broadbean, pea, pecorino salad & tiltshift photography

the internet taught me how to do tiltshift photography. so from this day on everything will be tiltshifted. as evidenced in the above image, im still not quite sure what it is that i am doing, or meant to be doing, or, for that matter, what the result is. but, as far as i can see its pretty bright and thats pretty good. but enough about the technicalities of what i do. suffice to say, im a creative person and i see things from a slightly tiltshifted point of view. no ordinary photographer me. so onto beans and peas and all things green. im not big into community but it appears i have seamlessly and entirely unwittingly slipped into the david jones community. i chatted to a cheese maker about the weather and she told me, as we parted ways, to enjoy my weekend and my pecorino. i spoke at length with a large man about the joys of shelled peas and we both agreed, you just cant shell them fast enough. when i went to purchase my broadbeans i was given a recipe for felafel with broadbeans and was promised by a bright young thing that next time i was in the “neighbourhood” she would bring me some felafel mix made by her mother. and i left feeling somewhat of a more social, more human, and mainly more tired being. and thats what i am prepared to go though to make a salad the likes of this. tiltshifting this salad was only the icing on a very delicious cake.


bunch of rocket, or spinach or whatevs

bunch of basil

250g fresh peas

500g broad beans (peeled – only takes an hour or two – boiling water for a minute. then under ice cold water for a minute. then the skins will peel slowly and tediously off, one after another after another)

1 avocado sliced

1 clove of garlic

salt, pepper

olive oil

finely shaved pecorino

first mix peas and broad beans together in a bowl. i actually cooked about a third of them (in a pan with some butter and finely chopped garlic) and mixed it in with the fresh stuff. it makes for textual interest. tear off some basil and put it in the bowl. throw in the sliced avocado. mix together with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.

arrange some rocket on a plate –

place peas, beans and avocado atop

shave some pecorino over the top. and voila

heres a tiltshifted one – yes… i went too far. i always do.


4 Responses to “broadbean, pea, pecorino salad & tiltshift photography”

  1. 1 jo August 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    snow only you could take shrubbery and make it sing!

    as a wise man once said to a wiser lady, ‘it’s what you DO with it, darl’

  2. 2 fw August 31, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    that Jo’s a bright one.
    Took the words I scarcely knew would have come right out of my mouth. What else to be said – except to marvel at the newly acquired time-shift whatchchmacallit.
    And tangentially suddenly to wish you might branch out into other fields of human speculation than the few you effortlessly meld into your recipes. What about an occasional burst of unadulterated political economy, geography or psychological insight or whatever?
    Not to eschew the gourmet project. Merely to supplement it. To give Added Value to the blog experience.

  3. 3 fw August 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    sorry, tilt-shift.
    silly of one

  4. 4 Владимир Ильич September 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    i’d like to take a tilt at shifting you, ya git.
    great salads though.

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