I’ve been collecting ideas for recipes for as long as I can remember.
Since elementary school, I’ve had recipes scribbled down in my math workbook, tucked away in my safe keeping box, scattered throughout the drawers of my desk on little pieces of scrap paper, and most recently, organized in my outlook folder.
With the years of hoarding you’d think coming up with a new and exciting recipe would require little forethought, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The process of an initial recipe idea to final blog post is quite the adventure.
As I was sifting through my recipe binder yesterday, I thought it’d be fun if I shared a bit of the process with you!
I carry around a little notebook with me that I use to jot down things like recipes ideas, inspirations, business ideas, whatever comes my way.
When I write down a recipe idea, usually just a title or a concept, I email it to myself later with an outline of the ingredients I want to use and any notes I think will be helpful when I come back to it. Then, when I’m ready to take on a new batch of recipes (usually on the weekend) I choose a couple that pop out at me from the email of ideas, then type them up with the measurements and directions I plan to use. I print it, then set it aside on my desk for awhile to mull it over.
The mulling stage can take a couple hours, days, weeks… and sometimes months. During that time, I change a bunch of things on the paper – adjust ingredients, titles, directions, and do research if need be on proper technique and ingredient combinations.
Once I’m feeling good about my idea, I draft up what the set will look like when the recipe is complete and ready to photograph. This is my favorite part!
I usually go into my prop room for this and sit on the floor looking up at the shelves. It helps get the creative juices flowing (that and I can just see everything I have… makes it easier)
Today’s recipe (aka Today’s lunch):
As you can see, sometimes I stick with what I’ve drawn and sometimes I go in a completely different direction. The sketch is there to help guide the composition of the photo because without it, I’d most certainly get stuck creating the same scene for each and every recipe.
I can’t find it in my heart to throw out the pieces of paper – final measurements, directions, sketches and all, so I’ve collected them in a binder for safe keeping. This weekend, I organized all of the papers by date and marveled at just how much love and care that goes into everything I share with you all.
I’m so lucky to have found something I love doing!
And that I get to celebrate it with chowing down on some fresh baked salmon.
- 2 – 8oz. salmon fillets
- pinch of Himalayan rock salt
- dash of freshly ground pepper
- ½ English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise then sliced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 4 sticks celery, diced
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp gluten-free Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 clove garlic
- ¾ tsp fresh rosemary leaves – about 2 sprigs
- ¾ tsp fresh thyme leaves – about 4 bunches
- ¼ tsp Himalayan rock salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 tsp black mustard seeds
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- Turn the broiler of your oven on and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Place salmon on the foil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil fish about 4-5 inches from the heat for approximately 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Thinner steaks take between 5-8 minutes. When salmon is golden brown on top, remove and set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, break apart and place in a large bowl. Add cucumber, tomato, celery and green onions and set aside.
- Place dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Pour over top of vegetable mixture.
- Sprinkle salad with fresh parsley and mustard seeds.
- Serve on a bed of greens, as a sandwich filling, or straight up!
Going through my completed recipes binder felt like flipping through mini accomplishments I’ve achieved which is why I probably can’t find it in me to throw them out. Do you have something similar in your life? Awards posted to your walls, something you hold on to remind you just how awesome you are? Do share!