Colors - Summer Food Photography / by Caitlin Trickett

This summer has been fairly relaxed which gives me time to work on personal projects including learning how to cook tastier foods (this has been a long time coming). I have also wanted to delve into food photography after paying a visit to Tacos and Tequila of Dallas' Uptown (YUM!), checking out Tessa Barton's blog (the best), and also after watching the new Netflix series Chef's Table. The plating is amazing! So all of this being said I got a little inspired this past weekend and decided to whip up some simple and colorful dishes that compliment these hot summer months. So here you have Fresh Mango Relish, Roasted Corn Salsa, and a Mint Arnold Palmer. Give 'em a try!




Fresh Mango Relish

  • 2 ripe mangoes (peeled, pitted, finely diced)
  • 1 fresh hot red chile (seeded and minced)
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint

Combine all ingredients together and let chill 2-8 hours. Serve atop spicy corn-crusted chicken street tacos.

Roasted Corn Salsa

  • 1 ear of corn
  • 1 medium tomato (seeded and chopped)
  • 3 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt

Bring 1" of water to boil in pot and add corn. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove corn from water. Heat skillet and roast corn turning until kernals are browned (6-8 minutes). Cut kernals from cob and mix with other ingredients. Let chill for 2+ hours. Serve with Stacy's Cinnamon Chips or Terra Chips for added sweetness!

Mint Arnold Palmer

  • 2 tea bags
  • 1 6 oz. can frozen lemonade
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts of cold water
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 1 sprig mint
  • fresh lemon slices

Boil water with tea bags. Let steep 4 minutes. In a large pitcher muddle mint, add sugar, tea, cold water, and lemonade mixture. Add slices of lemon and let cool. Add a little vodka to turn this Arnold Palmer into a John Daly and give it that extra summin' summin'.

Thanks for taking a look!