I think I must have been high when I shot these photos.
They say that a person eats with the eyes first but I could make an equally impassioned argument for people who eat with their noses first. Consider Addie Wijangco’s ensaymada. As I’m unwrapping and preparing these voluptuous rolls for shooting, the buttery bouquet they bequeath is simply too much to bear. Every rustle of the wrapper ignites a shower of shredded queso de bola and a smattering of cheese onto my fingers. The morning light I choose to shoot in sends the sugar scintillating in the glow.
My stomach growls.
I’ve written about Addie’s ensaymadas before and thus, I should be immune to their mesmerizing effect. After all, this is the 14th food-laden shoot I’ve done for the Dessert Comes First Christmas Gift List.
But that smell, that fragrance that these ensaymadas possess – it’s like the purest of butter distilled into masses of a concentrated dose then interwoven with egg yolks. Their golden hue radiates like sunshine, their curves are full and luxuriant, undulating bulges boasting pillow-soft textures and a smoothness bordering on the obscene.
Saliva floods my mouth, pooling under my tongue.
I swallow deeply and press my camera’s shutter button continually, stopping only to move a prop this way or that. A light breeze blowing in from the window I’m situated beside sends some cheese scattering. I’m having difficulty concentrating. And breathing.
Suddenly, to eat an ensaymada – this ensaymada – becomes paramount.
But I am nothing if not disciplined and I exert utmost control where work is concerned. Eating comes later.
At the event, Addie will sample and showcase these ensaymadas, these gorgeous buttery rolls that seduce all senses simultaneously. She tells me that she might make other things to sell but I don’t press her since producing these devils of debauchery are so labor-intensive. And if you decide to pass up your share, you know who to give it to.
Ensaymadas by Addie Wijangco
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