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A better Thai basil fried rice

We set about to make the best Thai basil fried rice.  Knowing that a dish is only as good as the individual ingredients, we wanted to used the best Asian sauces and the freshest ingredients.  We have tried a lot of Asian sauces, and there is definitely a difference between the brands – and these are some of our favorites.

Jasmine rice, fried on a wok using a Big Kahuna outdoor burner.  The outdoor burner has a much higher temperature and allows the rice to get that authentic wok fried flavor.  The rice was dried overnight and then fried using peanut oil with a sauce made of Lee Kum Kee premium oyster sauce, Kwong Hung Seng thin soy sauce, Three crabs fish sauce, Panthai chili paste with soya bean oil (Nam Prik Pao), and organic sugar. Then yellow onion, red bell pepper, thai basil, carrots, green onion, jalapeno, was fried separately and mixed with the rice.

The Chicken was dry brined with Tom Douglas’s chicken “rub-with-love”, then cooked indirectly on the Weber grill and smoked with cherry wood.

Served on baby romaine lettuce with thai basil, cilantro leaves and garlic flower from our garden.

(tip: links have been included to the some of the ingredients which will show the actual brands)


Beet salad with rose petals and cilantro flowers

Beet salad with rose petals and cilantro flowers


Heirloom beets drizzled with rosewater then topped with Saint Andre french cheese, broccoli sprouts, cilantro flowers, rose petals, and a french vinaigrette dressing.  It’s amazing what you can make after a visit to the local farmer’s market.  We were inspired by the photo on the cover of Yotam Ottolenghi’s book “Plenty More“.

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Beet salad with rose petals and cilantro flowers


Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography


Celebration of Spring – crostini with fresh peas

Crostini with fresh pea puree then topped with pea tendrils and flowers from the garden. Drizzle with a really great olive oil and sprinkle with fleur de sel and you have the perfect spring time appetizer.  The puree was made by sauteing garlic in olive oil and then adding frozen petite peas – no need to defrost.  After a minute or two of cooking they were tossed into the food processor.  The frozen peas were just as good as the fresh, and a whole lot quicker.

The Secret is out … How we can provide luxury style coverage for only $1,000

The secret … we have found, through years of experience, that most of the day’s important events occur within a four hour period. Realizing this gave us the opportunity to offer luxury wedding coverage at a very reasonable rate. Luxury wedding coverage usually includes candid photos of the wedding party getting ready, the “first look”, family portraits, the ceremony, editorial style photos of the reception decorations, the details, the invitation suite and the cake, candid photos of the wedding party arriving at the reception, the first dance and the toasts. With some very thoughtful planning, we are able to thoroughly cover these events.


Timing is everythng…We time our arrival for when the wedding party is almost finished getting ready. We usually work separately to photograph the bride and groom getting ready, and this may be at different locations. One of us arrives at the bride’s location after she has her makeup done, but is still having finishing touches done on her hair, before she puts on her dress. The other arrives at the groom’s location to take some photos of the groom with his groomsmen. Then the two of us photograph the “first look” (if there is one).

Two are better than one… We photograph the ceremony together, but from different perspectives. Family and wedding party portraits can be taken before or after the ceremony, or a mixture of both. During portraits, one person photographs while the other person coordinates the photos.

Planning makes everything go smoothly… We request the names of family members and the wedding party, and a list of the groupings in order to handle all the portraits quickly and easily. We arrange to take photos of the reception area details, decorations and the cake before all the guests arrive. Then the two of us photograph the arrival of the wedding party, the toasts, table groupings and the first dance.

A few photos from friends and family… We encourage the couple to arrange for family and friends to photograph the cake cutting and bouquet toss if these will occur much later.

This has allowed us to offer luxury wedding coverage at such an incredible rate.

Chosen by Shutterfly

Shutterfly just chose us for their list of photographers in the San Francisco Bay area.  We are thrilled!  It is especially appropriate, since our clients often design their own Save-the-Date cards, Thank-you cards, and wedding albums using the high resolution photos we provide, and many of them have used Shutterfly.  See the list at:

Talented Photographers

Wedding at Coastways Ranch






Coastways Ranch Wedding


Photography: Tony Fitzgerald Photography  |  Venue:  Coastways Ranch  |  Officient, Flowers, Music, Catering and Decorations: Family and friends