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.
The 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%
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.
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 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%.
Crown – cucumber
Cloud – squash
Flower – carrots
Leaves – green beans
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 🙂
Fresh Whole Wheat Mango pancakes, topped with star shaped melon.