Every month, I get bored with my food styling props and I tell Lu. Luckily, there’s a Pier 1 Imports and Target right near my main grocery store, so usually I can fit in a quick stop.
But every couple of months, Lu knows he’s in for a real treat: a day of prop shopping.
That happened on Sunday. We’re talkin’ Target, Home Goods, Pier 1 Imports, even AC Moore. I never thought I’d get so excited about bowls and napkins.
I love how I’m acting like I’m a professional food photographer. I’m clearly not, but I have almost as much fun taking the photos of my food as I do cooking it.
Okay, not really. I love the cooking more. Then comes the photographing and lastly, the cleaning.
Sometimes, I honestly don’t know what recipe to make and I’ll lay out food props and “style” a dish (without the actual food) and that will inspire me.
That happened yesterday (Monday). The water in my building was shut off for maintenance, so from 9:30am – 2:30pm, I couldn’t really cook. What if I spilt something and needed to sponge clean with water? The horror!
Needless to say, when 2:30pm came, I was going stir crazy and I lost my creative edge. I hadn’t actually put away my purchases from over the weekend, so I started styling.
I ended up with this:
And then, of course, we arrived at this shaved asparagus and sausage sweet potato noodle pasta. Which was the most savory, delicious pasta I’ve made in a while.
The sweet potato noodles and the sausage are a match made in heaven. I’ve been meaning to try a shaved asparagus salad, but was weary. Raw asparagus? Thus, this recipe was me getting my feet wet.
Shaved asparagus = ground-breaking. Who knew! The consistency is perfect when it softens with the sweet potato noodles and sausage. Plus, the asparagus adds a nice aromatic to the sausage and potatoes.
All in all, I have to thank my building’s maintenance team for shutting off the water for 6 hours. Without them, this pasta would never have happened.
What do you think about shaved asparagus? Have you tried this yet?