I picked up a new cookbook from the Goodwill called, “The Artist’s Palate,” by Frank Fedele. It contains recipes from artists, food that artists ate or grocery lists, just some connection with the artist and food. The first recipe I’m trying is part of a meal put together from Paul Klee’s diary entries – Cauliflower with Gouda Cheese.
I was so happy to discover this book because it plays right into my photography philosophy that in order to create food photography that doesn’t look the same as everyone else’s, you have to throw away the idea of always trying to make food look delicious. As a caveat, I like making food look delicious, but if I have an inspiration to do something else, not to let that tenant of food photography get in my way. And what better way to start on this different path than to study the masters.
When I started researching Paul Klee, my head spun. It seemed he created so many different styles of art – expressionism, surrealism… It made me realize that you don’t have to have the “one look” that everyone talks about in photography that’s “just you,” in order to be a successful artist. You can do all sorts of different kinds of “looks” and it would still be you.
This dish tastes delicious. Steaming the cauliflower makes it tender. Gouda cheese pairs perfectly with it.
1) 1 head of cauliflower
2) enough olive oil to cover a frying pan or wok
3) grated Gouda cheese
4) 1 cup water
Preparation and Cooking
1) Turn the oven on to 325 degrees.
2) Cut the head of cauliflower into florets.
3) Coat the bottom of a frying pan or wok with olive oil.
4) Saute the cauliflower until partially soft.
5) Prepare the gouda cheese for grating then grate it.
6) Pour the water into the frying pan/wok and steam the cauliflower for 7-8 minutes
7) Cover the bottom of a baking dish with aluminum foil and spray it with olive oil.
8) Transfer the cauliflower onto a baking dish.
9) Spread the grated Gouda cheese on the top of the cauliflower.
10) Bake for 15-20 minutes, making sure not to burn the cheese.
Here is my first inspirational photo, loosely based on “Open Book” by Paul Klee. For this first interpretation, I wanted to include the cookbook.