I am an admitted foodie and with that comes the love to cook. One aspect of cooking that I particularly enjoy is trying to recreate a dish that I was served at a restaurant – or at least using it as inspiration for one of my own culinary creations. While vacationing this summer in Cancun located within the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, I had a salad at the resort’s steakhouse that consisted of sliced hearts of palm served within a cone-shaped vessel made of toasted parmesan cheese. The delicate, slight grassy flavor of the palm paired well with the nutty flavor of the cheese.
After returning home, I recreated this salad with my own twist. I added minced shallots to the sliced hearts of palm, and marinated both in a Brazilian chimichurri sauce. After re-chilling the salad, I served them in baskets of melted parmesan cheese.
I was impressed with the overall look of the salad, so I decided to photograph one of the servings. I was pleased with the detail in the cheese baskets and the small flakes in the chimichurri sauce.
The renovation of my kitchen to include black subway tiles for the backsplash has really turned out to be a great decision – at least photographically. I like the dark neutral background color that I am now getting in some of my food shots. This really help the focus to be on the food instead of the otherwise distracting surroundings in the kitchen. The addition of under-counter halogen lights have also added some nice top light to the photograph giving much better dimension.