Fiestafeeling with laptop, scarf and bread basket

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Guacamole Guacamole

A Guacamole Recipe from Jamie Oliver with South American flair - produced in a Viennese flat. 

"Christmas?" asked me the seller of our Euro-shop around the corner with raised eyebrows, when I bought a colourful Christmas tree lights-chain from him at the end of June. You must know, that I am a "nerd" when it comes to food photography - when I have a photo idea in summer that includes Christmas decoration, then I just have to get it. However, these photo ideas sometimes not work as planned - especially if I work with more complicated things like additional light sources. I had imagined to produce this scenario: Guacamole after a recipe from Jamie Oliver with lots of chilli and coriander - on a wooden table. The  Mexican Fiestafeeling would be created by colorful lights against a black background (= night). In addition, I would still have my currently one and only potted plant (it is a "Busy Lizzie") which would provide the background with some outdoor dining ambience. So far was my plan. The perspective in the viewfinder of my camera said something else. The lights did somehow not fit into the picture - my huge black background frame turned out to be unsuitable as black night sky and holding the Christmas lights. Therefore I used my black laptop, a bread basket and even a monstrous black scarf - as alternative backgrounds. I had plenty of ideas, but the photographic results were poor - at the end I decided to use an incidental first snapshot. The light-reflections on the plate somehow looked interesting - and Photoshop makes it possible - in combination with nightly artificial light ambience the photo came quite close to my initial intention. And I can tell you what’s the most important thing to me: I like the photo because it somehow looks mysterious and creates a cosy atmosphere. But please don’t ask me if I achieved this goal with scarf, laptop or breadbasket. This cannot be reproduced ;-)

 

Guacamole

by Jamie Oliver:

  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red chili (alternatively: 2 tsp dried chili flakes)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander
  • Mash the avocados with a fork, add the chopped tomatoes and onion, olive oil, chili, lemon juice, salt and pepper, garnish with the coriander. 
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