In which I talk about the joys of painting, drawing, knitting, cats, music, living in London, and whatever else takes my fancy.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

favourite foods day 10 another one!

This is an enduring favourite from childhood: smoked haddock with new potatoes and peas. (I got a little carried away with painting enthusiasm today ; ))

favourite foods day 10 encore

A favourite to eat out in local Turkish restaurants: the wonderful imam bayildi! I first read about this dish in Claudia Roden's "Middle Eastern Food", which is a fascinating combination of recipes and the history of them.

favourite foods day 10

Humus and crudites: yummy for lunch, especially with some of the fab sesame seed encrusted bread that can be bought from Greek or Turkish shops near where I live : )

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

favourite foods day 9

Russets are my favourite apples, especially with a chunk of red leicester cheese and some oat cakes! Russets have a completely unique taste, and I like the slightly rough texture of the skin - makes a change from the smooth shininess of most other apples.

Friday, May 23, 2008

favourite foods day 8

A favourite pudding I am looking forward to enjoying in a month or so: the wonderful summer pudding : )

Thursday, May 22, 2008

favourite foods day 7

An odd sounding, and truly delicious pasta dish: farfalle a la genovese (I think that's the right name!), which consists of the lovely butterfly wing shaped farfalle pasta cooked with chopped up new potatoes (I like to use red-skinned ones for the colour), and green beans, all mixed together with chopped herbs, pesto and a dash of cream (although if the dish is just for me I usually leave out the cream) : )

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

favourite foods day 6

Here is a favourite comfort food: carrot and butter bean soup, with sunflower seed bread. Perfect for when I am ill or home very late! The soup is made by Baxter's, and highly recommended : )

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Favourite foods days 4 and 5

Here are the finished asparagus and lemon meringue pie images! Life has been very hectic for the past week or so, plus I have been painting v-e-r-y slowly indeed. Today I made good starts on the next three, so hopefully one at least will appear here tomorrow : )

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fab new palette

Yesterday I treated myself to this beautiful new palette, spotted recently in the window of the very wonderful It is my reward for completing the artwork for my advertisement in the Directory of Illustration 25! I love the shapes of the paint wells, and that they are so deep, and well separated from each other: )

Friday, May 09, 2008

favourite foods day 4

Today I worked on several paintings, and have not yet finished any of them! Here are the next two favourite foods as "work in progress", which show how minimal the underdrawing is for my paintings. I've discovered that my water colours have a lot more life if I paint them, as opposed to colour in something I've drawn up in detail first.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Favourite foods day 3

Organic and free range egg from Farmer's Market, boiled for 3 minutes : )

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Favourite foods day 2

Green salad: perfect to go with pizza, or with most things. This one has frilly lettuce, chicory, fennel and greek cucumber, all topped off with some Newman's Own classic salad dressing : ). I do sometimes make my own salad dressing, but Paul Newman's variety is fab, so I often take the lazy option!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Gardening and eating

Yesterday I was having technical difficulties with re-sizing, etc, so did not post the final painting from the gardening project: the beautiful white clematis montana that graces my garden in the spring : )

My new blog project is my favourite foods, and here I am starting with home made pizza : ) It is so very easy to make the dough base, just requires a little planning in advance, and then I can have pizza with not very much cheese, and heaps of lovely fresh vegetables. Asparagus is a great addition in the spring.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

gardening project day 11

I think those plastic plant pots are improved enormously by being given a coat of ordinary household emulsion, in a lovely bright colour left over from decorating. Weather permitting, I am planning to do some more this coming bank holiday weekend.