You might already be aware that I like flowers, plants, nature, and with it taking pictures of these all. I love taking a simple subject, that is in this case a dandelion(s)/puff-ball(s) in our front garden, and get a shot of it that brings it out in focus, makes something ordinary be the star of the show through the eyes of the photographer/me & appealing also to others who view it.
Life in the Suburbs (Dyptich)
Complete with fruit trees in the frontyard and wooden draw well.
I found the recipe for this soup in a woman’s magazine. I decided to prepare it because it had a short list of ingredients (I do believe a lot of the times less is more), because it was a soup (I love soups), and because since living in the UK, I hardly ever use cabbage in cooking for some reason (cabbage/sour cabbage is very commonly used in Transylvanian cooking -i.e. stuffed cabbage).
It’s easy to prepare and trust me, it’s very very tasty. Unlike it instructs in the recipe, once I browned the chorizo slices in the frying pan, I poured most of the oil from it (but not all!) into a bowl, and then mixed the somewhat oily chorizo into the soup (before spooning the soup in bowls).
Here it is:
Find the recipe here.
As I might have already mentioned it, I’m not much of a baker/dessert maker. The main reason for that is mostly because I’m not into sweets/anything sweet, but more savoury things. Ok, every once in a while I do get the sweet tooth too/craving, but it’s not very often. Until now I was also pretty sure that if I do make the effort and bake something, there would be nobody here (at home) to eat it. So why waste?! Well, things have changed a bit lately. My 2 years+ daughter is VERY much into sweet things for a while now, especially chocolate, and my husband is showing rather obvious signs that he’d appreciate a dessert here and then too. Towards the end of last week he came home from work with 3-4 gigantic stalks of rhubarb, which he received from one his work collleagues…. So, on Sunday I prepared (with the help of my daughter), my first ever crumble! It didn’t come out great (there could’ve been a thicker layer of fruit), but we had fun making it, and it didn’t taste too bad either. Well not for a first anyway. Here it is then:
And my daughter’s version:
Find the recipe here!
Unfortunately you see quite a few of these up there, in those old Szekler villages.
When I get the chance and find a good subject around the house, I like to experiment with still life. This is what I did with this tulip, the single tulip that grew in our front garden and which my daughter then tore… for me (had to love her for that). I wanted to emphasise the beautiful, deep red colour of its petals, so I put the flower in a little glass container (left over from an infusion sticks set), next to a window with white net curtain on (good for diffusing the light), and experimented with positioning, angles. I deliberately overexposed shots, also to bring out the red…, but used spot metering to expose correctly for the tulip’s head. Hope you like the results. Which one do you consider best? Comments are welcome.
Typical Szekler House in Énlaka/Tipikus székely ház Énlakán
Note the blue colour and the traditional (commonly brown wood) porchway.
I’ve recently cooked (and then photographed) Gizzi Erskine’s pancetta, farro and beans soup recipe. Yum! It’s the kind of soup I like. Very filling & lots of goodness in it. Some country bread/sour dough and pickled vegetables on the side, parmesan cheese on the top, and you’ve got yourself a Delicious meal.
For the photo shoot, I set up a sort of a rustic scene, with some props I’ve found around the house, and others I’ve been gathering slowly but surely in the past few weeks (textile napkins in various colours, a wooden board, some glass jars with character, etc.). Hope you like the result(s).
Cup a’ soup anyone?!