Life and the Onion

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“Life is like an onion.

You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”

– Carl Sandburg

Johan Botha: Life and the Onion

Johan Botha: Life and the Onion

This image was taken on a copy stand mounted, Canon EOS 5D Mark 1, digital camera. The red onion was slices very thinly and then placed on a light-box to provide the necessary back lighting. Lense: Canon EF 100mm Macro, F2.8.

You can learn more about these amazing onions loved by all food lovers by following the following link: Red onion – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Le Creuset: The power of the colour orange

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It is said that orange is the most flamboyant color on the planet! That it can be tied with warmth and organic products.

Most important for me is that orange is associated with a new dawn in attitude.

About a month ago I bought two bottles of Zonnebloem blanc de blanc wine at a local supermarket. After I received my till slip, the cashier handed me a Zonnebloem competition coupon from the till. For the first time in my life I entered a competition like this by sending in a reference number by SMS.

I forgot about it until a week ago when I received a phone call.

I was informed that I have just won a Le Creuset giftcard to the value of R5000-00.

WOW!

They say that the colour orange also increases the craving for food. Maybe that is Le Creuset’s association with the colour then?

Le Creuset: The power of the colour orange

 A new dawn in attitude is correct.

Feeling like a million dollars I went to the Tyger Valley branch of Le Creuset and with the excellent support and knowledgeable assistance of the salesperson I saw and conquered!

My new Le Creuset babies:

At the back from left to right: 26 cm round Doufeu, 26 cm round Cocotte, 32cm oval Doufeu and in front a rectangular stoneware dish.

At the back from left to right: 26 cm round Doufeu, 26 cm round Cocotte, 32cm oval Doufeu and in front a rectangular stoneware dish.

And for those of you, like myself, that are asking what a Le Creuset Doufeu is, and how in the world to pronounce it?

A doufeu or Dough-foo is a cast iron Dutch oven made with a special lid, designed to baste your food as it cooks.

LeCreuset: DOUFEU

 Le Creuset: DOUFEU

Doufeu the facts:

Originally introduced in 1934 by Le Creuset, the Doufeu is a cooking vessel featuring a recessed lid designed to hold ice. The Doufeu revolutionised slow cooking by the use of simmering. By placing ice cubes or cold water on top of the lid during cooking, the heat rises from inside the casserole to hit the cold surface, which produces steam and condensation. Droplets of water then fall back into the dish to retain moisture, vitamins and nutrients within your cooking. Alternatively, it can also be used as a normal casserole in the oven.

As moisture begins to evaporate inside the cooking vessel during the slow cooking process, the cool ice-filled lid causes this moisture to condense. Specially designed dimples on the flat interior of the lid direct the moisture back down onto the food in liquid form. This self-basting effect minimizes the need to add additional water and ensures that food remains moist, nutrients are not lost, and flavours intensify.

I am sure that you will understand if I have to end writing this entry now!

Wife and kids will be home soon and after I have added my new babies to my other Le Creuset pieces, I need to start cooking something with my rainbow family!

LeCreuset : My rainbow family

Le Creuset : My rainbow family

I will be posting new Dutch Oven recipes soon!

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South African Recipes Part 1: South African Venison Pie with Red Wine and Rooibos Tea / Wildvleis Pastei met Rooiwyn en Rooibostee

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“And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.”

– The Bible, Genesis 27, verse 31

From the beginning of mankind and once the foodstuff of the “Voortrekkers” and “Koisan” people of Southern Africa, now South African venison like Springbok, Kudu, Impala, Eland etc. are the red meat that is not only fashionable, free-range, organic, healthy, tasty but also so suitable for the slow food culture of cooking.

Tasty and easy to prepare, the following traditional South African Venison recipe is ideal for healthy and wholesome wintertime cooking:

South African Venison Pie with Red Wine and Rooibos Tea Recipe

Enjoy preparing and eating this authentic recipes.

Please follow the following links to learn more about the ingredients used in my recipe:

Springbok – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Rooibos – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Photographic study #12: Cross and Flower

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“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”

~Clarence W. Hall

Johan Botha (1997): Cross & Flower

 

This photograph taken in 1997 on my trusty Canon A1 film camera was one of my very first photographic still-life’s. I fought it relevant for the upcoming Easter time.

It was shot with a Canon FD 50mm F1.8 lens on Ilford FP4 125 ISO film. Hand coloring techniques with food coloring was used to add the color effects.

Italian Recipes Part 10: Polenta with Vegetables / Infarinata

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In the mountainous region near Lucca in Tuscany, polenta is served as one of the simplest dishes, plainly flavoured with vegetables and olive oil.

Why not try this humble vegetarian dish on “Meatless Monday”?

Polenta with Vegetables Recipe

Enjoy preparing and eating this authentic recipes.

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Greek Recipes Part 4: Beef & Pasta Pie with cinnamon, red wine and cheese / Pastitsio, Bandit’s Lamb / Arnaki Kleftiko

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“The time of day when the Greeks gather around a table to enjoy a meal, or some appetizers (mezedes) with ouzo, is a time held in reverence by all the inhabitants of this country.  For the Greeks, sharing a meal with friends, either at home, at a restaurant or a taverna, is a deeply rooted social affair.”

With a selection of authentic Greek recipes, al made from the freshest natural ingredients, you can treat your quests to a true Greek island experience.

Tasty and easy to prepare, the following 2 meat based recipes are ideal for a Mediterranean inspired menu:

Beef & Pasta Pie with cinnamon, red wine and cheese Recipe

Bandit’s Lamb Recipe

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Greek Recipes Part 3: Spinach Pie / Spanikopita, Roasted Lemon Garlic Potatoes / Patates Fournou, Dilled Peas with Potatoes / Arakas me Patates

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“The time of day when the Greeks gather around a table to enjoy a meal, or some appetizers (mezedes) with ouzo, is a time held in reverence by all the inhabitants of this country.  For the Greeks, sharing a meal with friends, either at home, at a restaurant or a taverna, is a deeply rooted social affair.”

With a selection of authentic Greek recipes, al made from the freshest natural ingredients, you can treat your quests to a true Greek island experience.

Tasty and easy to prepare, the following 3 vegetable recipes are ideal for a vegetarian Mediterranean inspired menu or the perfect side to a meat dish:

Spinach Pie Recipe

Roasted Lemon Garlic Potatoes Recipe

Dilled Peas with Potatoes Recipe

Enjoy preparing and eating this authentic recipes.

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Greek Recipes Part 2: Yoghurt Dip / Tsatsiki, Hummus with Tahini / Hommus bi~Thahineh and Pita Bread / Pita

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“The time of day when the Greeks gather around a table to enjoy a meal, or some appetizers (mezedes) with ouzo, is a time held in reverence by all the inhabitants of this country.  For the Greeks, sharing a meal with friends, either at home, at a restaurant or a taverna, is a deeply rooted social affair.”

With a selection of authentic Greek recipes, al made from the freshest natural ingredients, you can treat your quests to a true Greek island experience.

Tasty and easy to prepare, the following 3 recipes are ideal for a Mediterranean inspired menu:

Yoghurt Dip / Tsatsiki Recipe

Hummus with Tahini Recipe

Pita Bread Recipe

Enjoy preparing and eating this authentic recipes.

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Greek Recipes Part 1: Greek Salad with tomato, cucumber, olives, dill and feta cheese / Salata Horiatiki

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“The time of day when the Greeks gather around a table to enjoy a meal, or some appetizers (mezedes) with ouzo, is a time held in reverence by all the inhabitants of this country.  For the Greeks, sharing a meal with friends, either at home, at a restaurant or a taverna, is a deeply rooted social affair.”

With a selection of authentic Greek recipes, al made from the freshest natural ingredients, you can treat your quests to a true Greek island experience.

Tasty and easy to prepare, this Classic Greek Salad Recipe are ideal for a Mediterranean inspired menu.

Enjoy preparing and eating this authentic recipes.

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Photographic study: Play #1

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The following photograph was taken as editorial material for a local gymnasium and sports club.

Johan Botha: Play #1

Johan Botha: Play #1

A Canon T90 camera with a Canon 28mm F2.8 was used and the image was shot on Fuji Reala 100 ISO film.

A combination of a Metz hammerhead flash, position slightly of the lens axle and a slow shutter speed was used to create the movement.