Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

A close up of a wilted, sliced tomato with an orange sweet pepper in the background.I’m not really into the whole food porn thing, so I tried to think of something that ran counter to that idea. Being a slob, I had some vegetables that I had sliced from the previous day’s lunch sitting on the counter. I had made some okra and tomatoes, which also included red and yellow pepper, onion, shrimp, all that dumped over couscous. It was pretty good if I may say so myself. I enjoyed my food and forgot to clean up.

A sriveled up end of an onion.

I was about to throw it out when I though, “Hey, this doesn’t look so bad.” Using a black cloth I used years ago for photographing architectural models, I set up a makeshift still life studio. Voila.

  1. The photos are great.
    But maybe you could have included the recipe. lol

    • fojap said:

      It was one of those “I’d better use these vegetables before they go bad” recipes. Basically, saute some bacon in a pan to render the fat. Remove bacon. Slice the okra. Cook it until it’s not slimey. Chop the onion. Cook the onion until translucent. Chop red pepper. Cook until soft. Chop tomato. Cook a few more minutes. It’s actually less complicated than that sounds since you’re just starting with the vegetable that takes longest to cook and letting that one cook while you chop the next, so by the time the tomatoes hot the okra’s not too slimey. (let’s hope.) Then you add the shrimp till that’s cooked and crumble the bacon and put that back in. Usually, I make this with rice, but I didn’t feel like waiting for the rice to cook. Couscous is faster, so I used that. It’s supposed to be a South Carolina dish. Oh yeah – a little cayenne pepper or hot sauce isn’t bad either.

      Did you ever see Daughters of the Dust? It’s one the great food movies.

      • Thank you! We love all those ingredients and always looking for a new way to combine. I forget about using okra to thicken things up.
        No, don’t go to many movies so haven’t seen Daughter of the Dust.
        Have you ever made Tabbouleh? A lot of work…..but good. (my husband does the work. i just eat it. 🙂 )

  2. fojap said:

    I love tabbouleh. I happened to eat it just the other day, but I didn’t make it. My sister had jury duty and afterward we went to a Lebanese restaurant downtown. I love Lebanese food. Actually, I love most types of Mediterranean food. Where I used to live there was a Moroccan cafe between my apartment and the gym. I’m not sure what emoticon is appropriate here.>=)

  3. gocharliego4 said:

    Your photographs are just gorgeous!

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