Monday, September 29, 2008

Kitchen Art

We spend a lot of time here Amongst The Oaks thinking about food, talking about food, shopping for food, planning food, preparing food, eating food, and photographing food. So what could be better than food as art? I picked up these pre-matted frames at Michaels and have filled them with favorite food photos from our travels. This first one has a roasted beet salad at Greystones in St. Helena, a goat cheese salad at Les Saisons de Giverny, and a raddler and pretzels in Munich.

Working top to bottom, left to right: Teen2 after a mussel frenzy in Vernazza, me checking out a product stand in Florence, Teen1 and a handsome Italian waiter in Siena, The Lord of the Manor with lunch in Pisa, my morning cappuccino in Vernazza, and the Lord of the Manor with a margarita in Ensenada.
I just did this one yesterday: the cutest dumplings in Guilin, hot pot in Shanghai, and prawns at a hutong in Beijing.
The only other art I have in my kitchen is this old Lipton tea tin that I used for recipe cards. Speaking of recipes, look at the appetizer the Lord of the Manor made for dinner last night. Another work of art!

It's called Shrimp Piri Piri and he found it in the Oprah magazine. It was scrummy! The recipe is from chef Marcus Samuelsson and his restaurant Merkato 55. Samuelsson has recently published a cookbook called The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa. Oh-oh, looks like we may be buying another book! And more of those picture frames too.


Janet said...

That shrimp looks amazing. bet you can't eat just one? I know I couldn't.


Beverly said...

Laura, this was a fantastic idea. It looks great.

Walled Garden said...

I just love food and recipe books. The photography is very important and the job of "Food Stylist" appeals to me more than "Hair Stylist". Lovely pictures, they make my mouth water.
Cheers Gillian

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