About this blog

The seven 100×100 pixel images at the top of every page in this blog, taken together, are what we call our “filmstrip.” (WordPress calls it a custom header.)

From time to time, one or more of the seven photos may change to another, newer and more-delicious-looking photo. At the moment, though, what’s there is this version of the filmstrip:

f o o d g a s m | f i l m s t r i pStarting from the left:

  1. An enlarged macro shot of a cube of frozen chopped cilantro. Nice strong direct sunlight provided the rich glow. The actual area shown is approximately 5/8″ (1.5 cm) square.
  2. A spoonful of our own Pistachio-Cannoli Ice Cream, with the container visible below it. The whole pistachios visible should give a fair idea of the scale, even though they’re partly submerged.
  3. Two of what we call “lemon olives” due to the presence of tiny lemons in the jar with the jumbo green olives, which adds a lemony flavour to the olives. Each olive (and lemon) is about 1 1/3 inches (3.33 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) across.
  4. A slice of pesto artisan bread, generously glazed with garlic-infused extra-virgin Kalamata olive oil.
  5. Several garlic bulbils (the tiny bulbs which grow in a floral formation on “field” garlic) cupped in Jack’s palm. The longest of these are barely 1/3″ (7.75 mm) in length, and the smallest ones are only half that; overall, the bulbils or bulblets are roughly the size of grains of assorted varieties of rice.
  6. Seviroli brand ricotta-stuffed ravioli, dressed with red sauce, an extra drizzle of extra-virgin Kalamata olive oil, and of course grated Parmigiano Reggiano. The oval-shaped ravioli are around two by three inches (5 x 7.5 cm), more than a mouthful.
  7. Some muscadine grapes showing off their delightful natural colour variations. The average muscadine is an inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.

There will be links to other posts with more information about each photo as it comes up in the blog, so “watch this space,” as they say.


I’ve been saying for ages that the main reason I hadn’t yet started a food blog was the lack of a digital camera. Food blogs just aren’t the same without photos to show what the food looks like, after all.

Well, as of last night, I am the proud owner of a (sparkly purple!) Kodak M893, a late birthday present from my wonderful fiancee, Te. (By the  way, “Te” rhymes with day — and fiancee. Also for anyone who surfed in from a link and doesn’t know me: I’m Jack.) Te helps me develop many of my original recipes, as well as some of her own, and of course helps me with the eating, too.

So far I’ve just been taking some experimental pictures to get a feel for the M893‘s settings; it features a nice selection of both manual and “point & shoot” options. The next post should have some images, though, if not necessarily the first shots I took — those will have to wait until I have photos of the dishes the ingredients go into. There will be two different ice cream recipes (another of my birthday gifts this year was a Cuisinart ice cream maker) and several other dishes with some fantastic lemon-cured green olives from Egypt.

The lack of natural light at this time of day (night) is a hindrance, because many subjects, food especially, just don’t look their best in artificial light. Watch this space for a post illustrating the difference in quality between sunlight and electric light, and/or between ambient light and the dreaded camera flash…