As usual, recipe and step by step can be found here:[link]
The suggester said: "I am usually a very nit picky eater... But there are plenty of things from this artist's gallery I would love to try." A very yummy gallery it is indeed, don't miss it!
Piri-Piri Chicken by ~sasQuat-ch (
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Making food and creating recipes is a form of art too, hence why we have a culinary arts gallery. Also, DDs are chosen for far more than being visually attractive, other things such as the creativity, effort and message are also considered.
While the recipe sounds very good and worth trying, this picture is not very appetizing. It's too close to the food, for one, and the quality is a bit lacking (it's a little blurry/grainy in some spots). I can see you have much better pictures in your gallery that are more worthy of a DD than this. Keep in mind that food is ALL about presentation. It is often said that we eat more with our eyes than with our mouths. I recommend putting the prepared food onto a plate with your accompaniment, perhaps rice. Try to arrange the meal in a pleasing way on the plate, and then take a picture of it to show off for your recipe. When you take the picture this close, all I can really see is the grease the chicken is lying in and it's turning my stomach. I can't see the full palette of colorful ingredients you included. But still, that recipe does sound good - especially the sauce - and I'm very tempted to try it.
The whole "food is about presentation" is only if you work for a high-end restaurant or are in culinary school. Yes the food in any restaurant has to look nice, but if you're cooking for yourself, you really don't want to do all the prep it takes to make it look pretty just so you can eat it... I doubt he intended this to get a DD. He just wanted to post a pic to link to the recipe. Honestly I see this and as a culinary student and photography student don't see anything wrong with the photo. The colors from the greens, reds and yellows accent the browns in the chicken.
No one intends or expects a DD. I wasn't suggesting that. And the "food is about presentation" mantra doesn't have to be exclusive to higher-end eateries. I wouldn't want to be served something that looks unappealing. I only offered some suggestions for a better picture. If they want to share their recipe, it would help to take a nicer photo, not something that is an extreme, slightly blurry close up. I'd like to see the entire, completed dish. It doesn't have to be fancy but it could sure look a lot better. There's room for improvement in anything.
Only eating food that is visually attractive is actually not the norm, here in Mexico we make jokes about some of the food we eat because it's incredibly ugly or unappealing, and it's actually very tasty. While I think that the photo is beautiful because of the contrast and beautiful colors, I understand why other people don't see it that way, but hey that's part of what makes life interesting we all have different tastes and I hope you'll understand that too
Of course And I suppose not all meals would be beautiful. Depends on what's in them. But I would prefer to see a picture that is more zoomed-out, if you get me. I want a wider view, not to feel like I've got my face in the pan (although that's probably something I would do if I wanted a taste badly enough lol). I can see from the recipe that there are many awesome ingredients in the dish and I wanna see more of them!
Ah yes, one of the reasons why I picked this photo instead of everything else in her gallery was because of the close-up, we don't see that often in culinary arts so I thought it was different and interesting. It's a bit of a hit and miss, some people liked it and some others didn't, but I appreciate your feedback about it