Tempe or tempeh. Soybean cake from Indonesia, a healthy traditional vegan food that sees increasing popularity. The tempeh is cut into cubes and arranged on a large stoneware mortar; garnished with a basil leaves and a vintage knife. A crumpled Batik cloth is placed near the mortar. Larges pieces of the tempeh slices are placed on a stacked of bamboo plates.
Talam Ubi. Steamed layer cake of sweet potato and coconut milk that originated from Betawi cuisine in Jakarta, Indonesia. Usually the cakes are steamed in small cups, but the ones here are done in a large tray then cut into small squares. The cakes are then garnished with yellow ixora flowers from the garden.
Squid ink linguine with hot chilli pesto.
A black subject on a black background is always a bit tricky to capture, hence I used artificial light which gives better control. I also added a strong contrasting colour which not only works on the picture but also added a lot of flavour to the final dish.