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May 21, 2015 / Aware of the Void

Chilli Paneer – My Takeaway Alternative


Due to laziness on my part and a fundamental dislike of most of the food produced by many of the takeaways in my area I have gotten pretty good at cooking things that are super fast to make and taste a little bit like something I could order and have delivered.

Chilli paneer is an Indian Dish with roots in China and I often enjoy it as an alternative to ringing the delivery guy. I tend to have the ingredients in the house some of them might seem unlikely to have at home all the time but once you start down the path of trying to cook these things at home your kitchen fills up with odd ingredients.

I normally serve this with basmati rice or popadoms. The rice I use takes 12 minutes to cook and it is ready at the same time as the Chilli Paneer so from chopping the first onion to eating is generally no more than 15 minutes.

So in keeping with the tradition of these things you will need some ingredients. Have a look for them in your larder, if you don’t see them there have a look in your pantry.


  • paneer – fresh if you have it or a pack is fine also.
  • 1 x Medium Onions (or two small or one eight of an giant one)
  • 1 x Large Red or Green Pepper (Bell Pepper/Capsicum)
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers as per your own tastes (Some Like it Hot)
  • 3 x cloves garlic
  • 3 table spoons  of dark soya sauce
  • 3 table spoons of tomato sauce
  • oil for frying (I use olive oil)




  • Chop the paneer into pleasing sized pieces
  • Finely chop the garlic and hot chilli
  • Roughly chop the onions and peppers


  • heat the frying oil in a wok or high sided pan,
  • fry the garlic and chillies to release the flavours into the oil
  • fry the onions until golden
  •  add the green or red peppers to the pan and cook to your own taste (personally I really only heat these through as I like them to retain a lot of texture)
  • add the cubes of paneer and stir all together


Secret sauce time:

  • squirt over tomato sauce over the mixture
  • add the dark soya sauce and mix through the dish adjusting for your own taste.


I love this dish and find it easy to make, it sometimes fills that desire for junk food from the takeaway during a midweek slump. Let me know if you try this or if you have an alternative that you would recommend?

I love to cook, if you happen to follow me on Instagram you will see that we have recently extended our kitchen and I installed an enormous 7 ring stove. The area got christened “Cook Island” and I post many photos of the stuff I enjoy cooking and eating. This might be the first of these posts in a series I will call – Tales from Cook Island where when requested I will detail what I have cooked.

May 4, 2015 / Aware of the Void

Dun na Rí Forest Park – WPPD 2015

Rabbit Bridge - PinholeThis year for world pinhole photography day I visited an old haunt. I lived very near Dun na Rí for about 6 years and it was at one stage one of my favourite places to run my dogs. This was many years before I was as keenly interested in photography and had you told me that one day I would set off with a pinhole camera to try and capture the beauty of the park I would have asked you “what’s a pinhole camera”.

The park itself is a gorge on the banks of the Cabra river and my first shot in my series here is one that I decided I wanted to try and take at exactly 12:00GMT so that I could include it in the WPPD2015 gallery Eur1200 group. It pretty much turned out how I had hoped. I took two pinhole cameras with me. My zero image 4×5 (25mm focal length) and a homemade 4×5  (50mm focal length) that my father built for me. It had been a long time since I left home with two pinhole cameras in my bag.

It was a fun way to spend a day and I even managed to convince my pal Nivetha to try taking a pinhole portrait with the camera. She was annoyingly good at this for a first attempt!

Road to the Rising #1


Road to the Rising #1

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Pinhole 4×5 (Horseman 120 roll back fitted)

Film: Foma 100

Dev: Rodinal 1+ 50 9mins


April 20, 2015 / Aware of the Void

Evidence of Procrastination

I had an assignment to finish over the weekend so I pretty much filled my days with anything that would act as a distraction. From the mountains of Wicklow to the flat-lands of Kildare I have successfully avoided getting my project done.

Here is some of the results of my procrastination – all shot and edited on my phone. I was pin-holing these places for the pinhole obscura blog.

Procrastination: Habit or Disorder? Answers in the comments section please, what did you avoid doing this weekend?



April 5, 2015 / Aware of the Void

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day – EUR1200 Gallery

Malahide Castle - Pinhole

Last year I was lucky enough to be in Amsterdam for World Wide Pinhole Photography Day. It was great to spend a day with other pinhole enthusiasts. This year many people from the same group will travel to the pacific north west of the USA. My original holiday plans for this year included joining them but life has conspired against me and I will have to give the trip to the US a miss this April.

One of the great joys of shooting with so many people last year was that we had a common gallery on the WPPD website after the event that allowed us to see what each other had produced as our image for the day. I had feared that I would miss out on that this year. My fears were premature – fellow pin-holer and Amsterdam participant Danny came up with a great idea!

He has suggested that as many of us as possible should try and shoot at exactly 12:00 GMT this will give us a gallery of shots from people all over Europe. Participation is easy and I like the idea of a Europe wide pinhole snap shot. When you upload your pinhole photo tag it with the EUR1200 group.

Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:25mm
Exposure:8 seconds




March 29, 2015 / Aware of the Void

Every One a Keeper – Goodbye iPhone 5


In April 2013 I got a new toy to play with. The iPhone 5 has pretty much been constantly by my side every day since. I have a compulsion to take pictures and looking back through the archive I can only suggest that the theme is my daily life. Since I got the phone I have taken about 17000 photos and every one is a keeper or at least I have kept everyone. The quality varies massively and the subject matter is often dubious and there are far too many selfies. Sometimes I am very heavy handed with my edits but I took a view years ago that if i snap it with my phone it’s fair game for manipulation.

My iPhone 5 has now been retired and I really wanted to give it a bit of a send off. I looked in the archive and tried my best to whittle my selection to what is posted here, it made sense to exclude the recent India trip from this post as there is still about 2000 photos that are waiting on the first viewing since November 2014.

Some of these photos have a appeared on my flickr stream or Instagram, a lot make it to Facebook and a chunk of them form part of the visual diary I have been keeping for years. These snapshots represent my life, loves,  tourism, adventure, friendship and occasionally what I’m having for dinner.

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March 22, 2015 / Aware of the Void

Film Swap with Eray – Turkey vs Ireland

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This film swap has been sitting in my archive for a few months so I thought it should finally get an outing. This is the results of my swap with Eray.This latest round was shot first by me in Dublin and then I posted it to Eray to re-shot the roll in Turkey. My Camera was an Nikon F100 and Eray  used his Lomography La Sardina

If you would like to try one of these international film swaps please get in touch. it can be as simple as shooting a roll of film and sticking it in the post. Here is a link to my how to video

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March 14, 2015 / Aware of the Void

How to Open a Beer Bottle with Roll Film

I do most of my printing and film development in my darkroom. I am lucky enough to have a very well equipped room for my hobby. It’s rare that I do not have something to hand when I need it. The only constant exception to this is a bottle opener to pop the cap on my darkroom beer. To counter this problem I have developed the skills that allow me to open beer with pretty much anything I can grab. Here I am using a roll of 35mm film.

To do this at home you will need:

The technique is simple, use your thumb as a pivot point and press the edge of the film canister against the edge of the bottle cap.

Enjoy your beer.


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