Ohn Mar WinHertfordshire, GB
UK based illustrator who adores food in most shapes and forms.
Originally from Burma, Ohn Mar's earliest memory is actually the smell of jasmine flowers, toasted spices, and freshly cooked rice. She has been illustrating for 20 years, within editorial (magazines and books) greetings cards and web design. Ohn Mar has most recently been illustrating food packaging for small and well known brands. She is very proud this year TDAC published a book of 30 illustrated recipes that appeared on their site, and can now be bought on Amazon.
Ohn Mar takes part in a sketch a day challenge which she posts on Instagram, She likes to have fun with her illustrations, often combining line art with hand lettering and texture.
Recipes By Ohn Mar Win
There is no ONE SECRET SAUCE ! I’m often asked on a regular basis what it takes to be a successful illustrator. Many think its super skills with watercolour, practical Photoshop knowledge or perhaps an outrageous amount of social media followers. Whilst these should be taken into consideration, your mindset and outlook plays a far more important role when embarking on, and sustaining a successful creative business. Your road to success will be unique, but there are certain common themes crop up time again when I talk to fellow creatives:
Finding the Fun
Real success is found in how each of us mixes these ingredients with our unique experiences to create our own secret sauce.
This recipe is packed full of immune boosting and healthy ingredients including the fabled garlic. Garlic has long been credited as a repellent for evil spirits. Some cultures believed eating garlic helped open your mind to the spiritual world. This increased awareness made you better able to ward off evil spirits.
It is also known to boost the function of the immune system, and in studies shown to reduce the symptoms of a common cold.
Ginger helps with digestion, nausea and helps fight the common cold.
Honey is rich in antioxidants and is often used to soothe sore throats.
Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Apple Cider Vinegar can kill harmful bacteria.
This A-Z was put together for a fun Spoonflower challenge. My daughter actually wrote this list for me, although it took me days to find a good example for X. Coconut is a type of xylocarp : any fruit that has a hard, woody outer layer...thats the best I could do.
One of the best ways to add instant flavour to dishes is cooking with spices. They not only give a boost to your taste buds but also to your health. I cook with so many spices and often end up filling any empty jar with spices, very few of them match! My jars have their very own box in the corner of my kitchen filled with whole ( I buy in bulk ) and freshly roasted ground spices. I honestly couldn't imagine my life without these little jars.
I used to have a lot more cookery books than this set. These were kept as I refer and cook from them the most. Although its easy enough to look up recipes online there nothing like a tangle book you can flick through and write notes in the margins.
I was inspired to illustrate this after I saw Salli post a few of hers.
This refreshingly simple citrus salad features grapefruit and oranges topped with a tangy vinaigrette.You can stack the citrus slices with fresh mozzarella and basil on individual plates or in one big platter. It makes a beautiful presentation and can be eaten with salmon or to offset the richness of pasta.
Hands down this is one of my kids favourites as its SO easy to make, especially if you place them in individual glasses. They like to change the biscuit base every time using everything from Oreos, to coconut rings or ginger nuts. You can add fresh berries when they're in season or any fruit on top ( try kiwi or banana) It's perfect for special occasions or just simply as an after dinner treat. Best of all, there’s no baking involved!
Bread has a permanent place on our plates and in our hearts, wherever we live. Nearly every nation in the world has some form of bread that they claim as their own. Whether yeasted or unleavened, with added seeds or unadorned, these breads are unique to each country. Not being able to travel (Covid times) I've started experimenting with a few different breads with varying results but still delicious.
This is pretty typical representation of what I have in my kitchen cupboards right now ( although I've missed out 5kg bags of sushi and basmati rice) These are the ingredients I use the most to put together my favourite dishes (aka comfort food), and are even more important in this current situation.
Making flower infused vinegar is easy and they can be used to make a wonderful and nutritious salad dressing. With a little time, a handful of blossoms or flowers and some good quality vinegar you can have jars strikingly beautiful flavoured vinegar.
Store in a cool, dark place for at least a month before using.You can also infuse vinegar with herbs like thyme, rosemary, tarragon, oregano or sage.
Calendula is a plant that has been used for centuries for ornamental purposes, as well as culinary, cosmetic and medicinal reasons.Calendula is loaded with powerful skin-healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Drinking calendula tea is a helpful digestive aid and and sore throats.
Lavender flowers add a gourmet touch to this homemade ice cream, sweetened with honey instead of sugar, that's perfect for summer parties. What you are looking for is a subtle whisper of lavender rather than a full-on bombardment of your taste-buds.
Beans and legumes are some of the most underrated foods on the planet, and eating more beans and legumes as a source of protein instead of meat is also environmentally friendly. People can add beans to their favorite recipes, replace meat with beans, and try new bean-based spreads.
They are excellent sources of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins and many other important vitamins and minerals. There is good evidence that they can help reduce blood sugar, improve cholesterol levels and help maintain a healthy gut.
Lahpet or pickled tea is the most iconic of Burmese foods and unique to the country. It’s eaten in two main ways – as a-hlu lahpet, where the ingredients are served in a beautiful, divided lacquerware dish (aka Mandalay lahpet), and as a salad known as lahpet thoke (aka as Yangon lahpet).Eat as a snack, as a palate-cleanser at the end of a meal or with rice.
Recipe kindly supplied by MiMi Aye, author of Mandalay: Recipes and Tales from a Burmese Kitchen.
Global Cuisine Design Challenge (although I've had this idea since the food memories challenge - of preparing food with my mum and auntie in a loving but organised chaos kitchen)
I remember making these with my kids for various members of our family as inexpensive Christmas gifts. As the jar is filled with pre-measured dry ingredients for cookies, all the recipient has to do is add the wet ingredients and bake.
Other versions could include muffins in a jar or hot chocolate in a jar. You can use any spare jar and make it look pretty with extra ribbon, tags and ornaments.
One of my favourite memories of drinking Mulled wine was at the Christmas markets in and around Frankfurt. Although it was bitterly cold there was a lovely smell of spicy warming, wine infused with the cinnamon and cloves. As well as other delicious foods that were being served at the markets.
For the Global cuisine challenge
I have had a long fascination with slightly retro feel packaging, and used to buy tins just because I found the lettering or layout interesting. I like tinned fish packaging a lot more than using tinned fish in recipes I don't have that may recipes but might try to illustrate a nice fishcake recipe next
Foraging for mushrooms in the fog is such a vivid memory as it was a rare treat. My Dad was often on-call or worked odd shifts at the hospital so it was seldom we could all go out as a family during autumnal mushroom season. He was also the only one who knew which mushrooms were safe to pick and eat.There was a field adjacent to the hospital grounds which was the perfect spot for picking the little fairy ring mushrooms, as well as common field mushrooms and a few puff balls. We'd always come home famished and fry up our mushrooms treasure which tasted extra delicious after our morning out.
This is a lovely way to create buttercream frosting with the fruity flavours coming from jam. So if you want cherry buttercream simply use cherry jam for a delicious cherry flavour. You could try peach, blackberry, even marmalade. Just make sure the jam you use is a very smooth jam without big hunks of fruit in it (if it has use a hand blender to blitzit down a bit)
This quick version of the Vegetable Biryani although easy is bold and flavourful. It's lightly spiced with turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala and other warm spices.The vegetables in this Indian rice dish can be changed around - perhaps add bell peppers, potatoes or cauliflower. You can add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a kick if desired.
I have very fond memories of enamelware from my early childhood in Burma. The blue rimmed version was prevalent and perhaps leftover from it's colonial days. I've included items I remember, like the mug and flour bin and also items I just like the look of. Even today my mum still makes a particular carrot salad in a large enamel bowl.
Watercolour and colours pencil.
I have a love of all things vintage in general but especially so of kitchen items. We lived in rented accommodation in those days and there were always very old kitchen items that previous occupants had left. I spent most of my early childhood in kitchens, thats were the action took place, with my mum cooking ( and she cooked a lot) whilst overseeing my homework. Or my dad reading his medical journals while I painted and drew. Happy memories indeed.
Super ways to start the day. Its said to be most important meal of the day, eating a nourishing and substantial breakfast helps you stay full and focused throughout your busy day. Incorporating a handful of seeds, berries nuts into a few breakfast items will boot your intake of vitamins, minerals, fibre, and other nutrients to boost your overall health. We have breakfast granola bars, supergreen breakfast smoothie, poached egg with avocado and a oat and berry breakfast bowl.
There is no simpler way to enjoy a quick meal AND level up up your intake of nutrients, fibre vitamins than place them on well made toast. We have eggs, kale, seeds, salmon, beans, blueberries and bananas all prepared with minimal fuss. I’d call it one of life’s simplest pleasures and a total win/win
What better way to allow for your 5 a day. My kids eyes will light up at the thought of fruity smoothies. They like to choose the fruit and are a lot of fun to make and super delicious to devour for breakfast. Eating the Rainbow can be super healthy, fun and a big hit with the kids!
Hands down this is firm favourite in my house that everyone enjoys. Its super-quick , ever so easy, and very tasty. Guacamole is also nutritious and can be eaten with carrot and cucumber batons instead of tortilla chips. I do go easy on the chilli if my youngest wants to a heap of it, but thats the beauty of this recipe, its almost failsafe.
A selection of well known apple varieties used for pies, sauces, baking and even cider. This spread was inspired from a comment a friend of They Draw and Cook, Jane Pakis, left on a illustrated recipe for Apple and Blackberry Crumble several years ago. I thought at the time, 'Dang this lady knows her apples' I've wanted to create this illustration since then.
Savor the flavor of summer with this super Easy Fig Jam. Made with just a few ingredients its almost fail safe. This beautiful jam not only looks great, but tasts amazing too! Its great addition to a cheese platter, or simply serve on toast with some creamy ricotta.
This delicious salad could not be any simpler, it really does only take 10 minutes to make. Throw some trimmed asparagus in a pot of boiling water, cook for 3 minutes, drain and throw in the other ingredients. This colourful dish is so healthy and packed with zesty flavour.
Borscht is a simple is a Ukrainian/Russian beet soup typically made with beef broth. Although this is a vegetarian version with the beans as an excellent source of protein. This is definitely a traditional hearty yet vibrant soup and worth trying out when the weather turns cooler
This is a fail safe if un-authentic version of a tomato and vegetable based sauce I use for pasta. It came about when I had two tiny children to feed and not enough time. I figured as long as there were the vegetables blended in to the tomatoes they wouldn't even know. Just now my now 8 year old said 'Mummy I never guessed there were courgettes in there' It's pretty watery at first but it reduces down to a thick rich sauce over the three hours.
Autumn is a bumper time for foraging in woods and hedgerows. Foraging is the act of gathering wild food for free. Although it's gained far greater popularity in recent years, for our distant ancestors foraging would simply have been a way of life.
NOTE : Positive identification is the most important part of becoming a safe hunter-gatherer. If you are not 100% certain you have identified it correctly, under no circumstances eat any wild fruit, raw or cooked.
This is a collaboration with the Rangoon Sisters who host a series of pop up restaurants serving delicious Burmese food. Mohinga is the national dish of Burma, a fish broth served with rice noodles and an assortment of garnishes. Although it is usually made with catfish, pilchards or mackerel can be used as alternative. It's traditionally eaten at breakfast but available throughout the day in Myanmar as a delicious, comforting snack!
Given a chance I would eat it everyday as I never tire of the flavours.I wanted to make the setting typical of a Burmese tea house, with its low tables and stools.
For more information about the Rangoon Sisters please visit
I came up with this recipe with my kids as we don't have a juicer. But we do have a liquidiser and this seemed like a great alternative. It's wonderfully easy and the results are always super. My kids love this ( and its still a good source of dietary fibre)
Absolutely delicious and hearty soup thats super easy. The kids enjoy it after a long ramble in the woods. You could also try swapping half of the pumpkin for carrots or sweet potato. For an extra kick try adding adding half a teaspoon or chili powder or perhaps some cumin powder to really bring out the warmth.
Fresh herbs will take the dish to the next level, livening it up with a hit of freshness before serving, or adding a delicious depth of flavour throughout cooking. And they're easy to grow whether you live in the country or city or only have a windowsill.
Again this was inspired by my recent holiday in Greece were many houses had gardens bursting with freshly grown fruit and vegetables. This classic combination of baked eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and herbs would make a great side dish or meatless main dish. Courgette could also be added for extra flavour, or any other combination of herbs.
I've just spent a week in Greece and was inspired to illustrate this. I love experimenting with different ingredients that can be added to give different layers of flavour. Try orange zest, chilli flakes, fresh chopped mint or coriander leaf, fennel or cumin seeds. And you could try adding cubes of feta too. The longer it's marinated the more flavoursome it will be.
A selection of cocktails inspired by Hawaii. Ever since Harry Yee created the “Blue Hawaii” nearly 45 years ago, tropical cocktails have been part of the Hawaiian experience as white sand beaches and waterfalls. Imagine sipping some of these cocktails admiring some of the tropical views at sunset. Almost all are served with decorative wedge of pineapple, a fresh orchid, or a small paper umbrella.
What started as a sketch a day watercolour project has been turned into this! I loved exploring all the different coloured items and I was able to tick off a wish list of weird and wonderful fruit and veg I've always wanted to paint.
No British Christmas is complete without a Christmas Pudding. Early Christmas puddings contained meat, as well as onions, wine, spices and dried fruit. The tradition of Christmas pudding did not appear in England until introduced to the Victorians by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. By this time the pudding looked and tasted much as it does today. Although some feel it has fallen in favour, it has an iconic role in vintage Christmas themes.
Hot chocolate and candy canes are classic winter treats, and in this recipe you can combine them to get something even better! I wanted to create a cosy atmosphere where folks may have had winter trek and they're now just chillaxing with a delicious winter warmer.
This is a collaboration with myself and food stylist, chef and author Nicole Herft. She says 'Chinese food is my all time favourite - I totally love this dish too! It's so yummy and can literally be cooked in 5 minutes if everything is already sliced.' Its's also a really healthy and low carb recipe too!
Two weeks in the South of France was not good for my waistline this summer. We ate baguettes everyday as part of picnics on nature trails or trips to the beach. They were always partnered with lovely fresh produce, delicious cheeses, and fragrant fruit. I felt it was worth while finding a easy recipe to relive those summer memories
There's a chain of sweet (candy) shops selling old school treats - and one has just opened up in my home town.
This is a super easy and fail safe cream and meringue delicousness adored by kids and adults alike. The kids love to arrange the fruit on top in their own unique way. The pulp of two passion fruit can be added for a extra flavour.
This is such an simple recipe to make, but the results are wonderful. The kids love helping with this, from digging the carrots up to blending this lovely coloured soup. Its very satisfying and perfect for the colder months.
I spent several months travelling round S. India and just loved this flavour combination. Cochin is full of spice warehouses and the smell is delightful. Do try to source fresh curry leaves as it makes such a difference. The curry sauce could also be used with thinly sliced chicken breast.
A collaboration with MiMi Aye - a fellow Burmese, food blogger & author. This maybe the best known Burmese dish, a little like laksa but more subtle and lightly curried. The focus is on texture as much as flavour
This is a colourful and warming dish of fragrant rice with lightly spiced vegetables. You can use most vegetables - try broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or green beans, whatever is in season. It all creates a beautiful blend of flavours.
Fresh line caught mackerel in the summer is a joy. They are so distinctive with iridescent skin & silver streaks. Mackerel are great for grilling or BBQ as it holds well & can handle the robust flavours of chilli & garlic.