mac n cheese. SketchBook. 2019
I hated the Kraft dinner stuff growing up so I always assumed that mac and cheese tasted bad…Until this year. One of my friends makes some of the best mac and cheese, and I have been converted ever since. This recipe from The Chunky Chef (https://www.thechunkychef.com/family-favorite-baked-mac-and-cheese/) is pretty similar to one my friend made.
Me being me though, and I never follow recipes exactly, I made my own adjustments. If you like flavour, texture, and food that is not bland, (no one asked asked but here it is 💁♀️) here are some ways to elevate your mac and cheese:
How to make mac and cheese less of a gooey mess: add BREADCRUMBS. In a low heat dry pan, toast those bad boys until they are golden brown. I smother my noodles with this stuff. It’s so good!
How to make it healthier: substitute half or all the cheese with nutritional yeast. You can do without that extra calories for very little change in flavour.
How to make mac and cheese more umami: add shrimp and/or pan fried mushrooms. I made this once, and the mushrooms add so much flavour. The shrimp gives the dish more texture.
Dinner is served! Enjoy y’all. 👩🍳
If you know, you know…🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶
Spicy. iPad: SketchBook. 2019.
Lao Gan Ma is a really good chili sauce from China. There’s a video of John Cena confessing his love for it. Hahaha. If you google the sauce, you can even buy Lao Gan Ma merch. 😲
Look out for more art related things in the coming months! I am officially on summer break, and I finally have time to sit down and draw more. It’s good to be back! ☺️🌶
Dim sum has a special place in my heart, especially those from Cantonese dim sum restaurants back in Vancouver. My family is from Shanghai, so our version of dim sum is a little different from popular dim sum foods in North America. My mom hates going to the restaurants because they were so loud. I mean how can they not be? Just imagine waking up on a Saturday morning and grabbing har gow (the best dim sum) with close family and friends. There is a lot of excitement, and I am one for it.
So maybe the fact that I rarely ate dim sum made me love dim sum even more. Being in Kingston sort of sucks for me because dim sum here falls very short compared to the ones back home. That doesn’t stop me from drawing them. If I can’t eat them, at least I can look at them and imagine myself eating it? 🤪
These har gow (crystal shrimp dumplings) are my favorite. I don’t even know how they get shrimps that big.
These chicken or pork sticky rice wrapped in some kind of leaf (so I am not the best at remembering the actual names) was one of my favourite dim sum foods growing up. Even though I don’t eat chicken or pork anymore, they still hold a special place in my heart.
Feast your eyes. Googling “dim sum” is another great way to feast your eyes. You might get some serious cravings though. You have been warned! 🤤
Sketchbook on iPad (March 2019)
When your sandwich is perfect…Ahhh..It’s priceless.
It has been a while since I posted. There’s no excuse but during the time that I was gone, I did many things. One of them being perfecting the best sandwich combinations…At least to me they are, keep in mind I am no masterchef (shocking). Here are 2 of my favourites as of now. Give them a try. They packed with flavour because your girl hates bland food.
Not your average 🌚 savory sandwich:
- thick italian white bread
- generous avocado hummus or regular
- 2 pickle slices
- a handful of alfalfa sprouts
- pan fried crispy tofu or smoked tofu
- 4 tomato slices and 4 cucumbers slices
Gourmet 🥂 pb and jelly combo:
- whole wheat bread
- chucky peanut butter
- lots of grape jelly
- toasted coconut chips
All of this is making me hungry! Look out for more posts about my love for food and my peculiar taste, and lots more art related things! ☕️
Go bananas for what makes you happy. I was in a rut the last few weeks during my midterms (still a little bit right now). When you put everything down to do things that don’t make you happy, (cough cough cough- organic chemistry) you can get in a rut. I put everything down to focus on midterms and upcoming exams but instead of being productive, I found myself more unmotivated and tired. If you ever did yoga, the instructors always say to do what your body craves. I know enough about myself that when I get upset, art is my therapy. And here we are. Credits to my housemate’s bananas which she should eat faster because they are browning!
I am reading a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. He emphasizes that happiness is the input for the function of success. If you put your happiness above everything, you will be more productive and likely more successful. Consider this idea the next time you feel unmotivated or unhappy. Draw some bananas, or whatever makes you go bananas.
Later, alligator. 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌
It has almost been a year since I started my first bullet journal. While I don’t use mine as routinely as most bullet journal users, I have some tips on how to start a bullet journal. I also included some of my favourite spreads from the past year. 🤩
- Find a purpose for your journal.
- I decided one day not to buy agendas anymore. Instead, I bought my first moleskine. I don’t find it hard to keep up with my journal because I use it everyday and it’s a part of my routine like brushing my teeth!
- Google for inspiration.
- Being not creative “enough” should not be an excuse that keeps you from starting a bullet journal! I often google for ideas and customize the spreads to my liking. Once I tried out a couple spreads, I started to figure out the best format for me and what I absolutely needed in my planner.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things and mess up.
- Someone once said to me that they couldn’t start a bullet journal because they would get too stressed and scared about messing up. I think messing up is inevitable. I often write the wrong weekdays on my monthly spread and miss dates in my weekly spreads. But as time goes on, you will make fewer mistakes. Practice makes perfect!
- Don’t miss a day. Plan ahead, like WAY ahead if needed.
- If you know the next few months will be jam-packed, make all your entries in one or two sittings. When school is in session, I draw out the spreads every 3 months. This way I can plan ahead and not have to worry about my bullet journal.
- Enjoy the process.
- Enjoy the freedom and creative process of bullet journaling. I assure you when you are half a year in, a full year in, one journal finished in, you will look back and be proud of your work!!
Good luck and happy bullet journaling! 🤘
My fondest memories of drawing as a kid was doodling. It wasn’t sketching still life or painting landscapes, but rather drawing anything that popped into my head, all over the page until the whole thing was covered. I like to describe this type of drawing as a “visual sensory overload”. It’s also unique because it peeps into the inner thoughts of the mind. Everything you draw has a significance, whether it is symbolic or you just like the form and structure.
This quick doodle was done over the summer. And even though I haven’t made a sensory overload drawing in years, there are still some common themes in my doodles. They always include 3 things: floating hands, skulls, and food. I wonder what that says about me. 😂
Keep calm and doodle on. (Or study if you have midterms like I do. In that case, good luck!)
I think I found my calling…I LOVE MY ANATOMY CLASS. I sound like a complete nerd but even the textbook is pretty cool… The anatomy lab where we got to look at cadavers was incredible. I never thought I would get to touch and handle real human organs and bones! The first day of class (not going to lie but I felt a little faint), everyone gathered around the cadaver and we all got to hold a human heart in our hands!!!
I’ve dabbled in anatomical drawings before but I never found any good resources to draw from (imagine my search engine history: “human hand without skin”) and frankly, I didn’t know what I was drawing. I am so grateful for my prof and all the resources that he has given us.
This week we are learning about the human brain. Oh boy, there’s at least like 89190481 different structures that we have to memorize. I labelled like 3 things in my drawing. Kudos to people studying medical illustration. You have my admiration.
Ttyl. Back to making small doodles of the brain and all its lobes, gyri, sulci, and other good stuff. 💪
This is a quick little doodle I did over the summer.
This summer was the time of many first’s, like my first full-time job and my first time paying rent. I was incredibly lucky to have a job with a boss who trusted and valued me so much. I also learned how hard it is to earn money and how easy it is to spend. If I look many years ahead, there’s also this ugly thing waiting for me called: STUDENT DEBT.
Whoever you are and wherever you are, we all have different relationships with money. And no one can quite understand what another person is going through.