A year ago, I acquired a new camera, and since then, I have taken more roughly 250 photographs each month. I had thought that I might celebrate this “anniversary” by picking out what I considered to be my best twelve – one for each month. I also thought that I hadn’t taken many photographs that were particularly spectacular, but I surprised myself. That said, there are some that, without having been “doctored” would have been underwhelming. Like these two, taken last December:
Like those photographs, our artichokes weren’t fantastic – entirely my own fault – we literally “choked” them out by planting broad beans around the baby plants. This year the broad beans were planted, in solitary splendour, next to the peas that trapped beautiful, June dew drops.
Also in June, I began experimenting with light and glasses, taking this picture on a late winter’s afternoon, of a table set for one or other of our dinner parties.
And of glasses, through glass.
Learning from mistakes, this year we have a better, although small, crop of artichokes, the first of which formed part of a Friday lunch platter. It was done very simply: boiled with lemon slices and served with a white wine, butter and parmesan sauce (recipe will only come once I’ve perfected it).
The Husband, being a confirmed carnivore, is not a fan of fiddly things and soupçons of flavour, so does not enjoy the ritual of pulling off the outer leaves and dipping them in the sauce, like I do. The choke or heart, however, is another matter.
Along with a new series of themed posts focused on my year’s better photographs in this category, I’m looking forward to artichoke hearts in salads, among other things.
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