Project: Painting Food People

I love all things food, cooking, food packaging etc. and recently I started a new project called "Painting Food People".

I am going to illustrate chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and also food photographers and -stylists. Today I am sharing the first illustrated portraits with you.

Maya Jankelowitz from "Jack's Wife Freda":

 
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The inspiring Sophia Roe. You can find her here.

 
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The cook, writer and broadcaster Rachel Khoo.

 
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Who do you want me to illustrate next? I am very grateful for your suggestions.

Bank Holiday Weekend: Brunch Ideas

A sunny bank holiday weekend is almost like a unicorn. Even though I fully intend to enjoy as much sunshine as possible, it is very likely that I sleep in a little bit longer.

As breakfast turns into brunch, I need something more substantial to eat than a croissant and coffee or a little muesli. In preparation I have researched some brunch ideas to ensure that I have all ingredients in the fridge.

Since I am a food and lifestyle illustrator I follow a lot of food related accounts on Instagram, where I found my first recipe inspiration on the Waitrose account.

Griddled salmon with watercress and walnut pesto: You can find the recipe here.

 
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Recently I discovered the food blog Halfbaked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard. Her recipes and creative presentation are truly a feast for your eyes and stomach.

The baked egg crepes with spring herbs and avocado (yes, avocados have to be present for brunch) have especially caught my eye. You can find the recipe on her blog.

 
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Is there a better way to start a long weekend than with great food and in lovely company?

I am heading out into the sun now and wish you a relaxing, happy weekend.

Japanese hotpot - illustrated recipe

When I tidied up my book shelf yesterday I found a little Guardian food booklet on soups and stews by Allegra McEvedy that I collected many moons ago. Since temperatures dropped again in London and spring is temporarily on holidays, I tried out the recipe for the Japanese hotpot.

It was really tasty, so I illustrated it here for you because I believe that healthy, good food should always be shared.

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

- 400g jasmine rice

- 2 tsp red chilli, chopped

- 3 garlic cloves, sliced

- a few slices of ginger

- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

- 300g bok choy, quartered

- 400g tofu, cut in 3 cm cubes

- 150g sliced shiitake mushroom

- a head of broccoli, cut into florettes

- 1/3 daikon radish/mouli, peeled and sliced

- 3 sliced spring onions

- 2 tbsp miso paste

- 2 tsp light soy sauce

- Juice of 2 limes

- a handful of coriander (or parsley if coriander happens to taste like soap to you, like it is for me)

 
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1. Get your rice going, then put the kettle on again with a little bit more than one litre of water for the miso paste.

2. In a little bowl, mix the chopped chilli, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds.

3. In a sauce pan big enough for all ingredients make layers of the bok choy, tofu, mushrooms, broccoli and daikon, sprinkling a little of the chilli-ginger-garlic-sesame seed mix in between each layer.

4. Dissolve the miso paste in one litre of nearly boiling water.

5. Add the spring onions to the pan, then pour in the miso and cover with the lid.

6. Turn the heat up high. When it comes to the boil, let it simmer for two minutes before turning the heat off.

7. Pour in the soy sauce and lime juice to season, and scatter with chopped coriander/parsley.

8. Serve in bowls and offer the rice on the side.

 
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Pizza Fiorentina - Illustrated Recipe

During the day I am so focused on painting that I sometimes do not even notice when I am hungry and I forget to eat. My lunch often consists of leftovers or a quick sandwich. Also, eating heavy, warm meals around midday makes me really sleepy which in turn is not exactly good for my productivity. So it is very important to me that I take time to cook at the end of the day and eat a nice dinner. Nothing beats a homemade meal shared with your loved ones. 

Sometimes I stick to a recipe but  more often than not I research food images online and make it up as I go along. This is a great way to get inspired. Especially when you are making pizza. The creative possibilities for toppings are seemingly endless.

For the base, which I always make from scratch, I use my mum's tried and tested recipe (makes a medium sized pizza). It is super easy to make and only has a few ingredients:

- 250g pizza flour

- a pinch of salt

- 7g dried yeast

- a dash of olive oil

- some lukewarm water

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and add only as much water as you need to shape a smooth and soft (not sticky) dough ball. Knead the dough thoroughly (with lots of love) on a clean kitchen counter. Then place the dough into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rest in a warm place for one hour.

Last Sunday I made the Florentine Pizza which I found under Tesco's recipes.

 
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Recently we discovered Matthews Cotswold pizza flour at Lidl and I am loving it. This flour is extremely fine and makes a very smooth, soft dough. It was the packaging that first caught my eye. I really love the logo, the font, the colours and the vintage inspired print job. And I can say, that the product is as good as the packaging.

 
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What is your favourite pizza?