Homegrown carrots and potatoes

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When I was a kid, we had a small vegetable garden with carrots and cauliflowers. In addition we grew potatoes. Every summer we ate lots of vegetables. It was very fun pulling up a carrot, clean it in cold water and eat it raw. Yum. Watching the cauliflowers grow, was also fun. I love cauliflower and was a bit impatient. I wanted the cauliflowers to get big way faster than they did. When the potatoes were ready, you never knew how many you got or how big they were. It was exciting to pull up a potato haulm to see how many potatoes you’d got. Some potatoes were still in the soil, so you had to dig to find them.

I remember vividly one year we had planted cauliflowers. It must’ve been twenty plants. After a month or so, we saw that the plants were half eaten by worms. I remember my dad told me there wouldn’t be any cauliflowers that year, because of the worms. I was devestated. The worms had come because soil had gone bad an dad told me it would years before we could plant any cauliflowers there again. It broke my heart. Cauliflowers tastes better when it’s homegrown. That goes for every vegetables actually.

This year mum decided to grow potatoes again. I asked her if she could grow some cauliflowers and carrots. She didn’t find any cauliflower plants when she was out looking for it, so she ended up with only carrots.

Yesterday morning I went home to Lierfoss. I had a date with a dear friend of mine, my oldest friend (I known her all my life!). We went shopping and after that we went home to her place and talked for hours. When I came back home to my parents place (a four minute drive from my friends house), I found my camera. I knew I had to take some photos of the carrots and potatoes. The homegrown vegetable had to be documented. Since mum started with the vegetable project a bit late, the potatoes and the carrorts are still a bit small. That doesn’t set back the taste at all. It’s a very, very long time since I’ve eaten potatoes that have tasted this good. Oh my! They were delish! The carrots were yummy as well. I can’t wait to eat some of those potatoes again.

Until then, here are some photos of the lovely potatoes and the carrots.

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Eggs and fish

My food project is very much alive, even though it’s three weeks since my last update. The two next letters is E and F.

For the letter E, it was easy to pick a word. It’s not that much food that starts with E, so I had to go with eggs. I did that on my last food project too, but I was set on doing it differently this time. Egg is something I always keep in my fridge. I love eggs, in all forms: boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, fried eggs… Egg is also very important in baking, which I loved to do. So it’s very important to have eggs in the fridge.

Originally my plan was to photograph some fruit for the letter F, but when I went to this big supermarket (which has just about everything you can wish for and then some more) last saturday and bought mackerel, I knew that for letter F I had to shoot fish.

Mackerel is the best fish ever. It is so delicious, my mouth starts to water just by thinking of it. The supermarket sold whole fishes and not fillets. I was fine with that, because I’m familiar with gutting fish. It’s something I’ve done before and it’s pretty easy to do, at least if it’s mackerel. You keep the skin on, so you just have to chop off the head, cut it in two, get the stomach etc out and chop off the tail and gills. Oh and of course try to get rid of as many bones as possible. Getting a tiny fish bone stuck in your throat is something I can’t recommend. Been there, done that!

After getting the bones out, the next thing you do is to cover the fish in a flour-mix containing flour, salt and pepper. When that is done, you’re ready to fry it in the pan.

Here are some photos from my sunday dinner –  from getting the fish out of the fridge to a meal ready to eat. Be prepared for chopped of fish head and blood ;)

Doesn’t it look tasty? I sure think so.

Next letters up is G and H. I’ve written down some idea of what to shoot, but I might change my mind until I decide to start on those letters. I’ll have two weeks off next week, so I have lots of time to shoot.

What’s in my fridge?

There has been a lot of thinking about food lately. So s few days ago I thought it was about time to do another ‘what’s-in-my-frigde’ shot. Before I took photos of my fridge, I had to clean it. I also had to get rid of some old stuff. So I’m happy with my idea, because I got to tidy up the fridge.

From the top left:

  1. tin box with macrell in tomato sauce, cream cheese, liverpaste, cooking cream, water and a plastic box with saussage.
  2. Margarin, butter, different kinds of cheese (tomato cheese, goat cheese etc), saussage.
  3. cucumber, box with gravy, cauliflower on top, eggs.
  4. empty box, milk (2 x 1,75litre), an orange, apple cider, rice porrige
  5. potatoes, carrots.

From top right:

  1. lots of eggs.
  2. chocolate
  3. ketchup, garlic, wasabi paste, bag with mushrooms

I’ve also taken a few photos other food related photos the last days. A few days ago I made creamy mushrooms as a side dish for my pork. Oh so yummy.

Cooking cream is really good to have in your frigde. It makes food so much better, if you add some cream.

This morning I baked bread. It’s really easy when you  buy a package with pre-mixed flour and just add yeast and water. I got two big breads. I normally freeze one and a half bread, so they won’t go gry before I got a chance to eat it. My freezer was almost full; I only could place one bread in there. Half a bread I kept in a bag and the second half I gave to my sister.

It is time go make some dinner. Nom, nom, nom.

Food photography

I have a growing fascination for food photography. Last year I did a food project. It was an ABC; where I first took a  photo of something food related starting on the letter A, then B, so C etc. It was a  lot of fun and it made me want to photograph more food related things. I’ve been photographing food on and off before I started that project and after I ended the project. All food shots can be seen in my food set on flickr.

I’ve been in a creative mood lately and ideas are popping up. Now I’ve decided that I want to start photographing food more regularly again.  It is very difficult to nail a good food shot, but very satisfying when you do. I’m not great at photographing food and even though I’ve received some fairly good comments on my food photography, I want to get even better. And how to get better? Practice! So that’s my plan.

I am a very picky eater. I’ve been that all my life. There is a lot of things I don’t eat. When I talk to people about me being picky, I always say it’s easier to tell you what I eat than what I don’t eat. It’s not in particular fun when I have to say no to things like salads, ketchup, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, red onions, pickles, sushi, curry, french fries, coffee, lemonade and so on. It limits me; more than I like to admit. It isn’t any that I’m always the one they need to take into consideration when food has been made. I’m tired of the phrase ‘sorry, I don’t like that’.

From early age I have the idea that I don’t like something whether I’ve tasted it or not. That is not a good point of view. One should have an open mind regarding food and one shouldn’t say ‘I don’t like it’ until one has tasted  it; not once, but at least a couple of times.

I am not good enough when it comes to taste new types of food. I can’t put a finger on why I hesitate so much. I really don’t know why; I just do.

Last time I remember when I tried something new was at the Christmas Party with the company I worked for. We went out to eat and as a starter we got cured deer. I like things that are cured and I like deer, but I had no idea if I would like cured deer. A little suspicious, I took a bite of the starter. I just had to, or I would sit there looking like an idiot; and I didn’t want that. Oh man, I was glad I tasted it. Cured deer was great! It reminded me a bit of cured ham which I love. It was very yummy.

In the last four years or something, I think I can count on one hand how many new things I’ve tasted and liked. How sad isn’t that? Five or less. What I can think of is smoked salmon, mushrooms and cured deer.

Pesto is a thing I’m trying to like. I tried it on salmon last fall when I visited my sister. It wasn’t bad. Later, I’ve also tried it on pasta and I didn’t like that too much. I think I need to get used to the taste a bit more. I’m planning to make pesto something I can eat without hesitating. Pesto is going to be my number four thing I’ve learned to eat.

Phew, that was a long rant about my eating disabilities, if you can put it like that. Not sure why it got mixed up with my post about photographing food, but it was nice get it off my chest.

The last days I’ve been taking photos while making dinner /snacks. Here are a few of them. Due to lack of daylight, they are noisier than I would like. But if I’m not only going to photograph things on saturdays and sundays when I can photograph during daylight, I have to settle with a bit of noise.

Mushrooms are something I’ve only eaten the resent years. They taste good when just chopped up and fried, but they taste even better if you add some butter, cream, salt and pepper. Then you got creamy mushrooms. Fits perfect with beef.

Meatballs; I made them today. Oh so lovely.

Late evening snack. Bananas with sugar and cold milk. Yum! I remember eating that as desert when I visited my grandparents when I was young.

Look out for more food shots in the future.

 

 

 

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