KALI EATS

Question? Food Suggestion?   an illustrated food diary by Kali Ciesemier
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Anonymous asked: hi! I just discovered your site through Very Short List. Did the inspiration for some of your childhood drawings come from "Berenstein Bears and Too Much Junk Food" by any chance? I too was obsessed with illustrations of food in children's books when I was a kid, and that one had lots of "Yums" and other fun things to look at. The Brambly Hedge books were another favorite. Boy, those mice could eat. thanks! Sarah


Answer:

Haha, you are spot-on, Sarah! Yep, a lot of those little childhood drawings are copied from that book. I don’t remember The Brambly Hedge, but I think there was another book I liked about mice and a big strawberry?? I totally forgot the name. Mice are apparently big eaters!

And hopefully someday soon I will have enough spare time between projects to update this site…I’m glad people are still finding and enjoying it, though!

— 1 year ago with 1 note
hellothisisfood:

Free Donut Day! Go get a free donut and devour it.

 More Nat’l Donut Day celebration— by Kyle Fewell! Donuts forever!!

hellothisisfood:

Free Donut Day! Go get a free donut and devour it.

More Nat’l Donut Day celebration— by Kyle Fewell! Donuts forever!!
— 2 years ago with 218 notes
fig. 06.01.12

DONUT

Happy National Donut Day everyone! 
Today we celebrate the Salvation Army ‘Lassies’ who delivered donuts & cheer to WWI soldiers in the trenches. You can get a free donut from Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts  (though only with purchase of a drink, at DD) today, and some independent donut stores have their own deals. 
Go forth and celebrate American deliciousness!

fig. 06.01.12

DONUT

Happy National Donut Day everyone!
Today we celebrate the Salvation Army ‘Lassies’ who delivered donuts & cheer to WWI soldiers in the trenches. You can get a free donut from Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts (though only with purchase of a drink, at DD) today, and some independent donut stores have their own deals.
Go forth and celebrate American deliciousness!

— 2 years ago with 552 notes
#NATIONAL DONUT DAY 
As a youngster one of my favorite things to do was look through all my illustrated kids books and pick out my favorite drawings of food from each one (ALL DESSERTS), and then I’d draw my own favorite foods (ALL DESSERTS) on little pieces of paper. Some things never change!

Since I’m still booked with a bunch of illustration work to do, I unearthed some of these early, early Kali Eats drawings—circa gradeschool/jr. high. Though technically most of these drawings are things I wanted to eat…I didn’t actually have 3 cakes, chips, a sundae, and a box of ‘yums’ all at once, though I’m sure I tried.
— 2 years ago with 17 notes
racheme asked: I am sooooo happy to see this blog because food is my favourite subject in art hurhur and your illustrations are gorgeoussssss <3 I would like to suggest soups! Cream soups specifically, you know, mushrooms, chicken, tomatoes, what-have-yous.


Answer:

Aw, thank you! I’m also a fan of food art (can you tell??) ;) And soups! I’ll probably be making some sort of a tomato bisque this summer, it’s my favorite summer soup!

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
Hello food enthusiasts! Thanks for all the kind words and recipe suggestions, guys, you are great! My apologies for the lack of posts lately&#8212;I have some food illos in the works (the drawing above is an WIP snippet of one!) but I also have some real illustration work to deal with first. Gotta pay the bills!

In the mean time, you might enjoy this recipe for Parmesan zucchini fries, which I am baking RIGHT NOW as I work. Cheers!

P.S. Can you guess the ingredients in my dinner, from the rough preview above??

Hello food enthusiasts! Thanks for all the kind words and recipe suggestions, guys, you are great! My apologies for the lack of posts lately—I have some food illos in the works (the drawing above is an WIP snippet of one!) but I also have some real illustration work to deal with first. Gotta pay the bills!

In the mean time, you might enjoy this recipe for Parmesan zucchini fries, which I am baking RIGHT NOW as I work. Cheers!

P.S. Can you guess the ingredients in my dinner, from the rough preview above??

— 2 years ago with 33 notes
#IN PROGRESS 
redcowboyboots asked: Hey Kali! Awesome new blog, it's made me pine for my favorite sandwich at On The Hill- it's called The Eutaw and it's made of spinach, beats, avocado, spicy mayo, and goat cheese. So tasty and also pretty, you should go enjoy one for me while I'm out of town! -Devin


Answer:

Hey Devin! I hope you’re having fun outside of Baltimore! :)
Yesss, On the Hill has some awesome sandwiches—I haven’t tried the Eutaw though! I definitely will next time, thanks for the tip!

Have you been to the Bolton Hill Deli next to the commons? The sandwiches there aren’t as fancy—though I usually just get a BLT anyway—but they are cheaper, AND they have a mindblowing Chai milkshake. ;) (always a bonus for me)

In fact, I should probably try making that milkshake at home…I’m pretty sure it’s only vanilla ice cream, milk, and some of that concentrated chai liquid (like Oregon chai). Whoops, now I’m hungry again!

— 2 years ago with 1 note
fig. 05.09.12

honey
butter
thick challah slice, toasted

TIP: Slap the butter on the challah when it&#8217;s piping hot, add a nice honey drizzle, then swirl it all together with the knife. (Also great with strawberry cream cheese instead!) Super easy, super tasty.

fig. 05.09.12

honey
butter
thick challah slice, toasted

TIP: Slap the butter on the challah when it’s piping hot, add a nice honey drizzle, then swirl it all together with the knife. (Also great with strawberry cream cheese instead!) Super easy, super tasty.

— 2 years ago with 1140 notes
#DESSERT 
deskinlaw asked: I wanna see what u can do with cheesecake....


Answer:

Oh man! Yes please. First I have to find a nice place around here that I can buy a slice of good cheesecake from, I don’t totally trust myself to make it….I’d probably eat a whole cake in a couple days.

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
alexandergracey asked: Get a pot of water and make a large batch of black tea. Then add garlic, a few dried shiitake mushrooms and salt to season. Then prep some artichokes by pulling off all the leaves, spooning out all the choke and cleaning up the rest of the unwanted green parts with a vegetable peeler. Poach artichokes in the tea until tender. Remove and slice then saute with brown butter. Mix with pasta and fresh mint. Enjoy


Answer:

Ooo, fancy!! Sounds delicious! I’ve never worked with fresh artichokes before, but sometime I’ll have to go on a culinary adventure and try this out :)

— 2 years ago with 16 notes