Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Rice Paper Jelly Babies ....


There was unseemly excitement around the studio yesterday afternoon
when I saw the colour prompt of hot pink and orange for week 2 of the Summer of Colour
because I have been wanting to paint up this rice paper roll packet for some time
because it is often a nice bright spot on the kitchen bench
as I make a lunch for Phantom to take to school
and bright spots are needed because I am usually at it at about 6 am
 which is ridiculously early but not unexpected as I stupidly married an early riser all those years ago and he passed this gene onto our only offspring
he also passed on his love of fart jokes
which accounts for a rather mad number of whoopie cushions in our house
but that is another post all together...


Now before you start thinking I am some mad mother who has Martha Stewart tendencies
 lunch bags are the norm rather than the exception here in Queensland
I must also point out that my rice paper rolls are never Martha worthy
in fact they usually end up looking oddly like mutant jelly babies,
but hey at 6 am she is lucky she doesn't get a lump of coal and a smelly sock in her lunch box
and Phantom does only get them on days when I am feeling particularly capable
they still look like jelly babies... but on a bad day they look like some unspeakable blobs
so I have learned to assess whether I am feeling up to the task before embarking on it
12 and a half years of lunchboxes and I am only now waking up to this
but again.... 6AM PEOPLE !!!!
 It is a miracle I can even talk let alone fill and roll these puppies


I am still holding out that Phantom will suddenly decide to buy lunch at school and save me from the last 60 or so lunches remaining before she graduates, but it isn't likely
The school canteen, which we call tuckshops over here
no clue why we call them tuckshops but they have always been called that
anyway her tucky is appropriately flash befitting her posh girl's school
 with greens and veg sourced from its own gardens, and fresh sushi and noodles and the like
and as a senior she has the dubious honour of sitting at the tuckshop tables
so it is right there... she only has to walk like 2 metres
but will Phantom buy her lunch... not likely Mikey
once back in Grade Three she ordered lunch and it wasn't delivered to her room
and with that my breaks from lunch making were done for
Phantom never again trusted the tuckshop ladies
she has a memory that makes an elephant look forgetful and forgives like the a Mafia don
there is no going back once crossed and sadly for me the tucky did its dash 10 years ago!!!!

But on the plus side I got to paint these up for the challenge
and we will just pretend I didn't sort of ignore the orange side of the challenge
I tried to make up for it by using an orange tea cup, and pink infuser
and my blog notebook is orange so we will call the challenge met
Hope everyone has a creative week I am off to tackle the latest tea cups for my Cuppa With Friends Project...xx

If you want to catch up on what i have been up to here are the last few posts...


48 comments:

Laurie said...

thats a mighty fine lunch you make for your Phantom, very posh, my daughter brought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday for three years, at her own choosing, beautiful painting, I have never made spring rolls, ever, I must give them a go!

Netty said...

Again a brilliantly written post Trace and love your project for week 2, Annette x

krisatlarge said...

OMG - I'm not sure I got half of what you said but I'm laughing hysterically anyway!!! And shoot - you have the week 2 prompt already painted up first day out, I'm not going to cut you any slack about that whole 6 am business - it obviously serves you well!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Not sure what a tuckshop is, but, as usual, your post (and SOC entry) is as colorful and energetic as it is humorous.

Kim said...

1ove seeing a11 the work you share! a1ways so inspiring.
Kim

Gloria in CA said...

Hi Tracey. I'm so glad I can comment on your post. Your last post I wasn't able to because Google wouldn't let me. In any event your work is awesome and the colors spot on for week 2 of SOC. Very nice. Great post.

Rita said...

Pretty fancy lunches you make there, Mom. ;) Love to listen to your stories. Last year...goodness! It will go too fast! ;)

VonnyK said...

If you start to miss making lunches, my little miss still has five years to go. She insists on everything being deconstructed. The wrap is kept separate from the chicken, which is separate from the salad, which must never touch the fruit, which is kept away from the biscuit.... I would give anything to just make rice paper jelly baby all in one(sigh). You pics are great and I love your blog journal. So gorgeous.
Luv Von x

Kristin said...

Oh, I adore you! You ALWAYS make my day with your posts, and this one is no exception. I'm awed by your early lunch making dedication and it cracks me up that one slip up from the 3rd grade sealed your fate forever :) That totally reminds me of Kendra.
AND yes, I'd say orange and pink done! Beautifully of course, xoox

Fran Traina said...

Hi Tracey! I love this piece, the colors are just wonderful! I am really enjoying your ICADs too!! Its great seeing you on the FB pages as well. Looking forward to seeing more:) Take care, Fran T xo

Mandy said...

Really wonderful...love your little soy sauces...x

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I'm jealous - my tuckshop only had stale sandwiches, microwave pizzas or three day old sausage rolls! I love your painting - the cute soy fishies. I wonder if one day you'll miss not having to make school lunches!

Tracy said...

That orange mug is gorgeous! Hang on in there for the last few months of lunches.

Boo said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful blog post. You brought a smile to my face when I was feeling a little blue. I agree, 6 am is way to early to making lunch. I would have thrown peanut butter on some bread.

Your painting is very nice and your writing wonderful. Thanks for the smile.

Carin Cullen said...

Love it! Your posts always make my day! In between the fits of laughter on this one, I'm shaking in my boots. since Aoife shares the same kind of memory and stubborness. Al syas he's going to move out when she becomes a teenager!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

You are so darn funny!!! Always a chuckle here after reading your posts. My son never bought lunch either, couldn't stand the food......xox

Halle said...

I enjoy your humor as well as your art!

Anne Manda said...

Oh wow, glorious color! Love those little fish thingies!:)

Christine said...

Nice work on the challenge Tracey. Her lunch lsounds fabulous to me, sure beats a plain sandwich!

Zafaran said...

Great work, Tracey! And, great lovely orange cup!

Rita said...

My son would LOVE if I makde him these for lunch...I think I will surprise him when school starts again in Fall. Very nice painting as always. We use those fishy soy sauces, too. Arent' they cute?

Tammie Lee said...

you make me want to make a rice paper meal
fun to see your painting

one time a couple girlfriends came over
we all make a sauce and little bowls of veggies and filling, it made for a fun meal of make your own rice paper roll.

Jez said...

Gorgeous orange and pink pictures, and as always the pleasure of reading your post with a smile.

Gloria in CA said...

What a great job of the colors Tracey. Excellent post too.:) I always smile when I come here and by the time I leave, I lol.:)

Manon Visser said...

Love ya as always...you don't half know how to make a girl smile :))))). My son has blops in his bag too and they often turn into green jelly baby sweets with a very pungent smell. I am still meaning to post about that gorgeous painting you did for me. It looks great framed in my new studio!
ManonX

Ali H said...

Absolutely love your artworks - so in awe of your great drawings ! Thanks for showing them ! Ali x

Linda said...

Oh my-those lunches sound awfully good at that school-unlike the crap they'd been serving in the US for so many years! And because of it I actually dissuaded our son from buying (tho I did allow it once a week). Great job wearing so many hats-and eeking some wonderful challenges in!!

Colleayn said...

This is so funny, but to be honest, I don't have a clue what a rice paper jelly baby is. I have made spring rolls out of rice paper, but I'm not sure what this school lunch is. :)

Alexandra H said...

"stupidly married an early riser all those years ago and he passed this gene onto our only offspring".....

.....hahahaha this is so funny! LOL

Thanks for the smile and LOVE your rice paper. :D

xx

missy k said...

Great art works!

You have so many different food stuffs to us over here but I did see that fluffy marshmallow puffy stuff that you blogged about a while back and it made me think of you! I didn't buy it though!!!!!!

Karen x

ps I do love getting up early but some mornings I'm just too tired! I do enjoy having the house to myself before everyone else gets up :)

Shahrul Niza said...

Hi, Trace :). I enjoyed the lunch at canteen story today :). LOVING all the bright colors on the rice paper Vietnamese rolls drawing!. Hugs.

BJ said...

Love the way you have used the colours this week. No idea what the rice paper things are - I just make a cheese sandwich every day for my one offspring but don't need to do that until 8am - phew. BJ#13

Sandra Busby said...

Poor Charlie didn't have a choice! I gave him lunch money and that was that, lol! But aside from not being a morning person AT ALL - I'm not sure my lunch making skills are any better than my dinner making skills... I am not known for being a Domestic Goddess in the kitchen - though I do like a clean house! So I clean a lot - but that's less likely to poison anyone. In our house, if Paul is home early enough, he will cook! That says it all really, haha!
I LOVE your pink and orange painting! Two of my favourite colours :0)

joy said...

Ditto to all of the above, Tracey! Reading your post is so much fun and I love your artwork. The orange mug is lovely, too!

Nic McLean said...

Ha, I feel your pain -I'm up at 6am to walk the dogs most mornings. I don't have to get up at that ungodly hour but as Steve starts work an hour before me if I want to share the walk with him then that's the time I have to get up at otherwise we have a lie on till 7 then I have to walk them by myself! We had a tuckshop at school but it was where we could buy sweets and crisps the canteen was an altogether less appealing food provider!! Love your illustration and there is some orange in that packaging so I'd say you met the challenge!

Prairie Jill said...

6 a.m.??? And you're not only awake but making lunches? Okay, I'm impressed! I'm also impressed, as always, by your beautiful artwork, and your sense of humour.

sharon said...

Great post. Love the illustrations, Ive got orange cup envy love it.

Giggles said...

Okay how did I miss this post! Oh my Cupcake and Phantom are just way too alike. She NEVER bought her lunch either. It had to be a particular way too...I think it may be a bit of OCD Snuck in!

I love that orange mug it is that perfect yummy orange I so adore...wonderful soc!

Hugs Giggles

Sharon Fritchman said...

So beautiful, Tracey! I love your orange mug and your stunning work of art! I also love how you wrote your amazing post, too! Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of you and your talent with us!!!!! You used the colors perfectly!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Wonderful painting Tracey and just perfect for this week colour combination! Your daughter certainly gets a lovely lunch!

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Great colors and a great artwork too!
Hugs
Erika

Paper rainbow said...

Lovely use of theme colours! Also enjoyed reading your lunchtime tales. I have never seen those little rice things in the uk, the packet is so bright and zingy! :)

Terri Corona said...

The challenge was more than met, as usual! I don't know what those fish things are, but they are so cute!

Ariel said...

Your illustration of the lunch is very colorful.

Kepi said...

Delightful post, challenge met and such a amusing read!

poppylocke said...

Lovely illustration!! Your stories always make me laugh! I fear I may have put my own mum through years of lunch-making because of one bad experience I had at school - I was served a sloppy ladle-full of mince, which looked like mud with bits of gravel in it. It didn't taste any better either..! Never. Again. :)

Fallingladies said...

Tuckshops and rice paper, all out of my comfort zone, luckily my kids ate whatever the cafeteria served, but loved to complain about it later! More wonderful illustrations to be seen here, i am loving your mugs!

Natasha said...

I do ricepaper rolls for weekend lunches and sometimes as part of dinner but I didn't think about putting them in lunch boxes (we have had a similar lunch experience so now I am it, I suspect for ever!!), what do you put in them in her lunch box?

I also love that you have the tiny sushi soy sauce bottles! I feel you could be very Martha Stewart in disguise. :)

Great painting as always. Love how you combine colour and pen.