Is your child a picky eater? Then, you must know that it takes a little extra effort to get them to taste new food or food that are actually good for them (e.g. veggies!). That's when food art comes into play, in plating the food nicely to entice your child to eat.
This Malaysian mom, however, makes really awesome food art. She raises the bar in edible art so high that seeing it will give you second thoughts about touching it. That's how damn pretty they are.
Samantha Lee started bento making in 2008, when she was pregnant with her second daugther. She started playing with food, whipping up healthy dishes and presenting them creatively so her elder daughter could start eating independently after the arrival of her baby sister. And it worked! "It made her look forward to the next meal," she said, "It makes mealtime extremely fun."
"I'm always happy to inspire other mums out there to create cute food art for their kids. It doesn't have to be done every day; just try it once in a while," sh esays on her website. The stay-at home mom never took any formal cooking class. It takes her about an hour or so to create things. Though her food art creations look so intricate, she tries to keep things simple.
"It’s always a great idea to get fussy eaters involved! Not only does it motivate the kids to be more adventurous with new food, it also allows parents and kids to be more creative and it’s a great way to learn more about food," Samantha said in an interview by YouQueen.
Pretty neat, right? But don't get discouraged. The most important thing on making food art is to have fun. If you have fun prepping your child's meals, then they'll also enjoy eating them, too!
Sources January 24, 2016. This Disney-Inspired Food Art Is So Well Done We'd Feel Guilty Eating It (popsugar.com) December 9, 2014. "Interview with the Super Mom Samantha Lee: a Food Art Creator" (youqueen.com) August 12, 2013. "Samantha Lee, Mom Of Two, Makes Amazing Edible Art" (huffingtonpost.com)