Guess what came in the mail the other day?
Jaden of Steamy Kitchen had a birthday giveaway, asking people to submit Asian recipes that could be done in 15 minutes. Annie and I submitted nine entries, five of which became a series on this blog. Well, our entry for Steamed Shiitake Mushrooms with Bok Choy and Fatt Choy was chosen as the entry that won the video camera!
So after we got back from our trip back home to Hawaii, Jaden sent the video camera to us. But that’s not all she sent…
Canon Digital Rebel XT
When Jaden read that one of my options for spending the money we won by winning the FoodBuzz Traffic Challenge was to buy a Digital SLR camera, she offered to sell me her used Canon Digital Rebel XT. Yes, Queen Jaden sold me the camera that took some of this beautiful food porn! That’s so cool. It’s like Luke being given Anakin’s lightsaber!
Annie wanted me to get a digital SLR a long time ago. But I was afraid to spend the money on such an expensive item. So all this time, the pics on the House of Annie food blog have been taken by this little guy:
Canon PowerShot A710IS
Just compare the shot of the Rebel XT that was taken by the PowerShot A710, with the shot of the A710 taken by the XT. The difference is remarkable. Annie picked up the XT and snapped a picture of her breakfast toast and tea. That one shot, taken without any staging or fussing, looked a billion times more beautiful than my Turkey Omurice photo, which I had to take multiple pics of to get the right look.
Here’s a picture I took of our lunch:
Kangkung Belacan with Tomato
The depth of field and the detail are so breath-taking. And I love how quick the autofocus works! I can tell already, this camera is going to make it easier to take more delicious pictures. (I can hear Annie saying, “I told you so!”)
Kangkung Belacan with Tomato
1 bunch kangkung / ong choy / water convulvulus, chopped into 2 inch-long pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons laksa paste
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small tomato, cut into wedges
Fish sauce to taste
- Heat oil in a wok or large saute pan over medium heat.
- Add the laksa paste and the minced garlic and fry until fragrant.
- Add the chopped kangkung and stir-fry until the paste and the garlic are mixed will in with the vegetable.
- Add the tomato wedges and cook until they start to soften.
- Season to taste with a few splashes of fish sauce.
Steep Learning Curve
In less than two weeks, Annie and I will be attending the TomatoFest in Carmel Valley, as “foodie correspondents” for FoodBuzz. In addition to all the perks like dining out on FoodBuzz’s dime, FoodBuzz has also arranged for Annie and I to get media passes to this event! We’re so stoked.
I’m even more stoked that we are taking our two new friends, the Flip Ultra and the Rebel XT along with us. But it’s going to be a steep learning curve, for sure. I hope I have enough time to get used to this new equipment.
Which would you take?
If you were in my shoes, would you take the new DSLR, even without knowing all its capabilities, or stick with the more familiar old point-and-shoot A710? Leave us a comment!