September 16, 2011

Photography workshop and my Fresh Mystery Basket recipe

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to the photography workshop organized by Arva Ahmed of Famished in Arabia (FIA).  I’ve never done a photography course so everything I do is self-taught via the internet or just by being creative and playing around with a fancy camera.  Well it turned out to be a lot of fun and I learnt a few techniques that I was just dying to try out in my next post.  If you decide to read further, please bear in mind that I'm still a beginner and experimenting with various photography techniques as I go along but I'm willing to show my progress - faults and all!

First up, is the fruit-in-a-glass shot, inspired by Nicky Sanotra and Sheban Naim.  The bubbles were created by pouring sprite onto the fruit – I used pomogranate seeds, one of the ingredients from my Fresh Mystery Basket recipe.

The next photo was inspired by Arva Ahmed’s violent and seductive style by smashing the pomegranate seeds to create this effect.  Although mine was a lot more toned down than Arva’s, the aim was to get a messy/juicy red-on-white effect.

The last shot was inspired by the combined photos of Habib and Zahra Abdalla, as well as Elena Jbara and Chirag Desai, using a mirror to create an elongated effect.  

Trying to recollect everything I had learnt that day was interesting to say the least.  I'm sure with time and lots of practice my photos will improve.  The workshop was a wonderful experience and it was great to meet some of the members of FIA, as well as the other photographers who joined the workshop and shared their valuable knowledge.  

The Fresh Mystery Basket recipe is a challenge set up by Chef and Steward.  Basically we had to prepare recipes using fresh ingredients.  I prepared a Fresh Fruit Salad.  I had visitors this week so in between all the usual sightseeing, desert safari and dinners I managed to sneak in a photo shoot of one of the desserts I made using fresh fruit.  I love this fruit salad because it’s so easy to prepare, you can use your favorite fruit combinations and it also tastes better when you make it in advance.  I made this particular recipe in the morning and served it in the evening with ice cream.  It tasted just as yummy the next day.  I’m not one for elaborate desserts so the quicker and easier, the better.  

Fresh Fruit Salad

Serves 6

3 large granny smith apples
4 large peaches
4 plums
2 mangoes
3 kiwi fruit
Seeds of half a pomegranate
Orange juice or any other orange based fruit juice (I used Ceres Whispers of Summer)

Make sure all the fruit is ripe and ready to eat.  They should preferably be naturally sweet so that you don't need to add any extra sugar.
Peel and dice all the fruit and place into a large bowl.  Scatter over the pomegranate seeds and pour over enough fruit juice to cover the fruit otherwise the exposed fruit pieces will brown and that’s not very appealing.  Toss and cover well with a lid or cling film and refrigerate until required. Serve with good quality vanilla ice cream.   

p.s. Make this extra special by adding a shot (or two) of Grand Marnier.