Vegan Carob Ganache & A Confession

I have a confession. I usually don't like to complain on my blog {ha} but I'm going to today. Here goes my problem: I cannot, for the life of me, take a perfect photograph of my food. I probably should stop complaining though {there are worse things in life} and just go take a darn class {or shut up}. But I've been using this "high end" Nikon for over a year now and I suck; my Instagram photos turn out better for crying out loud. 

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But I don't like classes and don't always think that formal teaching is necessary when learning something new. I've self-taught myself how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator programs as well as learn HTML just by experimenting, reading and trial and error. I though for sure snapping a photo would be easy compared to that. You can imagine why my Nikon is so frustrating for me. I feel humbled and defeated to say the least. 

I know my photos aren't BAD per se and they get the message across in a decent way. I know I'm being critical and well, stubborn, but I've decided that want it done right and done well. And since I don't have the money to hire somebody to take the pics for me, it's up to me to master this. 

I also heard that it's imperative that I use special lighting, shades and tripods {?} so if that's the case I might as well just throw in the towel now! I just don't have time for all the bells and whistles. The point of my blog is to share easy, healthy, tasty recipes in a realistic fashion and get them onto the blog as fast as I can. I'm a mom, I don't have 3 hours to spend each time I write a blog post. But often, that's how long it can take if I want to visually allure your tastebuds.

That being said. On the flip side, I think my industry - health food, vegan food and even raw food - requires good photography. Sometimes the recipes alone don't get people motivated. Hearing about zucchini, peas and avocado doesn't sound as good as I can make it look {wink}. I think the photos help people visual the food and truly get inspired to try the recipes. 

On my way home from Vegas {a surprise Valentine's day trip} I met a photographer/videographer. He did make me feel better saying that he uses a Canon because Nikons less user-friendly {a PC versus Mac sort of thing, maybe?}.

So, it's official - I have decided that I am going to be putting my Nikon on Ebay and getting a Canon in hopes of better food photography and I just MIGHT take a lesson and I just MIGHT invest in a tripod. Hey...why not? We should always challenge ourselves to better ourselves, learn more and do more! Right?

For now, you get my half-way there photography and you'll get to see the photos progress over time.  I'm really excited to see how things will turn out differently but telling you all about this is risky because what if my photos don't ever get any better? {sigh}. Then I will have to face the reality: Maybe I just don't have the "eye" for photography? And not just ANYBODY can be a good photographer. Maybe it's not my Nikon that's the problem. Maybe, just maybe...it's ME. OK, that's another post for another day: "My fears of failure!" {oh well}

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Now onto more exciting news. I just blogged the recipe for Carob Ganache onto my Kid's Corner blog page. Check it out.

It's a wonderful, healthy alternative to the store-bought chocolate pudding for kids. And it's even wonderful as an adult dessert. I LOVE IT.  Just add a nut crust and you have a mini cheesecake. I did this the other night when we had friends over for dinner. They LOVED it. Which is good because I wasn't sure how they would react. 

Substitute the carob for chocolate - and it will blow your mind that it is still healthy!!!!

Enjoy and to see the recipe and more of my fantastic NIKON pics, click here!