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Pearl Tapioca Pudding and Smoked Tuna
Pearl Tapioca Pudding and Smoked Tuna

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Recipe (Food) IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Location: Male' Republif of Maldives
Date: Jul 28, 2011
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2011

18 cups of Water
1 cup opaque pearl tapioca
1 cup of sugar
14 Oz condensed milk
Pandan leaves
Tuna Fish

Tapioca Pudding

Boil 1 cup of opaque pearl tapioca in 12 cups of water for 10 mins. Simmer and pour 6 cups of water and let soak for 45 mins. Drain excess water while pouring additional water until the opaque pearl tapioca gets condensed.
Mix a handful of chopped pandan leaves and 1 cup of sugar with the condensed tapioca and cook in low until it start boiling. Pour 14 Oz condensed milk and cook for 2 mins while stirring.

Salted smoked tuna
Cook tuna in salted water. Let dry.
Use a bar-b-que with a lid. Burn coals till Grey then remove them slightly to side. Cut tuna up the middle and split in two halves. Sprinkle BIRCH bark and wood chips over the coals. Place the tuna on the opposite side of the grill away from the coal sand close the lid. Cook 1/2 per kilo since it depends in how large and heavy is the tuna. Calculate and you'll have Smoked tuna.

Pomegranate, pandan leaves. Italian dressing.

25-30 Servings

Place: 19 out of 41
Avg (all users): 5.9389
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.9252
Views since voting: 760
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 131
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2011 11:59:11 AM
I like the high key, but I don't like the thick black border.
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08/03/2011 09:46:44 AM
Love the splash of red.
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08/02/2011 04:21:22 PM
Nicely done. The lighting, composition, color, contrast, key, and content are all spot on imho. Looks like 3 lights maybe? My only little nitpick is the spots on the plate. I don't know if it's part of the tuna or some spices or if it's intentional for presentation but for me it's a bit distracting.
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08/02/2011 11:40:08 AM
Overwhelming border seriously detracts.
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08/01/2011 01:00:50 PM
I would have liked to see the background or plate be a different color. Right now thy bleach out the meat and pearly tapioca.
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07/31/2011 06:05:47 AM
The smoked tuna sounds lovely, the pudding I would be willing to try. The image isnt grabbing me so much. Border is a bit heavy for my tastes, the drips on the plate (intentional or not) just look messy and the lighting doesn't do a whole lot for your tuna. Less bright and a slightly different presentation could have improved this image and highlighted your meal better.
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07/30/2011 05:04:58 PM
Coming back to comment after voting earlier. Visually the composition is quite lovely with interesting angle, textures, and color. Lighting is good but there are a few blown highlights tending to a high key. Love how vibrant the red and green topping is on the pearl tapioca pudding. Not a big fan of the large black border - a larger view to give us more to 'taste' would have made this a stronger composition. For a food combo, I have to admit the pairing with something sweet & desertlike with that of smokey tuna fish is a bit odd. Weather it was done because it tastes good together or just for the aesthetics for the photo is a question...but sweet and salty/smokey might be a good pairing....Overall very nicely captured and done - 7.
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07/29/2011 01:53:10 PM
The tapioca looks great, but the tuna is blown in the highlights, and framed like an after thought. If it has the same lovely lighting and glistening highlights the pudding has, it would be a ribbon winner.
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07/29/2011 11:56:05 AM
interesting combination 10
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07/29/2011 10:20:02 AM
Interesting mix of food, I bet it's decently tasty.
I'm not a fan of the giant black border. It feels like you are hiding something in this photo, and it makes the bright whites even brighter.
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07/29/2011 09:23:46 AM
Not something I want to eat but the presentation is really nice. :)
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