Trucks (Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers)

Layers are used in digital image editing to separate different elements of an image or to overlap them.

In  this case I collected the photos of Truck driving across Australia and I processed it together.

trucks collage of layers Australia

Posted for Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers and for  “4 Weeks Australia in Pictures”

Pesto con Pomodori Secchi – Pesto with Dried Tomatoes


The summer is over and the first frost is approaching. Perhaps you still have basil that needs to be processed before it’s too late.

In this post I would like to share and keep for save the recipe and the souvenir form the wonderful pesto prepared with a lot of love and passion.

My friend used the Thermomix, but other food processor would be a great help if you have a lot of basil to process. If you don’t have a food processor you can use the hand blender. The traditional way would be the mortar.

You need:

  • 80 g basil, fresh
  • 30g pecorino cheese, diced (alternative: Parmesan cheese or ricotta!)
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, diced
  • 30g pine nuts
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 30 g dried tomatoes, chopped (quantity to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 120 ml olive oil


Food processor method:

Process basil, both cheese kinds, pine nuts, garlic and tomatoes until the paste reaches the texture you wish, add salt and olive oil.

Hand blender method:

Process first olive oil with garlic, salt and pine nuts, than add in portions the basil. At this point add finely chopped tomatoes and process again. The pesto is ready you have only to add the grated cheese.

Still Life with Rock Samphire

rock samphire still  life

I love to pick wild vegetables and experimenting with them.

This summer I was quite late with my rock samphire harverst because I was it was already the end of July.

I got up early in the  morning  and looking around there were still enough fresh (light green!) rock samphire for my harvest and this take only about 15 minutes.

At home I place them in my raku clay bowl as I wanted to take a picture before precessing it. The sun came just on my kitchen table I tried to take a picture with dark background.

The settings were:

F-stop: f/10

ISO: 200

Exposure: 1/125 sec,

Related links:

Salad with Preserved Rock Samphire

Preserved Rock Samphire

Rock samphire on Crete (Greece)

Here all my Greek inspired recipes

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Salad with Preserved Rock Samphire

rock samphire salad

I like picking wild vegetables and I love prepere them.

In one of my previous posts I gave you the recipe for “Preserved Rock Samphire

You need (quantities to taste!):

peeled and boiled, cooled and  sliced potatoes

young zucchini, boiled until just soft, cooled and sliced

preserved rock samphire (See my link: Preserved Rock Samphire)

olive oil

lemon juice

salt and pepper


Arrange and a plate in this order: potatoes, zucchini and rock samphire.

Sesason with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Serve and enjoy!

Related links:

Releated links:

Preserved Rock Samphire

Rock samphire on Crete (Greece)

Here all my Greek inspired recipes

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The Tailor of Bandung

Process and restoring photos is not only a possibility to remember the past but also to discover details that we missed at that moment.

The photos of Bams’ parents woke in me the souvenirs of our first trip in Asia (Indonesta 1988). We still stored our slides, but we never took us time to make digits photos of them.

Finally, yesterday I did it! Now I have the photos and I tried to process them.

We still didn’t use digital cameras and we didn’t take so many photos as we do now.

We arrived in Jakarta by plane and we went straight to the train station to our first destination: Bandung.

I will never forget out first meal there in a square were we bought 10 sate daging (Grilled skewerd meat) enriched with a delicious peanuts sauce served with nasi putih (plain rice).

Out guide (I mean the book) said that sarongs would be very useful and we should by some. We found some, in brown tonalities. The vendors sold them on a towel on directly on the street. How many places in the world we visited bringing our sarongs with us. Still now we always have our sarongs in vacations: we use them as cover, as scarf, as bag, we used them to carry or children and we bought some for presents. For my mother love them as towel.

In one of those streets where we bought our sarongs there was a tailor selling his services directly on the road.

I tried different effects with the picture, sometimes cropping it and once covering the motorbike.

Who is looking who? What is hanging behind the tailor? From where is the light coming? There are many things to discover…

The first picture is the original transferred directly from the slide:

Water painting effects +less contrast:

Colored pencil:

Mix of different effects and texture:

Vintage effect:


More than black and white (collage)

The title of this collage was inspired by the title of the movie “More than Honey” form Markus Imhoof .

The pictures used for this work have been taken during the last weeks posted in my blog.

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