Friday, April 29, 2011

Food: The art of meal and snack time

I never thought I would miss it, but I did. Being away from the kitchen so long really has made it difficult. Not that Pepper Lily started my long vacation from it. Really, that whole thing started once I started a full-time job and trying to juggle my art and personal life.

Now, working from home has made it easier to get back into the kitchen scene. And I'm actually having fun! There has been so much I've forgotten that I'm learning all over again. Thankfully, everything that has been created has turned out great. I didn't think about photographing it until now, which makes me somewhat sad because I made some awesome things! But let's start off simple first.

Grilled cheese and fresh orange slices.

This is not my usual breakfast, but it sounded amazing! Perhaps it is the pregnancy cravings, but it was a lovely simple treat that I created from scratch. While looking for places to vend, I have been frequenting all the local farmer's markets the past few weeks. The oranges photographed above were from one such market, particularly the Downtown Anaheim Farmer's Market. Best and juiciest oranges I have tasted in such a long time. I bought a few from a regular supermarket a few weeks back and they were so dry. Not exactly the thing you want in an orange.

In an effort to document my progress through learning the art of cooking and baking again, I will be doing so here. This is still my art blog, but this is my side art project, which I am really happy to share. Bobby Chiu, a fantastic artist of Imaginism Studios, has been writing in his journal little tips for artistic inspiration. One particular blurb included to get out of the old routine and try something new. Every experience in an artist's life only enhances his/her work. So here is my new project. <3 Here's my something new.

Banana chocolate chip cookies (from scratch)

And in trying something new, I wanted to expand on my memory of baking cookies, so I tackled a new recipe I've never done in my life. Banana chocolate chip cookies sounded so good, and I had 3 ripe bananas (riper the better). And this is what I created. Best cookies ever! No store or bakery can make homemade tasting cookies.

So here's to trying new things and eating them along the way.

Next post: The Fat & Happy Unicorn needs to find a home.

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