From The Kitchen: Orzo With Dill & Tuna

Now that I have my new table completed, food photography is so much more fun. Why? Because everything looks good with rustic wood as a background. I take most of the pictures that end up on the blog in our breakfast nook. Because of the large windows there is lots of light and with the white table, it makes for a nice setting. It’s the best spot in the house to get a good picture. But now, with my new table, I really want to mix it up and use it more for photos. Since Friday, I have been photography most things we eat. It’s crazy but it just looks so good sitting on that table top. I’m silly… I know :) For example, Jason and I made this apple pie on Saturday. Look how yummy it looks with a tiny bit of styling:

By the way, this was the first pie I have ever made. I have made mini pies before, but never a whole pie. Jason has made one before though and since we tag-teamed it, it made the process go smoothly. It was fun :)

This food photography all started with this orzo dish I made the other night. Do you ever just grab a bunch of stuff in your panty/refrigerator and mix it together until you get something yummy because you don’t want to go grocery shopping? I don’t do it very often, I usually follow recipes, but that was what I did on this night. And you know what, it turned out pretty good. It was very simple which gives it a better shot at tasting good so I snapped a picture of it and I thought I would share the recipe with you.

All you need for this recipe is orzo, dill, lemon juice, salt, pepper, tuna, and pesto. First, I cooked the orzo according to the directions on the box. I just made half a box because that is what I had on hand. When it was finished I added salt, pepper, and dill according to taste. Then I added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and mixed it all up. Next I opened up two cans of tuna and after draining them, I added it to the pasta. Lastly, I simply added some pesto straight from the jar. Again, I just added it to taste but I think I used about a tablespoon per serving. And you’re done! After I took the picture I thought it looked a little plain and needed some color so the next time I ate it, I added some tomatoes:

It looks prettier but I actually liked the flavor of it without the tomatoes better. I really wanted to add zucchini, wouldn’t that be tasty? I didn’t have any on hand this time but maybe next time I will throw some in. Pretty simple meal but it looks like a million bucks on my new table :)