Source: Japanese Moon Rabbit
The Moon Rabbit is a mythological character that is most predominant in Asian and Aztec cultures, each one having it’s own interpretation of the story. In general, the rabbit lives in the moon and depending on the culture, it is pounding something different. This is my take on the “Moon Rabbit” folktale, with a Japanese twist of course! In my interpretation, there are 4 scenes, each representing the 4 seasons. Winter rabbit is seen pounding mochi, Spring rabbit is dancing under the Sakura blossoms, Summer rabbit is dancing at the obon lantern festivals, and Fall rabbit is seen staring at the harvest moon. These are all printed on Japanese Kozo paper.
Here are my most recent drawings of winged creatures that I completed in the last couple of months. My love of birds began when I was younger. We always had a pet cockatiel roaming around the house causing trouble. They were fun to have around and just as loveable as a furry pet! My father was like a bird whisperer, always bringing home injured birds or random birds would come into our garage to find sanctuary. It was pretty amazing.
A few years back, my son gave me 2 love birds as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately, I discovered that I developed an allergy to bird dander and could no longer keep them as pets. This is how I compensate. =)
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
This was my first time attempting this traditional Dutch sweet treat. Traditionally it calls for bitter almonds, which is hard to find here in PDX. I used almond paste and decreased the amount of white sugar in the recipe. I love chewy cookies, and it’s hard to replicate once you’ve had the perfect cookie. There is the stale “chewy”, the kind of chewy only grocery store cookies can deliver. Then there is the chewy that is life changing…the first layer is lightly crisp–and I mean delicately crisp; second layer is the moist and heavenly chewy part. I worship the man who discovered the magical combination of egg whites and sugar…after all, that is the heart of this cookie. Trust me guys, if I were a chewy cookie, I would strive to be THIS ONE.
Almond paste 1.25 lbs
Egg whites 3.5 eggs
Granulated sugar 1 cup
Powdered sugar 1 cup
Salt 1/4 tsp
- Mix room temperature almond paste and egg whites in a blender until mixed well.
- Add granulated sugar and salt and mix.
- Add powdered sugar, a little at a time, and mix well.
- Using a silpat mat (non stick baking mat) on top of a baking tray, drop by TBSP onto surface.
- Bake at 340 for 11 minutes, rotating at the half way point.
- Cookies should be golden brown.
- **Cool completely on silpat mat before removing cookies!!!** This is key. If you try to remove them while they are still hot, the cookies will break apart. Once cooled, you can easily peel the cookies off the mat with no tearing.
- Makes about 2.5 dozen cookies.
**Makes killer ice cream sandwiches!**
Kale Breakfast Saute With Homemade Canned Tuna
Anyone who knows food appreciates the time and effort it takes to do home canning. Whenever I receive such gifts, I don’t think the giver realizes how excited I get! Yesterday, a friend brought over a 32 ounce mason jar filled with tuna marinating in olive oil and herbs. Immediately, my foodie brain began thinking of all the things I could make with it. His suggestion was on a salad–classic! I opened it up on arrival and we both took a bite straight from the jar. Super tender, fruity notes from the olive oil, and a tease of dill…my mind started to wander and already I was taking inventory of what I had in my refrigerator and pantry to accompany this gift from the sea.
The next morning, I started in on this delicious protein packed recipe.
**you can modify amounts to accommodate your individual preference**
Lacinato Kale 4 leaves, destemmed and rough chopped
Sweet Vidalia Onion 4 ounces (or more depending on YOU!), large julienne
Shiitake Mushrooms 6 each, destemmed and large slices
Canned Tuna in Olive Oil 2-3 ounces
Soy Sauce 1 TBSP
Lemon juice, fresh a squeeze
Olive oil 2 TBSP
Reserved olive oil from tuna 1 TBSP
Black pepper dash
Parmesan Reggiano shaved, and as much as you want!
- In a saute pan, add olive oil and tuna olive oil on med high heat.
- Saute vidalia onions and shiitake mushrooms until just tender.
- Add kale and saute. (about 40 seconds!)
- Add soy sauce and lemon juice (this will add a little steam to the saute and cook your kale down quickly. I like mine a little al dente, so a quick sautee is great!)
- Place the veggies on a plate in a pile.
- Quick saute your tuna chunks.
- Place right on top of the veggies.
- Cook your eggs, sunny side up! (click to see video of how to cook sunny side up eggs, instead of butter you can use olive oil)
- Dash your eggs with black pepper if you wish! Slide it on top of your mound of veggies and tuna!
- Top with shaved parmesan. Serve with your favorite piece of toast!
Ink and Origami on bristol board. // May 2017
It’s my birthday month and I’m totally reflecting on the last 40+ years of my life. Been through some turbulent/wonderous/life changing/happy times thus far and look forward to so many more experiences.
Lines represent all the experiences in my life that made me who I am today.
Fragmented, layered origami represents the complexities in life and a reminder of how complicated but beautiful life can be.
Every now and then, I will read a biography of someone so inspiring! Ida Lewis is definitely one of those people! Here is a short comic I did of her life in a nutshell.
Life of Caspian is issue #2 in my series of comic book biographies that I’ve been working on since last quarter of 2016. Illustrations are done, I am just waiting on momma to submit her essay on what this journey has been like since Caspian was diagnosed. I am anxious to read it, as i have fallen in love with this beautiful family and the way they have turned something tragic into something beautiful. Here are more illustrations, enjoy! ❤
This past month, Yale University made a radical statement by changing Calhoun College (named after John C. Calhoun who was a national leader that was in favor of slavery and a very open white supremacist) to Hopper College (named after Grace Murray Hopper, a Yale graduate and trailblazing scientist, mathematician, teacher and public servant).
A very good decision, indeed.