weekend reading 28.08.15

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Welcome to the very-almost-weekend, friends!

I’ve spent the past week testing more desserts than I humanly thought possible, until I started wearing little puffs of flour around like a second skin. I’ve also been toying with some re-design ideas for the site. After all, it’s been almost three years! I can hardly believe it. I’m thinking I’m going to nudge it ever-so-slightly in the food photography direction, with some more tips and tricks for you shutterbugs out there.

Anything you’d like to see up here? Any suggestions for changes? Let me know in the comments!

Some weekend reading to tide you over:

The New Yorker has a very funny little bit on starting your own food blog: “Figure out a way to begin your first blog post with a bang. I suggest something ponderous, such as “Why does the sun seem so bright today?” or “What is the real purpose of the little toe—is it just there to be cute?” Find the article here.

Good news for all you salad-lovers out there — turns out they can now grow your favourite greens in space!

To eat, or not to eat fish? When I dabbled as a vegetarian, I always considered fish an easy, reasonably sustainable alternative to eating meat. Turns out this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Great interview of Sylvia Earle by Natasha Scripture.

Nectarines, peaches, and plums are in wild abundance and SO sweet and good right now. Summer just isn’t summer until you’ve made your very own stone fruit pie with ’em all.

I was at the Momofuku Noodle Bar recently, and had the most amazing ramen made with a creamy, ultra-rich corn broth, complete with charred kernels, crispy chicken thigh, and a whole host of other goodies. But that corn broth stayed with me! Their affiliate magazine, Lucky Peach, has a little recipe for corn cream here. I bet you could do it with coconut milk, too, and it would be fantastic.



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14 Responses to “weekend reading 28.08.15”

  1. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy September 4, 2015 at 4:56 PM #

    I love when I can actually sit down and read!! Even it is getting caught up on emails….and all the wonderful blogging links I keep sending myself. Your site is great!!

    • toughcookie September 7, 2015 at 9:26 PM #

      Thanks for the kind words, Gloria! Hope you found some time for yourself to read this long weekend!

  2. janet @ the taste space September 4, 2015 at 3:05 PM #

    I like your website design. I am also thinking of revamping my blog design after analyzing my blog (on FBC they were talking about how quickly blogs can load). I ended up switching it up with a different theme to fix some areas but it ended up losing marks elsewhere. Let me know what you think.

    +1 for salads in space

    • toughcookie September 7, 2015 at 9:26 PM #

      It’s so hard to balance, right? I feel like for every change I love, there’s always someone who preferred it the old way!

  3. Megan @ Straight From The Jar September 4, 2015 at 2:53 PM #

    I’ve always wanted to try Momofuku. I’m heading to Toronto this weekend and it’s on my list of places to try. Also, that article on starting a food blog is so hilarious!

    • toughcookie September 7, 2015 at 9:25 PM #

      I hope you had a chance to visit this weekend! The food is truly soooo delicious.

  4. Jo-Anna September 4, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

    I’m looking forward to reading some of your food photography tips! And thank you for the reading links – have a great weekend!

  5. Yuen Shan @ YuenShan.com August 31, 2015 at 7:41 AM #

    Hi Alanna, I really like the set up of your website – and thank you for those recommended readings 🙂

    I stumbled on to your blog a while back, and I really like reading your posts, and so I have nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂

    • toughcookie August 31, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

      Thanks for your feedback, Yuen, and for the nomination!

  6. mimi August 30, 2015 at 9:35 AM #

    your blog is lovely! i wouldn’t change a thing!!!

    • toughcookie August 31, 2015 at 10:08 AM #

      Thanks, Mimi, that’s very sweet of you!

  7. Julia (@Imagelicious) August 28, 2015 at 2:15 PM #

    Oh, how exciting about the new direction! I’d love to see behind the scenes photos of photoshoots, those are always so interesting to see.

    I’ve been to the Momofuku Noodle Bar once for ramen – yum!

    • toughcookie August 28, 2015 at 6:48 PM #

      I definitely think some behind-the-scenes explanations would be fun! I feel as though my setup has been pretty consistent over the past few months, so it would be fun to share!