Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 23: Photo Sunday: Consider The Oyster

This is a shot of an oyster starter that was part of a luncheon at Mandarin Oriental's Azul in Miami. Chef Clay Connelly was the genius behind this beauty, which was just the right amount of...of everything. If I recall correctly, it was a kumamoto, topped with a slice of cucumber for a bit of crunch, the creme fraiche, the caviar and a touch of mignonette, I think...the oyster nestled on that bed of salt...

I took this shot with my point and shoot--a Canon. I used the macro setting, set the camera on the table so it didn't shake and got this fabulous shot.

Well, I like it, at any rate.

Mm. That oyster went great with the champagne I enjoyed that day...

I often miss Miami. These were some of the little things that made life there lovely.

And if you need further reading? Have a quick go at MFK Fisher's Consider the Oyster. It's a lovely little thing...

4 comments:

Ulrike, Dubai said...

I would so love to love oysters, I would love to sip champagne and indulge in slurping down a few fresh oysters - but I cannot do it. I have tried and in my head I heard the poor little thing scream all the way down... Not that I am a vegetarian, or don't love seafood, or sushi, but I like my food dead....

Unknown said...

Fair enough, Ulrike--you are not alone...

Alexandra Grabbe said...

Great photo! Why the salt??? If you like oysters, you should plan to come to Oysterfest, a weekend celebration of the shellfish. It takes place in October, here in Wellfleet. Wellfleet Harbor tides produce the sweet oyster that has won national acclaim. During Oysterfest, it's even possible to harvest one's own at different spots and taste the different flavors, with a variety of wines. Just one of the fun events that are organized that weekend. You should come and feast that weekend.

Unknown said...

The salt keeps the oyster from skittering around on the plate as they are delivered to the table..chef/catering/pro kitchen secret. Don't tell anyone I told you!