Macro Mondays: Condiments

Monday, April 16th, 2018

This week’s theme for the Flickr Macro Monday group is “Condiments.” From this week’s instructions (from Janet Towbin):

Mustard, ketchup, Sriracha, kimchi, chutney, Vegemite, hoisin…

A “condiment” is defined as a substance you add to food to enhance or improve its taste. Everyone has a favorite condiment, right? Well that’s how easy and fun this week is going to be. Simply photograph a condiment, (eat the props) and then post the photo on Monday. Please do not simply photograph a bottle or jar of the condiment or it’s label–let’s see what the actual condiment looks like, how you use it or what you put it on to add pizzazz to your meal! (Yes, you can use more than one condiment.)

In case you are wondering what condiment(s) you may use, I am providing you with a link listing all the condiments that are fair game this week. As you can see, it is a very extensive list and includes spices as well as sauces and seasonings. While some may not agree that spices or seasonings are condiments, we are giving you the option to photograph whatever appears on this list (and the link to condiment brand names below*).

Please tag your photos with “Macro Mondays” and this week’s theme “Condiment” or alternatively #MacroMondays #Condiment.

Chips and Salsa, A Texas Tradition

We love to go out to eat and invariably, we choose to go to a Tex-Mex restaurant most of the time, much to the chagrin of our son who prefers Italian. (We have two favorite Tex-Mex restaurants in New Braunfels: Casa Garcia’s and Herbert’s.) We haven’t been eating out much lately so sometimes we have to rely on getting our chips and salsa fix at home. Our favorite salsa to use at home is called Hell on the Red. It comes in mild and hot, we eat the hot. It’s got a nice zing to it but not so much that you sweat. The key is the tortilla chip. Some prefer a thinner crisp chip, while others prefer a hearty thick chip. A little sprinkle of extra salt on the chip is a requirement. I like the HEB Restaurant Style White Corn tortilla chip for home. For this image, I used a tiny condiment bowl for the salsa and one of my favorite party platters upon which to set it. The background though… the background has its own story.

The background of this photo is very special… our housekeeper, Rosa (who comes once a month with her crew to do our heavy duty cleaning), recently got to visit her family in Guatemala. She brought back gifts for me and my mom; my gift was a beautiful handmade purse with little dolls attached to the front. This is special for several reasons: one is that Rosa thought enough of us as clients to bring us a gift; two is that when Jenny was a little girl, she had Guatemalan Worry Dolls to help her with anxiety and these are the same kind of dolls; and three is that we support a Guatemalan philanthropic group called Mayan Families, so Guatemala has been a special place for us since 2008. Wow, 10 years. This organization is amazing. If you are ever looking for a worthwhile charity to support, we can highly recommend Mayan Families. From their website:

As an accredited 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization, Mayan Families’ mission is to facilitate sustainable development programs in impoverished communities throughout the Lake Atitlán region of rural Guatemala. Our objective is to stimulate long-term progress through school sponsorships, health initiatives, vocational training and microfinance, while providing emergency aid to those in critical need.

Sorry to get off track there, but I was very happy to receive my special gift from Rosa and incorporate it into my weekly macro challenge. <3

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/5.6 | 1/200 | ISO 1250

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