Posts Tagged ‘fish’

Any Recommendations For High Energy Foods For An Alert Mind?

March 9, 2008

I have been tired lately because of the large amount of school work. I’ve been eating too much fast food and drinking too much carbonated water. Coffee and tea doesn’t seem to help me stay awake anymore.

I have heard people saying that fish makes you smarter, is that true? And does anyone have any recommendations for high energy foods for an alert mind? My first step towards school life is to stay happy and be positive; which keeps all sicknesses away. Now I need to consume the right type of foods for an energy perk. 🙂

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Food Photography Tips, Part IV.

February 27, 2008

Part IV – The Continuation of the Composition of Food Photography

Today I’ll be covering the Rule of Thirds and Perspectives in Food.

1. Rule of Thirds

This rule doesn’t just apply to food photography, it applies to all types of photography. It was created by painters in the Renaissance, who found that the eye doesn’t rest on the centre of the photograph. In addition, photos following this rule seem more professional looking. Below is a picture to depict the Rule of Thirds. Your main object of focus should fall within the 4 green dots.


Source: photoinf

Here are some examples of mine.

Notice that the marshmallow ‘cloud’ decoration on the cupcake (at the bottom left) is the focus of this photograph and that it falls within one of the ‘green’ dotted area, with reference to the earlier photograph. 

However, rules can always be broken! 🙂 It really all depends on the photographer’s judgement. Let’s take a whole cake as an example. If you feel that a photograph of the entire cake right in the middle of a photograph would best express the message you want to bring across, by all mean ignore the Rule of Thirds. It is merely a guideline for you to follow.

This mini-flower cupcake was photographed to be in the middle of the photograph. It doesn’t follow the Rule of Thirds but in my opinion, I feel that it brings out the cupcake’s simplicity and uniqueness.

2. Perspectives in Food

Each person can have very different perspectives in life, and that applies to food too. Which perspective of a particular dish do you want to highlight? The choice is entirely up to you.  For owners of compact digital cameras, Kejie (one of the instructor from the course) advised us to zoom out first and then move the camera physically towards the food, before you take the photograph.

For this garlic fish dish, I wanted viewers to be able to picture themselves actually eating the fish.

For this amazing Chinese dinner prepared by my grandmother, I wanted my viewers to sense a family gathering. I included the chopsticks and individual dishes in this photograph, instead of just focusing on one particular dish.

Oh my goodness, this post is making me hungry. I did not manage to have a proper dinner today. *Scans the dining table for food.

Baked Dijonaise Salmon, Your Quick Solution To A Home-cooked Valentine’s Day Dinner.

February 14, 2008

All you folks out there who’s planning to cook for your special someone tonight for Valentine’s Day, do not fret if you cannot think of what to cook. Here is my solution for you – Baked Dijon Salmon (pronounced as Sa-Men). The original recipe was retrieved from All Recipes. I rate this recipe 4.8 over 5 stars. Please ignore all the bad reviews on the All Recipes site, because my salmon always turned out perfect and I want you all to be able to impress others with this simple recipe. I’ve cooked this dish for my family, friends and boyfriend on previous occasions. All of them enjoyed it very much.

I’ve changed the recipe servings (for two) and made other slight changes to the ingredients.

Baked Dijonaise Salmon (Serves 2)

I could not find a photo of the salmon alone, so please focus on the photo on the upper-left hand corner. 🙂 Note: These salmon fillets were huge, don’t worry if your fillets are much smaller.

Ingredients
2 tbsp salted butter, melted
2 tbsp Dijonaise (I use the Master Food brand, available at leading supermarkets in Singapore)
2-1/4 teaspoons honey (add more if you like caramelized honey)
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley OR 2/3 tsp ground parsley (Using the ratio of 1 part ground: 3 parts fresh)
2 salmon fillets
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. (Vary it according to how fast your oven usually cooks fish)
2.
In a small bowl, stir together butter, Dijonaise, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs, walnuts, and parsley.
3.
Brush each salmon fillet with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
4.
Bake salmon for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish it according to your Valentine’s preference.I hope this is useful to someone out there.

Happy Valentine’s Day & Friendship Day every one, may this be a blessed day for all.