Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (in which I narrowly avoid a career change)

This weekend, I made a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (recipe from Taste of Home).

It turned out just fine, but while making it, I had a bit of an epiphany.

I am not a food photographer/blogger.

But that didn’t stop me from taking photos of the process anyway to gross you out (like I did here) and explain myself.

Here are a few reasons what it is a very good thing that I work in a cubicle on a computer and why I can never, never consider a new career in this field.

First, a real food blogger and photographer would not have started with the ingredients already half mixed up, though I’m not sure why–this looks pretty appetizing, right? I think the blend of raw eggs and pumpkin puree is divine.

They would have begun with a nice photo of all of the ingredients arranged nicely on the counter, with each portion pre-measured in white bowls.

They would also probably mix things by hand, to have a better feel for the recipe, probably using a wooden or bamboo utensil.

What can I say? I’m pretty barbaric, I guess–no nice white bowlfuls of ingredients, and gasp! I’m using a machine to mix them up. Furthermore, I also used a neon green spatula (not pictured).

Here, at least this looks a little better with all of the ingredients mixed together. I do think that pumpkin recipes in general are difficult photography subjects, in my defense.

But unfortunately for me, a real food photographer/blogger would have documented each stage of the recipe, with each ingredient being added.

//picture “ain’t nobody got time for that!” meme here.//

And NO real food photographer/blogger would EVER show the internet a picture of their whole kitchen during the process, like this:

Uh, surprise…kitchen reveal!? Cannot believe that this is the first picture of the kitchen I’m letting the internet see.

And even if they did, their kitchen wouldn’t look like this anyways. Let’s just say I get REALLY into the whole baking process and can’t be bothered to clean.

It normally doesn’t look like this, Mom. Promise.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Hey! No picture of the final product sliced, buttered, garnished, and with a pumpkin in the background?”

I rest my case.