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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Lunch at al Fiume.

It's been 2 weeks since I posted a new Food & Beverage photo and my conscience started reminding me of the "every Wednesday or Thursday" promise I made, well I can use the it was the 2 weeks before Christmas and it was very busy excuse, but I wont.... ok ok so I will as I was actually really busy!

So on Christmas day my family and I went to lunch with the in-laws at a very nice restaurant called al Fiume located on the River Place estate just outside of Johannesburg. The restaurant is situated right next to the Hennops river with a large wooden deck and tables and umbrellas placed along the banks on plush green lawns creating a very calm and relaxing atmosphere.
The food was great and the presentation of the dishes was really good, although not all the dishes came to the table as per the menu and some of the staff seemed to forget things ordered, the day turned out great with some quality time spent with family on a beautiful and very hot Christmas day.

Below the three dishes that I had with a short description of each including the drink or drinks!

Insalata Di Frutti Di Marre:
Salad of Prawns, Calamari, Mussels and Scallops in a lime coriander dressing enjoyed with an ice cold Savanna Light with a fresh slice of lemon.

Filetti di Tillapia ai Pinoli:
Pan-seared filets of fresh Perch with basil and pine nuts, enjoyed with a good vintage Gold Tequila , salt and slice of fresh lemon followed by an ice cold Coca Cola also with a slice of fresh lemon.

Tortaal Cioccolato:
Chocolate cake with fresh strawberries, also enjoyed with an ice cold Savanna Light with a slice of fresh lemon.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Good Food & Beverage Project I ~ Lamb Flank Pies

So yesterday I started my new Good Food & Beverage Project and to make things a little more interesting I set myself a little challenge inside of a challenge, I need to prepare and make all the food myself from scratch where possible, a daunting but but exciting prospect as I love cooking.... cleaning the dishes is a whole different story though!

To 'spice' things up even more I will be shooting some Stop Motion footage of the complete process, from preparing the ingredients all the way through to shooting and ultimately eating it at the end, just for the skeptics out there that think I just drove down to the nearest supermarket and bought ready made food.... yeah shame on you!

For the first dish I made Lamb Flank Pies served with Fresh Salad and Fat Bastard Chardonnay, enjoy!

The Time Lapse footage as promised!

Good Food & Beverage Project 1 ~ Lamb Flank Pies from Albie Bredenhann on Vimeo.
This is the Time Lapse clip I made of the first project dish, a whole 23 seconds for 4 and half hours worth of work!

What I did learn with regard to making the next Time Lapse clip is to shorten the time between exposures to 15 seconds instead of 30 to 'smooth' out the motions and give a little more detail to the whole process, but thats how you learn!

Tune in next week for installment number 2 in the series!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wine & Spirits Project IV ~ Drostdy-Hof Extra Light II

This is the last in the Wine & Spirits Project series for now as it's time to move on to the next Project which will be titled The Good Food & Beverage Project! This time round I'm going to make it a little more interactive too so be sure to check in on Friday when the first part will hit the blog.

These three individual images were also taken with the same 5 light set-up as with the Klipdrift image, in other words no comping was done in photoshop besides the layout of the three images.