DSC_7658DSC_7672DSC_7675DSC_7683DSC_7689DSC_7702DSC_7711DSC_7746DSC_7775Today was Exciting and fun. Elizabeth and I started the day off by going to the library to find cookbooks, because we are planning a dinner party for my family. We spend a good 20 minutes doing that, and then went to head off to Fresh Levant to meet the owner, Anita, at 11:30. This was especially cool to me because I can’t eat gluten, but they had an entirely gluten free menu. We got to ask the owner questions, and she talked about how she practiced altering recipes to get good gluten free bread. She said some nights she would lay in bed until she got an idea on how to bake the bread, and then built off that. She also gave us some tips about cooking, like how to make a gluten free tart crust and told us that if you think a recipe needs alteration, then you should go ahead and trust your gut. She also said that everything impacted how your cooking turns out. humidity and even your mood. It was cool meeting her! Another good thing about the restaurant was the food; it was great! Some of the best gluten free things I’ve eaten. After the food came, I got to go take pictures in the kitchen, which was fun. It wasn’t a big one, but the workers were efficient. After this, I got a cinnamon roll to go while we drove back. I ate the cinnamon roll while we were constructing a menu from the cookbooks for the dinner party we are planning. We looked through all the cookbooks and came up with a menu (we want it to be a surprise, so it will be posted on Thursday.) we also have a shopping list now, making this easier for later. Tomorrow we plan to go shopping and start cooking! I had loads of fun today and am excited that I now know of a new gluten free restaurant.

Yesterday, I was doing a project for the PTA reflections contest on local heroes, and I went to take pictures of the Le Chevallier family. These are the pictures that I still liked but didn’t use for the contest. Carrie and her husband adopted 5 kids, and they all created the program called the Heart Crayon Project. This was created so that restaurants don’t waste as many crayons, and their process is to melt down old crayons into new shapes, and they even sell them and send the money to orphanages and recently to the Boys and Girls club in New Bern, NC to help after the hurricane.

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Photo above is Sarah in action with the family by Elizabeth:)

This week’s clickandcook has been full of lessons, photos, & delicious food! Renn and I had so much fun getting to know each other and bonding over our love of photography and food.

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Day 1: Tuesday Aug 14 started off in full swing with going to the Mordecai Historic House Kitchen Garden. We met the lovely Tori, who showed us around and let us pick some gorgeous fresh vegetables! We got radishes, peppers, flowers and herbs for our meal. We then ventured to the Grand Asia Market where we were introduced to some cool fruits and vegetables and bought spices for our meal. Also we HAD to make a donut stop!!:) We made our Korean vegetable pancakes(Jeon) that were DELICIOUS! We had a side salad of radishes and radish greens with Mirin and sesame oil. A great Day!

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Day 2: We began Wednesday with making our kimchi and spicy Korean cucumber pickles. We had to let them ferment for later use. We then got right into baking! We made a butter cake with caramel buttercream , a chocolate drizzle and “honeycomb” (maple and pink sea salt brittle) The honeycomb took two tries, but it ultimately turned out beautifully! Decorating was so much fun!

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Day 3: Today we made a spicy sweet potato falafel with kimchi and FRESH pita bread! We started by mixing the falafels in the food processor(our favorite!). After, we started the pita bread! It was so fun to knead the dough and make the little bread balls and it ended up tasting so good! We ate some w/butter and honey with rosemary straight out of the oven! Our lunch was delicious!  We put garnishes like avocado and radishes on our little pita pockets and all of the flavors worked so well together. The Gochugang Sauce was so good with everything. We then worked on editing our many (many!!) pictures. Overall, an AWESOME 3 days😊




The first day of camp was really fun. Well, all of camp was fun. We started off with going to the Moredcai house. They have a little garden that I never knew about! We were able to pick whichever vegetables we wanted and there was such a variety. We were also there to take pictures and Elizabeth encouraged us to take our time and to really look before we shoot. We ended up bringing radishes, peppers, and flowers back with us. We then continue our journey to Grand Asia Market (we made a quick stop to Bakers Dozen in between). It was really cool to see all the different produce and spices the store had. We picked up the needed ingredients, sapped a few pictures and were on our way. In the kitchen we started to make our Pickles, Kimchi, and Jeon. Jeon is a Korean Potato Pancake that you can put meats and vegetables in. We were doing all veggies and mixed all of them together (with a wonderful food processor). Cooking and talking was fun but, we were beginning to get hungry. It was amazing to see your work pay off and become some delicious “pancakes” and a pretty salad. Once we had finished eating we went through the pictures Rae and I had taken that day, they were all so amazing and it was very interesting to see the different styles we both had. I liked how we were both at the same place but each saw everything differently.

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Day 2 was full of with baking. We chose to make a “Golden Butter Cake with Pink Sea Salt Caramel and Honeycomb”. Let me tell you this was not a “piece of cake”! This day was still probably my favorite day though and not just because of the delicious smells wafting from the oven. The conversation that Elizabeth, Rae, and I had that day were super fun and interesting. I loved how we each brought our own “cake” to the table and how we were willing to try and lean about each other. Finally, after a while It was time to decorate. Buttercream in one hand and chocolate sauce in the other I was ready to tackle this project. Carefully spinning the cake, I cover the entire treat with delicious buttercream. Setting it in the fridge it’s Rae’s turn to frost the cake and me take pictures of it. We switch chairs and I start to drizzle the melted chocolate on my cake letting it run down the sides however it wants. I then continue with sprinkling some pink sea salt and putting some maple syrup honeycomb on the edge. Good cake takes time I was super proud of the end result.

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Day 3 was the last day sadly. We were planning on making pita bread and spicy sweet potato falafel with white kimchi. The kitchen was filled with lively conversation and aromatic odors. My favorite part was the pita bread making, it was very interesting, and we ended up learning about the history of bread and who first made it. Kneading the bread and taking pictures of the balls of dough I was able to appreciate all the steps in cooking and the patience it takes. It’s so nice to see and taste the end result of a day cooking and photography. The whole camp has been a great time and I’ve learned a lot about both cooking and photography.

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Today I arrived at my first photography workshop. The first things we did was visit different local farm and gardens

and took pictures of flowers and picked fresh produce. We made a quick run to Whole Foods where we picked up fresh ingredients to make are Manchego cheese soufflé. When we got back to the house we took pictures of the produce we picked at the Gardens. Before that we made a snack. Apple slices and crackers with goat cheese and plum spread.


All these pictures I’ve taken today were taken from my iPhone 8. The camera I was planning to use had trouble holding a charge today.
The cheese soufflé we cooked was used with Manchego cheese. We used the farm fresh peppers in creamy pepper sauce to top it off. When making a soufflé you have to separate egg whites from the yolks. I did that with my hands. The egg yolks were soft, squishy, round and yellow. Very fun to play with. Whipping the egg whites took a good ten minutes to do with a hand spin mixer. My hands were sore a bit but it was cool. The final product of the soufflé was very delicious. It was very fluffy and airy and tasted like bread even though it was egg.

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After that we did some editing before it was time for me to leave. I only stay 8:15am-2.

Note from Elizabeth! ! Yesterday we visited the recreated 19th century kitchen garden at the Historic Mordecai house.  We met Tori who tends all of the beautiful landscape there and she told us about the gardens! A special thanks for her time!!  The garden is grown with all #heirloom #plants based on what would have grown during that time period based on documentation left by Ellen Mordecai in her memoir and letters! It is all grown using #organicpractices and are used as a teaching garden! Bring your kids and learn about #eatinglocal #raleighhistory we picked #okra #peppers#lemonbasil and are cooking with them this week!


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Today we decided to go to a garden to take pictures. We were going to make Vietnamese crepes and rose lemonade. We started off the day going to the garden. This was amazing to take pictures at. There was great lighting and bright plants. We got a couple of things for our cooking, and then we were on our way to the farmers market. We ended up with carrots, radishes, onions, mild pepper, and a very hot pepper. We started cooking by making the batter for the pancakes. We had to let this sit, so we cut up all the vegetables for the inside of the crepes. I had quite a lot of fun arranging and taking pictures of the vegetables.


After this we started on the lemonade. This was pretty easy, because our lemon was already juiced. We added sparkling water, grated ginger, rose water, and honey.DSC_6568DSC_6571


This lemonade was amazing, but I don’t think I did that well on the pictures. After this it was back to the crepes. The pancakes were pretty fun to cook, but were a bit fragile. When they were done, they were fun to photograph.


They also tasted amazing, and the little spicy surprises were fun. After this, I had a lot of cool pictures to edit and then I had to go, with my stomach full.


Note from Elizabeth: I think Sarah’s photos of the lemonade came out gorgeous! And it tasted sooooo refreshing! The garden we visited was Brie Arthur’s edible garden in Fuquay! She writes and travels to talk and teach about planting edible landscapes and sustainable landscaping.  She speaks internationally on a variety of horticulture topics and is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World

We were super excited to visit and photograph her lovely gardens and hang out with the sweet garden cats!!

Along with using a few things from Brie’s garden in our crepes, we made pretty ice cubes with flower petals from her garden! They weren’t frozen by the time Sarah went home, but here is a photo as well as a few of her in action!


Today we decided to make a lunch of stuffed tomatoes. We decided to go to the Raleigh City Farm and the Raleigh Farmer’s Market to get local fresh foods. The Raleigh City Farm was really nice. There were carrots, tomatoes, peppers, beets and more. I took some nice photos and had fun. The first set of photos here are from the Raleigh City Farm.

Note from Elizabeth:

Raleigh City farm has a CSA program as well as a weekly Farmers Market on Thursdays from 4:30-6:30pm – they also host classes and there are volunteer opportunities! They are located at 800 N. Blount Street Raleigh, NC 27604

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We went to the Farmer’s Market to get the excess ingredients. There were some pretty things there.  Tomatoes below were photographed there!


When we got back we started cooking. In the recipe it said to use bread crumbs, so we substituted that with roasted almonds, rosemary and a bit of cayenne and then put them in a food processor. Next we sautéed onion, garlic and beet greens as part of the filling. I hollowed out the tomatoes with a melon baller. We stuffed the tomatoes and put them in the over. During this we made a sauce with the leftover parts of the tomato.\

Note 2 from Elizabeth: Recipe was adapted from Yotam Ottolengi’s cookbook, Plenty, original recipe, click Here.

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