April 26th, 2009

goku - chewing

Because I knew you were all wondering...

...what I did with the five (which turned out to be four) potatoes and most of the things I bought from the farmers' market yesterday:

-- chicken hotchpotch with potatoes, chicken breasts, bacon, onions, carrots, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, stout, and butter. Verdict: good, but next time I'm using chicken thighs as the breasts got a little dried out. Also, I panicked and only put half the bacon on because it looked like it would be incredibly greasy, but it really wasn't. But now I have chopped bacon left over that I might use for bacon fried rice, which freezes well.* MMmmm.

-- potato salad using my grandmother's recipe (which was not eaten at dinner, as I'm saving it for lunch).

-- mushroom ragout with button mushrooms, baby portobellos, and a small amount of fresh shiitake.

-- roasted asparagus, dotting it with butter instead of the olive oil (because I like it that way :D), and squeezing a lemon over it

Obviously, the main idea here was to cook enough to have leftovers for lunch this week that I can combine in different ways so I'm not eating the same damn meal every day. But I also convinced myrialux that asparagus can be good!

And now I'm hungry. Must investigate breakfast possibilities...


* Rice tends to freeze well in general, if you follow this method: while it's still warm, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. If you're taking it for lunch, mold it in the shape of your bento box. :D To reheat, take it out of the freezer and throw in the microwave, still wrapped, and nuke it for a couple of minutes. Open carefully, as it will be full of VERY HOT STEAM. Eat! I throw them into bento boxes, and they keep the box colder as they slowly defrost.
goku - sulk

(no subject)

I really really really need to work on not holding the stylus (pen, pencil, etc.) so hard and not pressing it down on the tablet (paper) so hard. Not only is it limiting my ability to control my line, but it makes my hand hurt like HELL.

Not so bad when painting, but when doing comic-type linework and cel shading...? OW OW OW OW OW. And my first finger hurts really bad, too, right at the tip, where it presses against the stylus.

Of course, I haven't the slightest idea how to do that, because every time I try to lighten up, either my tablet doesn't work right*, within five seconds I've completely forgotten about my hand and it goes right back to normal heavy pressure**, or, more likely, both.



* Yes, I know, you can adjust the sensitivity. I am completely incapable of drawing with the right pressure to hit the sweet spot no matter HOW the damn thing's adjusted.

** Potentially an ADD thing. I get focused on the art and don't realize how hard my hand is pressing on the tablet until, literally, hours later when it's sore like this.