What the...?

Oh man, what did i get myself into?
Currently I'm working on an illustrated recipe for Hummus, for the TDAC column in the magazine Where Women Cook.  In the process I sort of got caught up in creating the background. I wanted to make a background that looks like arabic mosaic. It took me all afternoon to find out the patterns and colors. At least it was a good practice, I tried out some different styles and materials.
Now all I need to do is illustrate the rest of the recipe before the deadline!

I wonder if the rest of the illustrations I'll make will suit this background or that it will be too much of everything... we'll see!