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"What Are Ya, Yeller?"

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Challenge: Recipe (Food) IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Jul 27, 2011
Aperture: 3.51
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1 second
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2011

I've liked to make "one-pot meals" for a great many years, from whatever ingredients are at hand (hence the "what are you" of the title). The yellow color comes from the turmeric, most frequently used in Indian cooking and "American-style hot-dog mustard" ...

Feel free to substitute your own favorite ingredients, and especially to adjust/change the seasonings to taste, and I usually add salt and pepper to taste at serving time.

(all amounts listed here (except for the rice & water) are approximations only)

-Two boneless and skinless chicken half-breasts
-About 1-1/2 cups vegetables in 3/4" pieces (carrots, broccoli)
- 1/2 medium red onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
- 1 tsp rubbed sage
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp dill weed
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

If chicken pieces are thick, I microwave them for 3-5 minutes to get the cooking started. If they've been flattened to 1/2" thick or less, this is not necessary.

Add herbs and spices to 2 cups of water in a heavy skillet or wide saucepan and bring to a boil; lower heat to minimum setting. Add rice and spread over the bottom, then add vegetables. Finally, lay the chicken pieces on top and push down into the other stuff slightly. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for 15-17 minutes, until rice has absorbed the liquid.

The veggies will be a bit over-cooked by today's "California Cuisine" standard, but most of the water-soluble nutrients will be retained in the dish, and it's really simple to make. :-)

Serves 2-4 people, depending on appetites ...

Photo details:

-Tripod, timer, manual mode
-Auto WB (CFL lighting)
-FL 109.2mm (35mm EQ) in macro mode
-A little cloning and burning to tone down some of the specular highlights
-RGB Curve
-Blue/Yellow Curve
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied three times)
-Add black border
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 8/10 = 232KB

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2011 12:05:56 PM
A nice shoot, perhaps a bit tight for my taste, but well lit and well focused.
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08/03/2011 09:18:28 AM
Can I have this recipe? Looks wonderful. Nice pic...I can smell it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/02/2011 05:50:03 PM
A little to matte and oversharpened imho. The photo temperature does not help and neither does the title. BUT... I would join you for dinner... this looks yummy.
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08/01/2011 01:00:31 PM
A little more could have been done with the topping, perhaps even in a smiley face.
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07/31/2011 06:12:12 AM
I would gladly sit down to this meal and chow down. From a foodie perspective this looks yummy. Photographically speaking it's not really grabbing me. It certainly is yellow. I may have edited it in a way to make the items int he dish stand out color wise - making the broccoli more green, carrots more orange, getting the colors to be more pronounced and fresh rather than just "yeller". But again - would love the invite over for dinner. ;)
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07/29/2011 12:02:49 PM
Would of cheated and used raw broc for colour 9
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