simple and complex

April 13, 2020  •  6 Comments

As all of us work our way through something akin to a Michael Crichton novel, my bet is that many are finding their kitchens again.  Along with the ingredients some had not purchased in years because they didn't have time, for instance, to bake bread, there are other simple and complex things in the back of the cabinet or on the counter, awaiting rediscovery.

When I muse about food, I constantly am awestruck by early humans who made incredible discoveries because they were hungry.  It is very understandable how grains started to ferment and someone liked the smell enough to taste it, complete at this point with enough airborne yeasts to make alcohol.  But why would the Mayans and Aztecs think that they could take such a bitter fruit as a cacao bean, and then roast and sweeten it to produce a beverage fit for the gods?

Which leads me to olive oil.  Another extremely bitter fruit is the olive.  How could a human being think that curing these things with salt or pressing them would produce such delights?  The oil can range from grassy and peppery to rich and buttery in flavor.  Simple and at the same time, extremely complex. As a photographer, it is a work of art - an instant photo shoot.

Snow fell last night over much of northern and central New Mexico, leaving the skies grey and with even light, a perfect combination for shooting reflections. Nothing like a beautifully blown bottle to showcase and reflect the olive oil.  Here are some of the results.  

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I sincerely hope that all of you are finding simple pleasures in your lives during the time of corona, and that we emerge stronger and smarter, and with a sense of what needs to be done to make our lovely Planet Earth a better place for all!  In the meantime, have fun in the kitchen!

until next Monday,


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Love the olive oil and the mirrored bottle looking over the New Mexico landscape
Steve Immel(non-registered)
This is great storytelling, Daryl. And the even light makes the glass vessels supremely round and voluminous. The shadows in the containers lend depth to the images as do the shadows within the shadows below. Olive oil is a real staple at our house. There's never a dinner without it in some fashion, a marinade, a dressing or a drizzle over burrata and tomatoes. I love the viscous liquid and your photographs.
Loved this, Daryl! I love olive oil and, as always, your photography is beautiful.
Dianne James(non-registered)
Olive oil is a treasure, and so are you. Such beauty you find in simple things.
Enticing images, and tastety food talk makes me hungry, what's for lunch?
though you might include you yummy Easter party platter photo ??
Your gorgeous photos arrived just after I read The last week's AARP Bulletin's very interesting article about the now-being-studied brain health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive oil. They said buy Calif EVOO because Calif has standardized quality measures to insure the health-related ingredient of oleocanthal is at therapeutic levels. Other countries don't have quality standards for exports. Perfect thematic Coordination this week, D!
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