Burrito time (is so short)

This happened today (and many times before):

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“Yum, burrito time!”

The thing is, I get hungry. Sometimes from one minute to the next. And I happen to live with a Slow Eater. We try not to food shame (or generally shame) each other,  because that’s obviously not nice or healthy.

It’s just that… We’re both a bit surprised every time I manage to spray burrito filling all over myself and the furniture in a very short time, while Slow Eater hasn’t spilled a single crumb.

I guess burritos are difficult to eat for some people. And when I start making a mess, I feel like I might as well just continue down that road.

Fun facts about this comic:

#1: We don’t actually sit shoulder to shoulder and eat dinner like that. We obviously lounge at either end of the couch while watching YouTube, like proper grown-ups.

#2: Slow Eater doesn’t actually own a nice, red, woolly sweater, but I asked which colour he wanted to wear in the comic and he requested this – and now wants to get one IRL.

#3: Last month I drew another comic of me and my BF – you can check it out here: Duvet drama.

 

Burrito time (is so short)

Funky beets

I love beets!

They’re so beautiful and have that weird sweet and earthy taste, that’s sometimes too much, and sometimes just right.

Look at that colour!

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Here’s one of the smaller, round ones:

Once I tried to grow beets in my tiny urban garden (literally a box of dirt, but it works). They turned out like this:

… Very small!

I found out that I should have picked some of them out to make room for other ones to grow big. I told my colleagues at the time about it and someone was very nice and gave me some giant ones from their garden. I pickled them and all was good, and I never tried growing my own beets again. But I guess now I know what to do, so I should try again.

Beets are on my mind, because I made some hummus a couple of days ago and put in a couple of baked beets. The hummus was amazingly pink and tasted and felt very spring-like in spite of the season. It turns out it doesn’t take a lot to excite me, when it comes to food. The beets I used looked a bit more like this, though:

It’s a difficult season to find good vegetables, especially local and organic ones. But these were both, and they tasted very nice. I find that baking them and peeling the skin off afterwards makes them more tasty than boiling them.

That was a lot of thoughts about beets, congrats for reading this far! Here’s a a fun fact:

I drew the first two of the beet doodles today while talking to my mum on the phone. (Not about beets, though, mainly about what we’re baking at the moment and what the rest of the family are up to).

*Update: After posting this I went and googled “beets”, and I can see that I totally drew the leaves wrong. They have long pink stems! Anyway it goes to show how little I remember about actual vegetables coming from the ground and not the store. I’ll remember next time I’m drawing a bunch of beets 😀

Funky beets

My kitchen counter – process video

I enjoy watching drawing videos on Instagram, and today I wanted to try to make one myself. Here’s the recording of my process of making a quick drawing – it’s the result of about 40 minutes work (at 1000% speed):


I’m still learning to draw properly in Illustratir using my Wacom tablet, which is very different than drawing on paper or drawing directly on a tablet with a screen. But it gives lots of opportunities for colouring and drawing with different brushes, so it’s worth the hassle of learning.

The final drawing turned out like this by the way:

If you’re curious, the stuff on my counter this morning was (from left to right):

Massive jar of instant coffee, old speakers for listening to the BBC Food Programme (or other things) in the kitchen – behind a pot of parsley, plate with apples and a brown (not red) avocado, sugar left on the counter from breakfast (porridge), pot of rosemary, weird, tall mason jar with its own rubber seal inside, which should have been in a cupboard, stand mixer.

Sometimes there’s nothing except the mixer on the counter, sometimes its full of keys, tissues and other stuff that has nothing to do in the kitchen. But today it looks like this and it makes me happy to look at all these colours on a grey and cold January morning.

My kitchen counter – process video

The French Chef

In my baking binge (which I talked about in yesterday’s blog post) I randomly discovered the show ‘The French Chef’ with Julia Child in my search for “croissants” on YouTube. This show is just the best!

I’m learning cooking techniques and fancy dishes in a low-key and practical way, and I LOVE the humour and little nuggets of cooking/ life wisdom like:

“potatoes are a neurotic vegetable”, or

“…finish up the sauce with some light cream – or you can put in milk if you’re on one of those hideous diets.”

This is definitely my new favorite cooking show, possibly my favorite show in all categories.

I didn’t make the Salade Niçoise yet, but it looked really nice, so I had to draw it. And then there was the episode with a 20 lbs lobster sitting on the table, while Julia Child casually teaches lobster lore. And then there’s the cake in a cage of sugar! I could go on, but I’m off to watch more videos and write down food ideas.

The French Chef