SPOTS were everywhere! A leopard! I couldn't wait to transform this perfectly ripe pineapple into the spotted cat I imagined. When I cut the sides off the pineapple it looked just right, but by the look on my son's face, I knew food art would have to wait. My boy was hungry and I could do it on my next round of shopping because most pineapples look this way inside.
Now, if something magical happens inside a fruit or vegetable that is extraordinary when I cut it open, I make a plan. I have become the queen of distraction with my kids. The bait and switch. I am always ready! My husband knows me all too well, and now accepts that dinner will have to wait sometimes. I think he actually looks forward to what I am going to make now. He appreciates how I see things. Sometimes I don't plan on it, but it happens when I unveil the vegetables of the night. "An Elephant! A sexy lady. Oh, it's a giraffe!" It's no wonder the produce guy thought I was nuts.
Sometimes I say, "Oh no." because I am hungry too. It has gotten to the point where I have to put on blinders when I go shopping. I see too many things. People ask how I get my ideas. I don't try. They JUMP at me.
I don't know how many people appreciate the beauty in the produce isle. The loveliness in the colors, textures, flavors that surround us at a vegetable stand or in a garden. I could tell you I have a whole new appreciation for the never ending varieties we could choose from. Try going to an Asian market! A whole new world! What is really fantastic is now if you buy something that you aren't familiar with, you could look for a recipe online and you will get hundreds of ways to prepare it. Food art makes our family try new things that we probably never would have. I could have framed up a picture of these beautiful blackberries I bought with the pineapple! The insides were a deep purple. Gorgeous! I had to use them. Check out the ears. I only was allowed to use four. The rest the kids ate while they watched me put him together like a puzzle.
You should try it! Buy a vegetable you have never tried. Get it home and look up how to prepare it. It is fun and exciting for kids to choose as well. It is like a new adventure! Let me know what you chose!
Sandra Marshall is a professional artist. Currently she is the proud owner of Be...An Artist/ Be...A Chef Studios which combine all types of arts under one roof. Be...An Artist/Be...A Chef combines fine art painting, with performance classes, comedy nights, yoga, health classes for the mind, body and spirit, as well as the the art of cooking. Please check out Be...An Artists website.