April 13, 2008

Banana and Coconut Pudding: A Taste of Yellow #2

I am sending this photo of Banana and Coconut Pudding for A Taste of Yellow: Photo Competition. Congratulations to anybody who wins!

When I sent my entry to Barbara for A Taste of Yellow, I did not intend to send the photo as an entry. The reason was that I bought the wrong wristband to be eligible for the photo competition. I mentioned it to Barbara and then I was generously sent the LiveStrong wristband, the 'correct one' directly from Queensland, Australia. Now, there's no reason for me not to send my photo for the competition. I think Barbara means so.

I did send my Mango Smoothie and I should have to redo the photo, which I don't think it's possible. When there's the mood to take a picture, you can give the whole of yourself to focus on one main object. If you're not in the mood to do so, you can't repeat the mood which is captured in the photo the second time. When I asked Barb if it's alright to send another entry, she said 'Yes!', then well, let's do it!

I thought I could do it sooner, but again, there's always something coming up. We have to say goodbye to our 12 year old Paige. She was so old she had to suffer from arthritis. She died last night. I was very upset because, although I don't really fancy dogs, I loved Paige (I have a traumatic incident when I was a kid, about 8 years old. It was Saturday—I could remember the day because students in Indonesia always wear girl/boy scoutts uniforms on Saturday and I was a member of the school's scoutt--I was bitten by a stray dog on the way to school—fancy to have my shirt and skirt was all covered in blood?- and was injected 14 times. I had to go to the hospital to receive the injection every day since the day I was bitten. Wasn't fun as the shots were getting deeper with bigger needles towards the end of the 14th day. Gosh). She was my little company. She was always there around me anywhere I went. She even was always sitting down nicely under the tree when I was weeding out in the sun, mind you, she was a corgi, could not stand in the heat! She was watching me putting the washing out. She was always rushing when she noticed that I had biscuits on my hand. When her hips were still alright, she would be racing with us, running around the paddock. She used to be rounding up sheep and I was told she was good at it. When she hurt her hips, she could just watch the sheep painfully and made a little din down her throat. She was always a good company and always loved affection. She loved being stroked. She was a friendly dog.

However, she might not be feeling any pains now. One thing to be remembered, I suppose. Farewell, Paige darling. We certainly will miss you. (Until today, I still expect her to come to me when I stroll along the garden... it's kind of hurt to find she's not going to do that anymore. There's something missing.)

Back to the kitchen, I made banana and coconut pudding. I was home alone while my children went to see their beloved Nana (grandmother) and John was enjoying his new computer. Fancy, there's no delay when watching Leonard Cohen from YouTube, he could listen to Cohen's songs for hours while browsing some satellite channels! Well, that's going to be my personal hours and I have to make the most of it, don't you think I am lucky!

First shot was this. Have you noticed that I've forgotten something?

I took a hundred and twenty shots for different styles, but I only chose 4 of them. The first 50 shots I had to delete because I forgot to include the wristband. I just realized it when I was about to upload to the computer, I looked at my wrist and there was the answer of the unforgotten item. Swear not, I could not delay any more hours to prepare and take shots, so I just did it straight away.

I am only an amateur and a learner. I do enjoy doing photography, either it is food, nature, flowers, insects, or landscape/outdoors. I do much food and nature more than other fields this art is offering. I find it fun, interesting, and scientific. For food photography, I am using natural light, that's what I have, with only standard kit lens 18-55mm, there's so much thing I can do. Although, people might think my gadgets are basics, that's what I need at present and I am making the most of it. I don't use studio lights to create fancy bright appearance. What I often do is just to adjust where the sunlit spots are available in the house. I sometimes take a picture in our bedroom, and often do in the kitchen. These shots I took on my benchtop.

I am dreaming to have my own studio and have good clients who appreciate my works. Maybe, one day. Even though it will remain a dream, it is just a nice dream.

Updated 14 April 2008.

Here's the recipe.

Banana and Coconut Pudding
Source: Donna Hay Magazine. Winter. Issue 28. p. 70

1/2 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 cup (4 fl oz) (single or pouring) cream
1 Tbs plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted (I replaced the flour with gluten free flour)
3 eggs
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
4 bananas, sliced
1/4 cup coconut flakes (I could not find these, just used desiccated coconut instead)

Preheat the oven to 180C (355F). Place the sugar, cream, flour, eggs, coconut and vanilla in a a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

divide the banana slices between four 1-cup (8 fl oz) capacity ovenproof dishes and pour over the pudding mixture. Place the dishes on a baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pudding is set and the top is golden. Sprinkle with the coconut flakes to serve. Serves 4.


Grace said...

i'm so sorry about your dog! :( i'm a total sap when it comes to animals, but i was doing all right until i looked at the picture--she was adorable. i'm glad you'll have some wonderful memories of her. :)

busylittlebee said...

I wish your dream come through and I do belive it wont remain as your dream forever *wink

great shot with pretty yellow livestrong wristband and of course it looks yummy pudding

Barbara said...

THis is wonderful Arfi. A lovley dessert. Can you share the recipe?

I'm sorry about Paige. How sad.

Thanks for supporting LiveSTRONG With A Taste OF Yellow.

C.L. said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dog. That does suck..It is like losing a family member.

Oh and the photos are drool inducing..absolutely beautiful :)


Elyani said...

Hi Arfi, I am so sorry for your loss. As dog lovers I know what you are going through. They are not "just dogs" they are part of our family. I lost my beloved dog, Fatso, age 13, last year on February. He was like my shadow as he would follow me around and he even slept in my bedroom. I too was bitten and attacked by dogs twice before I adopted Fatso. But that doesn't deter me for adopting one. I only got anti infection shot after the attack but so far am doing fine, I guess. I know Paige will always remain in your heart, just like Fatso to me.

Arfi Binsted said...

Grace: Thank you for your concern. It is a bit upsetting for us, especially for my little girl. She was the most attached to Paige and loved stroking her. However, we can't do anything else but just let her go.

busylittlebee: thanks!

Barbara: Yes, Sarah was a bit upset more than Ben was. Thanks, Barb.

C.L: thanks!!

Elyani: Paige will always be in our hearts... always. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

This looks delightful! Good luck:-)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

That's beautiful Arfi.Sorry to hear about your tragic loss...dogs are such loyal companions. I miss mine a lot too; & I really love dogs! The post made for great reading, & natural light is the best. I'm just like you...chasing the sun from room to room, front to the backyard etc! Your post is lovely & good luck for the event. I couldn't find a yellow band here either! Be strong dear girl...my thoughts are with you. Ciao

Deborah said...

I'm sorry for your loss. We have a dog that is basically a member of our family - so I can only imagine the loss.

Your photos are beautiful as always! I only hope to be such a great photographer one day!

katiez said...

What wonderful photos these are, Arfi! (and Congrats on your March win...)
Sorry to hear about your little dog. My Sedi (a shepherd) has bad hips and has a terrible time going up the stairs. She's getting old...
It's sad to lose these 4-legged friends.

Kevin said...

Sorry to hear about Paige. I really like those photos! The banana pudding sounds good.

Lori said...

Great picture. Nice composition.
Sorry about your dog.

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linda said...

We were on the same wave-length for our entry ;)
Your pudding looks delicious and comforting.

eliza said...

Fi, sorry about your dog...i just had a chance to read your posts here specifically (not the ones in MP). love your pudding, i bet they tasted wonderful.

So Simple said...

I am just catching up on my favourite blogs so I have just read about Paige
I'm so sorry about your little dog. But she did look a little sad when I saw her. I'm sure she wanted to be running around with you and the kids.

The coconut pudding looks lovely...shall give it a go.

Arfi Binsted said...

I thought I have replied these messages. I am so behind replying... forgive, friends...

Marc: Thanks for the support :) I'm just participating.

Deeba: yes... I think natural light is just running and hiding hehehe...

Katie: i am still expecting her coming to see me when i'm feeding the chooks... she used to love going down the hill... i am missing her.

Kevin: Glad you like the photos :)

Lori: thanks for the sympathy... I am missing her. still.

Cooking: I don't know what you mean. Is it about traffic? I really don't mind to put your link on my side bar...

Linda: hey, good luck to you!

Eliza: thanks for Paige...

Gilli: As you see, she was not at all well. I am just going to think that she's alright now. Thanks, Gilli.

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)

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