Catherine Farquharson is a photographer. She is my favourite photographer. Not only does she take outstandingly gorgeous photos that make me want to put other people’s baby and wedding photos on my wall, but she had a birthday party in the park, and that makes her an eco-hipster too. She appropriately called it a ‘Parknic’.
We all brought treats. There were two-bite brownies and cupcakes. There were crustless sandwiches. There were scones. There was a giant cooler of gin and juice. We played ping pong and and bocci ball. It was like we were simultaneously European, five years old and retirees.
I brought high fibre, healthy cookies. I always bring high fibre healthy cookies. They are how I show my love.
I have cut back on my baking for personal reasons (read- it is environmentally unfriendly to buy new clothes when your not so old ones are a wee bit snug) so any opportunity I have to bake for someone else, I do. I love the process. As I have mentioned, playing in the kitchen, mixing up ingredients, experimenting with flours, music playing… it’s a meditation for me. I put good energy into the food I make which has yet to result in any bad energy disasters. I suppose this is kind of like how Catherine puts good energy into her photographs and as a result her photos and the subjects in them always look beautiful.
I have a tendency when I am getting my picture taken to drop my chin and put on a big fake cheeky smile. When Catherine did my head shots, she kept saying to me “Chin up, mouth closed”. So when she pointed her camera at me, while I sat at the picnic table at her Parknic, I did my best to follow her advice. And, if I do say so myself, she does know what she’s talking about. Why pay for headshots when all you really have to do is get invited out with Catherine!
Despite the fact that I write a healthy cooking blog, I still get a little nervous about bringing my healthy creations to public events where they will be consumed side-by-side by treats that have real sugar, fluffly white flour and butter. The Chocolate Cookies For Catherine, however, were a hit. Not too sweet, definitely satisying, with just enough chocolate to hit that chocolatey spot. And the beatiful photo of the cookie- I took it myself. A cookie for Catherine must be accompanied by a fine photograph of said cookie.Print