Lately I’ve been fussing over my food photos. I’ve been so unhappy with them. It’s several different issues which I’m convinced is partly due to my camera. The colors are off. Photography in dark restaurants is an issue. And there’s only so much I can do in Photoshop. But recently I found a food blog that’s so refreshing because there’s no staging or post production work. It’s 100% real.
The website is hilariously titled Dimly Lit Meals for One: Heartbreaking tales of one man’s home cooking. Between the photography and humorous writing, it ignited something in me. Are food blogs today the uberphotoshopped models of fashion magazines? Does my food look like that every day? More importantly… does yours? Don’t get me wrong. I love looking at beautiful food but it’s giving my everyday food an inferiority complex. Are my utensils clean? Is it properly lit? etc. etc.
With the exception of what I order in restaurants and blog material, the definitive answer is a strong NO. The food I manage to eat during the day is oft-times eaten over the sink (something I touched upon in The Girl With the Donut Tattoo), a mishmash of leftovers from several days, and food on the brink of expiration that I had no choice but to use because I hate food waste.
An example is the hot link sausage, sliced mushrooms and egg fried up in the same pan a few months ago. (Why I decided to take a photo of it is beyond me.) If I recall, the sausage and mushrooms were beginning to look a big gnarly, so what makes it better? Scrambling it with eggs OF COURSE. This — in essence — is my ideal food on the go: lots of protein.
More recently aka last night, Paul looked at the kale soup I was making and decided to go the leftovers route. Leftovers from previous dinners included half of salmon stuffed with feta cheese and spinach, a slice of Bread & Cie sourdough with cherry jam (the jam was his choice), and steamed broccoli (upon my insistence). Balanced? Maybe. But Paul was satisfied since he didn’t have to eat kale.