Shrimp Stir Fry Bites are insanely delicious. I was popping them in my mouth like candies. If you love these flavors, I know you will love these savory shrimp gems.
They are perfect to pack it the next day for your lunch over rice or noodles. Also, I like just adding them to my lettuce wraps. It is absolutely amazing. I know you will love my tasty Shrimp Stir Fry Bites.
In this post, I want to point something out and talk about recipes, and other things in a similar matter.
It has been lingering through my mind for a while and I just have to get it off my chest.
I am the type of person that hate following recipes. I like adding a pinch or two of this and that and taste, even if the recipe is from Giada or Jamie Oliver.
The hardest part of having a food blog measures actually things for the recipe. Sometimes, I would make something and I am in love with the taste, smell, aroma, appeal, but I forgot to write it down.
Of course, nobody is complaining when I make it again. Anyways, I test drive recipe a few times before posting it on my blog if it is something completely new.
I know that many people like to follow recipes to the T, but in reality, you gotta make it your own to like it. Taste, feel, smell, hear. Include all your senses when you cook. We food bloggers cannot physically be there to teach you how to cook or make our recipes.
We can give you an idea what to make, how to make it, give a guide, maybe advice and encourage you to cook at home rather than taking the easy way out, meaning you, driving to the nearest fast food chain, at least that is my view.
Cooking is not that hard if you follow your instincts. Even if you only know how to fry an egg you are still using your common sense how much oil, salt or pepper you going to use.
That my friends go for every recipe, maybe paying wee bit more attention to those baked goodies.
Another point that I would like to make: Food looks like a million bucks on the picture but when you make looks nothing like it.
To break the truth to you, even if it is something that you already know, styling is important in food photography, and all images from most of the food blogs to magazines are edited to look like that, to draw attention so you can make it.
I cannot simply slap serving spoon of mashed potatoes on the plate, even if it’s with the tastiest and sexist steak to the eye and expect for you to say: “mmm, I am cooking that tomorrow!”
That being said, in reality, that picture, if not properly styled and edited will not look like anything you want to make today or tomorrow, trust me! Our job is to make that shot so you find yourself literally drooling on the other side.
I am not putting down anybody with my words who is not editing pictures, but if you want people to make your recipe, if you want to take blogging more serious, at least you have to learn the basics.
That’s all I am saying! You don’t need a fancy schmancy camera or expensive software to do that because now days even with iPhone and free editing programs/apps people make mouthwatering food pics. In my defense, I try to keep it as natural as possible.
I shoot my pics 80% of the time using natural light but of course, it’s styled and purposely made that way, so it looks like you want to lick the screen, however, food that I make is tasty I can say that much, and I will stand behind any of my recipes.
Years of experimentation on my family and friends are the best proof of that fact! As much as I love cooking, food photography is my safe haven. I can spend hours playing with images, on the other hand, I spent a number of hours in the kitchen (every day) testing and experimenting with different flavors and combinations too.
I am not a chef with the kick-ass diploma busting my booty Judy in the restaurant kitchen. I’d never say or claim that title.
Truth be told, I could never work as a chef, not because I don’t like cooking, but because I like to work at my own pace without stress. To say the least, I am irritated when somebody calls me a “chef”.
Do not get me wrong, I am flattered with happy face spread across my face, but that’s not me and I don’t deserve the title.
First and foremost, I am a mama of three growing kids. Also, a home-cook for the last 17 years, without skipping a day, of my life with many fails in my pocket.
Let us put it this way, you cannot succeed unless you fail, then pick yourself up and try again. Cooking is an art, and therapy in so many ways, and it is meant to be enjoyed not only eating part but cooking part as well. Personally, I love seeing people eating food that I make. That makes me extremely happy!
Why am I writing this?
Well, let me tell you, every once in a while somebody writes or comments about the food does not look as pretty as on the picture or being too spicy.
Perhaps, that I must’ve made a mistake in the recipe, which could happen and had happened on more than a few occasions, but not often and if you’re uncertain please, do ask before making it just to make sure (I really love hearing good and bad).
Mostly, I wanted to point out when you cook or whatever you are making you’ve got to taste your food while cooking, rather than look at the recipe and go by it without tasting. Better use less salt, spicy sauce, pepper, etc. than more.
But you see, that’s not always the case. People like to cook following the recipe and not even tasting that dish in the process of making and that is wrong (again excluding pastries).
Of course, there are people that make something and hate it. I can’t make you like something even if it looks amazing in the picture, and to take myself as an example, I hate oysters.
There is no chef in the world that could prepare an oyster and expect me to like it because I will gag that shit right out. I have a high tolerance for spicy, as well as my daughter. We eat saucy boneless buffalo chicken sandwiches and yes, we add Sriracha and pickled jalapenos on it too. My husband, on the other hand, could handle a very, very mild level of spiciness.
I adjust dishes for my family because if I like it, that doesn’t mean that everybody will, and probably two out of five will not be pleased. Not because it doesn’t taste good, but it simply doesn’t sit well with their taste buds.
So, when you read in my recipes “TO TASTE”, please taste the food before adding 2,3.4 tablespoons of hot sauce. Add a little bit at the time and see how much is too much for you!