I suppose you think I’m talking about shooting rabbits, right? Making booyah (as they call rabbit stew around here, even though Wikipedia says it’s made with beef, chicken or pork). Or maybe you think we’ve shot a deer and we’re dining on venison?
Oh how wrong you would be! We are talking about photographing our food tonight. And then eating it.
(Which tonight happens to be Orzo Stew and Spinach Salad.)
Here’s why. Scott–over there at Views Infinitum–posted his Photographic Assignment a few weeks ago. You can guess what is was. Food Photography. I–hesitantly–agreed. Thinking: well, if I fail, it will be a fun story about failing. I can write a good story. I can’t always get the camera to focus, but I can usually write a good yarn.
Fast-forward to yesterday. I was still hemming and hawing. Told Robin–over at Life in the Bogs to forget it. The light in our kitchen was awful. There is never any sun. How can you show off food without light? C’mon, it’s impossible. Let’s forget our promise to attempt the photography challenge.
I whined to Barry about it.
“We don’t have any light! No sun! It’s impossible to do a food photography challenge,” I said.
He just looked at me.
“That’s what a flash is for, Kathy,” he said patiently. “Just give it a try!”
Here goes. Here’s our dinner tonight. Orzo stew and Spinach Salad. What, you ask, is Orzo? It’s a tiny multi-colored pasta. It looks like rice, but plumps up and tastes like pasta. The secret to this recipe–(OK, dear reader, I do not follow a recipe–I make it up) is the stock.
Whenever I buy celery, I shear off the leaves and ends and toss them in a pot with water. Then add whatever other vegetables are hangin’ around the frig. Carrots and onions and parsley and mushrooms are good choices. Simmer for maybe ten minutes and then whir in the blender. Freeze in quart containers. When needed for soup or other recipes, thaw. An excellent base for anything culinary! Vegetable stock can make ordinary recipes shine. I guarantee it.
In tonight’s stock I tossed carrots and celery and green onions and orzo. That may have been it. I can’t fully remember. Oh, yes, Italian seasoning. Then miso-vegetarian broth. That’s it, readers! That’s our dinner.
No need to get your gun and find dinner. Simply get your camera, photograph your dinner, and post it on your blog tonight. Before midnight tonight. Then head over to Scott Thomas’ blog and announce “I DID IT!” You can do it. Ready, set, shoot!