Just some random pictures of my kitchen sink, like the ones I post here. When I take photos like these, I appreciate all the good food I have to eat, and the feast for my eyes as well as my body.
This is what I had for breakfast yesterday morning. I’ve been making a lot of one-dish skillet meals lately; I cook a base layer of root vegetables or other longer-cooking items, and top with tender things near the end of cooking. I’ve also been really fascinated by the long-ish infographics that I’ve seen on Pinterest lately, so I wanted to try my hand making my own. Fun.
I love cooked breakfasts, especially when it’s cooler out. (In the sweltering heat, I usually choose not to turn on the stove in my un-air-conditioned apartment.) This particular combination of flavours reminds me of Italian food – probably because of the tomatoes and the nutmeg.
I like to use coconut oil in my cooking, but you could use any oil you like. Frying the base layer first and then flipping it to cook the other side really adds to the complexity of the flavours. I also like to add a bit of channa masala spice before layering the greens and tomatoes. A few days ago I made a similar dish, only instead of potatoes I used half a sweet potato, one small beet, and a couple of slices of butternut squash. It smelled AMAZING as the sugars carmelized in the pan. I also tend to add a bunch of seeds for protein: sunflower, chia, hemp, pumpkin…
I love taking photographs of my kitchen sink. It’s like a meditation exercise – it focuses my eyes on tiny details I might normally miss. It helps me find beauty in unexpected places.
One of the things I love about photographing food scraps is noticing the amazing natural variations in plant seeds and reproduction. These spaghetti squash seeds (above) glisten with slippery dampness. The apple (below) hides its small, dark seeds chastely, inside a dry star.
I appreciate fruit and vegetable seeds.
I love food, and complex flavours. When I cook, I often like to make up my own unique spice mixtures.
This is a photo of a green cauliflower and potato casserole I made this week, with a tomato / nutmeg / fennel seed sauce.
I appreciate spices.
I’m not a big tea person, and I never drink coffee. I do love me some hot water, though. I love boiling water in my whistling kettle first thing in the morning, while I cook my lunch.
I appreciate hot water.