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The Rewards of Playing with Food


| 7/17/2018 9:12:00 AM



Harvest for dinner

One of my favorite ways to play with food is during the harvest process—creating what some folks call food porn. After the work of picking, digging, and cutting the fruits (and veggies) of my many hours of springtime labor, I enjoy the reward of creating artistic visual images.

There are a couple of benefits to this reward. One perk is that I get to let my artistic eye run wild with the challenge of varying colors, shapes, and sizes while I create each morning’s still life (before storing or otherwise processing the food). Another benefit is that I have a catalog of photographs to reference when curiosity or impatience niggles about harvest times and quantities of years past.

Past harvests

My default is to arrange our bounty in baskets, bowls, or in different areas of the garden around the house. I love to discover new ways of playing, sometimes finding that my supervisors (aka cats) enjoy the challenge as well. I recently discovered others playing with their food on Instagram—some with quite a bit of humor—which I’m guessing will seep into my subconscious and sneak into future photos.



I was thrilled to see that without knowing it I cut my first cabbage this year on the same date as I did last year. My mind likes noting fun coincidences, especially involving dates and numbers. That discovery sent me down the rabbit hole in my photos and I ended up noticing several other coincidences. It’s nice to know that some things are consistent even when the world seems chaotic.



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