MAN FOOD!! Made for a Man, But Delicious Enough for a Woman!!

Always looking for ways to expand this blog to ward off your boredom for as long as possible, I decided to begin a series completely different – even unexpected!  MAN FOOD!! Made for a Man, but Delicious Enough for a Woman!! Actually, this series is rooted in my desire to experiment with food photography.  Logically, in order to photograph food – umm…well, you need to prepare the food!!  Does that make sense??

So if you will allow me to introduce you to a man who loves to grill, but has very little – alright, absolutely no – experience with actual “chefery!”  (HA!!  I just made up that word :))  It’s me – Steve…cooking!  WOW!!  Where will it end??  (Possibly with this post!  :))

Since this is the first post in this series, I thought it would be very appropriate to begin with breakfast and work my way through the day.  So, here we go!  If I may ask for complete silence while I measure, sift, chop, season, and cook!  LOL!  Are you hungry?  If not, I’m hoping my delectable photography will stir the hunger pangs within you that these dishes were created to satisfy!  🙂

Our first dish:

The Ingredients

ALMOND-CRUSTED FRENCH TOAST

1.  In a shallow bowl or pie plate, lightly whisk the eggs; add milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and orange zest and whisk to combine.  (I actually found it much easier to do this whisking in a large bowl, then transfer to a shallow bowl.  Apparently the “shallow-bowl” whisking technique is beyond my culinary ability, based upon the egg mixture found on the counter top outside the shallow bowl!  I don’t think that mixture is supposed to actually escape the bowl!  🙂  Oh yeah, I’m having fun!)

2.  Place a skillet over medium-low heat.  Melt the butter in the skillet until evenly coated.  (This was quite possibly the easiest step for me!  Even I was able to slice a square of real butter from the stick and place it into the skillet without incident!  :))  Alright, bring on the bread!

3.  Dip one slice of your bread into the egg mixture, allowing the excess to drip into the bowl.  After dredging each slice, dip into the sliced almonds – turning until both sides are coated.

4.  Place into the skillet and cook about 1 minute per side, or until the bread is golden brown and the egg coating has set.  Transfer to a warm plate and cover until ready to serve.  Repeat with the remaining slices, buttering the skillet as necessary. (You may want to reduce the ingredients by half unless you happen to be feeding a small army!  🙂  I was able to coat and cook the entire 16 slices of Hawaiian sweet bread with nearly half the egg mixture still remaining.)

5.  Serve topped with fresh berries and powered sugar.  Or, you may serve topped with butter and genuine maple syrup (warmed in the microwave a few seconds) and then dusted with powered sugar.

The Finished Product

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole or low-fat milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract/pure bourbon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 large orange (don’t even think about omitting this item)
  • Sliced almonds
  • Challah bread, Texas toast, or what I used today – Hawaiian sweet bread
  • Warm butter, maple syrup, powered sugar
  • Blueberries, strawberries

The early reviews:

“I was immediately overwhelmed with the mouth-watering flavor of the roasted almonds, followed by the contrasting zest of the orange, with both flavors then complimented by the cinnamon and vanilla! YUMMO!!” (Well of course, that was my review!)  🙂

There you have it!  I have to say, this was really a lot of fun!!  Look for another edition of MAN FOOD!!  in a few weeks!!

P.S. Did anyone notice the number of 🙂 in this post?  I must have been having a blast!!

P.S.S.  From the previous post, the results of the poll saw 65% of the voters preferring the original image.  I am still working with the editing process and believe I will eventually have a print free from the raindrop streaks and the fringing effect.  I’ll let you know!

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~ by photographyfree4all on February 14, 2011.

18 Responses to “MAN FOOD!! Made for a Man, But Delicious Enough for a Woman!!”

  1. Looks delish! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Food fight!! Food fight!! Ha! Ha! 🙂 Great photos, Steve. Looks good enough to eat. Nice even lighting with a blacked-out background. Hmmmm good!! 🙂

    Bob

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  3. It was! It was! Thanks, Barb! I’m always looking for new ways to make the blog interesting on a broader level. I hope everyone enjoys the food posts. They will only appear about 2 times each month! Thanks for the positive feedback! 🙂

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  4. Steve, Yummy looks good, but am I missing something, or you? Where did the bacon come from. It’s not listed in the prep, the ingredients or part of the recipe. That must be the MAN part?

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  5. That looks delicious! If you’re going to be practicing food photography, I better remember to eat before I visit your blog so I won’t feel so hungry. lol!

    I really like the way you arranged the ingredients in the first photo. And I just want to grab a fork and dig in to the finished product.

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  6. Awesome, I look forward to your foodie adventures! Food photography is great because you end up with beautiful pictures AND a yummy treat! Have fun and bon appetite! 🙂

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  7. Thanks, Bob! I just thought I would try something new. Thanks for jumping in here with your wonderful sense of humor!! 🙂

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  8. HAHA!! Great catch, Martina! It’s that trained photography eye, isn’t it? Yes, the bacon just magically appeared to help complete the breakfast! Great comment!!

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  9. Thank you, Robin! Let me assure you…it was very good!! I’m glad you left a comment!! Makes me want to get ready for my next food assignment. 🙂

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  10. Thanks, Linz! It is like a double bonus!! Look for another entry soon. I’m already planning it!! Thanks for stopping by and jumping in with a comment!!

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  11. Love the post!
    That ingredients shot is excellent! I think the “finished” shot needs a slightly wider DoF, but I personally suck at food photography, so these are great!!!! Plus I can’t cook either, so I am envious, and now hungry!

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  12. I do think a wider DoF would have brought the bacon into better focus, Michael. But, I was working in natural light without any real set-up for lighting (just what happened to be there). Since it wasn’t about the bacon, I thought it was Ok to leave it out of focus. I think my next venture into food photography will take this into consideration, though! Honestly, I was getting pretty hungry and didn’t want to spend any more time on photography – in order to spend more time on eating!! 🙂 Thanks, Michael! Great comment!

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  13. What a wonderful idea! Looks great. I love the pictures, the recipe looks like something I’d definitely try, and most of all I LOVE the title. Looks like you’re really on to something.

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  14. This looks quite delicious, Steve! I am jealous of the availability of wonderful looking produce. Strawberries available here at this time of year are but a pale ghost of what we get in June!

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  15. Thanks, Heather! Look for another recipe in a week or so. I already have it chosen! 🙂

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  16. A bonus about southern California – the fresh fruit and produce! Thanks for stopping by, Karen! I’m glad you left this comment! 🙂

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  17. Looks and sounds absolutely yummy. I can imagine the biggest challenge would be to get it photographed while it’s still warm.

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  18. Oh, they were oh-so-delicious, if I must say so myself! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Missusk!

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