About Greenshoots Photography

Brunch at Goodies features the work of professional photographer and foodie Keith Gooderham. In part this blog is intended as a showcase for my work as a photographer specialising in food and drink but it is also an opportunity to share some of my adventures and experiences in the rich and varied world of food and drink. As the title of the blog suggests the emphasis is on brunch, a wonderful concept and truly a movable feast. However, at times I am sure that whatever your definition of brunch is I will go way beyond it with the occasional restaurant review, as well as with blogs featuring specific producers, recipes and in fact anything that looks and tastes good!

Portuguese Treasure Revisited

Previously I posted an item about a rice cooker which I found on a visit to Lisbon ( Portuguese Treasure ), however, earlier this year while staying on the Algarve in Olhao I found an even more strange and wonderful kitchen utensil, namely this:

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As those of you who have visited Portugal and tasted their wonderful pastries will know many of these scrumptious morsels have egg yolks as one of their main ingredients; the reason for which dates back to when the nuns in the convents ran laundries and white linens were “starched” with egg whites leaving an abundance of egg yolks remaining for baking!

KG180804607aWeb1Beaten eggs yolks are put in the can and poured into a hot sugar solution to create fine threads of egg called fios de ovos. Apparently the pouring technique is an acquired skill!  Thanks to Portugal’s colonial history fios de ovos is found in many  other parts of the world including Japan (keiran somen), Cambodia (vawee), India (muttamala), Thailand (foi thong), Spain (huevo hilado) and elsewhere, when is often simply called angel hair.

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After buying the initial rice cooker I managed to order three more and used them to create a lighting feature in the corner of the kitchen while still having one spare to use as a prop; needless to say this has yet to happen.

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Head in the clouds

Back in January I made a number of New Year resolutions and I have been quite good at doing some of them while others, such as writing regular items for my blog, have been spectacular failures. Well who said it was going to be easy! Undaunted while there are still 5 months of the year remaining I will take up the challenge once more with a new post and as a double bonus (?) it’s on a non food topic!

This year my holidays came early with a trip to Portugal staying in a traditional Portuguese house in the centre of Olhão (an impossible name to pronounce which is rather embarrassing when people ask where you have been and after  putting my face and vocal cords through a hideous series of contortions I usually settle for saying the Algarve, just to the east of Faro!

However, this blog is not about Olhão, although with its fabulous fish market it might well be, but instead it is about taking pictures from aeroplanes. I have always enjoyed flying and especially looking at the unfolding landscape below. So whenever when I fly my first choice of seat is for a window seat. All of the following images were taken with a Nikon D800 fitted with a Sigma 24 to 70mm f2.8 zoom. The camera was set to program mode and the following images are a selection of the shots that I took on the journey

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Glasgow and the Erskine Bridge

The weather in Glasgow is rarely something to celebrate being one of the wettest cities in the whole of the UK but sometimes, even here, the rain stops and the sunshines especially this year and when it does you know why you continue to live in Scotland!

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Howth to the east of Dublin

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Row after row of cumulus clouds over France

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Irrigation circles

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Heading south over the border between Spain and Portugal

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Heading south over the border between Spain and Portugal; a land of gigantic silver serpents!

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Approaching the Gulf of Cadiz

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Tavira & the River Gilao

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Salt Marsh in the Parque Natural de Ria Formosa

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Final Approach into Faro Airport

 

 

Favourite Photos from 2017

Well that’s another year gone and already we are well on the way into 2018! Last year I started out full of good intentions which somehow never materialised, some would say “events, dear boy, events” but whatever the reason I thought it worth a look back at the last year to see some of the things that I actually did do and to share with you some of my favourite photos from 2017.

2017 was in many ways a year of change both at a personal and a national and indeed international level. Here in Scotland we saw the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing and I was fortunate to have the opportunity of sailing under the bridge just before it opened in August.KG170806106aWeb1H

While change and regeneration continues apace throughout much of Scotland there is much that remains little changed such as this view taken in December looking down Loch Leven from Glencoe village. There are many tourist hot spots  such a Glencoe but there are still many places when you can drive let alone walk and scarcely meet a sole.171228627aWeb1H

Even along the banks of Loch Lomond it is possible to go out for a mornings walk and at most only meet a couple of people.KG170104796aWeb1H

While the opening pictures have all been landscapes it is inevitable that as a food photographer there should be some pictures of food, and drink! Taking good bottle photos can be immensely challenging due to unwanted reflections and highlights but when it all comes together it can be very rewarding; especially when it comes to the clear-up. KG171009804bWeb1H

Another change that 2017 brought, in Glasgow at least, was a slow down in the number of  hamburger openings with some venues even closingKG170623733WebH1

However, elsewhere in Glasgow eating out was decidedly on the up this summer with  a number of the city’s leading restaurants offering dinners the opportunity to enjoy a meal while suspended 200 feet above George Square

KG170614919iWeb1HGlasgow has been unusual for the last few years in having its own Whole Foods Market but in November, a few months after the company’s take over by Amazon, it was announced that both it and its sister store in Cheltenham would be closing leaving only the 7 stores in London remaining in the UK.KG171009737Web1H

Although I couldn’t compete with the variety of fungi that the Whole Food Market was offering this autumn I did manage to successfully forage for chanterelle throughout much of the summer and early fall. In my opinion chanterelle are really the best of mushrooms with such a wonderful flavour that you only need a few in a dish to totally transform it, if in doubt try 2 or 3 chanterelle halved and sauteed in a little butter and served with a couple scrambled eggs on a two slices of olive ciabatta seasoned with Maldon sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper.KG170714610Web1HOf course you can be more adventurous and cook something “fancy” such as roast duck breast with pan fried new potatoes and chanterelle as  head chef Owen Morrice from No. 1 The Grange in Edinburgh is cooking here.KG1707181466Web1H

You can’t but help notice when you shoot in as many kitchens as I have done that chefs and tattoos go together as can clearly be see with Gavin Elden’s (Head Chef at Best Western Braid Hills Hotel, Edinburgh) fabulous tattoos.KG1707181564SqWeb1H

Enough of food and drink let’s wrap up with a few pictures very different pictures starting with the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern which with its massive interactive public artworks is a must go to place on any trip to London (and of course Borough Market is only a few minutes walk away!).KG171021980bSqWeb1H

In total contrast this space is while equally a must see location can hardly be called modern with the building of Ely Cathedral dating back almost 1000 years!KG171021863Web1H

History and tradition also continue to play an important role in Cambridge even if the students are changing.KG171021846aWeb1H

Little in the way of tradition here just two gannet skulls I found while walking on the beach at Troon in SW Scotland. Increasingly I like to combine text with pictures, maybe it reflects a desire to see my wr on more magazine covers!KG171130508Web2

Finally a reminder that warmer days are just round the corner and even sooner if you are prepared to travel as in this case to the eastern Algarve in Portugal.KG170515130P57Web1H

With all best wishes to all for 2018!

Happy New Year!

Slowly……. 2017 is coming into focus

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and what better way to celebrate the start of a New Year than with a bottle or two or Ridgeview sparkling white wine. Ridgeview is one of a growing number of English vineyards (vineyards in England!? I know it sounds crazy.) which are seriously competing and quite often winning in head-to-head blind tastings against the established french champagne houses. Ridgeview not only produces some of the best of English sparkling wine but it also happens that I lived for a time next to the vineyard in Ditchling  just below the high ridgeline of the South Downs before they start their gentle downward slope towards Brighton and the coast. As is so often the case I never tried this wine while I lived in Sussex and it was only since I moved to Glasgow and found it in the local Waitrose supermarket the we have become “reacquainted.” Better late than never!

So 2017 looks as if it is going to provide as exciting a ride as 2016 so hold on tight and enjoy the ride and if you are feeling brave open your eyes for a moment or two who knows you might see something wonderful! As for New Year resolutions mine are of course to write this blog more regularly – that shouldn’t be difficult! To take more photos including photos of non food and drink subjects. To spend less time at my computer while improving my Photoshop skills. To master the art of cooking pastry. To become better at listening to others and sharing.

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Sicilian blood….

oranges and lemons were routinely wrapped in tissue paper when I was a child and each paper carried colourful pictures and strange words hinting of far off lands which at the time seemed impossibly distant and exotic. Now, even though it is many decades later the magic persists and I find it impossible to walk past a store selling fruit wrapped in tissue paper without buying a totally unreasonable number of oranges, lemons, etc. .So last week when I made my regular weekly visit to my favourite greengrocers, Roots and Fruits, here in Glasgow I found it impossible not to buy some Galletto Blood Oranges from Sicily, wrapped as they were in their blood red tissue papers.

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Of course they made a colourful addition to the kitchen but they deserved a better fate than pure ornaments and the obvious answer was to use them in a salad, combining the sweetness of the orange with the saltiness of dry black Greek olives and the flavours of finely sliced fennel combined with a blood orange dressing (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/217313/orange-and-fennel-salad/).

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A great combination of flavours and a wonderfully refreshing summer salad. If you haven’t any fennel to hand try chicory whose bitter leaves work as a superb contrast o the sweetness of the orange segments.

Portuguese Treasure

One of the really great things about being a food and drink photographer is that you have absolute carte blanche to collect any and all items of kitchen paraphernalia that you might come across. Even if an item has no immediate use you can always argue that it will definitely be invaluable as a prop in some as yet unspecified photo shoot! These magpie like tendencies go into overdrive as soon as I find myself in a foreign country and the size of my suitcase combined with the pitiful weight allowance that we are granted these days are the only things which keep my collecting within, what others might call, reasonable proportions. Without doubt the most interesting and possibly cryptic thing that I brought back from my recent trip to Lisbon Continue reading

Jean Anderson’s Sweet Red Pepper Paste (Massa de Pimentão)

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This blog was inspired by Food52 and a recipe by Jean Anderson taken from her cookbook “The Food of Portugal” (or is it Brazil given the spelling of pepper?). I suspect that many of you will already be familiar with Food52 but if not be sure to check out their web site with its wonderful recipes, inspirational photography (consistently well lit and styled but never, as is so often the case, over propped) and not to forget the amazing array of kitchen and dining “essentials” that they sell. I count myself lucky that they are not based here in the UK or I would be even more cash strapped than I am today faced with such temptations. I have always been attracted to what can be best described as kitchen paraphernalia but as I have become more and more involved with food photography my collecting of plates, cutlery, glasses, pans, etc, etc seemingly has no bounds! After all, it will all find its way into a shoot sooner or later!

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But to return to the recipe; peppers have long been a favourite of mine both to photograph and to eat so this recipe was clearly a “must try” all the more because of its simplicity. You can find the recipe here but essentially it involves little more than cutting the peppers into strips and placing them in a bowl with sea salt between each layer and leaving uncovered for at least 12 hours.

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Any excess liquid is then poured off and the peppers roasted at 125oC for about two to two and a half hours after which the skins are removed

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and the pulp homogenised together with a clove of garlic and a little olive oil.

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By the time all of this was done the air in the studio was heady with the smell of roast peppers and I had a satisfactory stash of paste set aside to use over the weekend as a marinade and sauce as well as a number of new pictures taken along the way.