Did your shopping and cooking habits change during the pandemic? Ours sure did. Since eating out (a luxury for us) was out of the question, cooking “fun” foods was the next best thing. I added quite a few new chocolatey recipes to my baking binder (thank you, Pinterest!), and also discovered some new savory recipe staples. (My husband says he could eat this Chicken Hummus bowl every week.) For safety reasons, we divided up the shopping. I made solo trips to the grocery store, then called my husband when I was at the checkout line so that he could come and help me carry the bags home. He stepped up his cooking game, too…with sometimes less successful results than others. My Food Art: Dinner is Served illustration could be subtitled A Day In Our Kitchen.

Food Art: Dinner is Served

Food Art: Dinner is Served - a humor series of cartoons depicting my husband when he's on meal duty.

Needless to say…

My husband brings a high level of expectation to everything he does. And, he’s definitely his own worst critic.


I haven’t exactly been the model of perfection in the kitchen of late, either. For some reason I’ve had a case of the “dropsies” – especially when it comes to eggs. Two weeks ago, I broke an egg as I was unloading the grocery bags. Last week I broke three. And today I dropped one on the counter. (Miraculously, though, today’s egg didn’t break.) So, I’ve created this cartoon demo to poke fun at myself:

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.

M.F.K. Fisher


  1. Mm says:

    So did Ollie and Ziggy clean up your egg disaster?😄😻😺what did maestro think of his cuisine adventures?❤️❤️❤️❤️💋❤️

    • Joana says:

      Maestro has been mum on my cartoon…I daren’t ask.;-) And, fortunately, neither Ollie or Ziggy cleaned up the broken eggs. (That’s all we’d need – another run to the vet.) Sigh!
      xox – J

  2. Helen Reich says:

    Well, I like it! I think it’s a great cartoon, and I bet Andy likes it, too. Also, I would say that my ginger chicken soup has been the only good thing to come out of the pandemic.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      Yes, Andy did say he thought it was funny. Ffeuff! One of the things you’re supposed to do as an illustrator/cartoonist is to draw all your characters with love. That’s easy to do when I’m drawing the quirks of my mom or Andy; but maybe harder to do when I’m lampooning the oddities of strangers. But channeling compassion even for the irritating is probably a good exercise, right?

      Ginger chicken soup sounds like very good medicine! I love ginger (used to hate it as a kid) and I’ll eat it now in anything.
      xox – Joana

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