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A winter feast

A friend recently asked if I would like to contribute an image to an online gallery she’s launching in the new year. Among the themes to mull over was the idea of feasting. It felt good to think about that, this time of year, when we spend a month diving headlong into rich foods and sometimes forget the significance of having all that richness. Or how lucky we are, or how wholesome feasting can be, and how nourishing, if we take a step back from overeating and gluttony and a moment of thanks for our bounty.

A winter feast, fruits


And I love the bounty of foods available this time of year. The abundance of our seasonal seafood, especially Dungeness crab on the west coast, is a thing of joy indeed. And the riotous colors of citrus at the markets, and those hearty winter squashes, and leafy greens with substance like kale and radicchio, and quiet pears and the last of the apples and pomegranates and persimmons, and nuts and even kiwis and mangoes. These things make me happy.

Winter produce


And I love darkness, in the sense that this is a season of long, dark nights, quiet, rest, hibernation. There’s merit to embracing it rather than fighting it and I try my best to do so each year. Perhaps easier said and done from the mild coast of California than in the thick of a midwest winter. But that season of rest is here, nonetheless: the fallow land, the bare trees, the grey skies, the long nights, the snowy mountains off to the east and north. Let’s embrace it, friends.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday.

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  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - December 26, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    I love each of these, but I must admit that I’m particularly fond of the seafood photo… could see that hanging on my wall. Just gorgeous, Kimberley!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - December 26, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    These are just spectacular, Kimberley. The array of fruits, in particular… I want that on my wall.

    Wishing you a beautiful New Year!ReplyCancel

  • SG - December 26, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    The images are so beautiful and intense. You are such a talent K!
    The best wishes to you for a great new year!ReplyCancel

  • Verena - December 27, 2012 - 3:39 am

    Wonderful, you can paint with your camera. It looks like still lifes in a modern museum. Thanks for sharing.
    All the best for a new year coming soon.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - December 27, 2012 - 11:03 am

    Beautiful photos Kimberley, and beautiful thoughts about the darkness and the rest it offers, to us and to the world around us. Thanks for sharing, and wishing the happiest of holidays to you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - December 27, 2012 - 11:40 am

    Very beautiful! I always love looking at your photography!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryne - December 28, 2012 - 8:35 am

    These pictures are absolutely stunning, Kimberley. I think we all tend to whine about the surplus of delicious, rich food this time of year when we’d be better off expressing gratitude for such abundance. Happy holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - December 28, 2012 - 9:13 am

    Wow, so much beauty in these photos! I am definitely guilty of complaining about the abundance of rich foods after a while, I will keep your post in mind and instead give thanks next time. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - December 28, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    Lovely photos.ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - December 29, 2012 - 9:38 am

    Have a fantastic new years, Kimberly! These photos are amazing – I love the play on light and dark. The colours are gorgeous. Merry merry!!ReplyCancel

  • Tom - December 31, 2012 - 12:39 am

    Great pictures, I love such low light photographs, they have a lot of magic. ALl the best! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yossy | apt2bbakingco - December 31, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    Have a wonderful New Year Kimberley. That seafood photo is just stunning and it makes me want some Dungeness crab something fierce!ReplyCancel

  • alice - December 31, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Hey this is an awesome blog. Love seeing when people are on the same page about things like this. Im currently on a mish gathering family friends and people i meet to jump onboard eating seasonally and locally.

    good work, keep it upReplyCancel

  • Kurt Jennerson - January 2, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    These photos are incredible! Happy New Year!!ReplyCancel

  • Nick - January 3, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Stunning photos as usual! Absolutely love the dark styling and lighting.ReplyCancel

  • Louisa - January 6, 2013 - 1:19 am

    This is just beautiful! Way to make the colours pop. I hope your holiday was wonderful too!ReplyCancel

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  • Paola - January 14, 2013 - 9:39 am

    WOW i love your ingredients! pics are fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - February 15, 2013 - 4:18 am

    Love this post (and all your others too!). Such nice dark, elegant styling.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - March 26, 2013 - 11:29 am

    Wow! Gorgeous images. All that seafood has got me craving it! ReplyCancel

  • sensationcaviar - May 31, 2013 - 11:43 am

    Thanks heaps to the author!ReplyCancel

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