Posted in Color Photography, Inspiration

My Arm Hurts

A few days ago, the day Susan and I got our second Shingles shot, we came home and moved all the furniture in our living room to put down a new rug.

The next day we were both sore–not our arms where the Shingles shot was given, but our legs, back, neck, and, yes, our rear. A few days later, our arms hurt and continued to hurt, from the Shingles shot.

But the shot and the moving of furniture was well worth it. Just look at how beautiful the living room is.

Posted in Food Photography, Inspiration, Recipes

Roasted Broccoli and Shrimp Salad

On December 6 Susan and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. We have been together for fourteen years. She found this Melissa Clark recipe online and asked me to make it for our dinner. Melissa didn’t call for making a salad but I thought it would be perfect combination–it was delicious.

Here is the recipe. I made a few changes which I note.

Ingredients

2 pounds broccoli, cut into bite-size florets (I used 1 pound.)
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds (or 1/2 teaspoon ground)
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds (or 1/2 teaspoon ground)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot chili powder
1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined (I used cocktail shrimp. 12 pieces.)
1 1/4 teaspoons lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
Lemon wedges, for serving

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, toss broccoli with 2 tablespoons oil, coriander, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and chili powder. In a separate bowl, combine shrimp, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, lemon zest, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

2. Spread broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. (I roasted the broccoli for 15 minutes.) Add shrimp to baking sheet and toss with broccoli. Roast, tossing once halfway through, until shrimp warm (about 5-10 minutes). Squeeze lemon juice all over shrimp and broccoli just before serving.

Posted in Christmas, Color Photography, Documentary Photography, Inspiration, Poetry

The Work of Christmas

Susan and I received our first Christmas cards of the season yesterday.

Inside one card was this beautiful message:

The Work of Christmas 

When the song of the angels is stilled, 
When the star in the sky is gone, 
When the kings and princes are home, 
When the shepherds are back with their flock, 
The work of Christmas begins: 
To find the lost, 
To heal the broken, 
To feed the hungry, 
To release the prisoner, 
To rebuild the nations, 
To bring peace among others, 
To make music in the heart. 

~~Howard Thurman