Sunday, June 28, 2015

52 weeks of creative exposure weeks 26-27

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#Photography #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotography
Last week I was loading the dishes  and I could see dark clouds approaching the horizon. As it began to get dark I saw a streak of beautiful golden light, thankfully it had not started raining but the dark clouds were moving fast. I ran to get the camera, it was quite dark and I had to really pump up the ISO but got the amazing light (I hope). That was such a magical moment and it was right in my back yard. I would love to assume that the magical light that lasted a fraction of a minute was just for me…On second thoughts I should have drenched myself in the rain that followed. I am glad I could drench myself in the magical light. 

I am planning to take my much awaited break starting from next week…I will try and post something next week but if I can’t I assure you I’ll come back with exciting stuff when I am back. Try not to miss me :) Hugs!!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blueberry hibiscus chia chai

Gorgeous color and perfect drink for a lazy summer afternoon. I love the fruity flavors. 
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#BlueberryHibiscusChiaChai #ChiaChai #IcedTea #SummerBeverage #FoodPhotography #SimiJoisPhotography
Summer is all about lazy long days….atleast that’s the perception I had. For a stay-at-home mom that’s the best time of the year. No early morning schedules, no dropping or picking up. Not really! Summer is really the most busy time of the year, I see myself working like an ant and all the dreams I saw on winter snowy days of basking on the deck is really not happening. I feel myself chasing the next thing on the to-do list. I do have to admit I waste a lot of time browsing on Pinterest and FB. So starting last week I have started managing my time better. So far it has been working well. My dad was a great proponent of discipline, more self than imposed. It definitely boils down to that. Will keep you posted on how that goes.

Talking of stay-at-home mom I have a funny incident to narrate. A few years back I was at a friend’s place and she had invited a few people for dinner. As we were getting to know each other, I thought I hit it well with one of the other girls, till she asked me where I worked. I told her I was a  stay-at-home mom, and even before I had finished my sentence she had abandoned me for better  ‘intellectual’  company. I thought it was hilarious, I don’t think I have every felt the need to define myself or put myself in a box. It’s strange how some people are so quick to categorize you and label you. I am sure I was no use to her as a Linkedin contact….lol! We tend to run in pursuit of  who we are that we loose ourselves. I really hope my running is only about chasing my to-do list…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

52 weeks of creative exposure - Week 24-25

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#Flowers #FlowerPhotography #SimiJoisPhotography #Photography
 This week I have some flowers from my garden. I just love color, nature is the best artist and teacher.  I often get the question of color in food photography. I use a lot of color in my images, I take the clue from nature. Intense colors usually draw your eyes to them, one needs to use them with care. A red napkin with a bowl of soup might make or break the image. My personal style is to blended the muted neutrals with bold. For me it is a lot about blending than showcasing a contrast, every one has their own unique style of how and what colors they use. I tend to be draw to warm pigments.

You can see in these images, some of the colors just blend and others the contrast dictates the artistic expression. It was a great exercise for me to learn about color  and how I can use it in food photography. I think the most important aspect of any artistic expression is ‘not to be afraid’. To break the boundaries to create room to think, experiment and grow. It is challenging and exuberating at the same time.

One can also learn from other medium like water color, pastel or oil. I have a couple of boards on Pinterest dedicated to art. Do have a look.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Potatoes in rich creamy yogurt and mint pesto

Baby potatoes coated in rich, creamy, aromatic pesto. Served it chilled as a salad or at room temperature as a curry. The  flavor of mint is celebrated in this pesto for sure. 
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#PotatoMintSalad #PotatoMintCurry #BabyPotatoes #Vegetarian #Indian #Curry #REcipe #SimpleCook #FoodPhotography  #SimiJoisPhotography

#PotatoMintSalad #PotatoMintCurry #BabyPotatoes #Vegetarian #Indian #Curry #REcipe #SimpleCook #FoodPhotography  #SimiJoisPhotography

I get baby potatoes only at this time of the year at the local farmer’s market.  You get them in three colors, the pale yellow, red and purple. Somehow I have not developed a taste for purple potatoes. Probably it is a mindset. Meanwhile in my herb patch the mint is growing wild. I hate to dispose them off. Even after generously giving them away to many of my friends/neighbors, I have plenty. If I can say so myself I really outdid myself in this recipe.  It’s fresh, aromatic, spicy, tangy and just perfect. You can serve it as a salad or make hot rotis and it could be passed of as a curry. 

If you are not fond of mint, this recipe is not for you. I thought the baby potatoes were the real hero but it’s the mint.  The left over pesto was used in cucumber sandwiches and was a winner. Am going to blog about that real soon. 

Really nothing much to share this week. I know I had something to tell you guys, but somehow I can’t remember now. Oh yes! I am planning to re-start ‘Culinary Optics’. Culinary optics was my Column for the Daily Meal, showcasing interviews with food photographers/stylists. Am planning to restart that column and this time it will be exclusively on TNS. I have already asked someone very special. She said ‘yes’. All I can say is, you guys love her work, she’s an amazing artist and her work is fantabulous. Hint: She loves to bake. Am sure you can guess who I am talking about.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Popsicles : apples, ginger n’ sage and grapefruit n’ sage

Popsicle art! Simple easy to make popsicles that taste like gourmet chilled dessert. 
Popsicles, apple ginger sage popsicles, Easy homemade recipe, easy popsicles, Simi Jois photography

Popsicles, apple ginger sage popsicles, Easy homemade recipe, easy popsicles, Simi Jois photography
Am a sucker for popsicles, especially if it is home-made.  Even in the bitter cold winter months I enjoy my popsicles. I have tried so many varieties, it’s strange that I have such few recipes on the blog.

This recipe was developed because I had a huge bottle of apple juice that was going to be expired. I added some candied ginger, ginger juice, infused some sage flavor and I think this is one of the most aromatic popsicles that we (teen & me) have ever made. The drink itself looked gorgeous and we had a few glasses and finally froze the rest. You can serve this as a summer mocktail or freeze it, both ways  it ammmmazing. Add a shot of tequila and you got a boozy popsicles for adults.

While we were at it made another one that is grapefruit n sage (no ginger). The color is so gorgeous, summer personified.

Before I forget, I was planning to take time off , I need to postpone that to the month of July so for next few weeks am not going anywhere.
Popsicles, apple ginger sage popsicles, Easy homemade recipe, easy popsicles, Simi Jois photography

Popsicles, apple ginger sage popsicles, Easy homemade recipe, easy popsicles, Simi Jois photography

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