So the other day I got a super exciting email. It was from an editor of a magazine who wanted to use one of my recipes from A Beautiful Bite in a special holiday edition. Can you even imagine? I almost passed out when I read the email. I mean, this is the kind of stuff bloggers LIVE for. It’s one thing to produce digital content. It’s an even better thing to have your content in print. I was ecstatic.
In the email she asked for my bio and also the original high resolution image of the recipe she saw on A Beautiful Bite. No problem I assured her. I’ll have that over to you in a jiffy. But when I went searching for the original image, which was taken in 2012, it was nowhere to be found.
Every other blessed recipe image I’ver ever taken was on my computer except that very image. And of course I panicked. What was I going to do?
And then I came up with an idea. What if I made the recipe again and took another picture that was just like the first? So I asked the editor for an extra day to get the image to her and luckily she agreed.
This time around I had a little help in the kitchen. Shannon agreed to be my sous chef…
I’m pretty sure she agreed to help because she knew the odds were good that there would be a chocolatey spoon to lick. But whatever, I’ll take help however I can get it.
Things were progressing along just nicely until it was time to roll the truffles into balls. Guess what? Truffles hate August. I mean hell hath no fury like a truffle rolled when it’s hot out. This should’ve crossed my mind when I decided to attempt this, but clearly I wasn’t thinking.
Each truffle melted as soon as my hands touched the chocolate, creating an awful mess that was nearly my undoing. But halfway through the rolling process, I came up with the idea of dipping my hands in ice water before touching the chocolate. So I gave my hands a frigid ice bath, quickly dried them off and then proceeded to work with the chocolate.
And this method worked. Problem solved. Never mind that it took time to regain the feeling in my fingers. Worth it!
Here’s the final image. Looks convincingly Christmasy, don’t you think? Not bad for the month of August.
I learned a valuable lesson this week. Always back up your images. All of them. That and never make truffles in August. While it makes awesome body paint, it sure doesn’t hold its shape well.