Three day quote challenge, day two

My kitchen; part studio, part laboratory, part drop-in centre. My favourite part of the house and my happy place. Image: Su Leslie, 2018. Aged shot of modern kitchen with chrome appliances and red mixing bowl in foreground.

My kitchen; part studio, part laboratory, part drop-in centre. My favourite part of the house and my all-time happy place. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.” — Guy Fieri

I love food.

I love eating certainly, but even more, I love thinking about, planning and making food. To cook for you is to say “I care; you matter to me.”

Close-up shot of chocolate cookies, baked to deliver to the City Mission at Christmas. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Chocolate cookies baked with the boy-child, for delivery to the City Mission. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

It seems particularly appropriate to share quotes about food for this challenge as I was invited to take part by Ju-Lyn at Sunrise, Sunset, who says of herself:

It is no surprise that I find myself obsessed with food – after all, I am a Singaporean. We are a people who hold animated conversations about food while we are eating, who would comb the island far & wide chasing the promise of great food!

Thank you Ju-Lyn.

In the few days since I wrote a post for the DP Photo Challenge about My Place in the World is has occurred to me that, no matter where I am, the kitchen is my place. I love my own kitchen — the part of our house renovation I am most proud of — and I happily commandeer friends’ and family members’ kitchens when I visit. Even on holiday, I crave the chance to cook at least one meal — using whatever is to hand.

So I guess there is need for a second quote today:

“The kitchen is a sacred space.” — Marc Forgione

The Three Day Quote Challenge works like this:

1) Thank the person who nominated you
2) Post a quote for 3 consecutive days ( 1 post each day )
3) Nominate 3 bloggers each day

If you haven’t already been invited to join this,  and would like to — please do.

I for one am happy to read all the extra words of wisdom (or fun) that are sent my way.

Turning the lens on my kitchen

It’s raining today and I’m feeling trapped inside; roaming the house with phone in hand looking for things to photograph.

As usual I gravitate to the kitchen. Yesterday, in anticipation of the storm that’s hit Auckland, I harvested all of the ripe (and almost ripe) tomatoes, peppers and chillies in my garden. Not all of the tomatoes survived the night – they made a wonderful snack while I was waiting for dinner. But what was left this morning did look lovely – fresh and vibrant.

Saved from the storm; red and yellow cherry tomatoes from my garden. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Saved from the storm; chillies and red and yellow cherry tomatoes from my garden. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

These days, when many of us lack the time and space for a garden, homegrown vegetables invoke a kind of nostalgia for childhood. One of the ways in which my parents embraced their new life in New Zealand was by planting a garden, so even now, the taste of a fresh tomato takes me back to endless Auckland summers.

Nostalgia for the past. My garden harvest through an old lens. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Nostalgia for the past. My garden harvest through an old lens. Photo: Su Leslie 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

If tomatoes evoke summer, then onions represent autumn – the shift from raw salads to soups and sauces and curries.

Perfect brown onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

Perfect brown onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4. Edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

I’m not quite sure why, but I love this de-saturated shot more. The toning evokes 1940s movies, but how onions might fit in … a mystery.

Onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Onions. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Sage is my new favourite herb, and is plentiful in the garden. Last night we picked a huge bunch of wonderfully fragrant leaves to stir into a creamy mushroom sauce.

sage

Purple sage. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor.

If I could paint, this is what my picture of freshly-picked sage would look like. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

If I could paint, this is what my picture of freshly-picked sage would look like. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

It’s autumn here, so fruit and vegetables are cheap and plentiful.Yesterday I bought two beautiful pineapples.

Pineapple.  Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Pineapple. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4.

Pineapples are one of those fruits that don’t look particularly appealing until you cut into them, but their weird texture does offer lots of photographic potential.

Does a paint effect soften this pineapple? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Does a paint effect soften this pineapple? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

High contrast and harsh colours make me think more of an alien's skin condition than a pineapple. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

High contrast and harsh colours make me think more of an alien’s skin condition than a pineapple. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. You can find out more about that here. And here are some other posts I’ve enjoyed on the theme:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-milkweed/

iPhone Monday: 3-10-14

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-macro-bouquet-central/

Macro Topped Phoneographic Phlatbread Pizza

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/phoneography-challenge-macro-2/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-macro-a-bugs-life/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-macro/

 

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-in-red/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-4/

Green and orange

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro/

Phoneography Monday and Macro Monday: Bromeliads

http://steve-says.net/2014/03/10/what-time-is-it-its-ten-to-spring/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-macro-nature-images-and-opinion/

Latch (Phoneography Challenge)

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: seeing double

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Here are some other Wordless Wednesday posts I enjoyed:

Wordless Wednesday: 11-27-13

http://themiddleofthestreet.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-2/

http://krispix.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-more-yeg-graffiti/

Wordless Wednesday: November Bloom

http://thispathlesstraveled.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/thanksgiving-preparations-day-1-in-pictures-wordless-wednesday/

http://bakemeaway.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-metal-willow/

http://publictransituser.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-2-2/

http://theundercoverprincess.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-112713/

http://jillianmartin.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday/

http://thelittlestbrookslivingston.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/words-for-wednesday-dear-littlest/

http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-11-27-13/

http://geekycrafter.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-on-the-needles/