You Art What You Eat __ Edible Art

Hello Hello!

I missed you guys !  I hope that I haven’t discouraged you from coming to my blog often.  I’ve been busy juggling with so many random important and useless stuffs lately and I just didn’t have the time to write a single post for over a month now.

However no matter how busy I was, I still,of course, made time to do something artsy at home.  Art in any form is what keeps me sane.  I can’t live without ART you know.   Crafting, Painting, Cooking and Baking are just a few of my favorite but just recently I’ve become obsessed with Food Art.  I had no idea that playing with food can be so calming – the “advantage” of having a kid who wouldn’t want to eat anything that doesn’t look like a cartoon.

It all started out when my daughter is suddenly having food strike (only drinks milk).  It lasted for a week before I actually panicked; she avoided EVERYTHING, even pancakes! Who doesn’t love pancakes?!  So I resorted to edible food craft and it was a success! The best tip I can give you about food arts for kids is that the taste of the food is just as important as it’s looks.  My kid and her cousins will still not eat a pretty looking food art if it tasted too plain.

Here are some of my Art works with the ingredients I used.

1.  This was my first try.  I was over the moon when she finally ate something.  She ate about 30% of this.

Food art for RabbitThe rabbit at the top – lightly salted sautéed Potato
Stars and moon – lightly salted sautéed potato
Dots on the side – cheese cubes
2 orange circles – carrots with mayo
Middle design – Garlic rice with egg, shrimp, carrots, soy sauce and oyster sauce.

2.  My second attempt on the following day — she only finished about 50%

Food art, garden Grass – lettuce with sesame dressing
Flower – asparagus stem and carrots with mayo at the center
Tree trunk – fried salmon belly (added corn flakes to make it really crispy).  Slices of cheese are then arranged on top.
Tree crown – Garlic rice with egg, salt and pepper

3.  Third attempt.  I found a rabbit shaped head made of fish at the supermarket.  Not very healthy but it helped increase her appetite when she saw her plate in 3-D.  She finished about 60% of her food.

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The 3 pillars — steamed baby corn, lightly salted
Pineapple slices at the right compartment
Rabbit – the body is made of a simple meatball recipe topped with melted cheese.  I bought the head ready made at the supermarket.  Stuck the head and body together using a toothpick.  The bed of lettuce is just plain with mayonnaise.  She loves the Japanese Kewpie brand mayo.

4. Fourth attempt — She almost finished her whole plate Egg Food art Yellow lines – 1 pc egg, scrambled with 1 Tbsp milk and pinch of salt.
Red circle – basic recipe of pasta sauce with ground pork.

5.  Fifth attempt — She ate 50%.

Vegetable Food Art

Crown – cucumber
Cloud – squash
Flower – carrots
Leaves – green beans
Scrambled egg
All these are then sautéed with onion, garlic, oyster sauce, and soy sauce.
Stars – plain rice.

6. Yesterday’s Attempt — These pancakes are sweetened with a bit of coconut sugar and lots of mango chunks.  She ate a whole stack, I ate a whole stack, even husband finished a whole stack 🙂

Food Art Mango Pancakes

Fresh Whole Wheat Mango pancakes, topped with star shaped melon.

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19 thoughts on “You Art What You Eat __ Edible Art

    • Thank you so much Mulitifarious! Actually It didn’t take me more than an hour to make each of these because I used simple recipes that I’ve made hundreds of times in the past. Simple tasty recipes works well for young kids if you just decorate and garnish the dishes well.

    • And before this I was one of those people who thinks that food art for kids are ridiculous, I was so wrong. Thanx so much!

  1. I miss reading your post, Abi! What took you so long?! Oh yeah, of course I understand. I’ve been very busy too these past few weeks! NKKLK!

    I’m drooling over your post! My goodness! I wish I have all the time in the world to prepare that kind of meal for Cyler. Hay. Hay. Hay.

    I love the 2nd and 3rd attempt! Kahit ako, kakain ko talaga yan! LOL!

    • Its easier than you think Sha, took me less than an hour to make one. Just cook whatever veggies you have, then arrange them on your plate like drawing on a blank canvas. No planning or special skills needed. Usually I just get ideas right after everything is already cooked. Try it 🙂 Thanx for stopping by 🙂

  2. Don’t you love getting kids to eat properly 🙂 My son used to eat whatever I gave him (I did most of the cooking when he was a baby) – then one day Mum said that the curry was too hot – how an African can say a Curry is too hot is beyond me 😉 After that we had a period where he wouldn’t eat Curry. Thankfully that has passed. But he will not eat eggs and hates onion. Unusually, he really likes Broccoli and Spinach! Anyway, enough of my troubles… Good luck with your artistic foods programme 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing me your experience. My daughter don’t like taste of spinach, i had to mask the taste with lots of cheese but sometimes even that she’d still refuse. As for the eggs, she’ll eat it if I make it look nice. Thanx for your thoughtful comments 🙂

  3. My son will have a great , yummy time with these edible Art like your beautiful daughter in this pics. Exciting and fun. A creative way for our kids to discover the many delicious variety of foods. Best wishes to you and your family.

    • I’m so glad I could help you. This tactic is actually very successful in stimulating kids appetite. My daughter is now eating normally without the food art. Thanx so much for the lovely comments !

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