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Food photography – Advice from a professional photographer

Here at Food or Foe, we are always trying to improve. However, one way in which we are currently failing in is our food photography. Most food blogs online are doing an amazing job. Some of the work out there on the web is truly art in itself.

So when we found some tips online on the BBC News website, we jumped at the chance of learning a thing or two.

Professional restaurant and food photographer Paul Winch-Furness provides some really useful information on how to get the best shots from your smartphone’s camera. We would recommend you taking a look at what he suggests. It’s opened our eyes to whole new way of snapping our food.

Here’s the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21235195

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Food in the News

 

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It haddock to be ginger and cinnamon!

Our last attempt at cooking something different ended with an impromptu visit to the hospital. Well, I tell a lie, we didn’t have to go to hospital. But we weren’t far from picking up the phone and making the call for the emergency services – if only to call the police to arrest the devil chef who decided to make a coffee and dark brown sugar bruschetta!

This meant that we really had to try to come up with some more edible ideas. In some respect, we toned down our search, focusing on two main spices: cinnamon and ginger. And since we went for meat in an earlier recipe, we chose fish – Haddock – for this one.

“I won’t go as far to say that my taste buds had a euphoric orgasm as they felt flavour paradise, but what I will say is that people have to try it! Honestly, you must.”

To some extent this dish was very much Thai inspired. However, a few little twists made sure that it was unique enough. But it was a remarkably quick and easy meal to cook. And for the amount of effort put in, it was surprising that the result was so good.

The most interesting part of the recipe was cooking the fillet of fish. We wanted it moist and yet at the same time to retain some kind of crust. So we decided to bake it in cranberry juice. This happened to be one of the greatest achievements of the recipe. The fish was semi-poached, leaving it extremely succulent and infused with a fruity flavour, a dimension with which fish isn’t often paired. The cinnamon and black pepper crust not only added to the flavours, but gave the fish another texture. This was important because we wanted to avoid having a really wet and untextured dish, especially with the sweet potato mash.

The mash itself was fairly consistent with traditional recipes. Our only difference was the addition of fresh ginger. We added some garlic and red chillies too, but not too much to draw away from the ginger itself. Again, we were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The first mouthful was admittedly rather bizarre. However, on the second, the taste buds had seemed to adjust and it tasted really good. The garlic went particularly well with the ginger.

So now, the two components together – the fish and the mash. I won’t go as far to say that my taste buds had a euphoric orgasm as they felt flavour paradise, but what I will say is that people have to try it! Honestly, you must. The ginger, cinnamon and cranberry flavours gave a real intensity to the dish but not in the way chillies would. It was more aromatic. Not at all sharp or overwhelming.

Aesthetically, the dish lacked variation in colour, and we would be the first to admit that. Our recommendation however, going along the Thai theme, would be to sauté some Tatsoi leaves in sesame oil – they’re from the Pak Choi family. A bit of greenness would do a world of good for both plate and palate.

It is with no surprise that we deem this dish to suitable for human consumption – unlike our last one!

A fillet of Haddock baked in cranberry juice and a crust of cinnamon and black pepper, served on ginger sweet potato mash: 100% FOOD!

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the fish:

1 Haddock fillet (although many other fish fillets would work perfectly)

100-200ml cranberry juice (depending on how large a fillet you are cooking – enough to almost cover the fish)

1 tbsp cinnamon

Black pepper

Sweet potato:

4 sweet potatoes

5cm fresh root ginger

1 garlic clove

1 small red chilli

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Peel, cut and wash the sweet potatoes. Add to boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Place the fillet of fish in some foil. Pour in the cranberry juice. Season the fish with cinnamon and black pepper. Seal the fish in the foil and place on a baking tray. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  4. When cooked, drain the sweet potatoes.
  5. Place some olive oil in a very hot pan. Finely slice the garlic, red chilli and ginger. Add to the pan and flash fry.
  6. Add to the sweet potatoes with some more olive oil. Now mash!
  7. Take the fish out of the oven.
  8. Serve. And as a finishing touch, drizzle over some olive oil.
  9. Enjoy!
 
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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Fish, Recipes

 

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WE NEED YOU!

Here at Food at Foe, we are trying to see how far we can push new flavours, and we need your help!

We have a few very specific recipes that are being finalised at this very moment, and will be published in the coming week. These dishes will include ingredients such as brussell sprouts, scallops, beetroot, and peppermint – although not necessarily all together. We really don’t want to give away too much now, so watch this space! Follow our blog to make sure you don’t miss these recipes. And check our previous recipes to see what we are all about. 

However, we also want to hear about YOUR wacky food flavour combinations. Maybe you had a rather odd craving whilst pregnant? Or you stumbled across a miracle by accident? If so, we want to hear. So please, comment below!

And, if you are really eager, then why not consider joining our ever expanding team? We are looking for new dishes, new flavours, and twists on the old. Creativity is the key. If you are interested, comment below or email us at foodorfoe@hotmail.co.uk

Happy Cooking!

The Team at Food or Foe 

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Red Onion, Coffee, Dark Brown Sugar – a mix too far

At Food or Foe, we try to push boundaries. But with triumphs, come defeats and setbacks. This dish was no exception.

It was a real a ‘marmite’ dish, a great divider. They either loved it or they hated it. For some, it was a sweet delight; but for others, it was anything if not an utter fail. And I very much place myself in the latter camp.

             “The consensus was loud and clear: Foe!”

I have never been much of a coffee fan, but I thought that while I had some time to spare I would try to bring myself round to its taste. Wanting to give coffee a little bit of a lift, I decided to mix it in with some red onion and dark brown sugar, adding some chillies to give it a bit of a kick. I speculated that this might be the next great canapé. I thought that the sharp sweetness of the red onion and the rich syrupy feel of melted dark sugar would complement the coffee without altering its taste too much. How wrong I was!

Although in the taste test a few people professed their liking of the dish, the consensus was loud and clear: ‘Foe’! This was not Food. It was hardly even edible. My mouth could barely hold a bite of the dish without it ordering eviction notices at once.

Red onion, dark brown sugar, and coffee

Red onion, dark brown sugar, and coffee

However, I think the failing of the dish was not the coffee, but in fact the dark brown sugar. It has a very potent flavour that became overpowering when melted in the pan. If I dared to try this dish again, I would definitely leave out the dark brown sugar; and in its place, perhaps honey.

Recipe

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients:

1 red onion

1 Green Chilli

2 tbsp dark brown sugar

2 tbsp instant coffee

Bread

Instructions:

  1. Finely slice the red onion and green chilli. Add to a frying pan with some olive oil, on a medium heat.
  2. While the onions and chilli are being fried, cut up bread into fingers – be adventurous – and place under a grill under golden brown.
  3. When the red onions start to brown, add the dark brown sugar and coffee. Give it a good mix and fry on a low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Serve on the toasted bread, but allow to cool for a minute before eating.

Suggested Alterations to Recipe:

-Replace the dark brown sugar with honey.

-Reduce coffee serving from 2 tbsp to 1.

© Jordan Taylor and Food or Foe, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jordan Taylor and Food or Foe with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Light Bites, Recipes

 

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Welcome to Food or Foe!

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As Food or Foe Magazine gets ready for its imminent launch (watch this space!), here’s a quick introduction to what we do.

Food or Foe is an online food magazine like no other. It is a culinary explorer, an inquisitive tongue, that questions our current food knowledge as it sets out to push back the boundaries between what is edible and what is not, between what is Food and what is Foe.

Our aim is not to simply regurgitate old and traditional recipes using standardised ingredient combinations, but rather completely revolutionise the way in which food should be seen and used. We believe that there is no right and wrong way of doing things in the kitchen.

We hasten to add that we are not Michelin starred chefs, nor do we claim to be, but we are young, keen, ambitious and incredibly foolhardy. So, follow us as we create new twists in the kitchen – and no doubt there will be a few mistakes along the way.

If you would like to be involved in Food or Foe, then please contact us on foodorfoe@hotmail.co.uk.

We are currently looking for cooking enthusiasts who are willing to send us their own new and completely unique recipes.

© Jordan Taylor and Food or Foe, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jordan Taylor and Food or Foe with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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