25 April 2012

A sunday with stephanie

This Sunday I made the hour and a half drive down to Palo Alto and spent the day with Stephanie of Desserts for Breakfast. It started off around 9 in the morning and didn't end til almost 7 at night. It was a great day spent wandering a farmers market, getting great coffee then scrumptious sandwiches, making new backgrounds for each of us and finally making muffins. (Her first time! To my shock :) they had to be made once she told me that)

So the farmer's market. It had the most glorious eggs ever. I fell in love with them. There were four big bins of them, 2 of chicken eggs in the most beautiful pastel colors. Then 2 of duck eggs, pale pink, off-white, and a few dark grey almost black colored. Swooning over them, I immediately grabbed a carton and began searching for the best ones. They all had to be just a bit different, sizes, shapes, colors. I took a massive amount of photos of them, this post as proof. I have yet to even crack one, I don't want to. I should because they probably taste fabulous, but it's my first time getting eggs like these. I'm putting it off. 

The backgrounds were the main objective of the visit. We started off at Home Depot, finding the 'right' wood that would give the old look we wanted but would still be able for us to transform. Sanding, painting many coats, try to get that crackle finish (which is a lot harder than that silly little bottle says) and leaving a few boards for my next trip down there. I left with two new backgrounds that I already adore, many thanks to Stephanie for a great day. 

Oh and we made muffins! Lemon Verbena with Olallieberries. Two things I had never had before. Early in the day she said to me something like, Do you know any good recipes for Lemon Verbena? I have so much now! My first reaction being 'Umm thats some kind of herb-y thing right?' Knowing only that I have vaguely heard about it online, but never had tasted it or seen it in markets. So I wasn't much help in that department. But when we decided that we must bake something, well come on were food bloggers, how could we not? So when we somehow came upon muffins, because they were much quicker than the yeasted bready things that we first talked about. So the lemon verbena was a must, muffins were the vechine of choice and then she remembered the olallieberries that she had in her freezer. Of course I didn't know what they were either. So they are kinda like blackberries but sweeter? tarter? I honestly can't remember now, but I know they were awesome. Not many of those muffins made it home on that hour and a half drive. 

So now on to too many photos:

The farmer's market






Duck Eggs




A quick shoot in Stephanie's studio



Lemon Verbena & Olallieberry Crumble Muffins, recipe in on Stephanie's Blog, just click HERE 




And now on to those magical egg. 
















Sarah said...

Wow! Those are beautiful eggs. I can't wait for my farmer's market to start up again in June.

Victoria said...

Your pictures are so beautiful!

Daniella said...

Wow, beautiful photos of all the eggs! Love the colours.

Chloe said...

Wait a minute! I thought you hated eggs! It's so funny that you'd want to take photos of them (though entirely understandable- they are quite beautiful!)

S said...

Great egg shots

MoonFaCe said...

Farmers' market is always fun. Love those colored eggs. The backgrounds look great. Could you maybe blog about how to make one of these and what products to use? That'll be helpful to many of us novices :)

As always, beautiful shots..

Anna Scandinavian Cottage said...

Beautiful images!!!

lucy said...

un uovo in mille versioni.mi piacciono moltissimo queste foto!

N said...

oh those eggs are so amazing!!! did you go to the farmers market on california avenue? that's such a great farmers market =) the best eggs i've gotten were from santa cruz farmers market but the colors were nowhere as pretty as the ones you got... palo alto is so great - glad you had such a beautiful sunday.

Robyn said...

yes-the eggs are pretty great-but the muffins...wow!

Anonymous said...

Everything about this made my morning better!

BurntApple said...

Beautiful photos. I love them. I can't wait until our farmers markets open up here. So excited!

Irene said...

Such a very good blog post!

Cathy said...

Incredibly brilliant photo skills with those eggs. If I was in the position to take pictures of eggs, it wouldn't look anywhere close to yours! hehe!

Strange that I am craving an omelet now..Hmmm. :P

Cathy Trails

rhuandsam said...

Wow. Never had eggs looked so amazing! These pics are great!

thelittleloaf said...

Sounds like an absolutely wonderful day. I've already seen those gorgeous muffins over on desserts for breakfast and am planning to make them very soon!

Mike @TheIronYou said...

Those eggs are unbelievable, a total work of art!

HomeCollection. said...

Beautiful collection of eggs..!

Nome Alone said...

Love your photos! What kind of camera/lens did you use?

Lydia Bakes said...

Wow what beautiful photos! I've never been to a farmers market but it sounds amazing, will have to venture out some time!

I would love to hear more about how you make backgrounds for photos, I find that the hardest thing with food photography!

Denise said...

Those eggs are just gorgeous! beautiful pastel shades. And I love the sound of your day together, sounds like much fun!

Anonymous said...

I love trips to Farmers' Markets, they are such great inspiration for food photography and cooking. Plus all those fresh flowers just make me happy!
ps. Gorgeous photos!

inĂªs do crasto said...

Delicious pictures :)

Ally said...

Those tiny eggs are pieces of magic... adorable. I want.

Rosa said...

Beautiful photos! The colors are amazing.