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.

Movie, food and blogging

Two weeks ago I saw the movie Julie & Julia again. It must be the 5th time I’ve seen it since it came out in 2009 and it’s still a great movie. If you don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Meryl Steep. She’s one of the best female actors I know. This movie is about two things I like, food and blogging. Every time I see this movie, I get the urge to blog. I want to do better, blog more often and write better blog posts.

Since I’ve started this food project, the food ABC, I thought it was time to update the project. So far I’ve only covered the two first letters in the alphabet, namely A and B. Today it’s time to cover two more letters, C and D.

For C, it was easy to come up with things to photograph. I can name for instance carrots, cheese, cauliflower, cake, chocolate, cookies, ciabatta and corn.

D on the other hand was way trickier. Last food project, I stretched it and used drink. It’s not really food, but it was all I could come up with at the time. This time I landed on Danish. It was the only thing I could think of actually. Many love Danish (pastry), but I don’t. It’s waaay too much butter in it, it’s almost only butter. I  once saw on TV how they made the Danish, and after the programme was over I swore to myself to never eat that. I’ve kept my promise to this day.

I landed on corn for the letter C.

This is the  main photo. Here is two others.

I also have another shot, but this is not corn. This is cauliflower soup. When I was celebrating our National Day a few weeks ago, I ate a three course dinner at my friend’s house. As a starter we got served cauliflower soup. I hadn’t eaten that since kindergarten. The thing is, I often think I don’t like things based on stupid reasons. Sometimes I just don’t think I like it and sometimes I think that since I don’t like one thing, I might not like this either. I am not very good at trying out new stuff.

As I said, I hadn’t eaten cauliflower since kindergarten and that is 30 years ago. I love cauliflower, but I’ve grown up thinking it wouldn’t be any good. That day I tried it and it was so good. I wish I had tried it way sooner. Lesson learned: try new food! After that dinner, I’ve had several cauliflower soup meals. So far I’ve just made soup from a bag of powder, where you add water/cream. I added some more cauliflower too, because the soup doesn’t come with that much cauliflowers.Once I have some more time, I would like to try make it myself. I’ve found a recipe online that looks good.

For the letter D, I chose Danish.

I once saw a programme about how they made Danish pastry. Oh my god! I don’t like it and after seeing that I knew I would never try eating it again. I doubt there is any kind of cake/bakery goods with that much butter. It’s almost just butter. Jeezes!

Next two letters is E and F. I have yet to decided what to photograph. Stay tuned.

Ps. Go watch Julie & Julia, it’s such a great and lovely movie!

Food project (ABC)

In my last post, I talked about maybe begin on a new food project (photography wise). After some thinking, I decided to go for it. I need a project to let out my creativity and  photographing food is both fun and challenging.

This food project is going to be the same as I’ve done before; shooting food on A, then B, and C etc. It is difficult to photograph food, as least I think so. An additional challenge this time, is that I don’t want to photograph the same things I did last time. After doing some reasearch, checking out this Food Alphabet among other sites, I realised that I might photograph some of the same things, but if I do, at least it’s going to be done a different way. So far I’ve made list of possible things to photograph. Things might change as I proceed, but it’s a draft.

My plan is to finish this project way sooner than I did with my last. I remember abandoning the project for weeks at a time, maybe even moths.

I will post one photo on my flickr account that will be the official photo, but here on the blog I will post more photos (outtakes).

For a start, I photographed both letter A and B.

A is for apple and almonds. I saw a photo somewhere online in my search for things to photograph and it contained both apples and almonds. I immediately thought I had to try make my own version of it.

This is a set of nice food-teeth; a green apple and almonds.On the photo below, what you see classical before/after photo. The photo to the right show how your teeth/mouth will look like after years of soda, sugar, cigarettes and bad teeth-hygine. Take care of your teeth, folks!

To peel the skin of the almonds, I put them in boiling water and let them stay there for a little while.

For the letter B, I chose Brussel sprout. They are so tiny and cute. I don’t like Brussel sprout, but I sort of wish I did. They look very delish.

I am looking forward to the next letter. What’s next? You just have to wait and see.

Food project and new projects

The food project is finally over. I posted the last photo of a chopped up zucchini the 15th of May. It has been a fun project to do. Some letters have been harder than others; like Q, U and X. But with a little bit of creativity, I managed to pull it off. It took me longer than  planed. Way longer. I thought I would finish it in less than two months. It took me eight!

When doing such a project, there is always some photos you’re more satisfied with than others. I have a few that I really like.

B = blueberries. I don’t like blueberries myself, but they are pretty to photograph. When I was younger blue was my fave color. Now it’s green.

N = noodles. I rarely make noodles. These noodles comes from Mr. Lee. What I like here is the different focus in the two photos.

E = eggs. I love, love, love, love eggs. They can be cooked either well done or medium. Scrambled eggs with chives, a little bit of salt and some pepper is yummy. Fried egg  is great with bacon. Fried on both sides. It doesn’t matter if the yolk is broker or not. Omelette is also great. I photographed an home made omelette for the letter O.

Now it’s time to think about new photo projects. I like to have a project going. I started a new project today. It’s called memories. I will take photos of things / places etc that evoke a memory. And then I will write a little not that’s attached to the photo, to explain myself. I made set on flickr with my photos. So far it only contains two photos; one I took this weekend and a old photo that I found out fitted in my set. In the end, if I get enough photos, I might make a book out of it.

But this project isn’t something I will work on every day. I will work on it whenever I find something to photograph. So in addition to that project, I will have to come up with another one. I have a few ideas, but I’m not sure yet what to do. Hopefully I will decide soon.

Food project and other projects

For a while now I’ve been thinking about starting a new photo project. I always find it fun to have a project going on. It’s something challenging and it makes me pick up my camera more often. Not that I haven’t used my camera lately. I’ve actually used it quite a lot since Easter. But I want something specific to work on. I want something to commit to.

Before I start a new project, I should end the one I’ve started. I’m not sure if anyone remember, I hardly remember myself, but I started a food project last fall. So far I’ve covered the letters A – U. Only five letters left; U – Z.

Today I decided to work on my project. I had to go to the grocery store after I’d eaten to buy some ham. So I thought I could buy some food to cover a few letters. I ended up buying water melons, sugar peas and baby carrots. This is what I managed to make out of it:

This is for letter V. V stands for vegetables. This is sugar peas. They are placed in my new coffee cup that I bought at the flea market on sunday. It’s awesome.

Here is letter W. W stands for watermelon. The letter W didn’t have many options. I thought about waffles and watermelon. Water melon was easier, because it didn’t require any  baking.

The letter X is close to impossible. Mrs. Jones Food Alphabet suggested xmas-cakes, xiqua or chex mix. xmas-cakes (christmas cakes) in the middle of May? I don’t think so. And xiqua? What is that again? An exotic fruit? I have never heard about it and I’m pretty sure it would’ve been hard to locate. I might not even have found it. Chex mix was out of the question since it didn’t start on X. I stretched the project a little bit again, like I did with U when U was uncooked egg. The X is xtra small carrots.

My two last letters to cover is Y and Z! Y, I think I will go for either yoghurt or yolk. It’s the only thing I can think of. And for Z, everything depends on me finding a zucchini. If I don’t find that, I’m sort of  doomed.

Lets hope the two last letters will have been covered when this week is over! And then I can concentrate on a new project, what ever that will be. Stay tuned.

F = fish

I had my friend Chantal on a 4 day visit from Holland. On friday we decided to eat fish. I had at one occasions or two, mentioned to her that it is nice to eat fish baked in foil (in t he oven). So she suggested that we should do that. I agreed; it sounded like a great idea.

To make this dish you need the following ingredients:

  • a fish filet
  • butter
  • leek
  • mushroom
  • salt & lemon pepper

You place some butter (a table-spoon) on a piece of foil. Then you place the fish on top. Put salt and lemon pepper on the fish. Cut leek and mushroom and sprinkle on top of the fish. You decide the amount you want. Wrap the foil over the fish and close it.

Put the fish in the oven at 200 degrees celsius and leave it for 10-15 minutes.

You can eat the fish with some home-made mashed potatoes and boiled carrots, like we did. Make sure you put some wasabi-paste in the mashed potatoes. It adds yummyness to the potatoes!

Chantie & I, we were such a good team in the kitchen, and the dinner became a success. I’m definitely going to make this dish again!

Next letter in the food project is G. Watch out for some grapes, garlic or goat cheese!

Food project: E – eggs

The food project is going well. Today the letter E was on the menu. I went for the obvious thing; eggs. Eggs are versaile, you can prepare it in many ways. Like; porched, boiled (soft, medium, hard), scrambled, fried in a omelete…. The choises are many.  Today, for breakfast, I went for a medium boiled egg. And I placed it in my fancy designer egg cup from Alessi. The egg cup comes with a cap and you can put salt in the cap. Very pratical.

Here is another angle of the egg cup. You don’t see that much of the egg cup, but I liked the composition. Since I’m so utterly indecicive, I had a hard time deciding what photo to use for my project. It went so far I used a aid: I called a friend. She suggested I take them both and make a diptych. Not a bad idea. So here’s the photo.

I like sunday mornings when you can sit by the dining table; eat breakfast with eggs and a cold glass of milk, listen to new discovered music (Brandi Carlile) and read the newspaper. And when you look out, you’ll see the sun shining from a blue sky.

I made a little mistake with my letter D. I thought why not go for the word drink, and I did. When posting the photo, it hit me; drink, that’s not really food, is it? Ahem… no. I could of course re-do the letter, but I couldn’t be bothered. And there is a saying that goes like this: there is lots of food in a good drink ;)

Here the other day I cleaned my fridge. It was past due. A conversation with a friend made me do it. Since I’m doing this food project I thought I could take a ‘what’s-in-my-fridge-photo’. So I did.

Top-left: butter, bowle with icing, water, macerel in tomato sauce.
Second-left: different kind of cheese, ham, plastic box with half a slice of salami, two boxes with liver paste and cucumber on top behind the plastic box, creamy cheese; one with bacon and one with ham.
Third-left: cucumber, salted ham, apple cider, milk.
Fourth-left: box with eggs, bag with chocolate, empty box with apples on top.
Bottom-left: cauliflower, potatoes.

Top-right: eggs.
Second-right: wasabi-paste, chocolate, paper bag with one mushroom.
Third-bottom: vitamines, none alcohoilc beer, ketchup.
Bottom-left: sparkling water, milk, coca cola.

Next letter is F. Look out for som fruit, fish, figs or maybe fettuccine….

Ps. You can follow my food project here.

C = chocolate cookies

I’m moving on with my food ABC photo project. For the letter C I chose chocolate cookies. These cookies is so yummy. I had a hard time to choose what photo to use for my project. I had several to choose from. So here are a few outtakes.

Tower of yummyness.

It’s hard not to eat the subject…. nom, nom, nom.

Pacman-style.

Food ABC project

For the last weeks I’ve been posting photos on flickr that I’ve found in my archive. I have some photos that are not posted on flickr; some not posted at all, some posted on this blog. Since I needed a little break and didn’t want to abandon flickr totally, it was a good idea to share some from my archive. It was fast too, no need for any post processing!

It’s been twelve days since my last project ended and it’s time to start the next one. I’m going to start an ABC projcet. What is that, you might think? Let me explain. I am going to start take a picture of something on A, then I’m going to take a picture of something on B and so on and so on. To just do a regular ABC with no theme, sounded a bit boring. I felt I needed a theme to spice it up a bit. To be honest, and maybe not so modest, I’ve gotten some compliments on my food-shots on flickr. So I thought, why not try to improve/impress more? Taking photos of food is hard, but also fun. So I thought I’d give it a go.

This project easier and harder than the last one at the same time. Easier, because I don’t have to take a photo each day. I’ve decided not to make this a project when I have to take a photo each day; just to not get so much stress. The hard part is that not all letters are easy to cover; like U, Z, Q and X.

I am streching this project a little, just because of the difficult letters. For X I can photograph an xtra large melon for instance. And for Q I might photograph quick food (like frozen pizza or microwave food). I need to do that or else this project will fail.

Other letters are easy; I have lots of oportuneties. Like B (bread, buns, bananas, biscuit, bacon, blueberry etc) and F (fish, fettuccine, fries, fudge, flour, figs).

The internet is FULL of things. You can find almost anything you search for. Chantie found this food alphabet which has helped a lot! I have already made a list where I’ve written down suggestions.

I’m really looking forward to this project. It will be fun!

If you have any suggestions to what I can photograph on the letters U, Z, Q and X, you are more than welcome to write a comment.

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