>> Thursday, August 14, 2008
August will always be a special month for me, not only because I was born (and so was my mom) in this month, but also because in August, 63 years ago, my beloved country, Indonesia, got its independence from Japan. It was on August 17th, 1945.
Dhi, Fitri and Dwi, three beautiful young mothers, has organized a foodie photography contest in order to celebrate our 63th independence day. The theme of this contest is RED & WHITE as an interpretation from Indonesian flag.
The idea of making Indonesian flag from quark came to my mind last week, but the execution of it was yesterday. At first I wanted to ask my friend to clean my camera, there are some floss inside that bothering me every time I see through the viewfinder. For being lazy after working night shift last week, make me delay the appointment while the deadline of submitting the entry is near. So I decided to take it with the camera though those strings annoyed my sight.
After having the idea of making the flag, I called my best friend, Nana, to discuss the idea. She gave idea on how to make it vertical. It sounds very easy yet difficult to do. It took me two times trial and error in loading the quark before I add the strawberry sauce.
At first I parted the bottle with a carton covered with plastic wrapper, but unluckily, it was too soft to hold the quark and it happened two times. I didn't have any carton left and thought to put it off until tomorrow when I saw that I had a box of Tolak Angin Cair (a traditional liquid medicine for cold and flu). I tore the cover and voilà... I had a new partition tool for my work.
It really needed patience to make it as I wanted to be. I had to be careful when discard the divider unless I wanted the quark to mingle with the sauce. Then I had to add more strawberry sauce to make it in the same level with the quark. It worked!
Problem solved? Not really!
I still had to think about the styling and lighting since these days Bremen were always cloudy. After taking some shots and reviewed in my laptop, I thought to take the last shot by redecorating the models. Huhuhu... when I moved one of the bottle, it fell down to the background and left the spot of strawberry sauce. It was really a one hard photo shooting ever.
Thanks God, it's done!
I hope my photo can make the contest merrier though I might not get any of those cute prizes. The most important for me is to be able to participate and show some love for my beloved country, Indonesia. Besides, those gorgeous hosts said that it's not about winning the prize, but it's about FUN!
Happy independence day Indonesia.
I wish that Indonesia will always be home that keep us safe from anything.
A country that can afford its citizen a better life and future.
The recipe below was inspired from the recipe here. I said inspired since I changed all the ingredients, such as using magerquark (low fat soft cheese) instead of vanillaquark and using strawberry instead of raspberry.
To know more about quark, please click this link: Quark by Wikipedia.
Quark with Strawberry Sauce
Recipe inspired by Zwergel-quark, recreated by me
500 gr magerquark (low fat soft cheese)
200 gr whipped cream
1 pack (7 gr) of vanilla sugar
500 gr frozen strawberries
2 tbsp honey
Mix all the ingredients using whisker until well blended. Set aside.
Blend strawberries with blender. Add honey and mix well.
1. Covered a hard paper or carton with plastic wrapper. Place in the middle of the bottle. Fill one side with quark while the other with strawberry sauce.
2. Discard carefully. Add more strawberry sauce or quark to make them in the same level.
Pour half of the glass with quark. Add strawberry sauce on top.
Store in fridge before serving.
Red & White Foodie Photography Contest: Quark with Strawberry Sauce
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