I love looking at other people’s food photos but I am the most rubbish person at taking photos in the world. The more I study tutorials and learn about my camera, the worse I get. I have learned recently how to remove red eye, crop pictures etc, but that’s not terribly useful when what you want to do is make a fuzzy, cloudy, steamy picture that looks like sick look like a gourmet offering. Sometimes I point and click and the food looks delicious, sometimes I point and click and it looks woeful.
Tonight I made a new recipe (from Veganomicon) -escarole with white beans and capers. It was a totally delicious meal served with creamy mashed potatoes and I wanted to show it off. It was doubly important since I have never seen escarole here and had lugged one back from France especially to make this recipe! I tried a macro setting (several times), I tried a normal auto shot with the flash off, I found the best light I could (though it is getting dark very early now), I turned the dish round, tried to zoom in, zoomed out, and generally gave it my best shot. But all of the pictures are steamy and fuzzy and look like cat sick. So I’ve got no picture for you. If this wasn’t VeganMoFo I’d probably just ignore it, leave it off the blog and move on. But since this was my plan for todays post as you can see I’m pressing on regardless.
It was such a simple recipe – mashed potatoes couldn’t be easier and are so comforting whatever you serve with them. Then all I did was fry some garlic and chilli flakes in olive oil, add the chopped escarole and wilt then add some white beans and capers. The escarole wilted admirably – still crisp in parts but nice and soggy in others. If I could get escarole here I’d be eating it weekly. Anyone tried it with other types of lettuce?