Since lockdown the vegetable seller we go to in the local market has been kind enough to deliver her produce to us. Yesterday she gave us a freebie – this pumpkin which she said was a gift from the provinces. I am thinking I should cook something special with it.
Here is a sketch of what I put down after my dinner the other night – we had rice with a nice mung bean dish (cooked in coconut milk with spinach), followed by a banana. I love drawing this china set we have (bought from Cambodia but made in Vietnam) because of that lovely deep blue.
I’ve drawn a bottle of olive oil before – but I just wanted to do a simple sketch before bedtime last Friday…so that’s all this is. The only connection to my day was that I used it in cooking that evening…there is nothing like a lavish splash of olive oil to cook with.
Earlier in the week I set out the ingredients for white bean and olive soup (naturally I decided to sketch them before cooking). I forgot to put out the carrot but I did add it to the soup – which ended up more like a stew (my daughters least favourite type of soup!). Anyway it was pretty good, served with garlic bread.
I am still battling away with my new paper, but gradually getting used to it. Here is a sketch of our leftover dinner from last Friday – a lovely baked dish of pinto beans cooked with lashings of cheese, onions, green apples, tomatoes and chilli. Yum yum.
I made pumpkin soup for dinner the other day (with dill seeds which gives it an interesting flavour), but before cooking I decided to sketch the pieces of pumpkin. The soup also had onions in it – and then we had it with pesto flavoured bread rolls and sour cream…yummy!
Here is another simple sketch done in the evening. I could have called this “crushing it” – but I don’t think I am with this one. I have had this pestle and mortar since I lived in the UK…I think we now have a collection of several!
I sketched this standing up while waiting for the rice to cook. This is the makeshift press I use to glue the cover to the font and back board of my homemade sketchbooks. To glue it to the actual signatures I use two clamps and some old pieces of shelf. I struggled with the perspective in this a little – the grey pestle and mortar is ok but the marble one is not quite right…I didn’t get the lovely colour of the marble right either.
There is nothing quite as nice as a vegetable quiche served with chips! This recipe (with a wholemeal cheese crust and tomatoes, carrots and peas) came from my mum’s scrapbook of recipes…this one was from a a magazine article, probably from the 1970’s! Still tasted great though.