Food In Focus – Summer’s Figs and Tomatoes Harvest

summer’s tomato harvest- edible gardening |

summer’s tomato harvest- edible gardening

I don’t usually talk about “photography” on the Teenie Cakes journal and used to save that for my photography blog (which is not live right now). There are many shoots that are not shared unless they’re related to a specific recipe. So now I’m asking myself, “but why not ?” This is a photography journal that has always centered around food and recipes. Just recently I’ve added the edible garden section because it’s such a big part of my life and love right now…and it fits and…it makes sense.

This is part of my “edible garden” category on the Teenie Cakes photography journal. A few captures from last year’s harvest that I never shared and these images never saw the light of day again after they were downloaded. Some thoughts and photographer notes…

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Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble

Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble recipe |

Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble

Considering how much I love fruit crisps, I don’t make them nearly enough. Aren’t they a distant cousin of pies without a crust? I’ve made some delicious crisps in the past and with some, just didn’t think it could get any better…that is until I met this strawberry and apricot crisp with pine-nut crumble. It has to be, hands down, the best crisp I have ever tasted -and- made.

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Rustic Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba)

Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba) recipe |

Guava Jam and Cream Cheese Pastries (pastelito de guayaba)

A fondness for guava and the recent find of some guava jam has me conjuring up sweet treats. From what I’ve read, traditional guava pastries or pasteles/pastelitos de guayaba uses guava paste. I’m using guava jam for these pastries wrapped in flaky and buttery puff pastry. It’s South American flavors meets French buttery pastry…

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Guava, Banana & Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie recipe |

Guava, Banana & Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

Summer is in full swing now. There's no turning back, only moving forward and enjoying what the summer season has to offer. That means the year is already halfway through! My palate has been re-awakened with a flavor I haven't had since I was still a kid in grade school. Now my mind is all a buzz to incorporate my rediscovered childhood love, Guava. I've never actually tasted a real guava

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Double Chocolate Ricotta Muffins w/Kumquats & Walnuts recipe |

Double Chocolate Ricotta Muffins with Kumquats & Walnuts

I've been on a chocolate binge these last months. Really. Crave chocolate more than I ever have and noticed that I don't have a lot of chocolate recipes on Teenie Cakes that reflects my adoration for the ingredient. Will be changing that. These are quick to whip up double chocolate muffins that use cocoa powder in the batter and then some chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. The ricotta cheese

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Meyer Lemon Curd - Teenie Cakes

Foolproof and Luscious, Light Meyer Lemon Curd

As our fruit trees start sharing more of their gifts and with every season of bountiful harvests from the garden and markets, I want to steal a bit of the season and extend it through homemade goodness like curds, preserves, jams, jellies, butters, and marmalades...goodies in a jar(s)! It's something I really never considered or was interested in, even a few years ago. What has encouraged that

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Meyer Lemon Friands - Tea Cakes recipe |

Meyer Lemon Friands (Tea Cakes) & Lemon Cakes for Sansa Stark

There's still plenty of Meyer Lemons to use up, both in the refrigerator and still on our tree. What could be more light, fresh, and screams spring-time than bright, beautiful Meyer Lemons? Making use of both its precious juices and zest, I'm incorporating those ingredients in these tender French cakelets, the friand.

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Homemade Pear Preserves recipe |

Homemade Pear Preserves

Over the holidays, I came across a tart recipe that called for pear preserves. The flavors and ingredients in the tart were alluring enough so I didn't think twice about it listing pear preserves. However, in my local markets pear preserves could not easily be found. Checking in specialty shops was the discovery, but not for those gourmet prices ! Making this jar of preserves was easy

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The Kishu Mandarin | Cristina A-Moore Photography for

Sizing Up the Seedless Kishu Mandarin

Last year our landscape and garden welcomed several citrus trees, one being a beautiful tree that bears smallish Kishu Mandarins! Only just adopted and planted as a container plant in a large wooden whiskey barrel, it did not disappoint in its first year with dozens of bright pixie-sized fruit! While researching and searching the San Diego area for these fruit-bearing treasures, I couldn't

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