Spinach Salad with Mushroom and Parmesan

by Maryam on February 21, 2010

Yesterday.. I planned to start doing my second assignment. I know it has been so long since my first assignment was submitted. However, I was so busy the whole week. I didn’t find free time to continue my readings for the second lesson or even take a look at it.

Yesterday my plan was like this .. Today, I will start reading the whole lesson including the part that I have read before. Then, I will post my questions in the PPSOP website discussion section.

For the next day, I will read the assignment. Know exactly what is required to be done, and implement it in my practice. In addition to that, I will check my PPSOP account in case I get answers for my questions. In case I finished before the dead line, I would do more trial and error picturing in the remaining time!

“Two days more .. wait a moment!” I thought .. I knew that the submission is on 21st. In fact, I forgot what was today’s date? maybe 18th or 19th, or even 17th I don’t know exactly .. actually I don’t remember. So very quickly, I checked the date in my laptop and I came to the realization that it was 20th!

“This must be a joke” I thought, “how come .. there is no time to do anything” I told myself. Then I remembered, the day before yesterday I have shoot some images for one of my new recipes. “I can use them!” I thought while considering all available options. “but first I need to take a quick look at the lesson and the assignment, this will help me to decide whether the taken pictures are helpful or not” I thought weighting the pros and cons. I started flipping the pages of the printed version of the lesson so quickly in a fast read.

Well .. the lesson was really interesting, although I didn’t have the time to understand every information mentioned in it!

Lens selection was part of the subject. Ron , the instructor, said that selecting a lens is one of the most important topics, and it must be taken in consideration if you want to take good shots. Before learning which lens to select, we must have a thorough understanding of the depth of field (DOF). In addition, we need to know how it is affected by aperture size, lens type, and lens construction. This understanding will help in getting a sense of what to expect when we use different lens or different apertures.

I just came to know that we can get different DOF for two lenses with the same field of view and aperture! this difference occur to the lens type and lens construction. Which means, if I take a 28-70mm lens and a 70-200mm lens and set them both to 70mm I will get different DOF! the question in this case is, which one will have more DOF? simply we can say that the 28-70mm will have the more DOF.

By picturing the same image with different apertures Ron showed how the changing in the aperture affects the DOF! to get a sense of that you can try it with your camera and compare the results.

Spinach Salad with Mushroom and Parmesan

I used to eat cooked spinach with onion and lemon, put it in bread and enjoy. I didn’t ever imagined that I would eat fresh spinach one day. Today I tried to have some courage and did it. I ate fresh non-cooked spinach salad and guess what! I enjoyed every bit, every leave, every moment.

Adapted from marthastewart, Serves 4


3 tablespoons olive oil

coarse salt and ground pepper

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

5 ounces baby spinach

5 ounces cremini or button mushrooms ( you can use any kind of mushrooms)

2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler

Making the Salad

Wash the baby spinach thoroughly. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add spinach, and mushrooms. Toss gently, then place them in the serving plate. Add the Parmesan on top.

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