Sharing the delicious

Organic heirloom tomatoes, grown by a friend. The last we’ll see for a little while. Image: Su Leslie 2020


Day 1 (of the Aotearoa New Zealand Covid 19 lockdown)

I’ve baked bread, made herb salt (photos to come), watched seeds grow (truly — spinach germinates really quickly), and contemplated a bowl of tomatoes. Organically- grown heirloom varieties, they are the most delicious tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.

A simple salad; rocket, cucumber, red onion and a perfect tomato with homemade sourdough focaccia. Image: Su Leslie 2020


I’ve been quite happy to potter round home today; I have plenty to do, enough food and I am well. But however agreeable my “bubble”, I can’t ignore the fact that isolation for so many people isn’t an easy and comfortable experience.

I’m aware of small things I can do now, but the real work will come later when we have the chance to re-imagine as well as rebuild our businesses and communities, and indeed our society.

Because everyone deserves a bowl of the most delicious tomatoes they’ve ever tasted.

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Halved tomatoes, green chilli and garlic, salt and olive oil, ready for slow-roasting. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Vine to roasting dish; five minutes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

At the moment we’re harvesting too many tomatoes to eat fresh, so I decided to slow-roast some with green chillis (also from the garden) and garlic (bought, but grown locally).

Slow-roasted tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Slow-roasted tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

The result was delicious with zucchini noodles and a few toasted pinenuts. I would have taken a photo of the finished dish, but I really was hungry.

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)