I love hummus. It is something I totally would have never eaten back in my picky eater days but once I tried it I was hooked. I love it as a dip, spread and even salad dressing. I love all the different varieties but you can't beat good fresh hummus from a restaurant. I love hummus on a good gyro (see below). Do you enjoy hummus or are you one of those people that can't get past the texture?
I am still working on my food alphabet but I took a break to play around with doing some watercolor washes. I love putting down multiple washes of color and see how they create a unique design that I can draw over. This time I chose some different greens and yellows and I thought it would make a perfect background for some cacti. I looked at some photos of cacti and started drawing. Really like how the drawing and wash combo turned out.
I love greek food and I really love gyros. It is said that the first gyros in America were made in Chicago. I remember in the 90s when Jack in the Box started selling gyros and the commercial was all about how to properly say the name. I say "year-ro" but some people say "Ji-ro" or "geer-ro".
I made a video on my favorite illustrated books from my childhood. As a child I would look at the same books over and over and even when I look at them as an adult they give me a special feeling of comfort. I have saved most of these from my actual collection as a child but I did have to go and purchase some of these again because I lost them along the way. What are your favorite children's books from your childhood?
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Growing up in California it was a common event to go out to a Mexican restaurant for special occasions. At the end of the meal, if it was a birthday celebration, the waiter or waitress would bring out a small flan with a candle on top. I always loved how flan looked very shiny and how it tasted. I only have flan when I am at a Mexican restaurant, I really should try to make it myself one day. People seem to love flan or hate it, I am guessing that is because of the texture. Apparently, flan was created during the Roman empire when chickens were being domesticated and there was an excess of eggs. The Romans started creating more egg based dishes and desserts and flan was born. The recipe was adopted in Spain and then brought to Mexico. Do you like flan?
I loved egg rolls with a side of yellow mustard when I was growing up. I still really like them but I hardly ever have them. I feel like you can rarely go wrong when you order an egg roll from a restaurant and they are perfect freezer food.That crunch and the tanginess of the mustard is a great treat. I am, however, totally against the egg roll's cousin, the spring roll. I describe a spring roll as a bunch of veggies rolled up in a wet paper towel, yuck. I made the mistake of ordering a spring roll instead of an egg roll only once.
I only crave a donut about once a year. When I crave a donut it always has to be a cake donut with frosting and sprinkles. When I think of having a donut from a donut shop I think of those small ma and pa shops. I used to get a donut every time my family had a garage sale. We would get up early and go get donuts. I would always request a cake style with frosting and sprinkles with a side of apple juice in those apple shaped jars. Wow, that sounds way too sweet to me now. While I was researching the donut I was going to illustrate I started to get that once a year craving, I need to find my perfect donut soon. What is your favorite type of donut?
I haven't met many cupcakes I didn't like. I picked a cupcake for the letter C because they are fun to draw and paint. Each cupcake has a unique design, shape and color combo. I think my favorite cupcakes come from Frosted Cupcakery. They have a carrot cake cupcake that is sooooooo good. Oh no, now I want one. Please enjoy my illustration of a cupcake, maybe while eating your favorite cupcake. Prints are for sale on my Buy Artwork page.
Heather Norris is an Art Educator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Fine Artist.