Aug 2, 2008

dutch girl


Hi there. I’m Kay and you’ve stumbled upon my little corner of the web. I’m the cooking Dutch girl! No seriously, I have the wooden shoes to prove it! I live in Gouda and yes, that makes me 100% Dutch. Plus it gives me full access to Gouda cheese. Expect to see a lot of it in my recipes.

Volume Cooking?

I cook for my small family of three and have a major love for volume cooking. Basically that means I do the very undutch cups and measuring spoons thing. I don’t do grams and I do not weigh stuff, unless I bake. But that’s something I seldom do since I seem to lack the sweet-tooth gene. Luckily there are a lot of conversion websites out there that will do the math for you, and for the metric impaired.

My Photography

My kitchen is my studio and my countertop my canvas. My lighting is simple & free, since I use mainly natural light. For food as well as portraits. I own studio lights but try to use them as little as possible. Ask me and I’ll be happy to give you a few tips though I don’t claim to know it all—I just pretend to know what I’m doing.

The Stuff (Be warned. I like to say stuff a lot)

I currently shoot with a Nikon D700 and various lenses, though a big portion of my recipes was shot with a Nikon D80 and a Canon 400D before that. I prefer Nikon for food photography. I shoot exclusively in RAW and edit my photos on an iMac using Lightroom and Photoshop. My storyboards are simply PS actions I created for myself to show people as many steps of the cooking process as possible without hogging their bandwidth by displaying 20 similar photos of me chopping an onion.

Why the step-by-step photos?

Granted, it’s a lot of work, but I love photography and cooking and this gives me a chance to do more with both. I’m a very visual person. I prefer to see how you get from A to B and not just the pretty end-result photo. Seeing it makes it easier for me to cook recipes and it shows me the food is real and the recipe is good.

Food photos are often photos of completely inedible foods made to look good just for camera. I also like to see what it looks like halfway through the preparation. No room for trickery when you’re shown the various stages of cooking.

You’re Dutch but you blog in English. What’s up with that?

It’s a question I get a lot. The answer is simple: there are only so many people on this planet who speak Dutch, but (almost) everyone speaks English. I now have readers from all corners of the world to share my recipes with and in return they share their recipes with me. We get to know a little more about each others food-culture this way. That wouldn’t have been possible had I decided to write exclusively in Dutch. Food unites!

Basically Kayotic Kitchen is all about me having fun with food and my camera. I hope you’ll enjoy your journey through my kitchen. I know he does!