Eating Pasta, Florentine Style.

Florence has its open food market, the Centrale Mercato. Each stall  have their own specialty from nuts to elaborate meats.

Upstairs is where they all culminate in their version of a food court. Here you can eat cheap and good,drink as well.

 

 

 

I was in the mood for pasta so I saw this sign..

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chef whipped it up for me..Prego

 

It was light and excellent….  FYI I found out the translation..” Cow Stomach Ravioli in a Parsley,Basil sauce”.   MOOOOO…

Timothy Duque…Chef

From his beginnings at Johnson Wales University,North Miami, he worked his way up as intern at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, where we met. He spent ten years there learning everything he could from fine dining to high volume banquet cooking. This broad experience helped to hone his expertise to create the chef he is today.

 

” My grandmother is Colombian and I grew up making empanadas and arepas from scratch with some very old family recipes ”

tim2

Tim gives this advice to newbies…” Stay focused. Many newcomers are distracted by money and fame. If you aren’t passionate about food, the long hours and stressful days will definitely consume you. The most rewarding part of what we do is serving others and conveying our passion through our preparations.”

for some behind the scenes:

Got Crabs?

Who would want that!!! Actually I did and it was the kind of challenge I enjoy doing, and of course eating. My client has a top end product, canned crab meat…all kinds. My job , just the type  I love to do, style,prop,light,create,shoot…

Miami Food Photography-3164

 

 

showing the product , all 19 for page use….

what’s inside  Backfin_Miami Food Photography-3228

How to use…Miami Food Photography-4007-8

Colossal crab,squeeze of lemon,sweet onions,tomato,lettuce,thousand island,on multi-grain bread…mmm… if you eliminate the bread,chop up the rest,you would have a great crab salad as well.       P.S. goes great with a cold Pinot Grigio, maybe two.

 

Sudado de Pollo..( you don’t want to know what this means)

Here’s a Colombian recipe we tried that proves to be a whole lot better than its name translates to, take my word along with a cold glass of white or rose wine and a good loaf of crispy bread. It also gets better the next day…

Recipe:
5 yellow potatoes (peeled and cut in half)      miamifoodphotography_IMG_7875
1 package of frozen yuca
8 pieces of boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1 package of corn on a cob (cut corn in half)
1 red pepper
2 tomatoes
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1 small sweet onion
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp live oil
Goya sazon with achiote
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the chicken in 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside when done.
Saute chopped red pepper and onion.  Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes at low heat.
Add 2 cup of water.  When boiling, add yuca, corn, and potatoes.
Add Goya sazon and cumin.
Add browned chicken and cook for another 15 minutes so all the flavors can blend together.

For more food photos

 

 

Behind the Food Scene part 1

You see it everywhere you go to eat…cell phone food shooters (guilty as well). At parties some,Doctors,Lawyers and Indian chiefs, beam while they  show me how they shoot food…why they should have been a photographer… and maybe I should have been one of them. Too bad my cell phone can’t litigate a case or do brain surgery for that matter… BUT .. just taking a the picture isn’t what #food photography is all about. So how many people does it take to shoot a simple sandwich? ….it all depends.

food shootLet’s start after a few meetings or brain storming sessions over what and how… and go to do we need a studio?

Again depends… 50lbs of meat and a case of buns later…yes. and testing the “stand-in” item shown here takes the most time…. Oddly what you don’t see is the 150 feet of space behind of space that goes to waste or what we call a ” client comfort zone ” a place to relax, eat,worry,work and sometimes play games! Oh there’s also a  kitchen…forgot that. Carole Rousseau

A key player is the food stylist. Sure your mom or wife does a smashing dinner spread but to make the camera taste food? That’s another story…

Carole Rousseau  Myself, client and designer  debating over how the tomato looks! What you don’t see is my assistant who is shooting this and running around while the stylist is in the kitchen making the 25th one.

Is it all worth it? Well next time you’re in the supermarket really look hard at the frozen food section and on the shelves…

Next… Shooting on Location…

Potato Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon

Like soup?  Forget cans or frozen bricks of salty bouillon with what was once a veg or meat now a carrier of some chemical experiment gone wrong. This soup is so easy to make you can direct a child to do it while you watch a movie… and real good too.

Potato,Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon

3 potatoes ( red or a good   Idaho  type if there are any left)

2 large Leeks

1 pint of heavy cream ( yes it  has fat so what,if you want a diet, just heat water)

2-3 pints of a good organic chicken broth ( or be brave,make your own)

a package of smoked salmon..not LOX…wild Alaskan is real good..

a slab of butter… mmmm

fresh chives

Parmesan and good old heavy bread…

Video:

peel and cube potatoes…  boil in water till tender…slice all the Leeks up thin…saute in butter about 3-4 min….then add drained potatoes to mix in for 3-4 minutes…add bouillon and cream and turn down heat to simmer for 8-10  minutes. Take off stove use hand or large mixer and bring to a smooth texture…you can save some cubed potatoes to add in bowl after,add pepper to taste, no salt, and stir in thinly sliced small pieces of smoked salmon…stir and top off with Chop Chives in a bowl with Parmesan… Bon Appetite … a nice Pinot Grigio goes well…

 

Everything on It

I like Burgers…who doesn’t? So when a new sports bar and grill needed food photography, guess who they came to… me a professional burger eater. A few days of shooting, a few days of eating, a few pounds that need shedding and I can attest to the fact that my friends here at Bokamper’s make the best, not just burgers, but all their food that kept me busy for days, and this isn’t just a plug for them

 

A dozen burgers later, one Cheese Burger with Workscomes out naked… no

not a waiter, the burger. “what’s up with that?” I asked. Chef Jimmy Dean says, ” It’s a build your own burger.”  Music to my ears and visuals to my eyes as I start to taste it all. Turning to my food stylist, Ellie Stern I said ” If we build it, they will come” and here it is…  and so you came! If you go, tell them Matthew sent you

 

for more on food: visit here