Are chefs painters?

Is it possible to describe the food style/taste of a chef like a visual identity for a company? The food identity of the chef.

What kind of words would you use? Feelings? Taste words? Colors?
A chef needs to understand all the tastes and ingredients, so they can create awesome dishes.

Is it like art? Understanding color and understanding how to mix them to create WOW paintings? People come back for those same style paintings.

Chef’s understand taste, texture and methods… they can create a WOW dish. People come for those same style flavors: a bit similar to their old experience, but still mindblowing.

Cooking is like art I believe. You can be creative with tastes, colors and textures. Art stimulates the eye and creates feelings in the observer. Food stimulates the eye, tongue, nose and create feelings in the eater.

Also at a more fancy restaurant the chef will make art of your plate. So yes, chefs are painters.

Sketch process

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That was my small food for thought of the week.

Coming soon

It has been a bit quiet in the foodvlog department, but there are plans to film at two restaurants. So you can expect two foodvlogs coming soon.

It’s also becoming hot… I am planning to share a refreshing cucumber salad with you guys. And mum is back in town, so a dumpling recipe (or video maybe?) is coming soon. Lots to look forward to 🙂

Have a sunny weekend!

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Kiosk to the rescue!

When you are travelling with the train in the Netherlands and you are feeling hungry or thirsty, you can get your food and drinks from these Kiosks. A cup of hot coffee, a quick croissant or some candy. They have it all!

Quite convenient and a bit more expensive than in a normal supermarket, but hey who cares right. When you need food, you need it. 

Have a lovely day! 

Food diary #2 ~ dentist and kimchi ramyun

Banana milk

bananamilkToday I went to the dentist to remove a second wisdom teeth, too much wisdom in my mouth. Now my mouth is tired and still a little numb. Can’t chew, too much effort. So I made a banana smoothie. Smooth and sweet. Recommended for when you can’t chew. Babies like it too. I was walking in the supermarket before my dentist visit and I was looking at the baby food and thinking: should I buy some? But before I have seen people eating it on Youtube and it tasted bad. So I made my own baby food.

For tonight I will make some chicken congee, more baby food. I will post the recipe tomorrow.

Did you know they have banana flavored milk in South-Korea? It tastes quite nice, it’s sweet milk with more banana taste than what I just made right now.

Kimchi ramyun

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Nice segue to my next topic: I discovered Kimchi Ramyun in a Dutch supermarket: Coop. I was surprised by the amount of Toko (Chinese store) things they have. They also cover some stuff from the Turkish supermarket. Good to see Coop is getting international. I approve.

Lays as Pringles?

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I found another interesting thing in the Coop. Lays is selling their chips Pringles style. But why? I like my chips to be small and big. Aya, I should have bought it so I can try it. Next time…

Have a good day!

Recipe: Lemon honey tea

From Cantonese friends and Hongkong I learned about Honey Lemon tea (or Lemon Honey tea). It tastes like ice tea, but hot and there is no tea used. You can also drink it cold, then it tastes like ice tea.xD

It’s quite simple to make:

You can make a big honey/lemon pot and enjoy it for a long time. You might need to remove some honey or get a bigger pot when you are adding the lemon slices. Wash the lemon before cutting, since the skin will also be used.

At work I have a small pot with lemon slices and a squeeze honey tube for more sweetness. Delicious and good for you when you have a sore throat.

To Taste or Not to Taste

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The past week I have been using a mouthwash everyday, because I had to make my mouth clean for pulling my wisdom teeth. Everything went well, I didn’t cry.

BUT, the mouthwash made me lose my taste. (It was awful!) I couldn’t taste salt properly anymore. A sweet banana was okay. But a sandwich with salty cheese tasted so bland. Terrible to lose your taste-bud-skills. You will miss so much taste and feeling of the food.
I heard, the older you get, the more taste buds you will lose. Oh no! I need to invent something to prevent that from happening. Or find a way to still taste the food 100%. (Wikipedia: taste perception begins to fade around 50 years of age because of loss of tongue papillae and a general decrease in saliva production.) T^T

I love the taste of food.

Smell is also a big helper in tasting. Luckily I could still smell the ingredients when I was cooking. I could not taste-try it. So I just trusted my nose.

Today I still need to use the mouth wash. After a few days I can taste 100% again! 😀 At least, I am guessing that I usually taste 100%…. Maybe I have already lost some taste buds in these two and a half decades..

53 posts in 2016

lazypig year review 2016

In 2016 I started blogging on a weekly regular base. In the beginning it was hard to keep posting something every week, because I don’t feel the pressure of a deadline. So there are some months which only have two posts in stead of 4 or 5. In total I have posted 53 posts in 2016.

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That is a post every week (+1), but that is strange though. When I was in Thailand I posted every day, so that should make the number higher. Or I had a lot of weeks with not posting and the Thailand posts made up for that.

Recipes

I have posted 6 recipes. Recipes get the most likes from WordPress members and some of my readers are asking for simple recipes. So next year I am planning to make more recipes. Probably in combination with a video.

Recipe: Onigirazu – Seaweed Rice hamburger ~ 9 December 2016
Dad’s Famous lamb skewers 羊肉串 ~ 11 September 2016
Eating wild plants: wild leek / ramps ~ 27 August 2016
Dumplings a la LazyPigPassion ~ 23 April 2016
Chinese chicken soup against the cold ~ 29 January 2016
Recipe: Stir fry chicken, potato, carrot ~ 15 January 2016

Restaurants

I wrote 10 posts about restaurants, cafes or dessert, drink places. Mostly situated in The Netherlands, some in Swiss, Hongkong and Thailand. The Kiroren Restaurant post (Chinese Xinjiang food in Rotterdam) has given me a lot of visitors, because Google shows my post on the first page. I am very happy with that. That really shows, if you are the first with exposure, you get a lot of views. Since the Kiroren post I have at least 1 visitor per day. They usually come for the Kiroren post. So I think it is time to expand their post with more photos and maybe some videos? Good reason to eat there again! 😀

Food in other countries

I wrote 24 posts about food from another country. This year I went to Swiss, Hongkong and Thailand and I wrote about their food and restaurants. Thailand has by far the most posts (16), because I posted everyday there. It was quite some work everyday in the evening, but it resulted in a nice collection of photos. Plus it attracted a lot of readers, average on a day I had 10 visitors and about 40 views. After Thailand I decided to buy the name LazyPigPassion.com, so there is no WordPress in my link anymore + I removed the ugly commercials. First I thought it would be nice to earn some money from the commercials, but they just don’t fit visually in my blog.

Next year Lazy Bear and I are planning to go to Japan. I am already looking forward to it. For Japan I will do some research on restaurants I want to visit and post it on the blog.

Random food stories

Then I have 14 posts about food I like, food rituals, trends, MacDonald ideas and even toilets. And some other post.

I wonder what people like from my blog.. the restaurant reviews, recipes or random stories? Let me know 🙂

Have a wonderful 2017!

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