. Serve with syrup if desired.