Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Vitamin C Comin' Up

It's the middle of the week, and I'm sorely in need of something bright to cheer me up!
Vitamin C comin' up!

These huge oranges which are bigger than my fist, are incredibly sweet and juicy, perfect for juicing or just eating them wedge by wedge, and just the right size as jelly moulds.

1. slice top off orange, remove flesh and dice the orange segments
2. add hot water to orange-flavored konnyaku powder, stir to dissolve (didn't add any sugar as the packet of konnyaku powder that I used already had glucose added in)
3. pour konnyaku mixture into orange moulds and/or jelly moulds and add the diced orange segments
4. refrigerate until the jelly is set

Four simple steps to getting my daily requirement of Vitamin C and fibre, sure beats popping Vit-C pills!

If you're non-Asian, and wondering what konnyaku is, check out link to wikipedia's site on the end-product of an Asian starchy tuber (konjac), supposedly low in calorie and high in fiber. I must qualify though that using konnyaku powder as I have done above, would hardly support the low in calorie claim!


Anonymous slurp! said...

lovely ... did you have several colored board/paper as background?

anyway, i saw south african red (flesh) navel orange in sheng siong, you may like to try with this as well.

yah, those konnyaku really nice, chewy, bouncy. but pls be careful to have in small bite size.

6/21/2006 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Tanna said...

Something tells me I'm not going to find konnyaku powder in Dallas.
Beautiful picture.

6/21/2006 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Great idea Cath! I've also been loading up on Vit C as the weather is so bad I have been sniffling a lot.

6/22/2006 04:25:00 AM  
Blogger J said...

hi cath, how lovely! as you say, sure beats popping those vit c tabs...

6/22/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

@slurp, the background is a yellow acrylic card.. real bright, right? thanks for the tip on the SA orange.. will check it out!

@tanna, aww, really.. not even in any Asian grocery store? I suppose gelatin sheets can be used as substitute then.. tho' taste is not quite the same.

@boo_licious, hope you're much better now and have gotten rid of the sniffles!

@j, thanks a lot!

6/22/2006 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous evan said...

hi cath, the colors are really lovely. u r such a good photographer! i'm not sure if u are willing & is kind enough to share, like what kind of lighting do u use & the backgrounds as well? coz i'm also trying to improve my photography skills & seems 2b meeting a dead end.

6/22/2006 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger shaz said...

looks absolutely refreshing. thanks

6/23/2006 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Audrey Cooks said...

Hey! U reminded me of my birthday jello one year. Instead of Konyaku jelly, my mom used ordinary dried agar-agar sticks. Have u tried them in eggs? U can peel them like a real egg later, cool!

6/23/2006 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger Audrey Cooks said...

Oh yes! got so much to say until I forgot to say what I wanted to earlier. The konnyaku look really refreshing and a Vit C works better this way too with georgeous photography :D

6/23/2006 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger sleepy said...

Definitely look so Vitamine Rich!
Now, I want to head back to my home town in Japan, which is famous for sweet & juicy oranges!

By the way, I set up my English blog, as requested by some others...(do not know exactly how long I can maintain though). Hope you do not mind me linking it to your blog!

Though I do have a blogger account, my new blog is not powered by blogger. It's running on my Movable Type platform.

sleepydays | view from a dream

6/25/2006 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

thats beautiful...

6/25/2006 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

@evan, *blush* *blush*, so kind of you, and since you asked so nicely, how can I refuse? Photography for me is basically trial and error. For this shot, I used orange-colored acrylic paper as background (in fact, just experiment with whatever you have on hand), and lighting is just a table-lamp (nothing fancy-schmancy). What is important tho', you need to play around with the white balance on your camera to get the color shades that is best for the photo. Hey, photography is fun.. don't get disheartened by initial results.. believe me, it gets better!

@shaz, thanks :-)

@audrey, gosh, your mum and my mum must be from the same generation.. I remember those agar-agar eggs too! Maybe, will make some just for the sake of nostalgia! Thanks!

@sleepy, Jaoanese fruits are really sweet but so so expensive here in Singapore. By the way, like your new blog, keep it up!

@foodcrazee, thanks!

6/26/2006 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Audrey Cooks said...

Please posts those eggs when u r around making them. Gettin all excited just thinking about them. I guess you and I r about just slightly before the big 40, eh?

6/26/2006 12:53:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

@audrey.. will try to get some agar-agar strips but don't hold your breath while waiting! The big 40? It came and went... whoosh... so bloody quick that I didn't even realize it.. never mind, I wasn't counting! hmm, didn't someone say the new 40 is now 30 or have I got it the other way round?

6/26/2006 10:32:00 PM  
Blogger Precious Moments said...

The photography tips are sure handy. Thanks. Guess we are of the same era but you are much more talented.

6/27/2006 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

thanks PM, photography is all about practice as well, just like cooking.. gets better over time!

6/27/2006 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

hmmm.. I just used the orange skin and poured the jello (similiar recipe) inside ..

and it looks and tasted great.. do try it.. but must be finished in 2 days max.

6/29/2006 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Mahek said...

i am mahek from india you take such lovely photos i too love to take food photos but i think it will take years to reach your expertise.
i was on a vacation to singapore in may it was great you will find a post on that in my blog
tell me how you like the post on singapore.

6/29/2006 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

@robin, yeah, this orange skin mould is truly the best - great looking for any number of uses! Maybe even use it as a sorbet cup!

@mahek, welcome... so glad you like SG, will drop by your blog soon :-)

6/29/2006 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous evan said...

hey cath, thx for sharing, you're really sweet! actually, you take much better photos that me, coz you hv the skills + a good camera. my camera isnt too bad but i hv problems with composition & all (read : no skills). sometimes the pics just come out weird! heyy i use table lamp also, in fact i am kiasu enough to use two LOL. however my lamps seem to cast an ugly shadow on the objects, might be becoz of the position. by the way, do u know how some photographers like chubby hubby can use a white background that almost look so white & seamless? i used mahjong paper but the background always look grey on the photo :( i suspect its the lighting coz he might use those umbrella or box thats meant for professional photography.

i've looked thru your archives cath and may i just say your skills hv improved tremendously, esp since the starting of the year. i really dig some shots like your cookies, the water chesnut cake, brownies, mapo tofu and the CNY shot with mandarin oranges. they're so pretty cath!!

6/30/2006 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi evan, as you said, my earlier forays into food photography as evidenced by the photos in my archives were really snap and shoot type of photos... with more practice, the shots have improved and so can yours as well!

I don't always get the shots I want too, so I just trash them!

For background, you can use mahjong paper or any kind of big white thick paper-boards they sell at Popular bookstores but to get it to look white, you realy need to play around with lighting (daylight lighting) and exposure and do some adjustments to the white balance in your camera or in photoshop to get the right shade of white... hey, I'm still experimenting myself but it's fun!

6/30/2006 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous evan said...

but cath, the thing is, if the skill is not there, no matter what camera u use, it cannot compensate for lousy photos. but for yrself, i can see that u hv the talent & skills in yr earlier photos, just that the quality isnt so gd thats all. but they're nevertheless still good u see =)

yes yes i'm still experimenting with the lighting. white balance i normally choose the mode similar to whatever lighting i use. otherwise i will use 'evaluate white balance' to get the optimal. ya juz the other day i changed one of the bulb to 'daylight' instead of 'warm light' i find that the quality is better already. the mahjong paper looks whiter and more seamless. but still the shadow cast is there, so mayb i shd try to move the lights around to a better position.

but there's certainly alot to learn from u! hv u learned photography b4? if u havent, then i must say u r really talented.

6/30/2006 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Evan, have you considered that you may be in love with Cath? I suggest that you re-read the last few posts and decide 4 yr self.
Signed Curious George

7/15/2007 02:35:00 PM  

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