Who Doesn’t Love a Food Explosion? : Watercolor Food Illustration
Ever since I was little, food has been a huge part of my life and overtime, it has played many roles. It has given me sustenance, of which I am most grateful. It introduced me to many flavors and smells as well as color and presentation. And it has been a comforter, which is not as it was intended.
Finding that balance is hard. When is too much food, too much? It has been a lifelong struggle for me, especially since a lot of my favorite foods make me sick. But I am slowly learning to eat in moderation. I am learning that I can bake for my family without tasting. And I am learning that I can still enjoy food without it making me sick. Eating with dietary restrictions can be hard and disappointing but thankfully there are so many resources and recipes out there that one does not need to feel as though they are missing out. But I admit, sometimes I still do.
My hubby is an engineer and his brain works completely different than me. He doesn’t understand why I love tasting food so much. He can eat a piece of dessert over the length of a half hour while I savor each and every bite for the entire minute it takes me to devour it. And then of course I want more, which gets me into trouble.
How about you? Do consume your dessert over a period of time or are you a devourer like me?
If you want to read a great book about food, try this one.
Everyone loves these Peanut Butter Bombs. This week I made a batch to freeze so we can take them out when we want them. SO delicious!
I tried a new sourdough recipe this week and it was a hit. Chocolate Crinkle Sourdough cookies. I found this recipe on a sourdough discard group I am a part of on FB. My son, the baker, described them as being “Crunchy and sweet on the outside and soft and fudgy on the inside.”
The last new dish I tried this week was Sourdough Discard Steamed Buns. Since they would be sitting to proof for 3 hours, I filled them with left-over chili. I watched many tutorials on how to shape and seal the buns but as you can see, I failed miserably.
Here is my steaming basket set-up. I pulled it out of the cabinet, never used after 6 years.
Final verdict: They were all gone
I wasn’t sure how the kids or hubby would like them but they did! I will definitely be making these again so that I can perfect my dough and my sealing technique. I would also like to experiment with savory and sweet fillings. Next time, I will be adding a pinch or so of yeast to see if I can get a better rise. Or maybe I just need to use starter that has recently been fed.
If you are interested in trying this, here are the supplies that I used for this recipe.
I love baking, as you know, and now I found a way to make it a part of my art. Food illustration. I have been binge watching Youtube videos on watercolor food illustration. I found them by chance while browsing and now I am hooked. Because I go through phases of creating, I have decided to do as much watercolor as possible while the inspiration exists. It may be food art overload over the next few weeks.
The berry popsicles is my first attempt at food illustration. I used the tutorial by Nianiani on Youtube. Her paintings are beautiful and she makes them look way too easy. But I love that she does step by step tutorials. I am doing as many as possible in my spare moments.
Next up, chocolate chip cookies.
One of the things I like and learned about food illustration from Nianiani, is that it helps to do a study of the object from different angles. I took this information and decided to do my own study of a carrot from online pictures. Here is my final piece.
Sadly, not everything turns out decent on the first try. For instance, who would have thought that blueberries could be so hard?
First try: wonky shaped blueberries and not much depth. I want to blame it on the paper, as hot pressed has little texture and it is difficult to spread the paint. Not the best paper I am thinking for learning.
Second Try: I used more water and pigment but still not very good control.
Third Try: Added in another color to help with shading. Better, but still lacking a lot of depth.
Well, as you can see, I have a lot to keep me busy. More practice illustrations next time.
I am joining the Tea Ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Harney & Sons Fine Teas Jasmine Fragrant Green Tea. It was sent to me as a sample with my order. I am a huge fan of Jasmine. While I like the fragrant taste of Jasmine, it is strong for some. I can’t handle it in excess but I love to savor my cup when I do.
Happy Tea Day,