Happy Halloween

Last week I got to spend a glorious day taking Halloween themed photos with two of my favorite ladies, prop stylist Kelly Shea and food stylist Lauren LaPenna.

Usually Halloween food photos cause me to lose my appetite. I don’t like imagining ketchup is blood, fries are fingers, or meatballs are eyeballs. Gross. So, if gory food isn’t your jam, here are some Halloween photos that are tame in the creepy department and won’t make you nauseous. Hopefully.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween by Vanessa Rees, Prop Styling by Kelly Shea, Food Styling by Lauren LaPenna

Halloween by Vanessa Rees, Prop Styling by Kelly Shea, Food Styling by Lauren LaPenna

Halloween by Vanessa Rees, Prop Styling by Kelly Shea, Food Styling by Lauren LaPenna

Halloween by Vanessa Rees

Halloween by Vanessa Rees, Food Styling by Lauren LaPenna, Prop Styling by Kelly Shea

Halloween by Vanessa Rees, Food Styling by Lauren LaPenna, Prop Styling by Kelly Shea

Halloween by Vanessa Rees, Food Styling by Lauren LaPenna, Prop Styling by Kelly Shea

Halloween by Vanessa Rees, Food Styling by Lauren LaPenna, Prop Styling by Kelly Shea

 

 

Fructe uscate - Love this pictures!

Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box - Absolutely stunning photography! I find the bowls with black worms (or whatever they are) to be very realistic and creepy. However, I would much rather view these photos than as you say, “ketchup for blood.”

I just love your photos!

Shari - Simply Shari's - Amazing photography! You could cause me to try any food with beautiful photos like that!

Stephanie @ Everyday Feasts - These photos are stunning! So clever and elegant and original! Thank you for sharing :)

What We’re Reading | nostrovia! - […] in case you’re still picking your way through the last of the leftover Halloween candy, a hauntingly elegant photo shoot to accompany your […]

What We’re Reading – Nov 15, 2013 | Chef Deborah Reid - […] in case you’re still picking your way through the last of the leftover Halloween candy, a hauntingly elegant photo shoot to accompany your […]

merilyn - absolutely stunning photography … very creative, dynamic and dramatic … thankyou for sharing your talent … cheers m :)

Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet - Gorgeous. Love the mood!

shellsten | Piecefully - I love the dark in these pictures. Just found my way to you blog and it’s nothing less than amazing. All of it.

shellsten | Piecefully - I love the dark in there pictures. Just found my way to you blog and it’s nothing less than amazing. All of it.

The Peace Patch - Gothically stunning!I just did a purple potato post and they do make for fabulously dramatic photos but yours contrasted with black are the best! Cheers and Happy Halloween! :)

Hallowinks | - […] scariest and most enticing all the same time Halloween […]

ashley sullivan - loving these dark and moody shots! i’m curious to know what the lighting situation was here…

Ryan Shea - Very dramatic. Well done.

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Rocio - Loved these pictures… very inspiring! Thank you and Happy Halloween! x

Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - The three of you are definitely doing Halloween right. So, so striking!

phi @PrincessTofu - You didn’t need me to tell you this is awesome… so have a great Halloween and thanks for sharing your awesome work! I didn’t get nauseated at all. :)

Alison Dulaney - Beautiful Vanessa! You gals did a wonderful job and I agree with you ketchup as blood grosses me out!

Salad Ninja

I spent the first half of September taking pictures for Terry Romero’s upcoming cookbook, Salad Ninja. These salads are seriously delicious. Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot.

The book will be released in Spring, 2014. So keep an eye out.

xo

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Olivia - Whoa. These photos are gorgeous and I’m completely sold on the book as of now. Beautiful work. I can’t wait for it to come out!

Sonja - These photos are AMAzing — we are such fans of your work! This salad book sounds delightful and we’ll be sure to keep our eye out. Keep up the beautiful work.

Kimberley - I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a salad book. They all look and sound absolutely ridic. Hurry up spring 2014!

Jaclyn - I’m sure you get this all the time but I need to say it too – you are unbelievably talented! Love your work!

vkrees - Barbara- feel free to ask all questions on spring.me/vkrees. Thanks!

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - I will keep an eye out for that book if only for your photos! BTW.. how do you get those from above shots??? Do you suspend your camera somehow? I so hope you answer me.. I’m an amateur food photo enthusiast:D

Barb

Alison Dulaney - These are just amazing shots Vanessa! I have never seen a salad look so beautiful!

Emma - I’m so excited for this book! I’d seen some pics on Terry’s instagram and was drooling…
I had no idea you were shooting the photos but that’s great news. I love your style.

FoodFeud - WHOA. I cannot wait for this book. Such great photos.

Averie @ Averie Cooks - Your images are drop dead stunning! Can’t wait to see Terry’s new book, and filled with your photos- what a treat!

Amey - Beautiful pictures! I love all the little hand in there – grabbing and pinching and reaching and such. :) I seriously cannot wait for this book.

Hannah - Your pictures are amazing as usual. I can’t wait for this book to come out, I hope it has lots of salad recipes that I can chuck in a lunch box and take to work!

Erin - wow! these shots are all gorgeous – can’t wait to pick up the book when it’s released!

Coconut Lemon Cake with Blueberries

Coconut Yogurt Lemon Cake by V.K.Rees and Rachel Rees, Illustration by Victoria Bellavia

I recently teamed up with letter artist extraordinaire Victoria Bellavia to create these little gems. Something about putting words on an image makes it feel like a little object rather than a digital photo. I have to say that I absolutely love how these came out and now I selfishly want Victoria to work with me on every blog post. You should totally go check out her work, it’s magical.

As always my talented sister Rachel is the genius behind this recipe. I love it. It tastes like summer. This is what she has to say about it…

“Ask our Dad what he wants for any meal at any time, and he will give the same answer, “something light, healthy, and delicious.” This response, as vague as it is predictable, always gets an eye roll or two from our Mom or us kids.

This year we traveled to D.C. to celebrate Father’s Day. Our brother lives there and hosted a delicious a lunch. I took the assignment of making a dessert–aka a “light, healthy, and delicious” dessert. Adapted from a Molly Wizenberg’s French Style Yogurt Cake with Lemon, this dairy free version fits the bill, and like the original it’s simple to make.”

The recipe is below. A huge thanks to Rachel and Victoria for all their hard work!

Coconut Yogurt Lemon Cake by V.K.Rees and Rachel Rees, Illustration by Victoria Bellavia

Cake Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1/2 cup coconut yogurt
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup silken tofu, blended
1/2 cup canola oil

Garnish:
Powdered Sugar, sifted

Lemon Syrup:
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

Blueberry Topping:
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, washed and drained
Pinch salt
Sugar to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-inch bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust the inside of the pan with flour. Over the sink, knock the flour around until the inside of the pan has a thin coat of flour. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a bowl. Mix to combine (a fork works well) and set aside.

Using a blender or food processor, blend tofu until smooth (no chunks, please). In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, sugar, blended tofu, and oil until the batter is smooth. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. I like to do this in two batches. It might be a little oily at first, but it will come together. The batter will be thick-almost like a muffin batter. Transfer the batter into your prepared pan, taking care to see that the mixture is evenly distributed throughout, and place in the preheated oven to bake. When a thin metal tester placed into the center of a cake comes out clean, the cake is done (about 25 – 30 minutes and has a golden color).

While the cake bakes, prepare the lemon syrup and berry topping. To prepare the lemon syrup, simply combine the lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl. A fork works well. The berries are also simple to prepare. Remove any leftover tofu from the food processor, thoroughly rinse and dry. Add ½ cup of the blueberries with a pinch of salt and sugar.  Blitz the blueberries in a food processor until a puree is formed. In a medium sized bowl, combine the puree with remaining whole berries, fold until well integrated.

When the cake is done, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for about 5-10 minutes. Then remove the cake from its pan by inverting it onto a plate.

While the cake is still warm, slowly spoon the syrup onto the cake. Some of the syrup will be absorbed by the cake and some will not—and that’s OK. You can serve this cake at room temperature or warm. Your preference. Using a sifter, dust the cake with powdered sugar. To serve, top the sliced cake with generous dollop of the blueberry mixture.

As with Molly Wizenberg’s version, this cake can be enjoyed solo (sans syrup or topping). You can also use whatever berries you have on hand—raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, even cherries (without the pits, of course) would all be delightful. Enjoy!

Till next time! xx

Webbyrå - Beautiful pictures! I always feel nice and refreshed after looking at your blog .Thanks for sharing!

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Katherines Corner - lovely recipe and photography Hugs!

vkrees - Sandi- Coconut yogurt is non-dairy.

Sandi - Yogurt isn’t dairy?

Coco in the Kitchen - Just found you today.
Love your style.
Too cute!
Happy to follow you.
Cheers!

Joni - Wow this is a really beautiful blog! So much so that I had to feature it as one of my all time favourites on my blog! http://www.lifeisbutterful.com/2013/09/these-are-few-of-my-favourite-foodie.html

Foodie Morbitzer - Your blog really inspires me!

Theresa - Made it…loved it!

Uniflame - Wow! Your recipe design looks awesome! I never heard of coconut yoghurt before. I have no clue if we can even get that in the Netherlands. I hope so, because it sounds tasty. I blog about Tex Mex Burgers myself today.

kimbelina - Stunning work! And I think I have nearly all the ingredients to make this. :)

Latrina (@oftreesandhues) - So delicious! And so beautifully curated, too. I love this!

Stephanie @ Eat My Tortes - The cake and graphics both look beautiful! I love that it’s dairy-free too!

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Mirella - Can’t wait to try this! Beautiful…

sugarBrioche - Lovely ! And it’s seems so yummy ! :)

Kreetta - Love the idea and combination. Beautiful writing. Great photography!

Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - This is so striking. The three of you obviously create magic together…

Jasmine - Wow I love the lettering and the recipe sounds Delish, you gotta love Dad, there’s always something to eye roll over!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Major props on Victoria’s creativity!! Love all the fonts/graphics :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This cake is gorgeous! Love this recipe!

Aubrie LeGault - I love the images and the font you used to write out the title/recipe. Nicely done.

Ashley - Okay…I was too quick to comment and read the post after seeing the photos/graphics. Oops! Major props to Victoria’s work. It’s absolutely gorgeous. :)

Ashley - Oh my word. Not only am I in LOVE with this recipe but your graphics are KILLER. So creative and perfectly woven in with the photographs. You amaze.

Alison Dulaney - This is beautiful! I couldn’t agree more a beautiful font can add the finishing touch. This recipe looks delicious too!