The Inspired Plate challenge this month was “The Holiday Table“. I shot this during my exam period so I knew I had to come up with something that wasn’t too involved (ie. roasting a leg of ham). I went with this idea: Milk and cookies for Santa. The cookies actually didn’t turn out quite as planned – they’re usually thicker and less burned. One friend said he could barely eat them this time but usually when I make them they’re really popular! I’m too busy to nicely format the recipe, they’re Choc Chunk Cookies from a Nestle book we have at home but I also found it online.
Because I had to shoot this at night, I lit this one with my flash – my first time using artificial light to light food for one of these challenges. I thought this would be fitting for the theme anyway, as Santa wouldn’t get to see any natural light while he did the rounds. I used a DIY plastic column with my 580EX II to create a diffused light source on one side… I’ll have to blog about it sometime, it is the dodgiest DIY ever. Balancing the flash with the candlelight and the limitations of my 600D camera sensor was fun too.
I asked around with my friends if they were any specific foods they ate at Christmas time. I also google searched for Australian Christmas foods and I was pretty disappointed with the results. Australia is quite young as a country and “throwing a shrimp on the barbie” seems to be the major/only Australian food experience we have here. We also have a jumble of people from various different cultures who bring their own unique foods and traditions into their experience here rather than have our own kind of Australian celebration :)
That little reindeer is going to a good home, I’ll be out of Perth for Christmas this year and won’t be needing any Christmas decorations! Until then, I’ll be busy doing my elective placement which I have already started with barely a chance to celebrate the end of exams – will post about that more when I do my 10 on 10 ;)
Now, go check out Tammy Bilodeau, Whitecourt, AB Photographer to see what her Holiday Table offering looks like :)
PS: This is actually a November challenge despite posting in early December – there’ll be another post in a few weeks, the final challenge for this year…