Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Food Photography - Delicious Breakfast Mess

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

......And so this blog will now also, occasionally as and when the writer cooks, feature some food photography. Years of hostel food and PG food and dabba and tiffin.. the minute I got an apartment and a roommate who could teach me how to cook, I cooked.

This is simply called.. The Delicious Breakfast Mess. It is an invented recipe - were Tomatoes, Red and Yellow Peppers, Green Chillies, Jalapenos, Onions,and a batter made of Chickpea and Rice flour and Mint leaves and Cheese were included in the fun.

Do not be daunted.. it takes merely 15 min to make.

I love food with colour. The more colourful and messy, the better it tastes. Think of all the food you like.. tell me if it isn't true Jalepenos, Onions, Peppers all roughly chopped.. you don't want anything neat here.. messy is the key. Heat olive oil and butter and a thwacked piece garlic when it's all melted. When the wonderful buttery garlic smell comes slide in the onions and wait for them to sizzle. Ignore the escaped piece of pepper.. When things sizzle, good things happen and I get excited and sloppy.
See see.. it's turning brown
Thats when you dump in the green chillies
and the bell peppers and then the tomatoes and jalapenos Stir for a few minutes. Let it get juicy and wonderful then sprinkle some cheese.. cause you're worth it cook till the cheese starts giving off this deadly aroma and finally...add the batter made of 4 spoons of chickpeas flour, 2 of rice flour a few mint leaves and salt. I also added oregano, basil and chilli flakes, but then I have this OCD to add and toss ingredients randomly. It tasted wonderful in the end anyway.. so.. go ahead add what you want. when it gets slightly gooey and firm, sprinkle the cheese... again, because you're worth it. Keep folding it , remember, not stir, not mash.. fold. ( I heard that on TLC) You wanna cook the heck outta this... don't be afraid to brown it Once crisp and spongy .. :) :) slide it onto a pretty plate and pat it into shape. Admire the colours peeping out Trust me , you want to get it this crisp. Sprinkle fresh corriander leaves if you want, to make it more colourful and joyful! You can use whatever sort of garnishing makes you happy. I love the fresh green colour... It's all about the colours. Gorgeous This was the first time I made this so Im not sure what is the consistency to aim for. This was wonderfully spongy and could be cut into pieces to share IF one wanted to. Sigh.... by this time I was too busy eating to correct the fuzzy light. Make this today!


Vulcan Eager said...

"This was the first time I made this..." should come right at the beginning. But I'll try this one for sure.

salvation_seeker said...

The pics are very colorful, nice shots. Hope "The Delicious Breakfast Mess" tastes the same.

AlterinG Abhishek said...

swesome presentation as well!

salvation_seeker said...

Hi Shayoni,
Sorry that I am asking a favor in the comment's box. I am keen to make a career in professional photography but I don't have any idea from where to begin. As you are a photographer yourself, can you suggest a good institute in pune or bombay, also which digital camera should I start with. You can reply me to my mail a/c : or on orkut also. Waiting for your reply.

Anil P said...

Sigh, all beginnings will detour effort, initially at least.

Am inclined to agree with Robert A. Heinlein's thoughts on specialisation.