Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sunday Stills - Speed light


Sunday Stills - Speed light Simi Jois
Thank you everyone for being part of Instagram (live) Q&A on photography. Sharing what I know, even though I am learning myself, is indeed very fulfilling. Thanks again.
 
One of the questions addressed was about speed lights. I use Nikon  SB-600. It is a really an old model, but does its job very well. I am sharing an image here taken with the help of the speed light. Just one light source - speed light.  The light was not directly facing the flowers, but it was facing a reflector that was facing the flowers. Very simple set up.
 
If you guys are interested in more of Instagram live sessions or behind the scene set up, do follow me on Instagram.
 
Have a wonderful weekend, love and hugs.
 
 Here is one in natural light.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chettinad Spice blend

I make almost all of my spice blends. My pantry has quite a collection of home made masala. I just love to be an alchemist and I think it is the most exciting part of cooking, making a blend of flavors and aroma. When I found the recipe for Chettinad blend, I was so excited to try it, am so glad I did. I have used it a lot since the first time I made it. I mix and match it with other blends and love the outcome.

Chettinad Spice blend - Simi Jois  
Chettinad Spice blend - Simi Jois

The relationship between spices and India goes back to centuries. Prehistoric writings and stone age carvings, shows that India's South West Coast path, especially Kerala  had established itself as a major spice trade center from as early as 3000 B.C, which marks beginning of Spice Trade and is still referred to as the land of spices or as the Spice Garden of India.

The spice trade between Kerala and much of the world was one of the main drivers of the world economy. For much of history, ports in Kerala were among the busiest in medieval times.

The word “spice” comes from the Latin species, which means an item of special value, as compared to ordinary.

The Spice Routes, also known as Maritime Silk Roads, is the name given to the network of sea routes that link the East with the West. A distance of over 15,000 kilometers.

Those jars of spices in your pantry are not only packed with flavour and medicinal properties, they are a chapter from culinary history. Spices are easily available today but history has seen that it was once valued as much as currency and controlled the economy of nations. Archeologists discovered spices in Egyptian tombs as early as 3000 BC. One can see a reference to spices in  Epic of Gilgamaesh, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Old Testament.

Am not sure how old this recipe is, but it is definitely not recent.I am sure it has a history to it.  Hope you enjoy it in your favorite curry. I have used this in an egg curry - recipe here.
 
Chettinad Spice blend - Simi Jois

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday Stills - Ranunculus

Sunday Stills - Ranunculus

Sunday Stills - Ranunculus
Sunday Stills - Ranunculus
 I was shopping at my grocery store and saw these beautiful Ranunculus, they had them in baby pink, red and flame orange (this one) ... I remember my childhood and especially my dad, it was his favorite and every year he would plant the bulbs, dig the bulbs out after the season and store them in a cool dry place. I have never looked at it as an exotic flower...but it stood there amongst hundreds of flowers, just so stunning and gorgeous... I had to bring a bunch home. I just loved every minute of photographing these beauties.
 
I have tried to style them in different ways... I did not want to share all of them, so sharing a few of my favorites, which one is your favorite ??
 
Have a fabulous weekend... lots of love and smiles your way. Hugs!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chettinad Egg Curry

Indian curry, Chettinad, spicy, Food photography, Simi Jois


Indian curry, Chettinad, spicy, Food photography, Simi Jois





I was planning to post a splice blend today, but this Chettinad curry was so delicious that I had to share this instead. I wish, I could make this for you guys, absolutely the best egg curry I have made. I love the textures and flavor of the Chattinad spices. The spice blend used in this recipe is what brings the flavor to the curry, if you are going to replace it with garam-masala it is not going to taste the same.

If you are not familiar with the Chattinad cusine, do read here. It is probably the most aromatic cuisine from India. You can use the same curry base to make fish or chicken curry.

Since this is a picture heavy and recipe heavy post I broke it down into two posts. one the curry itself and the other the Chettinad spice blend. Frankly I should post the blend first and then the curry. I'm hoping to entice you to make the curry, so going the extra mile to make the blend is certainly worth it. I'll try and post the blend sometime this week, if not early next week for sure. Nothing like home made spice blends and specially if it is so easy to make.

The colors of spices are just so beautiful...

Indian curry, Chettinad, spicy, Food photography, Simi Jois

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday Stills - A new chair

Still life - Simi Jois
When I saw this adorable pretty country chair that comes with a table, I was in love.... there was no way I was not going to get it. It is the perfect thing I have been looking for, especially for my outdoor shoots. I was looking for something country and rustic... I'm so glad I found it. My prop collection is rather tiny, compared to the number of years I have been blogging and of late I have become even more picky. Space is always a constrain, and I like to keep my collection a bit contained. This is a big prop or should I say my first big one. I have a list lol !
 
Since it is so cold outside, here are some indoor test shots with the prop. What do you guys think? I know when I posted it on social media, you guys just loved it. :)
 
Once it gets warmer and a little green outside, I am looking forward to shoot with this cutie. 
 
Still life - Simi Jois


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Masala Burgers - The Indian Way




I have a confession to make, I am really not kidding, seriously. Remember the short story I was writing... (if you don't know about it...you did not miss much, you can skip this part) I'm literally loosing sleep over the story. I have no idea what happens next and seriously, I am NO writer...I think that is my waterloo. Can we just pretend that I never wrote that story. I have not posted in the last two weeks and the reason is not because I have not curated content for the blog, I have had a writer's block, not now ....but ever since I have learnt to write. I should have never ever tried to write.... Phew ! I said it and it feels so much better. So, can we just move on, till I get a bright idea and continue with the story. For now, it's causing me stress :(

Well my dear husband told me or rather warned me, but I love to rebel...

 



Social Media was buzzing with posts on woman's day (yesterday). Do we have to really prove how strong we are... What really is the point of woman's day ?
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