I’m trying to figure this whole photography thing out and have been reading Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots on my iPad. So tonight, I set out to do a photo session with my Tripod and flash to make/photograph chili.
I got this chili kit from the Piggly Wiggly, and decided it would be worth the try, especially since it only calls for a few ingredients – tomato sauce, water and ground beef. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal! Of course I had to get Jiffy cornbread to go with it – chili just isn’t chili without cornbread, and I don’t care what great aunt’s recipe you may try to claim is the best cornbread in the world, it would never stand up to a taste test with Jiffy. It’s the best. And I ended that sentence with a period that I’d also like to spell out at this point to emphasize that Jiffy makes the best cornbread and this is the end of that discussion: Period.
Right. Jiffy is the best. So how did ground beef end up in it?
Will had a work function so it was Mommy + Thomas. I decided to include him in this activity AND set up my tripod and test out the remote thing I got to take pictures with my camera. Here’s one fine shot from the photo shoot / dinner prep: me trying to figure out the remote.
I can’t say I mastered the remote shot technique and I have a bit of work to do on the tripod and lighting set up – but I did manage to get one good shot of Thomas helping with the chili making process. Oh wait, there’s me in the background, with the remote, ruining the great shot of Thomas helping make chili. Oops.
It must have been at this point that I was distracted by the remote control – tripod – camera set up that Thomas must have scooped some of the ground beef from the chili pot into the mixer where we were making the cornbread. While it was mixing, I did notice it looked a little chunky but the batter concealed the ground beef. Also, I was trying to talk Thomas out of opening the cayenne pepper packet that came with the chili kit because he really wanted to pour it into the cornbread batter and I did not think he’d like spicy cornbread. I was a little distracted.
Finally, we decided to make a “big” cornbread instead of muffins, and poured the batter into the pan.
I turned on Monsters U (cute movie!), cleaned the kitchen, took the ol’ spoon shot of the chili:
I put up all of my gear, the timer buzzed and it was TIME FOR CORNBREAD.
Thomas was PUMPED for cornbread. He loved it, no surprise. I made myself a plate and actually tried the chili I just photographed, then noticed something funny in the cornbread. They were little brown spots, and there were a lot of them. Could be a bad mix? Had it been in the Pig too long? WERE THEY BUGS? As I inspected it closer, I realized it looked an awful lot like ground beef.
“Thomas, did you put ground beef in the mixer before we made cornbread?”
And that is how ground beef ended up in the cornbread.