Snuggle up on the couch, cover the feet with your favorite pair of socks and hold the bowl of soup as it warms you up. Nothing is more comforting than a creamy soup on a winter night.
It might be raining or snowing in some parts of the world but we are facing a confusing winter in California. Some days make us reach for something cool and refreshing and the very next day, we prefer to spend the whole day in bed with a book and hot coffee or soup.
It’s funny how I could never like cauliflower even though I eat it almost every other week. I have tried new recipes with it, liked what I made and yet, it’s not my favorite veggie. I would have never tried making a soup with cauliflower if this challenge didn’t call for it.
Lets talk a little bit about the challenge. Simone has been hosting Donna Hay Photography Challenges for a while now and this is the first time I decided to give it a try. It’s not an easy challenge but if you enjoy food photography and want to learn more, you should participate! For this challenge, we had to make a cauliflower soup (recipe was provided) and try to replicate the original photo from the magazine.
We all know that replicating anyone’s work is a crime but this challenge is different! It allows us to learn, come out of our comfort zone and try new things. Needless to say, giving credit is very important. The original photo that you see below was taken by Ben Dearnly and styled by Justin Poole. The photo appeared in Donna Hay issue #51.
At the first look, it looked simple but as I started styling and arranging, I realized how tricky it was – the light on the soup, the reflection on the bowl, the dark shadow and how the napkin was wrapped.
This is what I did! I used a black board as the surface, kept another black board as the backdrop and it helped in adding a strong shadow. I didn’t have any blue ribbon and hence, used a brown jute thread to wrap the spoon. I let the light in from the right and didn’t use any reflector. To create the white circle, I spilled some soup and used a spoon to get that shape.
I am not very happy with the final result but this is the best I could come up with. It was very challenging but I enjoyed it!
I didn’t make any major changes to the original recipe except sprinkling some chilly flakes on the top for a little bit of heat. I didn’t have fresh thyme and hence, used dried ones. If you like soup, then this is a must-try recipe – creamy, smooth and so flavorful. Recipe from Donna Hay Magazine as seen on Jungle Frog Cooking