Sambal Oelek, the most popular Indonesian spicy condiment that goes well with many local dishes. Red chili peppers crushed into rough paste in a traditional stoneware mortar and pestle, with some tomatoes and fermented shrimp paste added. Just before serving, a dash of fragrant limau kasturi lime juice is added to the paste for some fresh tart and aroma.
This photograph was taken at an independent, neighbourhood restaurant in Middlesbrough called Eliano’s. I shot 5 or 6 of their dishes that had been freshly prepared for the shoot, I used natural light complimented with some diffused flash. At the end of the shoot, I arranged some of the dishes together and shot them top down, with the delicious looking pizza kiev as the focal point. This is the result.
The food looked and smelled amazing and this restaurant, a hidden gem in the heart of a busy town centre, is the epitome of what’s good about independent businesses and why they should be supported. Their menus are created with local produce and seasonality in mind. They’re family owned and run. They not fitted out to some global corporate plan, they’re homely and welcoming. They’re serving great food with great service.
Hopefully my photograph reflects my passion for such places like Eliano’s.
Photo shot for awarded regional Victorian restaurant 'Masons of Bendigo' (Australia) - 'Caramelised Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, guanciale and fresh horseradish.' Being a country girl myself, I love seeing regional restaurants using fresh local produce and celebrating old fashioned, wholesome foods like Brussels sprouts.
Ketupat, one of several kinds of Indonesian rice cakes which is cooked in diamond-shaped casing made of woven coconut palm leaves. This particular rice cake is popular throughout Java, Bali and also in West Sumatra. Its popularity is increased during the Eid celebrations (with the exception of Bali as majority of Balinese does not celebrate Eid).
Here in the image are dozens of ketupat casings ready to be filled with some rice and then cooked. All the props used in the image are traditional kitchen items used daily at home. The textile in the background is Indonesian Batik cloth.
Have you ever thought about growing your own tomatoes on your own veranda? Well, I do it every year. Around January/February I buy ecological tomatoes from the source that I know it’s reliable and plant the seeds in the pot that stays inside til April/May. Afterwards I replant the seeds into the very big pot on my veranda. Easy?