Hello! Sorry for the lack of updates on this space for the past few months. It’s been a hectic few months for me, having gone on several overseas work trips and moving countries (again), so whatever free time I have I prefer to spend it away from the computer with my family. But despite the inactivity here, I’m still eating lots of good food and I’ve been on the receiving end of several lovely food gifts!
I finally met with Shan, who was back in Singapore on a break from her postdoctoral studies in Scotland. We were secondary school classmates and haven’t seen each other for the past decade, so I was quite excited to catch up with her and another ex-classmate RJ for coffee one Saturday afternoon. Shan gave both of us a bag of her three favourite tea leaves from teapigs as a souvenir (how thoughtful of her!) and shared with us her study life and culinary inspiration in betwen
frolicking among sheep and kilt-wearing men dashing in and out of her research lab. As for me, I went to meet her empty-handed…
It’s been a bit quiet on this space, but in fact I’ve been cooking more than ever—it’s just that I need the time and inspiration to pen down the yummy stuff. For the past two weekends, Mr. P and I were busy working on our project to spruce up the apartment with our self-drawn acrylic paintings. We originally wanted to purchase paintings from Jatujak Market but after looking at the works—and price tags—we were rather reluctant to part with the cash. Mr. P suggested being our own artists instead. I thought, why not? We could draw things that we like and not be dictated by what’s available in the market. And what better stuff to draw than food? The fruits of our labour are now proudly hanging on the walls of our living room wall. Our paintings may not be the most refined, but they certainly embody our creativity and love for food! Can you tell what we’ve drawn? I hope they are self-explanatory…
I don’t know why I wasn’t really into picnicking when I was still in Singapore, where there are several lovely parks and ample greenery. But picnicking has definitely become a favorite activity of mine since I started living in Bangkok. (Seriously, Bangkok? With all the population and traffic jams and lack of green spaces?) Perhaps it’s the ease of doing an impromptu picnic in the city: Many parks offer mats for rent and there are always some street food carts fringing the parks peddling bite-size snacks.
I’ve been wanting to sketch for the longest time, having seen loads of talented artists out there who can simply breathe life to their drawings with a few lines. Learning to sketch was one of my resolutions for 2011 and I even gotten sketchbooks and pencils; however, I didn’t act on this desire until last Saturday when Mr. P was away on a business trip and I had some time alone. I looked around the kitchen for inspiration, and in the end decided to sketch the food items bought at the supermarket earlier. I rummaged through Mr. P’s design stuff for the water colours and brushes. I guess this sketch wasn’t too bad for starters (I like my squid!) but the colours could certainly be brighter, livelier and closer to their original tones.