Thursday, October 30, 2014

Seasonal Soup for Autumn


#Soup, #FallSoup, #AutumnSoup, #ComfortFood, #Recipe

#Soup, #FallSoup, #AutumnSoup, #ComfortFood, #Recipe

This is going to be a picture heavy post, I have been going crazy with fall colors and fallen leaves. Every time my husband and I go for a walk, am stopping for pictures ….everytime! He even asked me, don’t you get bored of taking the same picture…my response the light is different, it’s not same. I don’t think he gets it but pretends otherwise. You don’t want to mess with ’the wife’

Just yesterday, my family was looking for me, I thought I had told them that I will be in the yard, but apparently no one heard. The beautiful tree in our backyard was calling my name  …I was there for 10 minutes but I was told that it was 40. I have never been good with numbers :)  I did not know I was being photographed.  Here is me taking pictures of the beautiful tree.

This month Ilva, Sophia and myself thought of doing a soup for the monthly post that we do together. I am horribly terribly late ( by a week ) Ilva and Sophia already posted their’s, you must check it out. Absolute yumminess. Thanks girls for your patience and hope to do it on time in November.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali with some Gulab Jamun

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Happy Diwali !  Diwali brings back so many memories..this is that time of the year I really miss India and miss being a child. Earthen ware lamps, fire crackers and lots n lots of sweets to gorge on…. blissful. One time of the year, where we could be up till 11 playing outside. 

Gulab jamun is one of my favorite dessert and I have not met a person who has not liked jamuns.
Traditionally milk is boiled for hours on and reduced to milk solids, mixed into a dough with all purpose flour, deep fried in pure ghee and soaked in sugar syrup... What's not to like about that. Like is an understatement, bordering around insult. lol ! Seriously you need to taste it to believe me.


If you are into traditional Indian Desserts, here is the list 

Rice Kheer/Pudding 
Mysore Pak 
Instant Milk Peda
Carrot Halwa 
Kaju Katli 
Mishti Doi
Moong Daal Kheer /lentil pudding 
Coconut Burfi 
Karanjikai 
Besan Ladoo
Puri Unde/ Puff rice in sugar syrup

Just to name a few, you can have an endless list of Indian desserts, there are soo many, I can have a blog on Indian desserts and I can blog every day for next decade and still have desserts to blog about, am sure my Indian friends know what am talking about :) For now it’s gulab jamun : a hot favorite in the Jois household.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mixed Lentil Curry

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This post was ready to go live last week,  I took some pictures posted it on some of my forums and many of my photographer friends thought I could do a better job on the images.  That was really enough to push me to restyle and reshoot. This post is really to all the amazing people out there who think that a camera in one hand and photoshop in another you can make great images. Am sorry to burst your bubble,  photographers work very hard at their craft, we are constantly stretching our selves. If camera and Ps made images, I would not need to cook again and restyle and reshoot. 

Phew! am glad that was easy and is off my chest now.  Overconfidence and lack of confidence are both harmful for a creative person, but when good critique comes from reliable sources, it’s always wise to embrace it. That is the only way to grow,  at least  for me. So thank you guys! Also, kind of went overboard with my camera,  picture heavy post ;)

The rejected image is after the jump break. 

Before I forget two things, First, Thanks Neel for adding Turmeric and spice to the Amazing food photographers with amazing food photo list.  Quite an honor to be featured with some of the major players and amazing photographers. ( doing the happy dance here). 

Second,  saw some of my images stolen and used without my permission. You may wonder why I do not have watermark on my images, well I do and it is embedded in my images. Wonder why people steal…. !! Well, I  will keep that rant for another day. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simple everyday pilaf


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 Neel from Learn food Photography hosted a free food photography work shop sometime in September, like last year I took the plunge.  I met some amazing photographers and made some good friends, after all it was 30 days of working together and lots of inspiration and interaction. There are about 500 plus members in this group and somehow you  end up ‘connecting’ with some people.


 I met Krystallia through this workshop and by met, I mean, met online. We seem to like similar images,…I don’t know what it was, but we became friends.  Krys asked me to do a guest post on her blog ‘My Cooking Secrets’ , we started brainstorming about ideas, The time difference of eight hours did not come in our way, we were chatting till midnight. I asked her to tell me a little about herself,  other than photography,…. “My favorite moto is ‘’DO NOT WASTE FOOD, there is always a way to CREATE a dish from scratch’’. Seriously it was like my mom talking, I grew up on that….wasting food was unheard of and you eat what you get. I knew why we had become friends, we talked about a lot of things about Greek food, about real food, local foods and why we both started blogging, she said, “I didn' t set out to be a food photographer, let alone a blogger. I was previously an executive secretary and account assistant. When I got married and moved to Malta I focused on what I loved most. To create recipes, promote the Greek cuisine and inspire people to cook. My blog was the perfect way to combine my creative interests, yet it made me feel incredibly happy, so I ran with it.” Two women thousands of miles apart, who have never seen each other ( Krys, better put up a profile picture on FB), yet had so much in common. At the end of the day we are all the same under the skin and we relate to similar emotions. Krys is so passionate about her food, it percolates to her blog. Her enthusiasm and passion is surely contagious. Thanks so much Krys for your friendship and all the energy you bring to the blogging world.


Krys had a few questions…over to her to read the informal chat.


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Monday, October 6, 2014

365 days of photography - September 2014


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 Thank you for the overwhelming response for my moody tutorial,  big thanks for all the comments, emails and messages on Facebook. I loved creating the post, will try and do more, let me know if you want something specific.

This is going to be my favorite post from 365 days of photography, am going to be cheating a bit here. Everything is fair in love and photography:))I did take much more than 30 images for the month ( way more), but as I was getting all the images together, I realized that most of them are produce, so I got all excited and thought of doing something a bit different. Doing a 30 image post on just produce and not all the images are taken from september, some are really old, but I thought it would be a nice thing to have them all in one post, my favorite ones :)   I can do a whole 30 day post on tomatoes, but I will spare you guys :) a lot of moody shots for you to gawk. I normally don’t  like to do two photography related post one after the other, but this time made an exception. I had so many moody shots,  could not wait another week to share.

Previous 365 days posts…..
June 

I am already thinking 2015, I may not do a 365 for 2015 but will definitely do one photograph in a week, calling it a 52 weeks challenge. What do you guys think ? 

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