Pieces of art created by playing with food
Sometimes we just can’t help it… certain foods just beg to be played with! Here are a few examples of people who transformed simple foods into real works of art.
Some of these are masterpieces created by the steady hand of an artist with a unique vision, while others might just have been created as a desperate attempt to get the kiddos to eat something healthy. Regardless, we’re impressed (and a bit hungry).
Sushi on the go
Photo credit: Takayo Kiyota
Meet Takayo Kiyota, a makizushi ("rolled sushi") artist. She places the ingredients inside the cylindrical roll just so, and when she slices the sushi pieces, her artwork is revealed.
Tasty watermelon turtle
Photo credit: National Watermelon Promotion Board
Step it up at your next backyard barbecue by creating your very own watermelon masterpiece. The National Watermelon Promotion Board offers some stellar tips, from which types of watermelon work best to tools you'll need to carve like a pro.
Irresistible Indian food
Photo credit: Samantha Lee
Mom of the Year alert! Samantha Lee creates whimsical small-plate meals for her two young daughters and shares photos of her work online. Her 260,000-plus followers on Instagram can't wait to see what she comes up with for dinner tonight.
Head of cabbage
Photo credit: Dimitri Tsykalov
Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov created a wonderful series of skull sculptures out of fruits and vegetables between 2005 and 2008.
Photo credit: DailyBend
Who could resist these cute cucumber bow-tie appetizers? Make them yourself with the easy recipe from DailyBend.com — with some cucumbers, radishes, bow-tie pasta, chives, micro-greens and cream cheese, you can whip these up in no time and wow your guests.
What a hoot
Photo credit: red hongyi
Artist Hong Yi created a new plate of food every day for a month, one of which was this "owl-nion" made of onions and mint leaves. Her 31 Days of Food Creativity is a must-see — check out her work on her blog.
Photo credit: CraftyMoods
If your kids have the appetite of baby birds, serve 'em up this tasty birds' nest dinner. On her blog CraftyMoods.com, blogger Trish shares her secrets to making this darling presentation with meatballs, pasta, carrots and celery.
Photo credit: Dritan Alsela
Lions, peas and cucumbers, oh my!
Photo credit: Samantha Lee
Samantha Lee, also the creator of the little Indian girl plate above, served up this "king of the jungle" dinner to her two young daughters. So how does she do it? According to Lee, she sketches out her designs first to prevent food waste, then gets to work using scissors, knives and toothpicks.