Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
I love conceiving healthy meal ideas, styling and plating the ingredients, turning them into works of art and sharing them. There is a story behind each recipe. A green smoothie is more than a green sludge drunk every morning; it captures trips to local markets, the agonizing process of choosing the best vegetables of the lot, chatting with the fruit sellers, guessing the hard lives they have had led.
Great photography and mesmerizing photos may appeal, but nothing provides deeper satisfaction than well-strung words. Each time I write, I find myself growing emotionally and intellectually, whether in life, wisdom or food knowledge and technicalities. As letters become words, sentences and paragraphs, life becomes something that makes a little bit more sense, decoded.
What is the initial quote all about? In writing my blog posts, I could be simple and minimalist and just share a photo and the recipe. However I can’t seem to keep things simple; lately I’ve been playing around with the image editor GIMP (which can be downloaded for free). Previously I had been using a half-corrupted version of Adobe Photoshop, but now even that refuses to start up. It is old news that Adobe has moved onto a cloud platform and no longer available for purchase in the market, but am I willing for fork out USD$13 a month for Creative Cloud? When there are comparable free softwares around and considering a non-too boastful income, I’m not ready yet.
The latest trick I tried on GIMP is putting text on a path. This is a simple manipulation and applicable to any text that you want to wrap around a shape. As follows:
- Draw the path using the Paths Tool (B). Edit the path to precision using the handles. It is important that the path be long enough to contain your text.
- Type your text using the Text Tool (T). Change text to desired font, size, color. It is important to create your text style as to be appeared in the final image as it will be created as a new layer that is non-editable.
- Open the layers dialog (ctrl L), select the text layer you want to wrap, right click and select Text Along Path. You will now see your text warped! A new path of the warped text will also be created which can be seen in the paths dialog. You can either delete the old path or remove it from view.
- Selecting the new text path, click Path to selection (the red box). Create a new transparent layer. Set the foreground color to the desired text color. To fill the text with color, go Edit and select fill with foreground (FG) color. Alternatively it can also be done by Stroke Path > Stroke line or Stroke with a paint tool.
- Delete the initial text layer or remove it from view. Violia! In the image for Ants in my Mason smoothie, I used this method to create the texts “Ants on a log” and “Ants in my Mason.” Enjoy the smoothie!
(ps. kaleandhearty refers to my instagram alias).
- ½ cup celery juice, from 3-4 stalks
- ¾ cup coconut water or non-dairy milk
- 1 green apple
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon natural unsalted peanut or almond butter
- 1 tablespoon raisins, soaked in water till plump
- ¼ ripe avocado for a creamier texture
- Juice the celery stalks.
- In a blender, combine ½ cup celery juice with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.