As I already mentioned in one of my previous posts, I spent a weekend in Vienna attending the Food Photography Workshop organized by Meeta, Jeanne and Monika. I’ve been wanting to join one since I started blogging. And now it finally worked out!
Let me tell you, it felt so good to spend two days with other ladies who share the same interests and passion. Everyone who is into food photography knows how weird it feels at times when we get all excited about taking 50+ pictures of one and the very same plate. Especially when you have family or friends waiting, and the food starts getting cold.. I bet you can imagine the excitement of having a group of people around who you don’t owe any kind of explanations :)
The two days were packed with tons of information and much more. In the meantime, while we were busy absorbing all these useful tips, Monika (our Austrian host) was busy in the kitchen spoiling us with lots of yummy food served throughout the whole day. We ended the day with a delicious 3 course dinner and with lots of ideas and inspirations for the following day’s assignments.
Day two took us to the vintage market. Oh, let me tell you..what a props heaven! I am glad that I had only limited space available in my suitcase, otherwise the shopping would have easily gone out of control ;)
It was as much fun roaming around and taking pictures at the adjacent Naschmarkt, Vienna’s most popular market. This market with its vegetables and fruit vendors, little stores and restaurants is a true culinary delight! If you ever make it to the Austrian capital, make sure not to miss it! And if you enjoy eating oriental specialties I really recommend NENI’s restaurant. We were lucky to have them as one of the workshop’s sponsors. We enjoyed amazing food, including an incredible hospitality! The owners were very patient with our group, assisting us with colorful dishes, props and pleasing our requests, while we were climbing on chairs and doing other acrobatics to get the perfect shot :)
After heading back to our hotel, we kept working on our group assignments, which also included participating at contests. And speaking of contests, I’d like to take the opportunity to give a special thanks to the kitchen supply store Cuisinarium for the beautiful French tart dish that was given to me for winning the 2nd prize!
After ‘inaugurating’ it a few days ago with an asparagus quiche, this time I chose to bake a frittata! Frittata is a sort of Spanish tortilla that I have also made some time ago with artichokes, which is actually made in a pan. After seeing my brother make one in the oven for the first time, I totally loved the idea, and this was the time to try it out myself.
I didn’t want to overload it with too many ingredients, that’s how it turned into a margherita-style frittata! Simple, fast and tasty. Just the way I like it! It reminds me of a quiche without crust. I’d even rename it to a ‘friche’ (fri-ttata & qui-che)! Now that would be an interesting creation ;) Feel free to add other vegetables, or bacon, and more cheese.. All you need to do is mix everything together, and bake for about half an hour. And there it is, ready to be served, maybe with a salad or however you like it.
Last but not least, I want to thank again the workshop organizers Meeta, Joanna and Monika, Nuriel and his brothers from NENI for the generous hospitality and all the other sponsors Sonnentor, Stauds and Nino Franco for the beautiful treats.
Buon appetit ;)
- 1 tbsp of flour
- 3 tbsp of milk
- 150 g / 5½ oz of (cherry) tomatoes
- 100 g / 3½ oz of mozzarella
- 3 eggs
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200 C / 392 F.
- Chop the tomatoes and mozzarella and place into a bowl.
- Add all the other ingredients and stir well.
- Pour the mix into a medium-sized tart dish and bake for about 30 minutes.
- Make sure not to fill the tart dish up to the edge, as it it will be rising and bubbling quite a bit in the oven!