I take a lot of pictures that don’t make it on to this blog. Mainly, because I don’t have a recipe to go along with them. Little daily scenes, like breakfast, cups of coffee, and favorite tidbits. It makes me kind of sad to not put them on here, because the shots of little daily moments are often my favorite ones, even if they lack substance. I once read that when creating content, you need to think of what it’s offering to the reader. With recipes, I feel like the contribution is evident. Just a photo paired with my words though, is a little less obvious. What I would be offering to the reader, becomes murkier.
I don’t want to be misunderstood, I love sharing recipes. I love cooking, and eating, and everything right up until washing the dishes. My favorite part of this blog though? It will always be taking the photos. Styling, shooting, editing, and sharing the photographs of food, that’s what makes me the happiest. It’s truly my favorite thing.
These photos weren’t intended to end up on the blog. I took them on a whim after trimming back my mint plant. It had grown all long and wiry over the winter searching for the sunshine. So, I took some scissors to it last week in an attempt to reshape the scraggly thing in preparation for spring sunshine. When I was done, I had a whole pile of mint collected around my feet on the balcony. Inspired, I scooped it up to brew some fresh mint tea, and arranged a whimsical little tea scene. Reviewing the shots later, I realized, there’s a recipe right there! Fresh mint tea. The pictures had a purpose, something to offer.
Aside from the tea there are some of my favorite things in this shot. The teacup is Alice in Wonderland themed, which I’ve always loved, as both a bookworm and devoted Disney fan. It was a Birthday gift several years ago from one of my favorite people, and therefore extra special to me.
The book, The Secret Garden is also a favorite object of mine. I picked up the copy in this shot at a used book store when I was in my early teens. I didn’t read it for months, expecting it to be quite dull, but I’ve always pressured myself to read the classics. When I finally did open it, I devoured it in several hours, like it was some sort of suspenseful true crime novel. It’s stayed on my bookshelf ever since, through multiple cullings of my book collection, it remains, and I’ve read it several times since. I also thought the title of the book was fitting for a shot full of wild looking, overgrown mint vines.
The little key, is actually pried off of the front of a bottle of No.3 London Dry Gin. A tribute to my favorite spirit, and a play into both the Secret Garden and Alice in Wonderland themes in the shot.
The spoon? No story there. It was picked up on a prop search at a local antique store. Rather mundane really.
Months before I started using the Wonderland teacups in my photography, I received my favorite compliment about my photographs. I was discreetly showing a coworker(and dear friend) some photos on my phone at the end of a work shift, and she told me there was something whimsical about my style. Something that reminded her of Alice in Wonderland.
Oh, right! A recipe!
Brewing Fresh Mint Tea
Fresh mint leaves.
- Put water on to boil, in a kettle or pot.
- Wash mint leaves.
- Roughly tear mint leaves up.
- Put mint leaves in the bottom of a french press, tea ball, or other tea strainer.
- Add boiling hot water.
- Let steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.
- Enjoy hot, or chilled with ice.
The amount of mint leaves used also changes the strength of the tea. I recommend 8-10 leaves per cup of tea.
Optional: serve with honey, sugar, lemon, and cream or milk.