Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Three Muses - Fun and Games....for me all the fun happens in the kitchen!!!

Hi Everyone....I saw this week's prompt on Three Muses Challenge blog this week and immediately thought of this piece I did for a Corporate Cookbook Cover....and I know that when I think of fun...I always enjoy spending countless hours in the kitchen cooking up wonderful food...and this gang of food sure looks like they are having for the Fun and Games Challenge I am submitting these fun guys...or shall I say Fungi...hehehehe....anyways I hope you enjoy it....I made some changes to my initial illustration and added some textures to the background for fun....and now for a recipe from my kitchen.....

Diana's French Onion Soup

1 -2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons oil
2 large onions, peeled and sliced thinly
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
6 cups homemade chicken broth
3-4 sprigs thyme
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
homemade croutons
2 cups Cheddar, Swiss, Gruyere or emmenthal cheese ( I use what I have on hand since I make this soup at least 2 times a week.....)
salt and pepper to taste

On medium heat in a large pot add butter and oil and sliced onions. Sautee till the onions caramelize. Add sugar to help get them all nice and golden brown. Add garlic and sautee for a few minutes with the 3-4 sprigs of thyme. Add salt...if you want more or less you can add it as you taste the soup. Add chicken broth and let simmer for about 30 minutes.

Homemade croutons
French Bread sliced in chunks
olive oil
salt and pepper

Bake at 350 till golden brown and dry and crisp

Serve the soup in oven safe dishes and top with the croutons and under the broiler till your cheese is ooey gooey good...and enjoy!

If you don't have time for homemade chicken can use a good bouillon cube....with water...but nothing beats homemade chicken broth....

Have a wonderful day!!!




johanna said...

your style is so unique! so bright and happy!

LivArtNow said...

What a fantastic and fun happening in your kitchen, love the colours and all the happy little veggies :) And yummie, you made me really hungry with that delicious looking soup, mmmmmm.... :D


Elizabeth Golden said...

I love your entry! The veggies are having alot of fun. The recipe sound great. I might have to make this tomorrow. I wish I had some now.

Sandy said...

Wow what a fun playing. The idea is great. Love them.

indybev said...

The fungi all look so bright and happy. Do they know they are destined for that big pot of soup? Thanks for the colorful and fun piece, Diana, and thanks for the recipe. It sounds to die for!

Taluula said...

Diana I always love your illustrations and this one is no exception, so full of fun and colourful.

Mmmmmmm that soup sounds delicious, I can almost taste it.

Manon said...

I think I need to pop by next time I'm in Canada and hang out with you!!! You are so much fun!! The painting is fun and the soup is yummy!!!


Martina said...

Stunning creation, Diana!
And thanks for the cooking recipe.....yummie:-)

Deborah said...

Your blog is the perfect place to be on a chilly winter morning! YUMMMMMY! **kisskiss** Deb

Renee said...

Diana I hit my head on the screen trying to get a bite of the soup.

Is Cole getting excited for Christmas.

Love Renee xoxo

Anonymous said...

Recipe noted! Gonna make it on Sunday! Great illustration.

Yvonne said...

Your veggies do look like they are having fun, Diana! Thank for sharing the nummy looking soup recipe too.

Terri Daugherty said...

oh my! not only did we get to see your wonderful illustration for the cookbook but we also got a yummy recipe to try! thank you so much and i love your work!!!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I love your interpretation, wonderful work.

Astrid Maclean said...

This is brilliant Diana, what a fantastic idea, and thank you for sharing the recipe. I love onion soup, your versions looks yummy!!

Luisa Migon said...

So fun and delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!! :O)

Nicola said...

What a fun illustration!!! I love your little fruit and vegetables!!! What a yummy recipe too! I'm going to have to try this myself!!

Judy said...

What a 'feast' for the eyes, your blog entry today, Diana, perfect & very original piece for the 3 Muses & the soup - yummy!

Ozstuff said...

Your wonderful photos and recipe for French Onion Soup had me salivating - and I am a vegetarian. I'm sure this could be adapted to a good vegetable stock.
I love your Fun and Games picture. It is scrumptious in every way with so many gorgeous details. Wonderful work.

marianne said...

Mmmmmmm your recipes aren always delicious!
Have to try!
Nice illustration too!


AliMayes said...

I hope Mr. Pineapple doesn't burn his toes Diana! This certainly looks fun and the onion soup looks absolutely delicious too.

Amy said...

sounds delish..I'd love to try this..dh loves onions and eats them whole like apple's..LOL

José said...

This is fun and very creative. You could make a tv series with this happy bunch.

Janny said...

Great piece;o)

Rosie said...

I feel a kids' recipe book coming on Diana! Fantastic, fun and that looks so good!
I have all the ingredients ready for ours... what a coincidence, eh? xo

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