Since I started this blog, my partner has been threatening to set up a blog with the name TheTruthBehindGinger&Bread.com, documenting the mess I make and the chaos that follows in the wake of each post.
Being very neat and tidy, any mess upsets him; but a mess that is not tidied up immediately, for example because I ‘only’ want to take a few photographs while the food is still hot, is simply intolerable. He has this theory that I ended up in Britain because I was expelled from my neat and tidy home country (probably after violating the cleanliness laws I mentioned in my last post).
Our situation is not helped by a rather small kitchen and dining area, nor by two children and a cat. There is only so much space to prep food cook food, plate food and photograph it – never mind eating, doing homework, or curling up to sleep (that’s the cat; the rest of us are quite happy to use our bedrooms for that particular activity).
Anyway, to prevent this ultimate act of revenge I thought I’d better get in there first, by showing you how to overcome issues such as lack of space or lack of tidiness when it comes to your photographs. Unlike in real life, where cropping out that pile of ironing on top of the piano is not an option, by carefully blocking out messy vistas you can get pretty pictures in a limited space.
A few days ago I posted this Bavarian-style cabbage salad, which I made for our first bbq of this summer: A black background helps you to bring out pale foods, and it allows for quite dramatic effects. I use it very often for my pictures, mostly because the setup allows me to make the most of the limited light we are getting here in the UK, but also because I don’t need to clear up a large space of my kitchen or dining area to take the photographs. In fact, this is all I need: The background is a large baking tray, slightly worse for wear, which you cannot see in the finished pictures. Four slate place mats can be arranged depending on the angle of the picture, to create a dark surface. In fact, the picture I showed you first looked in reality like this: What is missing from the finished picture is the mess around it – such as the pan in which I prepared the salad, which has just been plonked into the sink. You can’t even see the rest of the bbq, such as all the other salads, nor the large glass jars I made the elderflower cordial in, which I need to pack up and bring to the shed.
With this simple setup I took some of my favourite photographs, such as this detail of my sourdough couronne: I documented my foray into Mexican food, corn tortillas, using the same backdrop: For the traditional German onion quiche I only used the placemats: The set up allowed for this surreal-looking Hugo I posted last week: As you can see, a small space and a messy cook are no excuse! All you need to do is come up with a fail safe set up that allows you to make the most of the space – and the light! – you have got. My next challenge is to try and come up with a way to take larger scale pictures, ideally with more props arranged around the food, little details, such as plates or flowers in the background … but that requires more space, time, and, ultimately, effort. We’ll see.
Anyways, I’m sharing these pictures with my friends over at Fiesta Friday: Angie, together with her co-hosts Quinn @Dad Whats 4 Dinner and Naina @Spice in the City, is hosting this party now for the 72nd time! Check it out, guys, there’s so much to explore in terms of ideas and food stuff that you’ll never ever need another cookery book again.