A Little Savoury Southern Bread

I bought some tasty Cornbread at the Davidson Farmer’s Market on the weekend made by Chef Charles,  but thought that it lacked a little ‘something’ and decided to have a go at making  some myself.

After peering through a number of cornbread recipes I took a little of this, and some of that and came up with my own recipe which you are welcome to try.

2 cups of (Self Raising) Yellow Corn Meal Mix
1 egg
1¼ cups Buttermilk
¼ cup melted butter (or oil if you prefer)
1 cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican Blend)
1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes finely chopped
2 Tablespoons FINELY chopped Red & Green Hot Peppers (I used one red Habanero and one green Jalapeno – dont forget to remove the seeds!) – can be omitted if you don’t like spicy food!
4 Rashers of Bacon – diced and cooked to get rid of the excess fat.  (Proscuitto would work well too!)

Salt, Pepper and other herbs for seaoning and taste
Extra Grated Cheese for garnish

~ Preheat your oven to 400F.  Grease a couple of small loaf pans.

~ Finely chop the Peppers and Sun Dried Tomatoes and place them in a mixing bowl.  Add the cup of grated cheese and toss till well mixed.  Add the finely diced cooked bacon.  Dice further if necessary, it needs to be really fine.

~ Add the two cups of Cornmeal Mix to the bowl and blend well with the cheese, peppers, tomatoes and bacon.

~ Beat your egg in a separate bowl.  Add the buttermilk and whisk a bit more.  Add the melted butter and whisk again.
Season the egg, milk and butter mix to taste.  As I like my food on the spicy side I also dropped in a shake of Cayenne Pepper too!

~ Fold the liquid into the dry ingredient until combined well.  Do not over work the mixture.

~ Spoon the mixture into your loaf pans until they are barely full.  (The mixture rises somewhat but not lots!)  Sprinkle a little of the extra cheese on top.

~ Bake in your pre-heated oven for 20 – 25 mins or until you do the “poke” test with a skewer and it comes out clean.

~ Allow to cool on a wire rack.  Slice and serve by itself or if you are not counting calories, with a nice slather of “good” butter!!!

NOTE: I’m pretty sure this recipe would work well as a sweet Cornbread too, if you exchange the peppers, tomatoes, bacon and cheese with fruit ……  say blueberries and add a couple of tablespoons of honey.

These little loaves turned out beautifully and will become a frequent visitor to our table for sure!!

gotham girl - Oh how I love cornbread! My mom makes the best too…the real southern way, ha!

Chris - Howdy. This looks really yum. I like cornbread with spice but not with heat! don’t know how this would work for me, but I love the taste of jalapeno.
it also looks like it wouldn’t be too dry.

Had a family cancer, a family death, and before that trips so things have been wonk. It’s good to see what you’ve been doing. I’ll be catching up and try not to comment every. single. time.

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Fine Art Creative Black and White Photography Workshop

Taking off from some of my Award Winning Black and White images, I will be hosting a Fine Art, Black and White Creative Photography workshop here in Charlotte, NC on the 2nd and 3rd of November, 2013.

The workshop will cover two daytime photo walks to collect images, (with the option of a night time adventure if you are up for it!) plus two 4 hr sessions of Photoshop post processing where we will cover a number of techniques to turn your so so color images into AMAZING Black and Whites and also look at some techniques for Creating Fantastic Composites.

Charlotte has a wealth of delightful architecture and it’s uptown has fabulous possibilities for creating amazing photographic works with both people and structures and I will be sharing my pre and post photography tips and techniques for both.

This Workshop will have limited availability for no more than 12 students, three places of which are already spoken for so if you are interested I suggest you email me asap to register interest.

The Workshop cost will be $275 for the two days with the “free” option of the Photo Walk on the Friday night.

The workshop will be added to my website and posted to various local Meetup Groups in the coming days so if you are keen and interested, I suggest you let me know as soon as you can!

I’d love to have you join me on this fun and interesting voyage.

A Schult - Great stuff, I’m excited. K A

Karen Burns - I would like to register 🙂

Mary Bailey - This sounds awesome, Marie! So looking forward to it!

lostaussie - Looking forward to having you both there!

joanne thieme huffman - Wish I lived closer.

Bren - You’ve been busy! Just trying to catch up.
Such amazing black and whites, in both posts. Your perspectives are incredible! Have fun with your class, they are going to have so much fun and learn lots

gotham girl - Oh how I wish I lived closer! Awesome b&w captures!

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Out and About in Charlotte

Cruising Uptown Charlotte, visiting the Mint Museum and various other good spots today.

Scoping out eye candy for a workshop that I want to run in October (details to be posted soon!)

With a focus on Black and White photography …. and creative image processing.


joanne thieme huffman - great pictures. I look forward to details about the class.

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Coveting A Bit More Gold

I just learned today that this image, “Wave Watcher” gained the Gold Medal award in Creative Section at the South Devon International Photographic Salon for 2013.  Pretty chuffed as I had not danced it out for public inspection before now.


I also gained an award for ” Fractured Thought”, which seems to have been a consistent winner in the comp circuit.

A nice start to the weekend indeed!

joanne thieme huffman - Well deserved congratulations!

gotham girl - Fantastic! Congrats, I can certainly see why they were chosen!

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Crossing Bridges

This is a photo that I managed to snap through the car window as I zoomed across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston.  The sun was just “so” and the clouds all moody, making a perfect backdrop for the tension wires of the bridge which gladly lent themselves to a silhouette styled image.

I’m definitely on a Black and White kick at the moment and working in that direction for workshop ideas.

gotham girl - Wow! What timing! How funny…I’m on one of those b&w kicks too! Will be eager to hear your offerings – hoping something on-line!! 🙂

joanne thieme huffman - Striking!

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