Sunday, April 22, 2007

Ice cream versus salad

How I love painting. And tennis. And I do love my garden, my house. Shopping. What else. Oh yes, and I love eating! Good food, healthy food, bad food, ordinary food, new food, traditional food, adventurous food...all food.

I am sitting here right now, licking a huge Magnum ice cream. A double caramel! Sweet and nerve rackingly rich, deliciously creamy, luscious, sticky, voluptuous and sensual...and far too small. While I am indulging in my ice cream I have a healthy menu for you, a great one for a long, lingering lunch on a hot summers afternoon around a huge table with great friends!

To start off: make a tomato mozzarella salad, using nice small vine tomatoes, some buffalo mozzarella torn into bite size pieces... stuff some in your mouth while you're at it. Tear some basil leaves and lastly, sprinkle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and mill some fresh pepper and then add a sprinkling of finely chopped sun dried tomatoes.To finish off, mix gently with your hands and then lick off those fingers, serve on a pretty plate and enjoy with crusty bread.
For the main meal you dig your beautiful platter out of the back of the cupboard, give it a rinse and then fill it with...crispy green leaves of your choice, mesclun, spinach, rocket and other herbs and don't forget some crunchy red cabbage sliced finely for great color and crunch....

In the middle you stack some cooked quinoa, first sauteed in coconut oil with some red onions and then cooked until just done.

On top of that, beet cut into chunks, hand fulls of organic grated carrot and around the rim, little bundles of steamed asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or parma ham. And finish off with a little sweetness; a handful of golden raisins and pumpkin seeds and a Calamata olive or two. I like some green peppercorns sprinkled too. Finish off with a vinaigrette of your choice, some more crusty bread, a bottle of good Rose and you're off to hear all the Oohs and Aahs from your hungry, anticipating guests waiting at the table! And do enter with flare...why else have you gone to so much trouble! Dessert. No can't do without dessert. To keep to the theme of health, you take lots and lots of strawberries...do the usual, and cut them roughly into chunks. Using a large fork, you crush them until pulpy but not to a puree. Then you add a large handful of chopped mint, which you ventured into your garden for early morning, with your hat and herbs scissors and gloves...and of course you pulled out some weeds while you were there. OK, the mint..you add this generous handful of mint to your strawberries and follow up with some balsamic vinegar and if you like your strawberries a bit sweeter, add some honey. Just before you put this beautiful dessert in the fridge, take a big spoonful to taste...you should be able to just sigh with pleasure, if not, then start over. Serve it in some beautiful glasses where its beauty can be seen. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt, drizzle with some honey, a swirl of syrupy reduced balsamic vinegar, a dash of milled black pepper and of course, a small mint leaf...and please, don't plant a tree!

So, off I go to fetch another Magnum...enjoy your lunch!

Pen and Watercolor on Arches paper HP 23 x 31cm (9 x 12")

24 comments:

Robyn said...

After reading all of that and looking at you lovely water colours, I'm not hungry any more. What a way to diet! Oh, I think that I have room for another Magnum. Got one to spare?

Elizabeth said...

MMM...my mouth is watering! Beautiful artwork to compliment a delicious menu.

Lin said...

OH MY GOSH!!! WHAT TIME IS DINNER!! AND YOU'VE BEEN A PICKIN' IN MY GARDEN!! I just planted two dozen basil plants, some grape tomatoes .. and mercy, but buffalo mozzalla is hard to get here in my part of NC ... and quinoa!! LOVE it!! Stawberries -- it's pickin' time at the farm and my strawberry basket is abloom .. oh my, Ronell you've made my HUNGRY ..!!!

Are you sure we're not related?????

FANTASTIC SKETCHES, MY FRIEND!!!! And description ... drool accompanied ....!

Dave said...

Yummy! Those sketches are lovely.

Anita said...

Oh my Ronell...I LOVE EVERYTHING about this posting, the sketches are fantastic and the words alluring...But quinoa?...What's that then?
You do realise I am now off to raid the cupboards/fridge for a midnight snack...You temptress you!

Shirley said...

I'm not sure that I want to eat such healthy food - but I am sure that I love your pen and watercolor sketches! Great style.

Nancy said...

Wow, I love the menu (though I've never actually seen quinoa); and the accompanying pictures are equally luscious. Please ma'am, I want some more.

Emma Pod said...

Looks like a party at your house! All three drawings/paintings are beautiful. Nice work on the glass fruit plate and the spoon and dessert glass. Now, where is that ice cream???

aPugsLife-laserone said...

Ok, now you're just making me hungry! :)

caseytoussaint said...

Mmm - having been at that meal, I can testify that everything tasted at least as good as it looked.

Robyn Sinclair said...

Ha, ha. As my mother used to say 'Do as I say, not as I do!' Thank your for a delightful lunch. I never thought of putting mint on strawberries but I do like a glug of balsamic. Fantastic food paintings!

Deb Salter said...

Great Post! I'm so hungry, it was the effect of your work and your writing! Ps, I love your profile painting, I so identify with that!

juj said...

Oh Ronell! It's not fair to make a girl so hungry so early in the morning! (lol) Your sketches are simply beautiful and what a fun post to read. Thank you.

Lindsay said...

I'm so hungry looking at your lucious paintings!! Loved this tour through your meal!!! What passion for art AND food!

Sandy said...

Scrumptous - especially the finale!! I can relate Big Time.
Gorgeous painting, I just adore your technique

Christeen said...

Firstly, this post was tantalising to the point of cruelty. *winks* Secondly, these paintings are really cool, and made the wonderful meal you described seem even MORE tempting. Therefore, I have to stop commenting on your blog, and go fix a lovely lunch. *smiles*

Jana Bouc said...

Fabulous paintings--you're a master of painting food! .... and writing about it. Your recipes are amazing and even though I never cook for others anymore (horrible stage fright at the idea) you've inspired me to want to try it again.

Africantapestry said...

thanks for the comments here.
ronell

Carole said...

Gosh - I'm glad I read this after dinner! What a wonderful cook you are as well as a painter. And these watercolours are just as luscious as the dishes they describe. Wonderful work, Ronell!

ksklein said...

You don´t feel like coming over and cooking dinner for me?
This sounds absolutely delicious!!
*lick

phthaloblu said...

OMG, was like watching acooking show! That line about stuffing some of the mozzarella in your mouth... too wonderful! You're making me hungry! Awesome job on these paintings!

platitudinal said...

It is dinner time here, and I wish I could have whipped something like you described or painted! They all looked so divine!

*Ronell, you certainly know how to describe eating ice cream like a Romance writer! Hehe.

E-J said...

These really are mouthwatering sketches. You are an expert at food painting!

I will keep an eye out for further sprigs of mint from your garden, which crop up in the most delightful places: on top of strawberries, between pillows ...

Fanta said...

Oh, GOd! What a mouthwatering blog entry! Gorgeaus illustrations of yours to go with it.
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