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.
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)
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.