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Comfort Food: Pot Pie

November 15, 2012

Growing up, pot pie was a staple for my family, especially in the busy winter months. My mum would buy the premade, frozen pot pies, usually with turkey in them. You’ve probably seen them in the freezer section of the grocery store–red box, Banquet brand, I believe. Anyway, they were a quick, delicious meal that made everyone sit down for a few minutes. (They were also one of the foods that made me realize that the taste and sound of metal sets my teeth on edge, but that’s a story for another time.)

A woman with pink hair sleeps peacefully in a giant bed of pot pie. Steam rises around her.

Digital painting. 12″ x 16″. November 2012.

For the first illustration in my comfort food series, I wanted to depict my own comfort food. I love the soft potatoes and pearl onions, the carrots and peas, all floating in gravy under a flaky crust. The top of the crust is my favourite, because it’s chewier and a bit soggy compared to the crisp flakes elsewhere, and I always save that portion for last so I can savor it.

And yes, the right side of my hair is buzzed short, while the left is dyed pink. It’s odd, really, because I’ve been blonde my entire life, so I never realized that my roots are actually much darker than the rest of my hair. Ah, Scandinavian blood!

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