Monday, 25 July 2016

Straw Hat




In the days that my mother was a stay at home mum with three young children, she enjoyed to cook. As a result, from an early age, we were used to eating international cuisine. 

She also made staples of homemade jam and bread and cookies and it was not until I was a teenager that our mother gave in started to buy bread, because she had taken on a full time job. The Straw Hat, a local bakery was pretty good and the staff were familiar faces. On the odd occasion cakes were bought there too. I enjoyed the enormous meringues, smooth and crisp on the outside, filled with oodles of fluffy whipped cream and topped off with a bright red glace cherry and a sprinkling of chopped (greener than they nature had intended) pistachios. Another favourite of mine were the sugar coated doughnuts. These were filled with a bright red strawberry jam that would ooze out if you bit into it hard enough. Sometimes we would play a game, to see who could eat their doughnut without licking the sugar off their lips. A challenge that was accepted, and won a couple of times, but after that I preferred not to play, because it took the enjoyment out of the sugary doughnut experience. 


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Sunday, 24 July 2016

British Bikkies


Jammy Dodgers




Chocolate filled Bourbon biscuits




Iced Gems


British biscuits remembered from childhood. In the summers we would often swim at my brother's elementary school, the Dragon. On the cycle ride back home, ravenous with hunger, we would stop off at a local supermarket and buy bags of iced gems. A bag full of delightful little biscuits, each with a crisp biscuit base, about the size of a euro coin that was topped off with hard, brightly coloured, piped icing shape.

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Elderflower Magic




When I was a child, during often during the summer we would go to local farms and pick whatever fruits were in season. One for me, one for the basket, was the way my siblings and I passed the time. The visit would end with us, red-mouthed and feeling slightly sick. On other times we would forage in the hedgerows of the country lanes for: wild blackberries, sloes, elderflowers and their berries.
From all this produce, my mother would conjure up jams and jellies, pies, crumbles, puddings and elderflower champagne. Whilst in the basement, my father would wizard up bottles of elderflower wine and sloe gin.

Elderflower champagne was a family tradition and made by my mother. It was exciting to us kids, because it was fizzy, contained a small amount of alcohol and we were allowed to drink it! That coupled with the fact that once made, it had to be stored in sturdy, brown glass bottles with a screw top—because it might explode. Sometimes it did and the mess was extraordinary.
Within a couple of weeks, the elderflower champagne was ready to drink and often accompanied lunch in the garden. Served in dimpled half-pint beer tankards or long drink glasses.

This summer, from the elderflower tree in my garden, I have conjured up five bottles of the wonderful elixir and am sipping on a glassful as I write.





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Friday, 22 July 2016

Wonder Flower



Isn't it wonderful how flowers can make you feel?

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Bootcamp Five



Here are the end illustrations of five months of bootcamp assignments. Putting them all together like this, it's obvious that I like details, but I knew that already. Also, animals and small critters appear in every illustration.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Lovely Lavender



Lavender—pretty, has a great scent and bees love it.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Global Talent






The first mini of five this week—favourite beverage, before the start of GTS (Global Talent Search) at the end of this month. 
An exciting annual event organized by MATS to find new talent to represent. This is the first time I am taking part—wish me luck!





Monday, 18 July 2016

Honest Policy




On school lunch breaks we were sent outside to get some 'fresh air', whatever the weather. It was bitterly cold. The wind would whistle up our blue-grey tweed skirts. Knees would redden, barely visible above long grey socks, pulled up as far as they would go. Due the cold, a cat and mouse game ensued, with a group of six of us trying to hide somewhere warm and out of sight—inside. The music rooms were a favourite, until we were discovered once more, ejected outside, with accompanying detentions on Monday.
Detention was an hour and involved writing an essay: Honesty is the best policy. I enjoyed writing the essay, because it gave me the opportunity to admonish the staff, who in my opinion, had treated us unfairly.
I neither heard, nor do I care what they thought of the piece, or whether they even read it. Suffice to say, it only fueled the rebel in me. The next time it was cold, we headed straight for the music rooms.


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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Flower Language




All the colourful sketches and watercolours of Zinnia I was making, were for a journal cover entitled The Language of Flowers.
The final assignment, after an inspiring, five month long, bootcamp given by Lilla Rogers of MATS

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Cast of Thousands



After a flower's petals have dropped, the left over seed cases and plant pods, filled with a few or with thousands of seeds, continue to make a garden interesting.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Vesper Shake




3 ounces Gordon’s gin
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Kina Lillet
Green olives or twist of lemon peel


To make a Vesper, shake the gin, vodka and Kina Lillet with ice n a cocktail shaker.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a green olive ir twist of lemon.



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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Victorian Tea




Victoria sponge—an inadmissible recipe in cookery lessons from my school days. The cake, also known as Victoria sandwich, was named after Queen Victoria, who was said to be partial to a slice or two with her tea. For the classic recipe: here

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Mini Zinnia






A couple of sketches of the vibrant flower—zinnia, as part of MATS Bootcamp 2016, given  by Lilla Rogers. An inspiring and fun e-course!

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Floral Fantasy











Floral Fantasy—I'd like to develop into a fabric pattern.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Chocolate Trio


Chocolate Chip Cookies



Maltesers



Mild Chocolate Bar


Chocolate - This and more foody illustrations can be found on my Instagram as part of the #100dayproject. Tag: #100daysfoodanddrink


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Friday, 1 July 2016