Indian Essence by
Atul Kochhar Sam Breach
Watch Me Prepare for a Dinner Party
Tonight I am doing a little matchmaking. I am hooking up a couple of local bloggers. I think they have secretly been rather fond of each other for quite a while. It hasn't slipped my notice when he leaves cheeky little comments on her blog and she reciprocates, sometimes with a saucy response. Since I happen to independently know both of these fiery political commentators, I was charged with being the mediator and arranging a meeting between them. I decided that cooking the dinner myself would be far less stressful than finding a San Francisco restaurant that would suit and impress all of the various invitees.
Since I expect the evening to be full of spicy conversation, I decided to go with an Indian theme. Instead of using my tried and tested favourite recipe book, I will be experimenting on my guests by pulling dishes only from Atul Kochhar's Indian Essence which I have never cooked from before. When I say experimenting, I really mean it. I don't hold with safe advice, such as "Don’t try out a new recipe when company is coming to dinner" Guests! You have been warned!
I am slightly fascinated by the idea of real people cooking in their kitchens and recording the events using photography as a medium. It hasn't slipped my notice that food bloggers have become very sophisticated and practised at taking great, styled photographs for their blogs. Have we become too sophisticated? Has the porn gone too far? I have always prided myself on the fact that all the food I choose to photograph for my blog is going to be eaten, mostly within seconds of me snapping the final picture.
Today, throughout the next ten hours or so, as I prepare tonight's dinner, I will be taking a selection of non-styled food photographs using natural lighting, to record the progress of my cooking day. I am looking forward to seeing how it unfolds. I hope you, dear readers, will come back later to see my progress as I update the slideshow (above) which I started on Tuesday evening. Later, when the guests arrive and the wine begins to flow, I am going to leave you on your own. From then on, you'll have to use your imagination...