Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Shop Update!

Hello! What's shaking??? Busy here, prepping for my Peru trip, lots of painting, finishing up miscellaneous projects and cooking up new ones. Not too much in the actual cooking department; I even had to skip this past month's Daring Baker challenge because I couldn't find time (it was an Orange Tian this month, and I still would like to try and veganize it.)

I put two new prints in the shop today! I obviously have spring on my mind lately, and I show you some doodles from my sketchbook soon too.

Happy Wednesday!

"Night Wisdom"
watercolor on gessoed paper

"Tell it to the World, Mister Fox"
watercolor on gessoed paper

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Hello! Super-awesome morning here, filled with sunshine, no winter coats, and a big to-do list. I spent the weekend making a dozen or so mini (4"x4"!) veggie paintings to bring to Fuego this week. They are basically redos of my current veggie series, but I'm going to scan them later and upload because some are improvements! I'm going to do another dozen too, with a Brooklyn theme. I'll show you soon!

These three paintings here, I did a week ago, and the only one I am really happy with is the "Love" one, so that is the only one that I have put up in my shop thus far. I've been playing around with using some markers with watercolor and abstaining from using black. Hard for me! The others...I dunno yet. I have a whole bunch of sketchbook pages with this theme on them, so I'm just going to keep playing.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Daring Cooks-March Challenge-Risotto

The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make risotto. The various components of their challenge recipe are based on input from the Australian Masterchef cookbook and the cookbook Moorish by Greg Malouf.

For this challenge, I have had a bunch of dried mushrooms laying around and decided to put them to good use. I made a basic vegetable stock while adding the dried mushrooms to rehydrate, and then adding this to the Risotto base. Super yummy and fantastic for a rainy night! Nik and I enjoyed this while watching that movie Men Who Stare at Goats (which is really good!)

Vegetable stock:

2 large potatoes, quartered
4-5 smaller carrots or 1 big one (I had small finger-sized ones)
bag of dried mushrooms (I had a wild mix from Whole Foods)
2 small onions
water (I filled up my 3 1/2 QT. pot about 3/4 of the way with water)

I really enjoy Bryanna Clark Grogan's veggie broth (scroll down a little) and just kinda freely added in some of the same ingredients she uses in her dry broth powder to my stock.

Simmer for an hour. I discarded the potato and left everything else in to be added to the Risotto base.

Risotto Base

2 oz. olive oil
1 small onion, quartered
14 oz. Arborio rice
2 oz. white wine
vegetable stock , simmering 2 pints 1 L


1. Heat oil in a pan and add onion. Fry for a few minutes to flavour the oil
2. Add the rice and stir for a few minutes to coat each grain of rice with oil and toast slightly.
3. Add the wine and let it bubble away until evaporated.
4. Add enough stock to cover the rice by a finger’s width (about an inch or two).
5. Cook on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon from time to time, until most of the stock has been absorbed.
6. Repeat Step 4 and continue stirring often.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Friday!

Happy weekend! I'm going to check out the Armory Show on Saturday and hopefully go to Hangawi for some yummy vegan Korean food. I also have to do my taxes, reorganize space for new printer, clean apartment, work on new print repeats for freelance work, yada yada yada busy weekend!! *mwuah*

p.s. The above bears are a new print in my shop! Yeaaaaaah I have a thing for bears lately, if you haven't noticed!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Shop Update!

Hello and happy March! I'm going to kick this month off on the right foot, with a small shop update. Hooray! Here are two recent paintings I've completed, both with watercolors and markers, and are available in print form on Etsy.

Summer Reading

Polka Dot Mountain