On Our Plates is a monthly blog circle. All the contributors share a love of food photography, and it’s such an amazing opportunity to share skills and discover new yummy recipes! You won’t want to miss the posts by the other photographers in our circle, so make sure to click the link at the end of this post to follow through!
Back when my husband and I bought our first home, we had a gorgeous big garden. While the zone for Thunder Bay is technically anywhere from 3a to 2b depending on where you look, Westfort is apparently its own little microclimate. Everything I tossed into the garden grew (some things needed more time, so starting from seed was not the best choice, or I should have had a greenhouse lol). I so very much miss it. We don’t have a garden in our current home so we are trying to grab up local veggies when we have the opportunity (and money – buying local is understandable pricey).
I signed up for a local Good Food Box, through the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre. You can purchase a box of veggies each month (family box is $20) but this is a special locally grown box run as a fundraising initiative that I’m thrilled to support when we can.
So that leads me to this month’s photos. I adore roasted veggies. They are honestly easier than tossing a salad. We go for simple here, but you can be as complicated and layered as you wish. Local carrots, beets (peeled and chopped) and some local potatoes tossed in olive oil, sprinkled with fresh ground pepper and roasted at 400F for approximately 30 minutes and done! A sprinkle of coarse salt and the yummiest veggies ever are ready to serve!
You’ll notice that I didn’t include the beets at first. My husband doesn’t care for them (crazy, right?) so originally I intended to roast them in a separate pan, but it felt like the carrots and potatoes were just missing something. The pop of colour from those gorgeous locally grown beets is perfect.
Et voila! Seriously, they were so ridiculously good. With just some oil, salt and pepper, the true flavour of the veggies and the natural sweetness in the carrots and beets just shines.
This recipe is super versatile – if your chunks of veggies (especially the potatoes) are larger, you’ll likely want to roast them longer. If you’re a garlic lover, garlic is a beautiful addition to this dish. In the mood for rosemary? Go nuts and add it too! I’ve topped with fresh dill, fresh cilantro, used flavoured olive oils, whatever flavour I am craving and they all work beautifully. Thunder Bay has a multitude of local farmers offering their wares, so if you’re like us and without a garden, now is the time to start scooping up those fresh veggies <3
Up next in our circle is the amazingly multi-talented Jennifer Carr of Jennifer Carr Photography. You can follow along to her website to see what yumminess she is sharing this month! You can also follow her work on her Facebook page.
Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204 is a family photographer based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Jana focuses on capturing genuine emotion and beautiful, natural connections. Contact Photography 2204 today to discuss how Jana can help you memorialize all the details that make up your life’s story.