My Mom’s Garden, Steak & Lemon Cheesecake

Sorry for the lack of updates, was travelling back from uk, then resting, then had to rush to office, then was re-installing OS, finally time to move into the 21st century, gone is Windows 2000, here is Windows XP! I’ve been using Win2k since the advanced BETA leaked in early 1999.

I took some pics in Mom’s garden, mostly as I was teaching her to take macro shots of flowers, so just used those in the garden as examples so she could get the hang of it.

Technically she picked it up fast, but needed some ideas on being more creative, framing the pictures etc as at the beginning she just took the flowers straight on, which is boring!

She got the idea towards the end, here are my efforts anyway..

Pretty in Pink




The Stork

My Mom’s stork, it was a birthday present from one her friends some years ago.

Clean White

Tiny Pink

Passion Fruit Flower

This is the only one I know the name of…it’s the flower from a Passion Fruit!

Most have a very narrow Depth of Focus as they were show with f/1.8 aperture 50mm lens wide open.

For dinner we had some cheap super thin steak we got from Sainsburies knocked down to 99p, funny thing was it had a “Buy one get one free sticker” so the counter guy said that was still valid….so we got a full price one which was 4.99 and the knocked down one for just 99p! Great!


Served with fresh baked corn with butter and a stuffed tomatoe! Yum!

Followed by Mom’s homeade Lemon Cheescake!



More coming soon!

PS: I want one.




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17 Responses to My Mom’s Garden, Steak & Lemon Cheesecake

  1. simon August 28, 2006 at 8:40 am #

    ah! the uk photos of mom’s house are back. keep ’em coming, especially the food ones. On 2nd thots, just the food pix will do, forget the garden shots!

  2. earl-ku August 28, 2006 at 9:54 am #

    the steak looks more like ham to me … seriously thin, for a filling meal, i think u need to couple that with more stuffed tomatoes and corns…


  3. KY August 28, 2006 at 10:02 am #

    oOo the stuffed tomato!

  4. Kuzco August 28, 2006 at 10:04 am #

    What was the ‘stuffed’ stuff inside the tomatoe?

  5. titoki August 28, 2006 at 10:15 am #

    The flowers are nice. More? More? 😉

  6. FireAngel August 28, 2006 at 10:30 am #

    hungry. 🙁

  7. Terenceg August 28, 2006 at 11:16 am #

    Damn nice !!

    Bro, there’s something very important that i wanted you to get for me in UK. SOOO DAMN IMPORTANT that i have forgotten about it. More important that toke and bong…

    is a delicious PORK PIE !!!! OMG!! been missing it like forever !

    Regret!!! regret !!!

  8. ShaolinTiger August 28, 2006 at 12:00 pm #

    earl-ku: Yah it’s not steak per-se, but did get about 6 peices each! It’s filling enough, had been eating too much rich food, have to have something a bit light sometimes!

    Kuzco: Sage and Onion Stuffing I think, or just plain old Paxo stuffing, not sure which, any will do really.

    titoki: Eh last few post all flowers leh, not enough already? Some people bored of flowers. Go look at my Flickr flowers set.

    Terenceg: Yah I did ask my Mom if a pork pie could make it back here she said no way, and can’t free it either…so no go sorry! You gotta go there bro !

  9. ~TheAngel~ August 28, 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    Guess you enjoying your trip 🙂

  10. J August 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm #

    Mmmm,… there’s nothing like good ol’ home cooking by mum, is there?

  11. Kelvin August 28, 2006 at 3:57 pm #

    argh mad cow!!!

  12. James August 28, 2006 at 4:11 pm #

    Nice corn

  13. foodcrazee August 28, 2006 at 9:00 pm #

    droooooooooool ! thats all i can do

  14. krisz August 28, 2006 at 11:00 pm #

    am no expert, but i do think u have a creative mind in photography. The flowers’ shots are all gorgeous!!

  15. luzzio August 29, 2006 at 12:28 am #

    not sure how it would taste(im guessing good)

    but that’s the most delicious looking cheesecake i’ve ever seen T_T


  16. Ben August 29, 2006 at 1:59 am #

    shaolin….first time commenting here. your macro shots are amazing. i am using a canon ixus 700 now..hardly any manual controls on it. very hard to take good macro shots like yours and the night shots suxxxx big time esp. do u have any recommendation on camera which can take good macro shots (like yours) and decent night shots)? non-slr camera as they r exp and bulky? any good half manual half auto small form factor cameras u can recommend? would appreciate yr suggestions..thx… 🙂

  17. ShaolinTiger August 29, 2006 at 7:37 am #

    ~TheAngel~: I was enjoying it yah, it’s over now 🙁

    J: Yup, really can’t beat it!

    krisz: Thanks, you have some great pics too 🙂

    luzzio: It is actually THE best cheesecake in the world!

    Ben: Thanks, appreciate the praise 🙂 The problems with compacts is they have only one lense as the aperture is usually quite limited so it’s hard to get the above effects, these were done with a f/1.8 aperture lens which is impossible to find on anything but an SLR. You can get good macro with compacts but it’s hard to get decent night shots as the size of the sensor is very small, the best you can get is Fuji with its SuperCCD technology. I would recommend a bridge or ‘prosumer’ camera something like the Panasonic FZ-7 or FZ-30 or the Canon Powershot S3 or the Sony DSC-H5 or H2. If you want something compact try the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 for good zoom or the Fuji F30 for expectional high ISO performance or the Nikon Coolpix P3 for good all around performance.

    I find the Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS (SD700 IS) a very good camera acutally with great macro performance. You won’t get much better than that for compact.

    You can also check out the Powershot series for Compact cams with full manual control like the Canon Powershot A700.