Pasta with Forest Mushrooms and Zucchini; I need Camera Advice…. Please?

One of the things I enjoy most about traveling alone is being alone.

(One of the things I enjoy most about traveling with mon mari is being with mon mari, but that's for another day.)

One of the things I enjoy most about being alone is window-shopping. 

(Actual shopping, where I buy something, is fun, also, but, alas, also for another day.)

I love having the time to look at stuff that I would:

  • Never own in a million years… ever
  • Would love to own if I won the lottery
  • Would buy if I no one ever found out… ever
  • Hope to be able to own in the near future

Under the latter category is a new camera.

I spent a very enjoyable day bending the ear of camera experts all over Minneapolis.  I love talking to people who love what they do!

Naturally, after all that talking, my desire to own a new camera 'sometime-in-the-next-year' has, um, been kicked up a notch.

I decided to go to the real experts: fellow food bloggers.

Would you be so kind as to share your opinions on cameras / your camera?

I have a very nice, mid – high end, point-and-shoot and would like to move up to a mid-range SLR.

None of the guys (why are they all guys?) I talked to in the camera shops had ever taken photos of food – quelle surprise!  Thus my appeal to those that do….

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

In exchange, here's a simple pasta that combines late summer (Courgette) with early fall (forest mushrooms).

Pasta with Wild Mushrooms ad Zucchini

Pasta with Wild Mushrooms and Courgette (Zucchini)

1 zucchini (courgette), about 7" long (17cm)
2 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 tomato   I used a yellow one
4oz (125gr) mushrooms   something interesting
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup pasta, penne, rigatoni

Cook pasta according to package directions. When done drain.

Slice onion, mince garlic. Trim and slice mushrooms. Roughly chop tomato. Cut zucchini in half the long way, then into 1/4" (6cm) slices. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chili powder, onion and sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic, mushrooms and zucchini; turn heat to medium and sauté 5 minutes longer. Add tomato, oregano, reduce heat and cook until tomato has softened and zucchini is tender, another 4 – 8 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire, soy sauce, pasta, combining well. Serve.

Presto pasta nights

I just realized… This is Pasta; it's still Thursday…. I can submit this to Presto Pasta Nights!

I've been very remiss (can we say busy?) in participating in this event, founded by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast, and hosted this week by Sara of imafoodblog.com.

Time to correct that….

Sara will post the round-up on Friday – don't miss it!

And, for those who need to know:  Tomorrow, what I DID buy.

Excited, aren't you….. I can tel…..

9 thoughts on “Pasta with Forest Mushrooms and Zucchini; I need Camera Advice…. Please?”

  1. I have a Canon Rebel, which I love, and would upgrade to the newest Rebel which is supposed to be amazing. Invest in a couple of good lenses (a 50mm f1.4, if you can, and a 60mm or 100mm macro), and you will have plenty of camera power for food photography. (PS — I downsized from a Nikon and have never regretted the switch to Canon.)

  2. I love my Nikon D70. I bought it off my daughter when she upgraded. A must is a good zoom lens to catch every luscious drip of caramel and waft of steam.

  3. This looks fabulously hearty, I love adding zucchini to my pasta. Thanks for sharing this with Presto Pasta Nights this week.

  4. I recently got a Nikon D5000 and am happy with it so far. I have two lenses, but have not yet used one. I guess I don’t have enough experience to actually recommend it, but if you have a specific question regarding it, I’ll be happy to answer. There are a lot of options and I am still at the point where I often forget one or the other. If I am in a rush, I choose the “food” preset option. The images on my 3 most recent posts were taken with it.

  5. MMMMMMMM,…I love your pasta dish!! It has everything in it that I adore,…
    I can’t give you camera advise,..because I don’t have the right camera nor a lot of experience,..

  6. Thanks, Lydia, you’re the 2nd to endorse the Canon over the Nikon, and thanks for the lens tips.
    Lynn, I think it’s going to be between Canon and Nikon… thanks for the lens tip, also ;-))
    Thanks, Sara.
    Simona, it was the Nikon 5000 that I was checking out… It’s going to be a tough decision.
    Sophie, thanks…. Pasta is always good, isn’t it?

  7. I got me the Nikon D5000 last week and am sooo happy so far. It’s great. Will get me a good macro lens soon to get even more great food pics. Love the food preset of the Nikon. I was thinking of getting a Canon too so it was a tough decision but the Nikon won.

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